Save the Date:
Blaenavon World Hertage Day - 27th June 2015
Blaenavon Ironworks - 23 May - 24 May - World War 1 Edwardian old style family fairground, and working blacksmith display. Re-enactment of military and social life in World War 1, showing soldiers and weaponry displays, and attended by "the Gwent" in the Great War Exhibition and local historians will display knowledge of South Wales in the Great War. Visitiors can also benefit from WW1 family history research assistance from Blaenavon Community Heritage and Cordell Museum. In support and attended by the Royal British Legion. 10:30am - 4:00pm. Free entry to all visitors! Further details...
Blaenavon Heritage Railway
Trains are now running every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11.00am with the last train at 3.45pm. The ever popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic event takes place over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Children are encouraged to bring their Teddy with them and will receive a picnic to share. Bookings are going well for the Murder Mystery evening on 20th June but some seats are still available – book online. Further details click
A Wild Whitsun at Big Pit National Coal Museum
Get out and about during half term with our Bug Hunt on the Big Tip on 23 May, 11.30am-1pm & 2pm-3.30pm and discover what lives on Coity Tip and take part in an OPAL Citizen Science Survey. We’ve also got a Welly Walk for 3-5 years olds on 27 May, 11am-12pm & 1.30pm-2.30pm. Pre-booking for both these events are essential by calling: (029) 2057 3650. If you fancy just exploring at your leisure why not pick up a free Nature Detectives Trail from reception available between 25–29 May, 11am-4pm. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult and the walks trail involve some walking and the route is not suitable for buggies and pushchairs.
The first Wales Velothon takes place on June 14 on a scale that the country has never seen before, with around 15,000 riders taking part in a closed-road cycling event across south-east Wales.
This is a major event that will inevitably cause disruption to traffic across the south Wales region as many main roads and major routes will need to be closed for the event.
In Torfaen, the highway network from Blaenavon to Pontypool will be directly affected with full road closures, including side roads, along with the main routes into the county from Caerphilly and Monmouthshire, for around eight hours.
A draft traffic management plan is currently in development. Further details...
Have you got family who moved abroad? The Blaenavon Local History Group, which meets weekly at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, is trying to find out more about the Blaenavon people who emigrated during the 19th and 20th centuries.
A tide of ‘emigration mania’ swept through the south Wales valleys during the Victorian era as people departed British shores in search of good wages, better employment and greater freedom abroad. In the spring of 1869, for example, no fewer than 200 miners left Blaenavon and Abersychan for the United States of America in search of a better life.
If you’ve got a story to tell, please contact the group c/o firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01495 742333 or visit the group at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre on Wednesday mornings at 10am.