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!

Apr
4
Sat
Railway Volunteer Recruitment @ Blaenavon Heritage Railway
Apr 4 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

volunteer recruitmentEver wanted to work on a steam or diesel train?

Blaenavon’s Heritage railway are holding a volunteer recruitment weekend 4th & 5th April dedicated to giving potential volunteers a taster for the railway. There be representatives from all departments on hand to answer questions and show people around the site and railway. There are plans to have one steam and one diesel locomotive in use.
Trains will be running on the normal 4 train timetable.
Pop along and see for yourself what it’s all about.

For up to date information go to pbrly.co.uk

Apr
5
Sun
Railway Volunteer Recruitment @ Blaenavon Heritage Railway
Apr 5 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

volunteer recruitmentEver wanted to work on a steam or diesel train?

Blaenavon’s Heritage railway are holding a volunteer recruitment weekend 4th & 5th April dedicated to giving potential volunteers a taster for the railway. There be representatives from all departments on hand to answer questions and show people around the site and railway. There are plans to have one steam and one diesel locomotive in use.
Trains will be running on the normal 4 train timetable.
Pop along and see for yourself what it’s all about.

For up to date information go to pbrly.co.uk

May
3
Sun
Dawn Chorus – An Early Morning Walk (Very Early!!) @ Start at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
May 3 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 am

Dawn Chorus WalkWake Up With The Dawn Chorus!

The walks leaves Blaenavon World Heritage Centre at 6:00am on Sunday 3rd May.

Yep! That early. Literally up with the early birds.

Join International Dawn Chorus Day with a short walk from the World Heritage Centre to Forgeside Woodlands to hear our resident birds and summer visitors at their best. Learn to identify common birds by song from our experts.

This walk is part of the walking programme for 2020 being led by volunteers from Blaenavon World Heritage Environment Group – BWHEG for short.

It would be great for people to support this knowledgeable group of volunteers (Oakfield B&B proprietors are active members of BWHEG)

For more information go to BWHEG.Wales

May
24
Sun
Coal Train Weekend @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
May 24 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway logoCoal Train Weekend

This Bank Holiday there will be the a new addition to the annual calendar – coal trains!

Coal Train Weekend will see a mixture of Passenger and Freight trains operate with steam and diesel locomotives. This is the chance to see the new ‘mini-windcutter’ Mineral Wagons operating on a public open day.

The first train leaves Furnace Sidings at 11:00am and the last train arrives at 5:15pm.  Refreshments can be purchased on board.

Alternatively, spend some time on the platform admiring the trains or having some food in the tea room.  Eric’s Emporium will also be open so why not buy a memento of your visit.

For more information, updates and detailed timetables go to http://pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk

Veteran, Steam & Vintage Rally @ Bailey Park, Abergavenny
May 24 @ 11:00 am – 5:15 pm

Veteran Steam and Vintage RallyAbergavenny Steam, Veteran & Vintage Rally

Every year on this Bank Holiday we see the return of this very popular event.
Steam traction engines and veteran and vintage vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

As you go through the main gate you will be greeted by a steam organ playing music with automatons conducting.
Exhibits will include classic motorcycles and pushbikes alongside smaller, and even miniature, steam engines.
Classic cars will be on show and paraded in the main ring during the day.
Veteran army, commercial, fire and police vehicles will also be on display.

The model tent will hold displays

There are plenty of stalls to browse around the outskirts of the arena from plants to car spare parts.

There will be a play area for the children and a food court so plenty for all the family – the hog roast rolls are always popular!

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

 

May
25
Mon
Coal Train Weekend @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway logoCoal Train Weekend

This Bank Holiday there will be the a new addition to the annual calendar – coal trains!

Coal Train Weekend will see a mixture of Passenger and Freight trains operate with steam and diesel locomotives. This is the chance to see the new ‘mini-windcutter’ Mineral Wagons operating on a public open day.

The first train leaves Furnace Sidings at 11:00am and the last train arrives at 5:15pm.  Refreshments can be purchased on board.

Alternatively, spend some time on the platform admiring the trains or having some food in the tea room.  Eric’s Emporium will also be open so why not buy a memento of your visit.

For more information, updates and detailed timetables go to http://pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk

Veteran, Steam & Vintage Rally @ Bailey Park, Abergavenny
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 5:15 pm

Veteran Steam and Vintage RallyAbergavenny Steam, Veteran & Vintage Rally

Every year on this Bank Holiday we see the return of this very popular event.
Steam traction engines and veteran and vintage vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

As you go through the main gate you will be greeted by a steam organ playing music with automatons conducting.
Exhibits will include classic motorcycles and pushbikes alongside smaller, and even miniature, steam engines.
Classic cars will be on show and paraded in the main ring during the day.
Veteran army, commercial, fire and police vehicles will also be on display.

The model tent will hold displays

There are plenty of stalls to browse around the outskirts of the arena from plants to car spare parts.

There will be a play area for the children and a food court so plenty for all the family – the hog roast rolls are always popular!

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

 

Nocturnal Birds & Bat Evening Walk @ Start Point = Blaenavon World Heritage Centre Car Park
May 25 @ 9:00 pm – 10:45 pm

NightjarNocturnal Birds & Bat Evening

As part of Wales Biodiversity Week BWHEG volunteers will be recording bats and nocturnal birds in the Blaenavon Community Woodland.

After driving to Llanover Road at dusk they will look and listen for the mysterious Nightjars emerging from the woods to hunt over the moor, as well as owls and other birds.

The volunteers will be using acoustic bat detectors to convert their ultrasound echolocation calls to ones that can be heard and, with the aid of state-of-the-art technology, identify automatically.

Pipistrelle Bat

Suitable for all, the event will involve a little walking on the road.
Bring binoculars if you have them. Bat detectors will be made available.
Please note that the activity will be cancelled in the event of wet or very windy weather.

This activity is child friendly with an “easy” exertion level.
No dogs on this event.

For more information about the work of the volunteers go to bwheg.wales or Facebook.com/BWHEG

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

volunteer recruitmentSteam Train Gala 2020

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.

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

Sep
12
Sat
Steam Train Gala – Whistles & Steam! @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 5:15 pm

volunteer recruitmentSteam Train Gala 2020

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.

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