August 2022 Holiday Activities

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WWII Defence of Blaenavon Weekend.

The return of this very popular event at Blaenavon Ironworks on 6th & 7th August 11:00 am – 4.00 pm.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the 1940s with re-enactments, weapon and defence displays alongside music from the era.
Listen to wartime stories around the fireside in Stack Square.
Talk to living history actors to get a feel for how they defended their town and families.
Lots to see and do with the atmosphere of WWI.
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Cwm Pwcca – visited by Shakespeare?

Sunday 28th August another FREE guided walk led by the volunteers of the Blaenavon World Heritage Environment Group.

This walk of about 7 km (6 miles) takes us to the Clydach Gorge, supposedly the haunt of fairies and reputedly (but no proof) once visited by Shakespeare.

The walk will follow the old railway line (now SUSTRANS) and drop down through the woods to Clydach Village. We’ll then visit the old Clydach Ironworks before following the new Heads of the Valleys Road towards Cheltenham Village. Mourning en route the loss of the Drum and Monkey pub (if only for its name!), we’ll recross the road to the ancient Devil’s Bridge, before ascending to rejoin the railway line to Cwm Nant Gam, before returning to our stating point.

Blaenavon Heritage Railway

Throughout the August summer holidays the railway will be running every weekend and Wednesdays, culminating in a special Bank Holiday weekend event

More information on pricing and timetables can be found here.

Events and Activities at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

For children there will be many craft events taking place over the summer each Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am – 4:00pm until 25th August, including; easy weaving, pop-out bug cards, tote bag printing and many more.
Free entry.

On Sunday 7th August 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Darren “Graceland” Jones will be performing in the grounds of the Heritage Centre
He will be singing the songs of The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, in the grounds of the World Heritage Centre.
Free event.
Everyone is welcome.

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Outdoor Activities with Blaenavon World Heritage Environment Group

For children aged 7 – 11 BWHEG will be running a FREE programme of pond-dipping activities at Garn Lakes throughout the school holidays. Looking at life in the water and finding out what’s lurking in the depths as summer really gets going.

Every Saturday morning starting on 30th July and throughout August at 10:00am.

Also, Sunday 31st August there will be a guided walk to remember the Milfraen Pits disaster of July 1929

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Big Pit

Museum Sleepover 13th & 14th August.- The Natural World At Home
Join in for a wild expedition, set up camp, make your own binoculars, and get ready for a Museum adventure like no other, plus a live video call to a South African safari to spot some elephants!
Tickets are selling fast. £5 per family and available in Welsh, English and BSL.