World Heritage Sites Around the World Visit Blaenavon Heritage Town on Saturday 27 June from 11am - 4pm for a fun packed day of family entertainment. With Victorian fun fair, a miniature steam railway, live music, craft stalls and the shops in town will also be getting involved with special offers.
As always the highlight of the day is the Heritage Costume Parade which starts at 1.00pm from the top of Broad Street and proceeds through the town. The theme for this year’s parade is ‘World Heritage Sites Around the World’, celebrating Blaenavon’s own World Heritage Site status and the special cultural and natural significance of other sites across the globe.
Don’t miss Blaenavon singer, Cai Williams, fresh from his appearance on BBC’s The Voice performing at 2pm on the main stage.
Glorious Garden Party On Saturday 27th June, Blaenavon celebrates Heritage Day and Blaenavon World Heritage Centre will be hosting a Garden Party from 12noon - 4pm.
The grounds will be alive with music, stalls and activities! There will be music on the patio with the beautiful harmonies of Mello D and the foot tapping Celtic Café band.
Author and sweet maker Adele Nozedar will be demonstrating traditional sweet making, as well as running sessions for you to make your own.
Willow Lane will be hosting a craft fayre inside the centre with an array of local makers selling beautiful handmade items and in the grounds there will be a plant sale taking place throughout the afternoon.
Blaenavon Heritage Railway
Trains run every weekend in June starting at 11.00. This month’s highlight is our Murder Mystery evening on 20th June You will depart at 7pm for a leisurely ride while you enjoy a drink purchased form our buffet car. There’s a chance to see our museum at Blaenavon (High Level) before you return to enjoy a buffet. Our talented actors will then perform before you rejoin your train. You can interrogate the actors as you travel and try to solve the mystery. Tickets are £16 including the buffet – places are limited and booking is essential via PBRly.co.uk.
UK UNESCO World Heritage Site Youth Summit Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site is proudly hosting the Summit on the 20 - 22 October 2015. The theme of the Summit is “How can we use World Heritage to make the place we live in better?” and will welcome up to 180 youth representatives from all over the UK for 2 days of practical activities and fun workshops to discuss how we can use World Heritage to change the place we live in for the better.
We are looking for groups of 4 young people to attend this prestigious Summit. In order for a group to attend, we are running a creative competition. The winning group from each area will receive 2 night’s free accommodation, food, all activities at the Summit, and a goody bag and t-shirt. The winners will go forward to a national competition to win Cadw (/English Heritage) memberships and a tablet. The competition opens on the 1 June, and closes for entries 24 July 2015.
For full details please visit www.visitblaenavon.co.uk/youthsummit
Museum Tells Blaenavon Story through Facebook Although the Blaenavon Community Heritage Museum is temporarily closed to allow for its relocation to the Workmen’s Hall, the museum’s volunteers continue to share Blaenavon’s Heritage online. The museum has set itself the ambitious task of telling the Blaenavon story through Facebook.
Nathan Matthews, a trustee of the Blaenavon Community Heritage Museum, explained: ‘not everyone has the time to trawl through history books, visit record offices or museums to learn about their heritage. There are now a number of excellent local history communities online, with thousands of members wanting to know more about Blaenavon. Through our social media pages we have aimed to contribute to this wider discussion of our history by creating and sharing educational content that people will find interesting. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion!’
To discover more, follow the museum on Facebook – www.facebook.com/blaenavonmuseum.
New World Heritage Map Unveiled Our long awaited map panel was installed at the World Heritage Centre. Like much of our work it was illustrated by local artist the late Michael Blackmore. Its purpose is to allow visitors to understand where things are in the 33 sq km World Heritage Site and the surrounding area so that they can plan their journeys to the many amazing historical features, land scape views and important habitats.
The map will be supported by two new films - expected soon. These will be displayed on the screen standing in front of the map and will focus on 'The Legacy in the Landscape' a gently animated film using Michael Blackmore historic illustrations. 'Reclaimed by Nature, Managed for the Future shows the landscape now and explains how it is being managed to preserve the globally important heritage whilst allowing nature to reclaim the landscape which was so dramatically transformed by man during the Industrial Revolution. Call in and have look. We are sure you will be impressed. Follow us on facebook.