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Blaenavon World Heritage Site – Spring 2020 News & Events
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Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library

Saturday 28th March Earth Hour Activities 1:00pm – 3:00pm
On Saturday 28 March people around the globe will be marking Earth Hour and Head4Arts will be returning to the World Heritage Centre and Library for its annual family-friendly event raising awareness of climate change. 
This year’s theme is butterflies - reflecting how global warming and loss of habitat threatens the future of one of our favourite insects. It’s a chance to don your wings and enjoy a host of butterfly-themed craft activities including all sorts of crafts, music, storytelling and lantern-making. Lots of fun for all ages.
 
Tuesday 7th / 14th April Easter crafts 11am – 4pm.
Wednesday 8th/ 15th April £1.00 per make.
Easter trail £1.00 per entry.
Thursday 9th / 16th April Story & craft in the library at 2:30pm. Free but booking advised
 Wednesday 27th May Bezerkas Circus Skills 11am – 4pm.
Juggling, twirling, spinning and many other circus tricks. Sessions vary
throughout the day. £1 per entry.

For more information go to https://www.visitblaenavon.co.uk
Big Pit National Coal Museum

10th – 13th April - The Big Museum Easter Trail
10:00am – 3:00pm £3.50 each, 4+ years
Family fun trail around the museum with an egg-citing prize at the end
 
25th April - Annual Lecture
 
10th May - Yama Event
Celebrating our current Yama Exhibition.

For more information go to https://museum.wales/bigpit
Blaenavon Heritage Railway

The 2020 season opens with a volunteer recruitment event on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th April so if you are interested in trains and railways this will be a good opportunity to get involved.
 
April 4th & 5th - Volunteer Recruitment Weekend
April 10th to 13th - Easter Weekend
May 8th to 10th - VE Bank Holiday
May 24th & 25th  - Coal Train Weekend
An opportunity to enjoy steam and heritage diesel locomotives hauling passenger and coal trains

For ticket information go to https://pbrly.co.uk
Blaenavon Ironworks

1st March - Celebration of Wales
In honour of the patron saint of Wales, there will be free entry into the Ironworks for St David’s Day.

2nd May - A Victorian Weekend
The Ragged Victorians - "The great unwashed" will be returning to Blaenavon Ironworks for a grand Victorian Weekend, bringing with them their own unique interpretations of early Victorian life.

9th – 12th May - Easter Egg Trail & Welsh Story Telling Traditions
Story telling with puppet show and Easter Egg trail

9th May  - Open Air Cinema @ The Ironworks

25th – 29th May Half Term Activities

For more information go to https://cadw.gov.wales

Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall

Thursday 9th April 6:30pm & Saturday 11th April 2:30pm
The Adventures Of Robin Hood

 As well as the weekly cinema films there will be a live broadcasts from The Royal Opera House:
Tuesday 17th March at 7:15pm -- Fidelio
Wednesday 1st April at 7:15pm – Royal Ballet: Swan Lake
Tuesday 21st April at 7:15pm – Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
Thursday 28th May at 7:15pm – Royal Ballet: The Dante Project
 
To book tickets for any of these events contact 01495 792661 or go to
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/blaenavonworkmenshall
BWHEG Volunteers

The regular monthly Sunday WETLANDS BIRD SURVEYS to record the different species around the Garn Lakes and surrounding area with a local birdwatcher will be on 22nd March, 19th April and 10th May.
Meet at 10:00am in the Garn Lakes top car park. (No dogs allowed at this event)
 
Guided Walks:
All walks start at 10:00am and leave from the World Heritage Centre.
Wear appropriate clothing for the terrain and weather and bring refreshments.

Sunday 29th March “The Dog Stone”
A 5 mile/8km walk to the iron monument overlooking Varteg Hill.

Sunday 26th April “The Reed Beds In Spring”
A 4.5 miles/7km walk focusing o wildlife and conservation worked carried out by BWHEG. There will be pond dipping for children too.

Sunday 31st May “Meet The Neighbours”
A long walk of 9 miles/14km over the Coety Mountain to Cwm Celyn.
 
 For more information go to https://www.bwheg.wales

Community News

Calling all Blaenavon’s photographers!

In recognition of the fact that we have a thriving Camera Club and a wealth of great amateurs in the area, the Town Council is holding its first-ever photography competition.
The theme for our first competition is ‘Secret Blaenavon’ - where or what is your secret Blaenavon? Places, people and animals… tell us your secret.
There is a prize of £200 for first place, £100 for second and £50 for third.
And we want to encourage budding snappers as well by offering under-16 prizes of £75, £50 and £25.
The winners will be presented with their prizes at the Council’s annual Civic Awards evening in April 2020, and the winning and commended entries will be displayed in an exhibition at the World Heritage Centre from 21st April to 3rd May.
You’ve got until March 31, 2020. Get snapping!
Big National Coal Museum
 
Big Pit is currently recruiting for 3 new Mining Craft Apprentices.
The scheme was first introduced in 2017, and has succeeded in placing seven Mining Craft Apprentices and two Engineering Apprentices aimed at providing the next generation of staff at the world-famous mining museum.
For more information, job description and application form, visit the Jobs page at www.museumwales.ac.uk
On Sunday 22nd March there will be a dog walk starting at 11:00am at Capel Newydd (parking by the cross) for a ramble through the Community Woods.
The walk will be less than 2 miles and cost £1.00 per person with all money raised going to the Town Mayors Charity.
Pop into The Pottery pub for refreshments.

 
Garn Lakes Summer Fete

The first ever Summer Fete will be on Saturday, July 25 and is being planned as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Blaenavon receiving World Heritage Status - in addition to the annual World Heritage Day.
There will be a fun run around the lakes and include live music, guided walks, a mobile skate park, bouncy castle, climbing wall, fishing and small animal petting zoo.
There will also be a dog show, face painting, craft ‘make and take’ sessions, local produce and food stalls, a beer tent and a tug-‘o’-war competition.
Transport to and from Blaenavon will be provided via a half-hourly shuttle bus from the Workmen’s Hall.
Project Lead Cllr Emma Harvey said: “Most people will remember the original Garn Lakes Day which took place over a number of years until the final one in 2013. Our fete will be similar but different in that the previous one was mainly country sports-focussed.”
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