Event Dates

We're sure our distinct community values, traditions and warm welcome will leave a lasting impression. The locals are proud of their heritage, grateful for their surroundings and are keen to share it with you, by day or by night.

Experience authentic events 52 weeks of the year; from wildlife safaris to carnivals and from cycling to country shows.    

Welcoming the Salmon at Gilfach Reserve

 Welcoming the Salmon at Gilfach Reserve
Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 19th November 2017 - 19th November 2019
Cost: Free event
Location: Gilfach Farmyard and visitor centre
Join us in a host of activities to welcome the Salmon to Gilfach Nature reserve

Contact(s): Barbara Brown
Tel: 01597 870301

Short talk ; Beavers may help Salmon 1.30pm
Unveiling of an Ira Lightman and Celf y Gwmpas Artwork at 2pm. This artwork is inspired by journeys through Gilfach and the Marteg valley, including those of the Salmon.
Walk to Waterfall with a possibility of seeing leaping Salmon 2.30pm Bring wellies!
Pond dipping to find out what the Salmon eat - all afternoon
Hot chocolate at the Centre to warm up!

Rhayader Writing Group

Time: 7:30 pm
Date: 12th March 2018 - 6th August 2018
Cost: £3 per session
Tickets available from: Sunday, February 18, 2018
Location: CARAD ACTIVITY ROOM
Writing Group

Contact(s): Lorna Jordan
Tel: 01597 810561 (Office)
Sponsored By: CARAD

come along and release your inner writer. A friendly informal group that meet the 2nd Monday of the month.

Exhibition: A Closer Look

Exhibition: A Closer Look
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 3rd April 2018 - 30th June 2018
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Exhibition: A Closer Look 10am - 4pm

Contact(s): Sam

Beautiful screen prints from local artists Cath Allan and Krysia Bass, with items available for sale.

Open daily at the Visitor Centre.

Village Tour

Village Tour
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 23rd June 2018
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Learn about the history of Caban Coch Dam, the workers’ village and other stories on this easy one mile walk.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Learn about the history of Caban Coch Dam, the workers’ village and other stories on this easy one mile walk.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre at 2pm, back about 3.30pm.

Magical Moths, Beautiful Bees and Discovering Dragons

Magical Moths, Beautiful Bees and Discovering Dragons
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 24th June 2018
Location: Llanerch y Cawr car park
Magical Moths, Beautiful Bees and Discovering Dragons 10am - 12.30pm

Contact(s): Elan Valley Trust

Join Sorcha and Janice Local Wildlife Guides to celebrate “National Insect Week”. You will have the opportunity to learn the skills required to seek out some of our truly fascinating insect species. Bring your camera for pictures and suitable clothing/sun cream/insect repellent. Meet at Llanerch y Cawr car park SN 901616.

Dam Open Day

Dam Open Day
Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 30th June 2018
Cost: £1 per person, adults and children - all proceeds to the charity WaterAid
Location: Penbont car park, Elan Valley
Join our Rangers at one of our big Dam Open Days - an exclusive chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Join our Rangers at one of our big Dam Open Days - an exclusive chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam & up to the central tower. You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of the dam wall – and learn about the feat of engineering that made Elan.

Park at Penbont car park & take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance. Dam open 1pm to 4pm

There are steps inside the dam which may be wet & in some areas there are low light levels. Children should be carefully supervised at all times.

Minimum entry £1 for adults and children. All proceeds go to our chosen charity - WaterAid.

Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group

Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 1st July 2018 - 30th September 2018
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Rhayader Art Group's "Summer Exhibition" showcases their range of talents with all original artwork, prints and cards for sale.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Rhayader Art Group's "Summer Exhibition" showcases their range of talents with all original artwork for sale. Prints and greetings cards also available.

Open daily at the Visitor Centre from 10am until 4pm.

Blast-Off! Bottle Rockets

Blast-Off! Bottle Rockets
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 1st July 2018
Cost: £3 per rocket
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along to the Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket. 2 sessions - 10am-12 noon and 1-3pm.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Come along to the Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket. Two sessions - 10am - 12 noon and 1pm until 3pm.

Only £3 for your rocket materials.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

Nature Friendly Farming

Nature Friendly Farming
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 1st July 2018
Location: Gwaelod y Rhos car park
Nature Friendly Farming 10am - 12pm

Contact(s): Elan Valley Trust

Join Sorcha Lewis on a traditional upland hill farm in the heart of the Elan valley to learn about how much diverse wildlife is cared for by our upland farming community. We will look at some rare species and habitats that are being cared for on the Elan Valley Estate. Meet at Gwaelod y Rhos car park SN 902673.

Silver Jewellery Workshop

Silver Jewellery Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 7th July 2018
Cost: £60 per person, payable in advance, plus £5-£20 silver allowance payable on the day
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Spend the day learning traditional jewellery-making techniques using silver & copper & leave with your own unique finished piece

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Led by Joy Powell, a local silver jewellery designer/maker & teacher. Spend the day learning traditional jewellery-making techniques using silver and copper and leave with your own unique finished pieces. No previous experience necessary.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£60 per person, payable in advance, plus materials cost approximately £5 - £20, payable on the day. All tools and materials provided. Held from 10 am until 4pm.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.

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