Look through the calendar to see what is going on in and around the Blaenavon area.
The events listed are no more than 1 hours drive from the World Heritage Site so why not use Oakfield B&B as your base?
Hopefully there is something for everyone!

Aug
24
Thu
Storytelling & Craft Sessions In the Library @ Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library
Aug 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Storytelling and crafts

Storytelling & Crafts in the Library

Storytelling and crafts for children aged over 5 every Thursday throughout the summer school holidays.

2:30 – 3:30pm

For more information go to www.visitblaenavon.co.uk

Aug
27
Sun
Transport Rally At The Railway @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

August Transport RallyClassic Transport Show 2017

Something for everyone at Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway today.

Classic cars sit alongside vintage buses and tractors of all ages.  Plenty of memories and nostalgia served up for the senses with the smell of the smoke from the trains and the sounds of the whistles.

For more information on the event go to http://pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk

Presentation of a current Pontypool & Blaenavon Railways’ membership card allows the member 10% discount when staying with us.

 

Aug
28
Mon
Transport Rally At The Railway @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Aug 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

August Transport RallyClassic Transport Show 2017

Something for everyone at Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway today.

Classic cars sit alongside vintage buses and tractors of all ages.  Plenty of memories and nostalgia served up for the senses with the smell of the smoke from the trains and the sounds of the whistles.

For more information on the event go to http://pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk

Presentation of a current Pontypool & Blaenavon Railways’ membership card allows the member 10% discount when staying with us.

 

Aug
31
Thu
Storytelling & Craft Sessions In the Library @ Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library
Aug 31 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Storytelling and crafts

Storytelling & Crafts in the Library

Storytelling and crafts for children aged over 5 every Thursday throughout the summer school holidays.

2:30 – 3:30pm

For more information go to www.visitblaenavon.co.uk

Sep
8
Fri
Steam Gala – Whistles & Steam! @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 5:15 pm

Steam Train Gala 2017

This annual event is always popular with steam enthusiasts, individuals and families alike.

A wonderful sight to see as several steam trains run back and forth the track all day.  Don’t forget the nostalgic sound of the whistles and steam.

Guest trains will be on hand to add further excitement to the day so, young or old, why not pop along and take in the sights and sounds of a great day out.

Have a snack in the Tea Rooms and visit Eric’s Emporium.

Presentation of a current membership card allows members of the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway to have 10% discount when staying with us.

For more up to date information and lists of guest trains go to http://pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk

Sep
9
Sat
Canalathon – Canoe, Cycle, Run/Walk @ Start at Pontymoile Basin
Sep 9 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Canalathon

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canalathon 2017

Saturday September 9th 2017

The 2017 Canalathon celebrates over 200 years of one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain. This 35 mile endurance challenge will take you on an historic journey following the lovely wooded Usk Valley right into the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park terminating in the historic town of Brecon itself.
The Canalathon is not a race but a challenge! The Canalathon is very much a team event and as such your team is required to stay together! Consequently, you will not be allowed to leave transition areas or cross the finish line until all are present.

Event Details
Teams of four are invited to complete this epic challenge in under twelve hours. Teams consist of four people and a team manager! Team entry cost is £180 per team.

CANOE:

The challenge starts at Pontymoile Basin with a six mile open canoe stage to Goytre Wharf. There will be two persons per boat which will be open “Canadian” style. Canoes, buoyancy aids and paddles are included in the entry fee.

BIKE:

The eighteen mile cycle section is generally flat and takes places along the canal tow path from Goytre to Llangynider. The path surface is mixed but generally hard packed gravel.

However expect some bumpier sections in places and the possibility of mud in limited sections if the weather has been damp! Most types of bike would be suitable but we would suggest sturdier tyres than normal road ones to cope with some of the ungraded sections. A mountain bike is ideal but suspension is not necessary.

You are required to use your own bikes but there is the option to hire bikes at an additional cost if required.

RUN/WALK/HIKE:

The eleven mile Run / Walk / Hike is flat and follows a beautiful section of the canal to finish in Brecon where you will be greeted by rapturous applause, entertainment at Brecon Theatre. All entrants who complete the event will be awarded a commemorative medal as recognition of their achievements.

Whilst teams are expected to look after themselves during the challenge, there will be opportunities for additional refreshments and food during your journey.

A good team needs a good four team members team manager! You as a team are responsible for making sure that you can get to the start of the event, drop your bikes off at transition and collect them again afterwards.
Please note that it is possible to take part without a team manager but if you do this then your team has to be extremely organised and you as a team are responsible for dropping off / collecting bikes making your way to the start, collected at finish etc.

Steam Gala – Whistles & Steam! @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Sep 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:15 pm

Steam Train Gala 2017

This annual event is always popular with steam enthusiasts, individuals and families alike.

A wonderful sight to see as several steam trains run back and forth the track all day.  Don’t forget the nostalgic sound of the whistles and steam.

Guest trains will be on hand to add further excitement to the day so, young or old, why not pop along and take in the sights and sounds of a great day out.

Have a snack in the Tea Rooms and visit Eric’s Emporium.

Presentation of a current membership card allows members of the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway to have 10% discount when staying with us.

For more up to date information and lists of guest trains go to http://pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk

Sep
10
Sun
Steam Gala – Whistles & Steam! @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Sep 10 @ 11:00 am – 5:15 pm

Steam Train Gala 2017

This annual event is always popular with steam enthusiasts, individuals and families alike.

A wonderful sight to see as several steam trains run back and forth the track all day.  Don’t forget the nostalgic sound of the whistles and steam.

Guest trains will be on hand to add further excitement to the day so, young or old, why not pop along and take in the sights and sounds of a great day out.

Have a snack in the Tea Rooms and visit Eric’s Emporium.

Presentation of a current membership card allows members of the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway to have 10% discount when staying with us.

For more up to date information and lists of guest trains go to http://pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk

Sep
16
Sat
Abergavenny Food Festival 2017 @ Abergavenny Town
Sep 16 – Sep 17 all-day

Abergavenny Food FestivalAbergavenny Food Festival

This annual has been running since 1999 and is now seen as the biggest and best loved food event in Wales.
30,000 visitors flock to the market town of Abergavenny for this weekend.
With over 200 exhibitors, ticket holders can look forward to enjoying the delights of the finest food and drink producers, expert demonstrations and a line-up of experts and well known chefs.

Tickets, maps, guests line-up and other information can be found at www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Sep
23
Sat
Open Doors At The Ironworks @ Blaenavon Ironworks
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ironworks OpenOpen Doors Event With Guided Tours.

There will be guided tours over the weekend at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm, to show you how over two hundred years ago, a different form of cutting-edge technology enabled the power of steam to be harnessed, making Blaenavon possible and taking Wales’s industrial might to a new height.

Charging to casting. Charging took place at the ‘furnace top’ with coal, iron ore and limestone, before casting the molten metal in the yard below.

However, the ironworks is only one part of the story. The surrounding landscape is also revolutionary in its form and function. From mines to train lines, you can still trace the routes in and routes out, from raw material to finished product.

For more information go to cadw.gov.wales or phone 01495 792615