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

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library
Summer Sundays:
Come and listen to these bands and performers in the Heritage Centre and grounds throughout the summer.
Sun 7th July: Cwmbran Brass Band. 2pm-4pm. Free Entry.
Sun 14th July: Blaenavon Town Band. 2pm-4pm. Free Entry.
Sun 21st July: Oakdale Silver Band. 2pm-4pm. Free Entry.
Sun 28th July: Newbridge Celynen Band. 2pm-4pm. Free Entry.
Sun 4th August: Family Magic Show. 2pm-3pm.  £1 entry. Tickets available from

Recycling Crafts
Wed 24th, 31st July, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Aug. 11am-4pm Summer Recycling Crafts with the Council’s Recycling Team. Make Wind Spinners, Bubble Snakes and Mobiles using recycled materials. Free Entry.

Summer Slime Workshop
Tuesday 20th August 11am-4pm.  £1 entry.  Sticky Summer Slime workshop - fun with gunge! £1 entry.
Library Story & Craft
 Every Thursday starting 25th July 2.30 – 3.30pm, last session 29th August 2019. (5-10yrs)
These sessions are free but booking is advised. Telephone 01495 742803 to book.
Big Pit National Coal Museum
9th May, 21st June & 15th July Dementia Friendly Underground Tours
Tea and a chat with a miner guide before a relaxed pace, supported underground tour. Suitable for those living with dementia and their carers.
FREE admission but booking required.
Email or phone 02920 573650 to book.
Blaenavon Heritage Railway
During the school holidays the railway operates on selected Wednesdays during July and August. 
Sun 25th & Mon 26th August Classic Transport Show
A festival of classic transport with many vehicles on display and the chance to travel behind the classic steam and diesel loco’s in 1950’s Mk1 carriages.
Travel from the main station at Furnace Sidings to the Big Pit National Mining Museum for an underground tour.
13th – 15th September Steam Gala
Home engines and guest engines to be confirmed
Blaenavon Ironworks
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July  South Wales Steampunk Extraordinarium Steampunk returns to Blaenavon Ironworks for the fourth year.
Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall
A Tribute to Abba – Mama Mia Saturday July 2019, 4-30pm - 11-00am
& 7.45pm - 11.00pm

Come and see one of the UK’s finest Tributes, Abbasolutely Abba.  The four piece band are known across the UK and Europe for producing an extra special show so come and join us for a fun evening of entertainment.
BWHEG Volunteers
These guided walks are all circular routes starting 10:00am from the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library.
Saturday 27th July “Mynydd Y Garn Fawr” – approx. 9.5km/6mls. The route heads towards Keepers Pond then on to Foxhunter Car Park before following the ridge to the cairn and returning to the start via Llanover Road.
Saturday 31st August “Gilwern Hill” – approx. 12.5km/8mls. The route takes in Dyne Steel Incline, Pwll Du, Gilwern Hill and Keepers Pond.
Saturday 28th September “The Dog Stone” – approx. 7km/4.5mls. The route passes through Forgeside then up Varteg Hill to the Dogstone.
For more information go to

Blaenavon Town
Saturday 20th July 11:00am – 5:00pm
Dance On The Mountain/Dawns Ar Y Mynydd
This is the fourth year for the free dance festival in Blaenavon Town Centre organised by Dawnsyr Blaenafon (with some activities at the World Heritage Centre). For more information go to
Saturday 17th August
Family Fun day at Blaenavon Flower Park and Rugby Club
There will be a dog show, craft and food stalls, tug-o-war, Morris dancing and bouncy slide. Fun for all the family!
The Heritage Hwb Summer programme!
This summer children aged 8-12 can join us in our new and exciting World Heritage summer workshops. With awesome interactive arts and crafts, workshops, and wacky welsh Wednesdays, keep them having fun all day long. 

Monday – Friday, 10am-3pm
Only £5 per day (lunch included) or £20/week
The Doorway, 69 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9NH 

22nd - 26th July 2019: Inspiring Italy
July 29th – August 3rd 2019: Impressive India
5th – 9th August 2019:  Awesome Australia
12th – 16th Aug 2019: Fantastic France
19th – 23rd August 2019: American Adventure
Places limited so book now! / 07879247230

Community News

Blaenavon's Boer War dead to be honoured with new memorial
Plans for a new plaque to commemorate two soldiers from Blaenavon who were killed in action during the Boer War have been outlined.
The Blaenavon branch of the Royal British Legion have applied for listed building consent for a new plaque to be added to the war memorial clock tower outside Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall.

The plaque would be inscribed in memory of Lance Corporal James Attwell, of the 1st Suffolk Regiment, who died aged 28 in Rensburg, South Africa on January 10, 1900.

And in memory of bombardier D.E. Cooke, of the Royal Artillery, who died at the Modder River, South Africa, on February 18, 1900 during the conflict.  His age is unknown.

The plaque would be added to the right (east) of the grade-II listed monument.
A bronze plaque is situated to the south, commemorating 118 men and women those who served the town in the First World War.
The monument also pays tribute to 60 men and women who served in World War Two, as well as to one soldier who died in the Northern Ireland conflict and one soldier who was killed in the Korean War.
The war memorial was originally built in 1931 as a tribute to soldiers who died in the First World War.
It was paid for by public and private subscriptions during a severe economic downturn in the area, according to the application.
A heritage impact assessment says: “These proposals will have a positive impact upon the cultural value of the memorial and would preserve the other areas on the memorial clock for any future conflicts to be recorded.

The plans are expected to be decided by Torfaen council in the coming weeks.

Experience Blaenavon in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Go to to travel back in time at the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. 

Step back to when Broad Street thrived as a commercial centre for the mining community, when the World Heritage Centre was a school for the Miner’s children and the Big Pit was at the peak of its production.  Meet the people who lived and worked in each location.

Use the Time Traveller’s Benches, located at the Big Pit; Blaenavon World Heritage Centre; and Broad Street, Blaenavon, or watch the films online or access them on your phone or tablet to experience the history of Blaenavon in virtual reality.

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