Blaenavon Walking Festival Saturday 11 - Friday 17 April Take in some fantastic views on walks for all abilities. Discover the wealth of archaeology and wildlife on your doorstep. Booking essential, small charge for walks. Further details: www.visitblaenavon.co.uk/walkingfestival Telephone: 01495 742333
Blaenavon Ironworks - Easter Fun Sunday April 5th Easter Egg Trail
Free chocolate Easter Egg for the first 200 children who attend and complete our Easter Trail at Blaenavon Ironworks. Free entry to all visitors! Further details...
Blaenavon Heritage Railway
The Easter Bunny will be visiting the railway over the Easter weekend, every child will get an Easter Egg and there will be a range of activities to try plus, on Sunday and Monday, two trains will be running.
After that trains run every weekend with the first train being at 11.00 and the last at 3.30. A 60’s weekend is planned for the May Day Bank Holiday.
Fares at Easter are £8 adult, £7 senior and £6 child. Family tickets for 2 adults and up to 3 children are £22. These fares allow you to ride all day. Further details click
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Big Pit Annual Lecture, 11 April, 1:30pm, free
Guest speaker Wayne David MP for Caerphilly talks about the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike in our Annual Lecture. As a young man, living in a mining community, Wayne witnessed the miners’ strike at first hand. This talk will examine what the strike meant at the time, what were its implications and what is its historic significance.
“The Blaenavon Community Heritage and Cordell Museum is set to relocate to Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall. The Museum has now closed at Lion Street and will reopen at its new home later this year. The Museum has many exciting plans, so watch this space! Keep up to date on Facebook – www.facebook.com/blaenavonmuseum
Blaenavon Town Council has moved! Blaenavon Town Council has moved from it’s former home at Church View to 101 High Street, bringing a historic building back into use. The old “Workmen’s Hall House” was previously used as a rent office but had been unused apart from storage for the last few years. Deputy Mayor of Blaenavon Gareth Davies said “I am glad that we as a Town Council were able to contribute to the reopening of the house and hope that residents feel more able to contact the Town Council” The garden of the house will be replanted by the Blaenavon Branch of the British Legion as a memorial garden to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War 1.
Blaenavon Sustainable Cycle Link Under Construction An innovative new cycle route that completes the missing link between Torfaen and the Heads of the Valleys cycle network is under construction in Blaenavon.
The route will provide a traffic-free link between Brynmawr and Blaenavon, and creates a continuous cycle network from Newport to Merthyr Tydfil and Neath. It also makes popular tourist destinations such as the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, Big Pit, the Blaenavon Heritage Railway and Blaenavon Iron Works more accessible for cyclists.
A short video of Gwyn Smith from Sustrans talking about the route is available here www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vfty3FpGtA