Blaenavon World Heritage Site - October 2016 News & Events.
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Events and Attractions

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library
Making science fun this half term with Techniquest!
Activities suitable for all ages!
• Balancing Broomsticks
• Seat of Nails
• Rope Trick
• Human Circuit Rope Trick
Free of charge. No booking required.
25 - 26 October 2016 10am - 5pm
Telephone: 01495 742333
Haunted History and Folklore Evening Tour at Blaenavon Ironworks
17th, 19th, 27th & 30th October: Haunted History Ghost & Folklore Tour 7pm – 9pm
Join us for an evening tour of the Blaenavon Ironworks with ghostly tales and historic folklore, suitable for adults only. £10 per ticket from Blaenavon Ironworks shop - 01495 792615 includes hot drink & light refreshments.  Attendees please wear suitable footwear for rougher ground & weather appropriate clothing, and bring a small torch.
31st October: Children’s Spooky Trail - Spooky daytime trail of the Ironworks for children, prize for first 100 children to complete the trail.
More information.

Blaenavon Heritage Railway – Ghost Trains
Trains are running from our Spooky Furnace Sidings station at regular intervals from 4pm through to 9pm on Saturday 29th - Monday 31st October 2016.  Tickets: £5.00
More information.

Half Term Activities at Big Pit National Coal Museum
The Coity Tip was created during the working life of Big Pit and its predecessor the Coity Pit, which was primarily an ironstone mine. Tips such as these were once a familiar site in industrial communities where waste rock and shale from the mining process was discarded on the surface, altering the landscape and environment forever. When the tipping stopped, nature began to gradually reclaim the tip and surrounding area, which is now rich with plant and animal species.
Come along from Monday 24th October – Friday 28th and have a 'hoot' with us making crafty owls and animal species which you might find today on Coity Tip, plus other autumn-themed crafts. To Book: 02920 573650. Small charge will apply.
Blaenavon Museum to Take Part in Welsh Museums Festival
The Welsh Museums Festival will take place from 22-30 October 2016. The Blaenavon Community Museum will be holding several FREE events as part of this which will help visitors and local people learn more about our collections and the Blaenavon community. There will be two talks – ‘Alexander Cordell and his Legacy’ and ‘Blaenavon and the Supernatural’ (dates/times tbc). There will also be an evening walk around Blaenavon, looking at the town’s darker history on 27 October at 6pm, starting at the Workmen’s Hall. Throughout the week there will be FREE entry and worksheets and games for children and families. Please call 01495 790991 or email for more details.
Saturday 10th December  - Blaenavon's Christmas Cracker

Community News

Bethlehem Chapel 
In October we are holding a service to include memories of Bethlehem Chapel. We realise there are many people in the town who have had associations with the chapel, perhaps were married there or went to Sunday school or remember the events that took place in the school room?
We want to hear some of your memories and include them in a short service with some traditional hymns followed by a "Sunday school tea" on Sunday October 2nd at 3pm. We would love to hear your memories.
Do join us!
Bethlehem Chapel Christmas Decoration
Come along and make your Christmas decorations and presents in Fun pottery sessions led by local potter Kevin Driscoll.
Only £20 for 8 sessions (materials and refreshments included) Starting 4th October
To book call Anthony on 07824430863 or e-mail-

Blaenavon Community Museum wins National Volunteering Award
The volunteers of the Blaenavon Community Museum have been awarded the Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Award for both Wales and the United Kingdom. The team was presented with the prestigious awards at the British Museum at a special event held on 26 September attended by representatives from museums across the country. The awards, run in partnership between the Marsh Christian Trust and the British Museum, recognise best practice and the most innovative ways in which volunteers engage the public with collections. The national UK award is presented where a tangible difference to the public offer has been made in a museum and where a unique dimension to that offer has been introduced.

image copyright © Benedict Johnson

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