Special Weekend: World Heritage Day

It’s one of the highlights of the year at the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. A day when the town comes together to embrace the areas historic past and present day success.

This is a wonderful family and community event so do come along and get involved we can guarantee you’ll have fun!!

Here’s a quick insight about the day…

Dates: 29/06/2013 (11:30-16:00)

Where does it take place?
The event mainly takes place on Broad Street, but there are other sites that are hosting events as well such as the World Heritage Centre and the Workmen’s Hall.

The World Heritage Day

The World Heritage Day

Circus kids always gave fun

Circus kids always gave fun

Are there any fun activities to do?
Plenty! You won’t be able to get enough of all the fun and games that are going on. There are magic shows, crazy golf, pony rides and loads of Victorian games that will keep everyone entertained for hours!

The Brass Band

The Brass Band

How about entertainment?
Live bands will be performing and expect to hear the heritage choir in full voice! As well as music make sure you take your dancing shoes, as there are a wide variety of dance groups going to the World Heritage Day.  Groups include the Starlight Dance Academy and the “Vortex Dance Crew”.

What’s the aim of the day?
The aim of the day is to celebrate the wonderful heritage and history of the Bleanavon World Heritage Site in a carnival like atmosphere.  There are a wonderful fusion of events where Victorian funs and games meets more modern day performances. 

Event Programme – On the Stage at Market Square

- Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary Choir & Brass Band – 11.30am

- Blaenavon Town Band – 11.45am

- Lady Dog Walker Market Square – 1.45pm & 2.45pm

- Vortex Dance Cru – 2.15pm

- Market Square, live music and entertainment

- The Town Crier will be officially opening the event at 11.30am

- Blaenavon Male Voice Choir – 12.15pm

- The Widders – 12.40am, 2.30pm

- See the Picasso Griffiths Caricaturist – 11.30-4pm

At Lion Street, the dance area! 

- Tiger Feet – 11.30am & 2.30pm

- Vortex Dance Cru – 12noon

-  Starlight Academy of Dance – 12.15pm & 2.00pm

-  St Cadoc’s Millennium Chimes – 11.45am & 3.00pm

At the Gap Site, Children’s Entertainment

- Balloon Artist sponsored by Melin Homes from 11.30am onwards

- Story Telling from – 11.30am, 12.30am, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

- Family Fun at Broad Street Car Park

- Me Alexander Magic Show – 11.45pm, 1.45pm & 2.45pm

- Victorian Fun Fair, refreshments & children’s activities from 11.30onwards

Visit the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre for more family entertainment

- Face Painting, Pony Rides, and Crazy Golf – from 11.30am onwards

- Punch and Judy, 11.30am, 12.45pm & 2.45pm

- Blaenavon Junior Band – 2.30pm

-S & H 12noon, 1.30pm & 3.00pm

For more information contact:

Blaenavon Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01495 742333
Email: blaenavon.tic@torfaen.gov.uk


Better Yourself – Volunteer Special – Archaeology Group

Sign up today to help save history! Improve the landscape around the World Heritage Site, learn a new skill and help make a difference…

Hill Pits Workday

Hill Pits Workday

Ever wanted to turn back time and discover just how people lived their lives many years ago? Join this group and you’ll do just that. Volunteers meet twice monthly (one indoor and one outdoor learning session) to hone their archeology skills under the watchful eye of experts from Archeology Wales. Complete the scheme and you’ll have the tools needed to complete projects on other sites.

Individual Benefits
Learn about the outstanding history from the area, learn how to find historic evidence and understand what to be an archaeologist. 
Enjoy fresh air and being active.
Environmental/ Future Society: Preserving history of the area to ensure future generations are aware of the areas proud past.

To sign up contact:
Sarah Lewis, Forgotten Landscapes Volunteer Recruitment & Training Officer
E- mail: 
01495 742335

Better Yourself – Volunteer Focus

Spring at Forgotten Landscapes

Spring at Forgotten Landscapes

With the weather so fine, it’s a great time to get outside, grab a few lungfuls of fresh country air and do some good to the area around you!

From the very beginning, volunteers have played a hugely important role in the success of the Forgotten Landscapes Project at the World Heritage Site.

