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.    

Dam Patrol

Time: 9:30 am
Date: 21st October 2017
Location: Starts from Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Join our Dam Inspector on a regular patrol to learn about the history and monitoring of our dams and reservoirs

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Join our Dam Inspector on a regular patrol to learn about the history and monitoring of our dams and reservoirs. Booking essential on 01597 810880. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 9.30am, back about 1pm.

Dragon Festival

Dragon Festival
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 27th October 2017 - 29th October 2017
Cost: Free Event
Location: Rhayader Museum & Gallery (CARAD)
Rhayaders fabulous dragon festival is back!

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

Building on the success of last years event. We will be hosting the 2017 Dragon festival on the weekend of the 27th-29th October- with a little Halloween magic sprinkled in. Enjoy good food , live music and themed events. Join in our dragon procession and explore Rhayader beautiful town and countryside.

Autumn Craft Fayre

Time: 10:00 am
Date: 28th October 2017 - 29th October 2017
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Our Visitor Centre is packed with over 20 local crafters and artists offering an exciting range of products

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Our Visitor Centre is packed with over 20 local crafters and artists offering; handmade jewellery, wildlife photographs, wooden crafts, paintings, craft demonstrations, willow basket making, up-cycled garden art, natural homemade remedies & teas and traditional welsh pottery. Parents browse at your leisure thanks to our children’s craft table.

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

Howey Hedgehog Rescue

Time: 11:00 am
Date: 29th October 2017
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Join Howey Hedgehog Rescue's Elaine and Nigel to see what goes on behind the scenes during a hedgehog rescue.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Join Howey Hedgehog Rescue's Elaine and Nigel to see what goes on behind the scenes during a hedgehog rescue. Learn how to care for our prickly hogs and how to improve our gardens for wildlife.

Come along anytime between 11am and 3pm at the Visitor Centre.

Rhayader Walkers - Sunday Walks

Rhayader Walkers - Sunday Walks
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 29th October 2017
Location: Meet outside Rhayader Leisure Centre, Dark Lane
Sunday guided walks in Mid Wales

Contact(s): For general info, contact Carl Baker
Tel: 01597 810405

Nantgwyllt, Penygarreg, Elan Trail return
7 miles
For queries re this walk, contact Ray Harvey 01597 810047.

Please note:
People joining the walk do so at their own risk, with no responsibility being attached to any other individual or the group as a whole. Walkers should wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the terrain and season;
Routes may alter if weather conditions are inclement;
Dogs must be kept under close control;
Leaders reserve the right to exclude walkers they do not judge capable of safely completing the walk.

Spooky Spectacular Halloween Crafts

Time: 10:30 am
Date: 31st October 2017
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along and make your own scary accessories in time for Halloween.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Come along and make your own scary accessories in time for Halloween. Two sessions at the Visitor Centre - 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm until 3.30pm.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880. £3 per child. No unaccompanied children please.

Dam Open Day

Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 2nd November 2017
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 and up to the tower

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Join our Rangers at one of our big Dam Open Days - a chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam and 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 and take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance. Dam open between 1pm and 4pm.

There are steps inside the dam which may be wet and in some areas there are low light levels. Children should be carefully supervised at all times.
Minimum donation £1 for adults & children. All proceeds go to WaterAid.

Very Rhayader Christmas 2017

Very Rhayader Christmas 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 9th December 2017
Location: Rhayader Museum & Gallery (CARAD)
Celebrating Christmas in Rhayader

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

Our popular event a very Rhayader Christmas is again back on the 9th December 2017. Celebrate with fun activities , a mulled wine and a mince pie or two!! Please keep an eye out for updates for this event via our website and our facebook/twitter page

Santa's Grotto and Christmas Crafts

Time: 10:00 am
Date: 16th December 2017 - 17th December 2017
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Santa will be stopping at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. Children can meet him in his Grotto, and receive a free gift.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Santa will be stopping at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. Children can meet him in his Grotto, and receive a free gift.

While you wait to see Santa why not make your own Christmas crafts and decorations? Several local crafters will be attending, giving the chance for last minute Christmas shopping, as well as offering children the chance to have a go at making something for Christmas. Contact 01597 810880 for more information. Held at the Visitor Centre between 10am and 4pm.

Santa's Grotto and Christmas Crafts

Time: 10:00 am
Date: 24th December 2017
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Santa will be stopping at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. Don’t miss your chance to give him your Christmas list!

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Santa will be stopping at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. Don’t miss your chance to give him your Christmas list! While you wait to see Santa why not make your own Christmas crafts and decorations? Contact 01597 810880 for more information. Held at the Visitor Centre between 10am and 4pm.

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