Blaenavon Winter Wonderland Saturday 6 December, 11am – 4pm in Blaenavon Heritage Town. Festive fun includes:
Victorian Fun Fair
Santa's Grotto - Bethlehem Court
Real Reindeer & Sleigh
Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary Choir
Blaenavon Town Band
Children's Christmas Craft Activities
Traditional & Specialist Shops
Princesses Elsa and Anna, and Olaf the snowman from the hit Disney film Frozen will be making a special visit and joining Father Christmas and his reindeer's. Plus a whole host of other themed events throughout December. For further information contact: 01495 742333 or visit the website.
Blaenavon 'Make n Take' Workshops at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre Saturday 6 December -
A family friendly Christmas 'Make n Take' Workshops with a variety of stalls selling gifts, a Dance Academy performance, Blaenavon Town Band and the Cafe will be serving a festive menu.For further information contact: 01495 742333 or visit the website.
Christmas at Big Pit National Coal Museum Sun 14 December- Big Pit Babies Christmas Event
A chance for younger visitors to meet Mother Christmas. Suitable for 0-5 ages. Sessions at 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-2.30pm and MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCED. Limited spaces, so pre-booking essential on:
02920 573650. £5 per child, includes a gift. Sat 20 December - Father Christmas at the Pit with Blaenavon Town Band
Father Christmas will arrive at Pit Top at 10.30am, travelling 300ft UP from underground. Blaenavon Town Band will also be playing songs and carols throughout the day.
£5 per child, includes a gift. Suitable for all children. No booking necessary.
Santa Specials at the Railway
Don’t forget to book for the Santa Specials on the Blaenavon Heritage Railway. Presents for children and mince pies and a sherry for adults. A short ride to visit Santa at The Whistle Inn. Booking recommended. The fare is £9 per head and you can book on line at www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk or by ringing 01495 708812.
Town Team Funding Success! Congratulation to Blaenavon Town Team who, with the support of Torfaen Council, has successfully secured £50,000 from the Welsh Government Town Centre Partnership funding stream. The funding is aimed at supporting town centre partnerships in delivering improvements to town centres including increasing footfall, supporting existing businesses and attracting new businesses, customers and employment to the town.
Other partners contributing to a total funding pot of £1116.00 include Blaenavon Town Council, Blaenavon World Heritage Day Committee, Torfaen Council and the Rural Development Plan. Read full story in the Winter Heritage News.
Eastern Valleys Uplands Project receives Welsh Government funding Torfaen Council has been awarded a £280,000 grant from Welsh Government to lead a collaboration to help restore historically important uplands across four local authority areas.
The grant represents a slice of the Welsh Government’s £6m Nature Fund, a pot of money that is being distributed across Wales to benefit areas of biodiversity while having a positive impact on surrounding communities and stimulating the rural economy.
The project, which is led by Torfaen Council and developed within the context of the Valleys Regional Park, will build on the experience of the Blaenavon Forgotten Landscapes Project.
Bob Wellington, leader of Torfaen Council and Chair of the Blaenavon Partnership, said: “We are delighted to be one of the 20 Nature Fund projects across Wales.
Agricultural Heritage The Blaenavon Community Heritage Museum is trying to discover more about Blaenavon’s agricultural heritage. The volunteers are keen to hear from anybody who has information or stories about the many farms in and around Blaenavon (past or present). If you are able to help, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org call 01495 790991.