The Valleys

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  • 21/03/2017 Torfaen EasterJoin us at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library throughout the Easter holidays where there will be lots of activities to keep all the family occupied. From Tuesday 11th April to Friday 21st April 11am – 4pm take part in our Easter Egg Hunt, use the picture clues to find the eggs placed around the centre and its grounds to solve the puzzle and win a prize. £1 per entry. Read article
  • 14/03/2017 Y Galeri 2017New exhibition by Mark Youd.Read article
  • 23/01/2017 BardA FREE exhibition celebrating the Land of Bards and Singers is open at Rhondda Heritage Park, the Museum of Welsh Mining, until the end of March.Read article
  • 19/01/2017 Food Adventures in WalesFOOD Adventure has teamed up with BBC Food and Farming Best Producer for the UK 2016/17 Charcutier Ltd to offer some uniquely tasty opportunities to learn about butchery and charcuterie in 2017.Read article
  • 5/01/2017 Big Pit ApprenticeBig Pit is introducing a new apprenticeship scheme aimed at providing the next generation of staff for the world-famous mining museum. Read article
  • 4/01/2017 New attraction for Rhondda Heritage Park in 2017An exciting new simulator ride is set to open at Rhondda Heritage Park in 2017, enhancing the already popular Black Gold Experience. Read article
  • 12/12/2016 Big Pit ChristmasWant to see something different this Christmas? Ever thought that Father Christmas only went down chimneys? Think again!Read article
  • 8/12/2016 Nos GalanAll roads will quite literally lead to Mountain Ash this New Year’s Eve, with more than 1,500 people set to take part in the annual Nos Galan Road Races.Read article
  • 25/11/2016 Valleys PioneerAn exciting new campaign by ‘The Valleys That Changed The World’ project is about to hit industrial heritage sites in the Valleys. Aimed at taking visitors on an adventure - it uses photo-boards and social media to engage people with ‘pioneers’ from the Industrial Revolution.Read article
  • 21/11/2016 RHP SantaPlanning on taking the children to visit Father Christmas? Come along to our Santa’s Toy Mine at Rhondda Heritage Park, where a magical adventure awaits you around every corner.Read article
  • 4/11/2016 John FrostA FREE Lecture at Big Pit National Coal Museum, Saturday 12 November, 1.30pm.Read article
  • 2/11/2016 Ponty Lido Boxing DayLido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales, will once again open its doors for a Boxing Day Swim.Read article
  • 11/10/2016 Big Pit (1)This October and November sees the return of the popular Autumn Lectures Series at Big Pit.Read article
  • 29/09/2016 Blaenavon Community MuseumThe volunteers of the Blaenavon Community Museum have been awarded the Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Award for both Wales and the United Kingdom. The team was presented with the prestigious awards at the British Museum at a special event held on 26 September attended by representatives from museums across the country.Read article
  • 20/09/2016 Race for a PlaceDemand for places at the 2016 Nos Galan Road Races is greater than ever before. Read article
  • 19/08/2016 Tour of BritainTour of Britain organisers have announced that Olympic Silver medal winner Mark Cavendish will be taking part in this year’s event, which gets underway on September 4.Read article
  • 9/08/2016 PitheadA new exhibition called ‘From Pithead To Sickbed and Beyond’ is just one of the summer attractions at Rhondda Heritage Park. The ‘Pithead to Sickbed’ exhibition runs at Rhondda Heritage Park until August 30. Read article
  • 12/07/2016 Big Pit Summer 2016From Monday 25 July until Friday 5 August, (Monday- Friday only) 12pm-4pm, Miners’ Fortnight, which was the highlight of the summer for coalfield communities, will be awash with activities for children including, games, dressing up and crafts. Read article
  • 11/07/2016 Big BiteThe Welsh Food Festival is back this summer, celebrating all the culinary delights from around the country. Read article
  • 28/06/2016 FanzoneThe Fanzone will be situated at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, and will open to the public at 6.30pm on Friday, July 1. Read article
  • 25/06/2016 TVTCTWThe Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and 19th centuries was largely fuelled by the minerals hidden beneath the hills of South Wales. Thousands of people from across rural Wales, the rest of Britain and further afield flocked to find work in the South Wales Valleys' great iron, steel, copper, tinplate and coal industries and the ports along the Severn Estuary. Read article
