Blaenavon World Heritage Site - September 2015 News & Events.
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Wales Valleys Walking Festival 

The 11th Annual Wales Valleys Walking Festival is taking place between Saturday 5th and Sunday 20th September 2015. The festival provides walks for everyone right across the South Wales Valleys,  ranging from challenging all-day treks such as the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape walk on Tuesday 15th September taking in mines, iron works and other archaeological and historical features to easier strolls and special interest walks. Further information on the Festival  walks in Blaenavon and Torfaen can be found by clicking here or contact Blaenavon TIC for details on 01495 742333.

Happy Walking!

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Join us and find out about the landscape surrounding Big Pit on Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September, 12pm-4pm, on our Landscape Tour. Booking essential: 029 2057 3650. Sensible footwear and clothing essential. Click here for more info.
Blaenavon Heritage Railway

The second weekend in September marks the end of our regular services with our Steam Gala. Four engines in steam with an intensive timetable of passenger and goods services. It’s a treat for families and enthusiasts alike.
Prices are £15 for adults, £5 for children and a family ticket costs £30. Two and three day tickets are available.  Further details on our website
Blaenavon Autumn Fair

Taking place on Saturday 26 September between  11am – 4pm the Fair will  include a food and craft market, cookery demonstrations, a fun fair and activities for children, along with live music and entertainment.

The event is part of Support Your High Street week (19 – 26 September), a Wales-wide campaign aimed at encouraging communities to support their local high streets and rediscover the benefits of shopping locally.
As part of the week children from Blaenavon Heritage School will be designing special open/closed signs for shops in the town who  will  be featuring special offers and discounts throughout the week.

For more information contact Kate Fitzgerald on 01633 648319


New home for Blaenavon Library 

Blaenavon Library has recently  moved  from its current location in Lion Street to their new home at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre.

The new opening times for the Heritage Centre and Library are:
Tuesday – Sunday (& Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am – 5pm
Limited library service on Sundays & Bank Holidays


Youth Ambassadors visit  the Jurassic Coast 

The World Heritage Youth Ambassadors visited the iconic Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site this summer for a fun three days of fossil hunting and World Heritage exploration! They spent 3 days exploring coastal management on a World Heritage Site with the Youth Hostel Association, seeing how erosion of the site actually adds to the outstanding universal value of the site by exposing more fossils. Of course, we all had a lovely day on the beach as well, enjoyed paddling in the sea, playing in the arcades and playing a round of mini golf!! If you would like to join the youth ambassadors, and explore World Heritage, please contact


UNESCO World Heritage World Youth Summit 2015 

Calling all young people who want to help run the UNESCO UK World Heritage Youth Summit!
We are looking for pro-active young people to help us run the UNESCO UK World Heritage Youth Summit and mentor the young people coming from all over the UK to Blaenavon. You’ll receive all the training you need  and spend  your days showing young people our amazing World Heritage Site. All your accommodation, food, activities as well as t-shirts and coats will be provided for free. No experience required, just a positive can-do attitude, and to be free on the following dates: 

  • 12-13th September training weekend,
  • The Summit 20th – 22nd October 2015.

 To sign up to this once in a lifetime opportunity, please contact

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