Blaenavon World Heritage Site - March 2016 News & Events.
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Cracking Fun at The Blaenavon World Heritage Centre this Easter

Throughout the Easter holidays there will be lots of things to do and make at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. Tuesday to Friday on both weeks you will be able to get creative making fun items with Artie Crafty and Julian from Paisley Bird. You can also take part in the Easter Quiz to crack the code and win a prize. For more information go to Visit Blaenavon website or telephone 01495 742333.


Big Pit: Easter Holidays

Join in our Mini Miners Quest around the Pithead Baths from Monday 29 March – Friday 8 April, 11am-4pm Find all the answers and at the end swap your completed sheet for an Easter treat. Small charge may apply. Visit the Big Pit website for more info.

Blaenavon Heritage Railway

The Easter Bunny will be waiting to greet you as the railway starts its 2016 season. He will be around over all four days of the Easter weekend and there will be a chocolate treat for all children. After Easter the railway will run every weekend and Bank Holiday until the end of September. See our new website for full details.
Blaenavon Ironworks: Easter Egg Hunt

Hop along to Blaenavon Ironworks this Easter Sunday 27th March 2016  and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt. 11am – 4pm. Free to all.


200 Year Anniversary of St Peter’s School

St Peter’s School built in 1816 was founded by Sarah Hopkins when she recognised a need to provide free education for the children of Blaenavon. 200 years on the school is now the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library. This April there will be an exhibition and launch event to celebrate 200 years of this beautiful and important building. More information to follow soon!


Blaenavon joins in with Earth Hour – the global celebration of our brilliant planet

Local children and families have recently taken part in a project where they have worked with Head 4 Arts and local poet Patrick Jones to create poems about what they love about our planet. Individuals were then filmed reciting their poems as a part of a film celebrating everything that is brilliant about our planet. The final film will be shown at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre on the evening of 19th March as part of the Earth Hour event. For more information or to sign up to WWF Earth Hour visit

Congratulations to Hadrian’s Wall –  winner of Countryfile’s Heritage Site of the Year 2015/16

The BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards have been announced and the historic marvel of Hadrian’s Wall has won Heritage Site of the Year. This historic marvel stretches 73 miles from the Solway Firth to Wallsend, and was built by the Romans at the behest of Emperor Hadrian, with construction  commencing in 122AD. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, a significant portion of the stone wall still stands, offering a fascinating insight into the life of the legions and Roman military strategy. Not only can visitors admire the world-class archaeology, the area also offers spectacular landscapes and vibrant wildlife – and great pubs Visit for more info.

Blaenavon traders join campaign to tackle dog fouling  

Traders in Blaenavon have joined a campaign initiative to tackle dog fouling in the town. Shops displaying a Green Dog Walker poster in the window will keep a stock of dog waste bags behind the counter so that any dog walkers who have forgotten their bags when out walking their dogs in the town can call in and pick up a spare bag. The sealed bags of dog waste can then be placed in any public bin thus giving dog owners a chance to help secure a clean and safe environment.

Torfaen’s Green Dog Walker scheme asks dog walkers to pledge to dispose of their pet’s waste responsibly, and leave ‘only foot prints’ when walking their pets. To find out more visit

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