A tour of the Estate with a birdwatching expert to see the typical breeding birds of the area. Suitable for beginners and experienced bird watchers. Please bring binoculars if you have them and suitable clothing/footwear for some short walks. Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre (Grid reference SN 928646) at 9.30am, back about 1pm. Bookings in advance on 01597 810880. We reserve the right to change/cancel events. www.elanvalley.org.uk
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Adventure is all very well in its place. Clambering up a rock face or hurtling down a zip wire definitely have their attractions. But sometimes you just want to take it easy.
It doesn’t get more relaxing than a trip on a steam railway. Although we must admit the steep climb up Golfa Bank on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway can be a bit hair-raising if you’re not used to it. The rhythmic huffing and puffing as you wind your way through the wildlife-rich Banwy Valley will soon restore your equilibrium. The dreamy clickety-clacks of the Corris Railway near Machynlleth, the first narrow gauge line in Mid Wales, will have much the same effect.
And the Brecon Mountain Railway, which starts three miles north of Merthyr Tydfil and ends in the remote splendour of the Brecon Beacons National Park, might well be the best way yet devised to recharge your batteries without actually leaving your seat. With the possible exception of a slow cruise down the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Just you, the kingfishers and a landscape drifting by at walking pace.
After a morning like that, you’ll be ready for anything. As long as it doesn’t involve too much physical effort. We recommend a visit to the National Cycle Collection in Llandrindod Wells or a tour of the Welsh Royal Crystal factory in Rhayader. Or perhaps a trip to the Cambrian Woollen Mill in Llanwrtyd Wells. But do watch out for Ieuan the animatronic shepherd. He could get you excited if you’re not careful.
Artist tecstilau o Gymru yw Helly Powell; mae’n byw yn Sir Fynwy ble mae’n creu cerfluniau “Fauxidermy” sydd wedi dal dychymyg llawer o bobl. Gwaith enwocaf Helly yw ei chasgliad “Parc Lodge”, ac mae hi wedi uno â melin decstilau Melin Tregwynt ac oriel CRiC Crucywel i greu casgliad newydd, “Creaduriaid y Mabinogi”, sy’n dod â bywyd newydd i fywyd gwyllt cynhenid tirwedd hudol Cymru.
Helly Powell is a Welsh textile artist living in Monmouthshire where she creates “Fauxidermy” sculptural pieces which have caught the imagination of many. Best known for her “Parc Lodge” collection, Helly has joined forces with Welsh textile mill, Melin Tregwynt and Crickhowell’s oriel CRiC gallery to create a new collection, “The Beasts of the Mabinogion”, breathing life into the native wildlife of an ancient mystical Welsh landscape. In celebration of the national ‘Year Of Legends’, the exhibition is on tour.
Sunday 21st May 2017 between 11am and 4pm for the Glanusk Estate Fayre & NGS Open Garden. Once again the Family Run Tea Tent will be serving hot and cold drinks and a selection of cakes and biscuits, Sugarloaf catering return with their delicious menu and The Roaming Caravan Co. Mobile Caravan Bar will be here with their cocktail bar also serving beer and wine. ITV's Ruth Wignall will be opening the event and Nellie Pom Poms will be in conversation with Lynne Allbutt, Terry Walton and Andrew T Price. There will also be demonstrations from Out to Learn Willow love lily Bagpiper in South Wales John Campbell and Dryad Bushcraft. All the stands are under cover so whatever the weather it promises to be a fun day where visitors can enjoy the garden. Funds for National Garden Scheme.
Mae’r ŵyl Wanwyn yn ddathliad gwych penwythnos o hyd o dyddynnu a bywyd gwledig, gyda rhaglen lawn mynd o adloniant, gweithgareddau addysgol i roi cynnig arnynt, arddangosfeydd a pherfformiadau ac yn cynnig y diwrnod allan perffaith.