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


What To Do In June at What To Do In June at Blaenavon World Heritage Site!

Summer has finally arrived, and with it, a slew of things to do in Blaenavon that cannot be matched. Whether you enjoy the low key exhibitions about the history and the making of Blaenavon or the nonstop action of an archeological dig, we wait with anticipated breath for both of them to begin!

Summer at Forgotten Landscapes World Heritage Site ©

Summer at Forgotten Landscapes World Heritage Site ©

Learn your history at an exhibition or a talk 

Enjoy a day at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre walking and talking through the history of Blaenavon exhibition. The Hidden Landscape of Forgeside began in May, but is still available to see. You cannot miss learning about the hidden history of Forgeside and the story of Aaron Brute’s Bridge, and best of all – it’s free.

The Education in Blaenavon is another exhibition that remains a must-see. Although it began in May, it ends on June 30th, so time is running short! A devastatingly interesting exhibition, you will learn about the history of education and the St. Peter’s School, opened in 1816.

The Blaenavon World Heritage Centre hosts another Talk on June 11th, Life on the Dole in Monmouthshire before 1834. How was Poor Law Relief delivered? What do we really know about Law before 1834? Your chance to find out awaits.

THE BIG JUNE DIG: Unearth the secrets of four ruined cottages

Digging up history! ©

Digging up history! ©

Spend a few days attending an archaeological dig with an expert at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre from June 12th – June 16th! The site of four ruined cottages promises to offer information on how they lived, what is preserved, how did they live on the land and more.

If you don’t want to actually excavate, you’re in luck! From June 15th through June 16th, there will be Archaeology Site Tours. Find out what the group has uncovered and learn about some of the customs of age-old occupants.



Festival time at Blaenavon World Heritage Site ©

Festival time at Blaenavon World Heritage Site ©

TIME TO PARTY! Attend the Annual World Heritage Day Celebration

Join the celebration of World Heritage Day from 11.30am-4pm in the Blaenavon Town Centre. Don’t miss the heritage costume parade, pony rides, live music and street entertainment on June 29th.