Blaenavon World Heritage Site January News & Events.
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Big Pit - Behind the Scenes Tours & Demonstration
Tues - Thurs throughout January

Find out about the type of work that goes on in keeping Big Pit open as one the UK’s leading tourist attractions and also a chance to ask our Conservation Engineer about how we conserve machinery today for display at Big Pit. The tour and demonstration last approx. 20 minutes each. 
Mini Miner Museum Matinees
Join us at 2pm for our FREE Museum Matinees, suitable for children of all ages. Why not come along dressed as your favourite character!
Sun 11 January – Walking with Dinosaurs (2013) U 87 mins.
Sun 18 January – Despicable Me 2 (2013) U 98 mins.
Celebrating Dwynwen
Sat 24 January, 12pm - 4pm
Help us Celebrate St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, with lovespoon and card making craft activities, love spoon carving demonstration and face painting. Small charge may apply for some activities.
Join the Blaenavon Town Team!    
If you would like to get involved or have some positives ideas to help your local town, join the Blaenavon Town Team!
They are  a small enthusiastic, volunteer group made up from all walks of life and representing various aspects of our Blaenavon community.  
Their aims are to promote the Town and what it has to offer and to consult with the people of Blaenavon on issues they’d like to help address. The next meeting is on Monday 12 January at 6pm in the Blaenavon’s Workmen’s Hall, please come along; we know there are lots of you out there with perhaps just a couple of hours to spare or a specialist skill that would add so much to our team. 
The Town Team meet once a month in the Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall, all welcome, for more information please find us on or
Save the Date -
Blaenavon Spring Fair    

Saturday 6 April - 

Further information will follow.
Visit the website for all our events or contact: 01495 742333.


Audiobook of Rape of the Fair Country released to celebrate Centenary
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the author's birth, Blaenavon-born actor Matt Addis has released a new unabridged recording of Alexander Cordell's best selling novel Rape of the Fair Country.
Rape of the Fair Country launched the career of Alexander Cordell and went on to sell millions of copies in seventeen languages throughout the world, to critical acclaim from names as prestigious as JB Priestley and the New York Times.
The audiobook was recorded in a specially constructed studio in Blaenavon, using a state-of-the-art sound recording suite, and edited in London by Sony Award winning producer Sarah Grun. It has been released across the world on iTunes, Amazon and


Torfaen to Host World Heritage Youth Summit
Children from across the UK will visit Torfaen later this year to take part in the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Youth Summit 2015.
The Youth Summit, which is held every few years at one of the country’s 28 World Heritage Sites, aims to promote understanding between cultures and communities, and ensure that the protection and promotion of World Heritage sites continues into the future.
The theme of the summit is ‘using World Heritage to create social innovation and change’, and will focus on Blaenavon as an example where World Heritage status has helped to regenerate an area and turn it into an international tourist attraction.
The Council has also made a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £60,000 to develop a youth ambassador scheme that will run alongside the summit. The scheme aims to empower young people, developing their skills sets and give them greater opportunities when they look for work. The youth ambassadors will also play a key part in facilitating the summit. Read more...

Blaenavon Community Heritage Museum 
If you want to learn more about Blaenavon’s history, please ‘like’ the Blaenavon Community Heritage Museum’s Facebook page. ‘Bite size’ snippets revealing the World Heritage Site story will be posted regularly throughout 2015.
To find out more or to join the discussion, please visit

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