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!

May
26
Sat
Guided Walk – Human Endeavour Trail @ Start at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Human EndeavourHuman Endeavour

May 26th 10:00am – 1:00pm

Start your Bank Holiday off with a volunteer led guided walk of about 5 km (3 miles). The walk passes Rifle Green Car Park (alternative start point: SO262095), takes us up to the prominent chimney of Hill Pits, before returning via Garn Lakes reedbeds – an example of successful land reclamation in progress.
The walk takes you through the landscapes of the World Heritage Site.  You will see the scars left by man on their surroundings.

This walk will start from the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre at 10.00 a.m.

Suitable for older children, but not recommended for people with limited mobility as it goes over paths which may be muddy.
Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared in case of wet weather.
A leaflet about this route can be obtained from the World Heritage Centre.

For more information about the volunteers – Blaenavon World Heritage Environment Group – go to Facebook/BWHEG

Jun
2
Sat
Nocturnal Birds & Bat Evening Walk @ Start Point = Blaenavon World Heritage Centre Car Park
Jun 2 @ 9:15 pm – 11:00 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

Jul
8
Sun
Velothon Wales 2018 @ Start and finish in Cardiff
Jul 8 all-day

Velothon on the Blorenge Mountain road signVelothon Wales 2018

One of the most unique features of Velothon Wales is the mass start in the heart of Cardiff city centre. Competitors will be able to cycle on completely traffic free roads along the entire 140km route.  Starting in Cardiff, passing an abundance of striking architecture and iconic landmarks before rolling out into the Welsh countryside and on through Newport and the Borough Counties of Monmouthshire, Caerphilly and our home Torfaen.

The route climbs the famous ‘Tumble’ from Abergavenny to Blaenavon – the highest climb on the course.

Up to 18,000 riders are expected to take part with the majority fundraising for good causes.  The closed road sportive event will run alongside a UCI sanctioned professional race. There will be a King and Queen of the mountain challenge too.

For a detailed route map go to http://www.velothon-wales.co.uk

 

So why not practice on the Tumble before the big day while enjoying the Brecon Beacons National Park, Big Pit, Blaenavon Ironworks and much more?
Store your bikes in our garage while making a weekend of it with family, and friends, and stay with us while exploring the richness of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site

Visit Wales 'Cyclists Welcome' accreditation
Visit Wales ‘Cyclists Welcome’ accreditation

 

 

 

Jul
14
Sat
Nocturnal Birds & Bat Evening Walk @ Start Point = Blaenavon World Heritage Centre Car Park
Jul 14 @ 9:15 pm – 11:00 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
14
Fri
Steam Gala – Whistles & Steam! @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 5:15 pm

Steam Train Gala 2018

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

Steam Train Gala 2018

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
Sun
Steam Gala – Whistles & Steam! @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Sep 16 @ 11:00 am – 5:15 pm

Steam Train Gala 2018

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

Dec
1
Sat
Santa Specials in December @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway at Furnace Sidings
Dec 1 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Santa Specials

All aboard the Santa Specials to see Father Christmas!

Start the festive season by travelling on a steam train to see Santa in his grotto.

With presents for the children and a mince pie and sherry for the adults.
This is always a popular event. The tea room will be open along with Eric’s Emporium for the last minute gift.

Santa Specials are running every weekend throughout December.
The train will run between Furnace Sidings,Whistle Inn and Blaenavon High Level.
Booking is advisable for this event.

For more information and booking go to www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk

Dec
2
Sun
Santa Specials in December @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway at Furnace Sidings
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Santa Specials

All aboard the Santa Specials to see Father Christmas!

Start the festive season by travelling on a steam train to see Santa in his grotto.

With presents for the children and a mince pie and sherry for the adults.
This is always a popular event. The tea room will be open along with Eric’s Emporium for the last minute gift.

Santa Specials are running every weekend throughout December.
The train will run between Furnace Sidings,Whistle Inn and Blaenavon High Level.
Booking is advisable for this event.

For more information and booking go to www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk

Dec
8
Sat
Santa Specials in December @ Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway at Furnace Sidings
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Santa Specials

All aboard the Santa Specials to see Father Christmas!

Start the festive season by travelling on a steam train to see Santa in his grotto.

With presents for the children and a mince pie and sherry for the adults.
This is always a popular event. The tea room will be open along with Eric’s Emporium for the last minute gift.

Santa Specials are running every weekend throughout December.
The train will run between Furnace Sidings,Whistle Inn and Blaenavon High Level.
Booking is advisable for this event.

For more information and booking go to www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk