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: Rhayader Art Group

Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 1st July 2019 - 30th September 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Rhayader Art Group's "Summer Exhibition" showcases their range of talents with all original artwork 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 from 10am until 4pm at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Dam Open Day

Dam Open Day
Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 1st September 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 and 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 is £5 for adults & £1 for those aged 16 and under with half of all proceeds going to our chosen charity - WaterAid. We can only take cash payments, no cards.

Railway Ramble

Railway Ramble
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 3rd September 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
A gentle 3 mile walk following the line of the old railway from the Visitor Centre to Cwmdauddwr

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

A gentle 3 mile walk following the line of the old railway from the Visitor Centre to Cwmdauddwr, looking at historical features of interest along the way.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre at 10am, back around 12 noon.

A lift back to the Visitor Centre will be available afterwards.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Rhayader Walkers Tuesday Evening Walk

Rhayader Walkers Tuesday Evening Walk
Time: 6:15 pm
Date: 3rd September 2019
Cost: Free
Location: Elan Village, Lower Llanfadog Trail
2.5 mile walk from Elan Village, Lower Llanfadog Trail led by Ray Harvey

Contact(s): Ray Harvey
Tel: 01597 810047
Sponsored By: Rhayader Walkers

People joining walks do so at their own risk. It is suggested walkers wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the terrain. All walks, except when stated differently meet at the Rhayader Leisure Centre Car Park in Dark Lane at least 5 minutes before the starting time. Dogs must be kept under close control at all times.

Dambusters Walk

Dambusters Walk
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 4th September 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
A 4 mile guided walk to learn about the area, including Nant y Gro Dam - used for tests before the WW2 Dambusters Raid

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

A 4 mile guided walk to learn about the area, including the remains of Nant y Gro Dam which was used for tests before the WW2 Dambusters Raid.

There is a steep climb of 40 metres up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140 metre climb.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre at 2pm, back about 5pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Garreg Ddu Circuit

Garreg Ddu Circuit
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 5th September 2019
Location: Nantgwyllt Church car park, Elan Valley
A 6 mile low-level reservoir circuit with some woodland and farmland paths as well as the Elan Valley Trail

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

A 6 mile low-level reservoir circuit with some woodland and farmland paths as well as the Elan Valley Trail. Wear walking boots.

Meet at Nantgwyllt Church car park at 10am, back around 2pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Village Tour

Village Tour
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 7th September 2019
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.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Standing Wool Rug Making Workshop

Standing Wool Rug Making Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 7th September 2019
Cost: £45, including lunch and refreshments
Location: Quillies, East Street, Rhayader
Discover this forgotten rug making technique with Rosemary Stow, one of the few practitioners of this craft in the UK.

Contact(s): Rosemary Stow
Tel: 01597 810237

As with all rag rug making techniques, standing wool uses upcycled materials - specifically boiled wool. All tools and materials will be provided but, if you have any wool jumpers or scarves that have shrunk in the wash please bring them along.

At the end of the workshop you will have made a couple of coasters and/ or a trivet which could also form the centre of a rug should you wish to continue with this craft.

The workshop runs from 10am to 4pm with a break at 1pm for a lunch of soup and bread.
Please state any dietary requirements when booking

Planetarium Show: Stories in the Sky - Constellations

Planetarium Show: Stories in the Sky - Constellations
Time: 11:00 am
Date: 8th September 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Join Martin Nelmes & his team from the University of Aberystwyth and be taken on an exciting planetarium journey!

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Ever wanted to make sense of the wonderful array of stars in our sky? Martin Nelmes and his team from the University of Aberystwyth will help you to join the dots and learn about the origins of the well-known constellations.

Whether you are new to star gazing or simply curious this will enhance your knowledge about what’s up there!

Four FREE Shows at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 01597 810880.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Rhayader Walkers Tuesday Evening Walk

Rhayader Walkers Tuesday Evening Walk
Time: 6:15 pm
Date: 10th September 2019
Cost: Free
Location: Elan Trail, Neuadd, Glan Elan
2.5 mile walk including Elan Trail, Neuadd, Glan Elan led by Ray Harvey

Contact(s): Ray Harvey
Tel: 01597 810047
Sponsored By: Rhayader Walkers

People joining walks do so at their own risk. It is suggested walkers wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the terrain. All walks, except when stated differently meet at the Rhayader Leisure Centre Car Park in Dark Lane at least 5 minutes before the starting time. Dogs must be kept under close control at all times.

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