Blaenavon World Heritage Site – Spring 2019 News & Events
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Events and Attractions

Step into the heart of iron and coal
Virtual reality transports visitors back in time at Blaenavon World Heritage Site
Those interested in industrial history and Welsh heritage will be able to discover the sights and sounds of Victorian Blaenavon this spring, with the unveiling of an advanced digital project at the world-renowned Blaenavon World Heritage Site.
In partnership with Big Pit National Coal Museum, Torfaen County Borough Council launched a brand-new 360⁰ virtual reality experience yesterday (25 March 2019), which allows users to experience life as it was in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site during the 19th and 20th centuries. 
Featuring real characters from Blaenavon’s industrial past, the Time Travel in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site experience uses audio storytelling and three-dimensional technology to display the town’s rich industrial history through three virtual reality films ― showcasing life at Big Pit, the town primary school and the home of a local family in Blaenavon Heritage Town.
Using smart devices, the immersive content can be viewed at three iconic locations across the internationally celebrated region, including Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Blaenavon Heritage Town ― which all feature in the immersive films.
For more information about Blaenavon World Heritage Site and its new virtual reality experience, visit, follow @VisitBlaenavon on Twitter or find Visit Blaenavon on Facebook.
Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library
Easter Holiday Activities to keep all the family occupied.
Craft Workshops 16th & 17th and 23rd & 24th April (£1 each per craft activity)
Story & Craft in Library Thursday 18th & 25th April at 2.30pm. Free entry (pre-booking required). Easter Egg Hunt every day - £1 entry.

Click here for more details
Factory Girls 1st - 26th May
Come to Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and see the ‘Factory Girls’ photography exhibition by renowned local Welsh photographer Walter Waygood. This exhibition depicts women who worked in local factories in Blaenavon and surrounding areas during the 1970’s and 80’s. 
The photographs portray the working conditions, fashions and camaraderie of these women whose craft skills have been largely replaced by a work force of cheap labour from such places as China and India.
Come to the exhibition and see if you can recognise these women and put names to their faces.
There will also be a new book release 'Miners and Factory Girls' joining together two bodies of work. Free entry.
Meet the Dinosaurs
Wednesday 29th May 11am-4pm
Come and meet the Dinosaurs at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre.  Meet Ronnie the T-Rex and his Dinosaur friends or become an archaeologist and find a fossil on one of the fossil tables. Free entry.
Big Pit National Coal Museum
6 April, 1.30pm
Annual Lecture with guest speaker Siân James former MP for Swansea East

As a young mother, Siân James became involved in the family support networks surrounding the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike. After the end of the strike, she became involved in women's rights campaigns. Siân was elected as MP in May 2005, the first woman to represent Swansea East. FREE.
Easter Activities

Soft Play
3 April - 28 April, 11am-4pm

FREE soft play in our Play lab. Suitable for under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Easter Trail
13 April - 28 April, 11am-4pm

Follow our Easter Trail around the Museum, find all the clues and collect your prize. £1 per child.

Crafts and Face Painting
17, 19, 24 & 26 April, 11am-4pm

Come along, make a craft and have your face painted. £1 per child.
Father’s Day Feastival
16 June 11am-4pm

Join us for a Father’s Day with a difference at Big Pit National Coal Museum with local food and drink stalls, live music, free family entertainment including soft play, crafts and face-painting plus the world famous underground tour.
For more information, call: 029 2057 3650 or visit:
Blaenavon Ironworks
Sat 20th & Sun 21st April 2019 (10:00am – 4:00pm)
Have fun at the Ironworks with the children’s Easter Egg Trail.
Click here for more details.
Blaenavon Heritage Railway

Sat 6th & Sun 7th April.
Volunteer recruitment weekend. A weekend dedicated to giving you a taster for the railway.

Fri 19th - Sun 22nd April.
Trains running over the Easter weekend. Chocolate treat for children.

Sun 26th & Mon 2th May.
Coal Train weekend. See a mixture of Passenger and Freight trains operate with steam and diesel locomotives.

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June.
Model Railway weekend.

Click here for more details
Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall
Fri 12 & Sat 13 April 2019
 Theatre AdHoc @ The Workmen’s proudly announce that BLOOD BROTHERS THE PLAY tickets are now on sale.
Click here for more details.
Guided Walks
organised by Blaenavon World Heritage Environmental Group Volunteers
 These guided walks are all circular routes starting 10:00am from the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library.
Saturday 27th April “Milfraen Pits” – approx. 10km/6mls. The route takes in the Garn Lakes, former Milfraen & Red Ash Collieries and Coity Tip.
Saturday 25th May “Human Endeavour” – approx. 5km/3mls. The route passes the iconic Hill Pit chimney stack and Garn Lakes.
Saturday 29th June “On the Level(s)” – 7.5km/4.5mls. The route climbs past old coal and iron workings around the Whistle Inn and Forgeside.
Spring's Out
Sat April 6th.
Blaenavon Town Team presents a family fun day event and craft/food market in Market Street carpark and the Constitutional Club between 10:00am  - 17:00pm; for further information contact john (

Community News

There are two new exciting retail outlets opening in Blaenavon. “Sprinklez” which sells Unique Gifts and Bespoke Furniture at 76-78 Broad Street and “The Flour Girls”, which is a cupcake shop and bakery at 67 Broad Street.
In May 2019 Torfaen Customer Care Services will be relocating to Blaenavon Resource Centre, Middle Coed Cae Road.
The opening hours will be Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm and services will include queries relating to Council Tax, Benefits, Waste, recycling and Highways.
Customers will be able to make payments and have assistance with Council queries. For more information contact 01495 762200

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