With no less than five different volunteer groups, each one offers its own unique skills and challenges for individuals. So if you want to be a bit more active, see some more of this beautiful country of ours and help contribute to the lasting legacy of the South Wales Valleys, there’s really only one thing to do… volunteer!

So this week we’re going to focus on each of the five types of volunteering and today we’re kicking off with:

The Practical Conservation Team…

The Conservation Team Reed Bed Planting

The Conservation Team Reed Bed Planting

Working within a conservation team offers individuals more than just an opportunity to be out in the countryside helping to improve the landscape.   

This team carries out a wide range of countryside and rights of way management in a group of about six people, usually every other Wednesday and Saturday and sometimes on other days of the week too. To name just a few, these tasks have included:

  • Helping with controlled burning to manage the important moorland habitats of the landscape
  • Managing the invasive bracken to clear paths and make way for more heather
  • Putting in new signage for walking trail
  • Planting a new reed bed habitat

Individual Benefits
Get yourself out of the house, meet new people and make new friends.
Feel the positive karma of helping to improve the environment around you.
Fresh healthy air, exercise and being active
Environmental/ Future Society
Contributing to the welfare of the environment, helping reduce unique wildlife species back into the countryside and helping to clean up the World!

To sign up contact: 
Sarah Lewis, Forgotten Landscapes Volunteer Recruitment & Training Officer
E- mail: sarah.lewis@torfaen.gov.uk
Tel: 01495 742335


Forgotten Landscapes Favourite Five Festival Walks

DSC_0018Here’s a festival that really offers something quite unique and different compared to other walking  festivals.

It’s a celebration of discovery where the expert guides take participants out around Forgotten Landscapes on the specific themed walks that are a little bit interesting.

The walking festival is a perfect way of understanding what is going on around Forgotten Landscapes.  It gives participants a chance to understand the wonderful history of Wales, with walks that follow old miners routes and various heritage trails.

With walks costing just £3 each, it’s a great feel good weekly activity.  So here are our top five picks that we think will be great.

The Blorenge by Visit Wales ©

The Blorenge by Visit Wales ©

A walk to learn a thing or two….
Discover the Ironscape , on Saturday 6th April, 11.00am – 2.00pm
6.4km / 4 miles / Moderate

This a unique opportunity to discover the archaeology in the landscape and find out how all the raw materials were supplied to the Blaenavon Ironworks.  The walk is led by the well known Blaenau-Gwent County Borough Council Heritage Officer Frank Olding, and popular local historian and author John Van Laun.

Discover more about places around you…
The Blorenge Rocks, on Monday 8th April, 10.30am – 4.00pm, 11.3km / 7 miles / Moderate

This is a lovely walk that offers incredible sights as well as some interesting information.  Join curator Tom Sharpe of the National Museum of Wales for a fascinating walk exploring the scenery and geological history of the Blorenge landscape.

Achievements of the past…
upland10Human Endeavours, on Wednesday 10th April, 10.00am – 1.00pm, 6.5km / 4 miles / Moderate
Step back in time and walk past the hidden gems of the landscape that are the evidence of great human endeavour and industry. See the best surviving example of a late eighteenth century ironworks in Britain, taking in old tram roads, pits and ironstone scourings. Led by Torfaen ‘Walk for Health’ walk leaders.

Spectacular walks with a hint of history…
Cwm Ffrwd Heritage Trail, on Tuesday 9th April, 10.00am – 3.00pm , 12.9km / 8 miles / Moderate
Take in spectacular views as you explore the Nant Ffrwd valley and visit the Dog Stone memorial via Coity Mountain. Learn about the history and hear humorous stories of past residents of the area with your guides the World Heritage Site Volunteer Rangers.

Guided walks 1More than just a walk….
Moorland Magic, on Friday 12th April, 2.00pm – 4.00pm,  6km / 3 miles / Moderate

Take a tour of the beautiful heather moorland near Blaenavon and find out what is being done to protect it for the future. Led by the Forgotten Landscapes Partnership Commons Officer. Meet: Fox Hunter Car Park, SO 263107



MORE INFORMATION ON THE FESTIVAL: Please remember that booking is essential and that all walks have a charge of £3 which should be paid at the time of booking.

Booking is essential and there is a small cost of £3 to help cover the running costs of the festival, which is organised by volunteers. Please pay in advance when booking by phone or in person at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre (01495 742333).