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.    

Craft drop in session for families

Craft drop in session for families
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 30th October 2019
Cost: £2 per person
Location: Quillies, East Street, Rhayader
Drop in craft session for families including 'poke the dragon'

Contact(s): Rosemary Stow
Tel: 01597 810237

A craft drop in session for families.

Pompom making, peg loom weaving, weaving on sticks and forks, simple braiding and 'poke the dragon'.
Session open from 10am to 3pm and costs £2 per person

Spooky Spectacular Halloween Crafts

Spooky Spectacular Halloween Crafts
Time: 10:30 am
Date: 31st October 2019
Cost: £5 per child, payable on the day
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, with spooky glitter tattoos from Inky Sparkles!

No unaccompanied children please.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

Two sessions - 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

£5 per child.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Paint your own Coasters Workshop

Paint your own Coasters Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 2nd November 2019
Cost: £20 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Paint your own set of coasters on reclaimed Welsh slate with local artist A.K. Skipsey. All materials provided.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Paint your own set of coasters on reclaimed Welsh slate 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 avaialble: 10am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 3.30pm.

Please call 01597 810880 to book your place.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Blast-Off! Bottle Rockets

Blast-Off! Bottle Rockets
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 3rd November 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.

Standing Wool Rug Making Workshop

Standing Wool Rug Making Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 14th November 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

An Introduction to Rag Rug Making

An Introduction to Rag Rug Making
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 20th November 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

Christmas Craft Fayre

Christmas Craft Fayre
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 7th December 2019 - 8th December 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.

Elan Festive Evening

Elan Festive Evening
Time: 4:00 pm
Date: 14th December 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along to our festive evening with shopping, carols and mulled wine

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Come and join us on our festive evening - late night shopping, carols around the tree, mince pies, truffles and mulled wine with carols from 5pm with Rhayader Male Voice Choir.

Held at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre between 4pm and 6pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Dambusters Walk

Dambusters Walk
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 27th December 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 10am, back about 1pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Planetarium Show: Planets Around Distant Stars

Planetarium Show: Planets Around Distant Stars
Time: 11:00 am
Date: 16th February 2020
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

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.

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