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.    

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.

Paint your own Jewellery Workshop

Paint your own Jewellery Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 1st June 2019
Cost: £20 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come and paint your own earring and pendant set on wood or hand crafted clay with local artist A.K. Skipsey.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Come and paint your own earring and pendant set on wood or hand crafted clay with local artist A.K. Skipsey. All materials provided.

Places are limited, so please book in advance. £20 per person, payable in advance.

Two sessions available: 10am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 3.30pm.

Please call 01597 810880 to book your place.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Dambusters Walk

Dambusters Walk
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 2nd June 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.

Watercolour Landscapes For Beginners

Watercolour Landscapes For Beginners
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 9th June 2019
Cost: £30 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
David Ward will guide you on your journey to learning new and essential techniques on this watercolour workshop.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

A workshop ideal for beginners. Local artist and qualified tutor David Ward will guide you every step of the way on your journey to learning new and essential techniques for the watercolourist.

Places are limited so please book in advance. Held between 10am and 4pm.

£30 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact 01597 810880 to book.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Standing Wool Rug Making Workshop

Standing Wool Rug Making Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 13th June 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: Galaxies and the Universe

Planetarium Show: Galaxies and the Universe
Time: 11:00 am
Date: 15th June 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Join Martin Nelmes & his team from the University of Aberystwyth and be taken on an exciting planetarium journey of our Universe

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Join Martin Nelmes and his team from the University of Aberystwyth and be taken on an exciting planetarium journey of our Universe.

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.

Crash! Bang! Wallop! Silver Jewellery Workshop

Crash! Bang! Wallop! Silver Jewellery Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 15th June 2019
Cost: £65 per person, payable in advance, plus £5-£25 silver allowance payable on the day
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Silver Jewellery Workshop with local jewellery designer/maker and teacher Joy Powell.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Learning traditional skills, use a range of hammers, punches and texturing techniques to create some unique jewellery in sterling silver and copper.

Led by Joy Powell, a local jewellery designer/maker and teacher.

No experience necessary. All tools and materials provided.

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

Held at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre between 10am and 4.30pm.

£65 per person, payable in advance, plus material costs of £5 to £25, payable on the day.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

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