Blaenavon World Heritage Site November News & Events.
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Blaenavon Winter Wonderland  
Saturday 6 December, 11am – 4pm in Blaenavon Heritage Town, this will include:- 
  • Victorian Fun Fair
  • Santa's Grotto
  • Real Reindeer & Sleigh
  • Christmas Market
  • Children's Christmas Craft Activities 
  • Traditional & Specialist Shops
Plus a whole host of other themed events throughout December. For further information contact: 01495 742333 or visit the website.
Big Pit National Coal Museum        
Poppies for Remembrance Exhibition until Sunday 8 February 2015. This exhibition investigates the link between the cultural uses of poppies for remembrance and the science of biodiversity - the study of plant and animal species in the natural environment. More information...
Santa Specials at the Railway
It’s time to book for our Santa Specials, they run on each weekend in December and also Monday 22nd. Fares are £9 which includes a good quality gift for each child and sherry and mince pies for the adults. Advance booking is essential – trains were fully booked last year. Book on line at
 or by ringing 01495 708812.


Baroness addresses Blaenavon Partnership
Baroness Kay Andrews OBE addressed members of the Blaenavon Partnership at its annual meeting.
The Baroness, who is originally from Tredegar, is a consultant on culture and heritage to the Welsh Government, and recently published a report on how the power of art, culture and heritage can be used to address issues of social justice in Wales.
She said: “Blaenavon is an example of what a World Heritage Site should be and it is the way in which the community has engaged with its heritage that really sets it apart.”

Forgotten Landscape Conference A Success
Last month a conference in Blaenavon was held to see first hand the results of the Forgotten Landscapes Project (FLP). The project was established in 2008 to help develop the Blaenavon World Heritage Site as an internationally recognised visitor destination and will formally come to an end in May 2015.
Delegates came from across the UK and were treated to a series of talks and site visits over two days encompassing all aspects of the project.
To find out more about the project visit

Discover your Roots!
Want to trace your family tree? The volunteers of the Blaenavon Community Heritage Museum can help! The Museum holds FREE family history sessions, every Thursday (10:30am-1pm) at Blaenavon Library. The Museum boasts a wealth of records and research may also be arranged by appointment (in exchange for a donation). For more information call 01495 790991 or e-mail

Blaenavon World Heritage Environment Group
This group helps to preserve, maintain, enhance and promote the natural landscape and built heritage, within the World Heritage Site.
Recent activities include: Rebuilding and pointing the retaining wall at Hills Pit Cottages, Lapwing monitoring and Bracken bashing plus litter picking along the verge of the Blaenavon to Abergavenny Road.  More of these items can be viewed at 
BWHEG are looking for new ideas and projects for 2014-2015, if you have any proposals or thoughts for future tasks then please let us know?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer. Contact Ian Parker at BWHEG are based at the World Heritage Centre - Twitter @BWHEGVolunteers.

What A Day! 
The first ever ‘Canalathon’ took place along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal on Sunday September 14 with 200 participants completing the 33 mile event from Pontymoile to Brecon Basins. The 50 teams had a challenging but enjoyable day which involved a 5 mile canoe, 17 mile cycle and 11 mile walk / run. The concept of the Canalathon combines three leisure activities which can be enjoyed on the Canal. 
Today the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal is used for a wide range of leisure activities – walking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, boating as well as being a haven for wildlife – this being in contrast to its former use of transporting industrial and agricultural goods to the port at Newport. Watch this space for details of next years Canalathon! 

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