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.    

An Introduction to Rag Rug Making

An Introduction to Rag Rug Making
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 18th June 2019
Cost: £45, including lunch and refreshments
Location: Quillies, East Street, Rhayader
Learn the hooking and prodding techniques of rag rug making with Rosemary Stow.

Contact(s): Rosemary Stow
Tel: 01597 810237

Using a hook or prodder, hessian and yarn, you will learn how to create rugs, cushion covers, wall art and accessories.
All tools and materials are provided but please bring along any yarn, ribbons, or fabric you would like to experiment with.
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 your place

Blast-Off! Bottle Rockets

Blast-Off! Bottle Rockets
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 22nd June 2019
Cost: £3 per rocket
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along to the Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket.

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 - 3pm.

Only £3 for your rocket materials.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

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.

Watercolour Landscapes For Beginners

Watercolour Landscapes For Beginners
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 7th July 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.

Dambusters Walk

Dambusters Walk
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 13th July 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.

Batik workshop - inspired by John Piper

Batik workshop - inspired by John Piper
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 20th July 2019
Cost: £60 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Batik workshop inspired by John Piper, led by Jenny O'Leary

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

The artist John Piper created atmospheric images of the English landscape & its architecture. Using his work as inspiration Jenny O'Leary will teach you how to use the technique of batik – hot wax resist working on tissue paper & found papers with bleach & inks to create atmospheric textures & effects.

No experience is necessary as the technique will be taught from scratch. A number of samples will be created during the workshop.

Places are limited - book on 01597 810880.

£60 per person, payable in advance. Held between 10am & 4pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Dam Open Day

Dam Open Day
Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 30th July 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.

One Day Spoon Carving Workshop

One Day Spoon Carving Workshop
Time: 9:30 am
Date: 3rd August 2019
Cost: £60 per person, payable in advance
Location: TBC
Spoon Carving Workshop 9.30am until 4.30pm

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

This course is designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend. Suitable for beginners or those who’ve carved before and want to improve.

Learn to carve greenwood spoons using traditional tools. We’ll cover a range of safe carving techniques with axe, straight knife & hook knife. We will look at different types of wood and their properties.

All tools and materials provided. A packed lunch can be provided at additional cost.

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

£60 per person, payable in advance.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Dragons and Damsels

Dragons and Damsels
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 7th August 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.

Blast-Off! Bottle Rockets

Blast-Off! Bottle Rockets
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 13th August 2019
Cost: £3 per rocket
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along to the Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket.

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 - 3pm.

Only £3 for your rocket materials.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

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