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.    

Exhibition: Francis Brett Young - Poet, Novelist, Soldier

Exhibition: Francis Brett Young - Poet, Novelist, Soldier
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 6th April 2019 - 28th June 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Exhibition: Francis Brett Young - Poet, Novelist, Soldier

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Frequently writing about the history of the English midlands and the Welsh borderlands, Francis Brett Young (1884-1954) was particularly interested in the Elan Valley & Birmingham’s Welsh Water scheme - a topic to which he regularly returned in his novels.
The most famous of these, The House Under the Water, first published in 1932 has been dramatised for both BBC radio & television, produced as a talking book and translated into Finnish, German and Spanish. This exhibition offers a unique insight into this fascinating writer’s life and works.

Open daily 10am to 4pm at the Visitor Centre.

Back to the Wildwood? A look at ancient trees

Back to the Wildwood? A look at ancient trees
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 4th May 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
We will explore one of the finest relict ancient woodlands in Britain and examine its unique wildlife with Ray Woods.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

There is hardly anywhere in Western Europe where you can appreciate what the "wildwood" was like. Parts of the Elan Valley are a rare exception.

We will explore one of the finest relict ancient woodlands in Britain and examine its unique wildlife.

Join Ray Woods on this short walk that will start at the Visitor Centre at 2pm, back about 5pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Fun with Watercolours Workshop

Fun with Watercolours Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 11th May 2019
Cost: £30 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along on this workshop to learn interesting ways of applying and manipulating watercolour and inks with Jennifer Chandler

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Come along on this workshop to learn interesting ways of applying and manipulating watercolour and inks using everyday products such as cling film, surgical spirit and salt with local artist Jennifer Chandler.

Suitable for everyone, no experience required!

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£30 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book. Held between 10am and 4pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

An Introduction to Coloured Pencils Workshop

An Introduction to Coloured Pencils Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 19th May 2019
Cost: £30 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
An opportunity to try this increasingly popular medium used by artists all over the world with Dave Richards.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

An opportunity to try this increasingly popular medium used by artists all over the world. Discover the world of coloured pencils and learn how to create your own detailed and colourful art.

This is a ‘hands on’ workshop designed to give a good understanding of techniques, materials used, and how these may be applied. It is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Places are limited so please book in advance on 01597 810880 .

£30 per person, payable in advance, held between 10am and 4pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Spring Craft Fayre

Spring Craft Fayre
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 25th May 2019 - 26th May 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Craft Fayre at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Our Visitor Centre is packed with local crafters and artists offering handmade jewellery, wildlife art, wooden crafts, paintings, craft demonstrations, up-cycled products, and traditional Welsh crafts.

Open between 10am and 4pm at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Dragons and Damsels

Dragons and Damsels
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 28th May 2019
Location: Dol y Mynach layby, Claerwen Valley
A fun afternoon of pond dipping - suitable for all the family. This is a bookable event.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

A fun afternoon of pond dipping - suitable for all the family. No unaccompanied children please.

Booking is essential - only 20 places available.

Book by calling 01597 810880.

Meet at Dol y Mynach layby, Claerwen Valley.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Tadpole Toddle

Tadpole Toddle
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 29th May 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come and look at pond animals in your own tray at the Centre - suitable for children under the age of 5/6. Bookable event.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Come and look at pond animals in your own tray at the Visitor Centre - suitable for younger children under the age of 5/6.

We will also take a toddle to our own small pond in the grounds of the Visitor Centre.

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

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Dam Open Day

Dam Open Day
Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 30th May 2019
Cost: £5 for adults and £1 for those aged 16 and under, cash payments only.
Location: Penbont car park, Elan Valley
Dam Open Day, turn up anytime between 1pm and 4pm. Please note new pricing details.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Join our Rangers at one of our Dam Open Days - a chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam & up to the central tower.

Park at Penbont car park & take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance. There is no need to book, simply turn up anytime between 1pm & 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.

Entry: £5 adults, £1 for those aged 16 and under with half of all proceeds going to our chosen charity - WaterAid. Please note that we can only accept cash, no cards.

Bushcraft Taster Session

Bushcraft Taster Session
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 31st May 2019
Cost: £10 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
This is a great way to find out what bushcraft is all about or to build on your current experience.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

This is a great way to find out what bushcraft is all about or to build on your current experience. These sessions will cover a variety of subjects such as knife skills, foraging, & natural cordage to name a few.

These sessions will be led by our qualified bushcraft instructor. All tools and equipment provided.

Minimum age 12 years. No unaccompanied children please.

Places are limited so please book in advance on 01597 810880.

£10 per person, payable in advance.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre at 2pm, until about 4pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.