  • 24/06/2016 dragon (1)Barry Lewis has been working flat out on this summer’s installation and today is the day it was installed in Caerphilly. Read article
  • 20/06/2016 dragonRhondda sculptor Barry Lewis is working around the clock to get his biggest project to date finished and installed in time for Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25th June.Read article
  • 13/06/2016 Memorial To Miners’ LeaderA Blue Plaque commemorating the life and achievements of one of the UK’s most prominent trade union leaders is being unveiled at Rhondda Heritage Park, the site of the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery.Read article
  • 6/06/2016 Love Labours Won at RedhouseLove Labours Won written by R J W Smith is a Shakespearean style comedy set in a pub in 2016. The play follows two rugby boys and their long suffering girlfriends when a travelling theatre troupe comes to town.Read article
  • 13/04/2016 TumbleWales and the South Wales Valleys are well known for their spectacular cycling hills and climbs, and now this is your opportunity to be the next king or queen of one of the most famous of our climbs, the Tumble. A new initiative from Torfaen County Council is challenging you to Tackle the Tumble with our Tumble Challenge. Read article
  • 12/04/2016 lidoMore than 7,300 people came along to Lido Ponty during the two-week Easter holidays, a total of over 30,000 visitors since the National Lido of Wales opened last summer. Read article
  • 11/04/2016 Cynon (1)With the support of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, the ambitions of Cynon Valley Museum Trust have moved a stage closer following confirmation that £62,700 Heritage Lottery Funding has been secured. Read article
  • 7/04/2016 EbbwFerricWhat happens to a community when over 200 years of industry and employment is erased? Following the closure of Ebbw Vale Steelworks, South Wales in 2002, the formerly steel-dominated town has been forced to confront an unfamiliar future, one now being considered by the communities in and around Port Talbot. Read article
  • 5/04/2016 BikeParkWales (1)BikePark Wales launches women’s weekend, an annual celebration of everything that is female and mountain biking, 9th & 10th April 2016Read article
  • 31/03/2016 Big Pit LectureSian James, former MP for Swansea East and featured in the film Pride, will be presenting Big Pit’s Annual Lecture, Activism Achieves, on Saturday 16th April at 1.30pm.Read article
  • 29/03/2016 LidoPontyMore than1,400 people visited Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales, during its opening weekend over Easter.Read article
  • 14/03/2016 Y Galeri (6)As one of Y Galeri Caerffili’s most popular artists, Bert Evans regularly exhibits in their group shows. This time he returns for his first solo exhibition in Caerphilly and his latest collection of work is about to be unveiled.Read article
  • 14/03/2016 Easter at Rhondda Heritage PThere will be fun for all the family at Rhondda Heritage Park this Easter as part of the exciting Year of Adventure. Read article
  • 7/03/2016 LGAC (1)A unique exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre featuring exciting artists that have been exhibited through these 5 decades.Read article
  • 22/02/2016 BikePark Wales - LadiesBikePark Wales launches women’s weekend, an annual celebration of everything that is female and mountain biking, 9th & 10th April 2016.Read article
  • 9/02/2016 FootfallExhibition and artist talk with Caroline Dear as part of her flora residency at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre.Read article
  • 3/02/2016 Stars are outA whole host of stars are heading to the Council’s two iconic theatres during the exciting new season.Read article
  • 28/01/2016 cynonThree Open Days are planned at the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery during the next few months. Read article
  • 26/01/2016 Vote for Nos GalanOnce again the Council’s world-famous event has been shortlisted at the 2016 UK Running Awards, having taken the title once before. Read article
  • 25/01/2016 Year of AdventureA new TV advert which is part of a multi-platform marketing campaign from Visit Wales will be seen on TV screens across the UK this evening as the new campaign goes live. This campaign is the latest move to make Wales a leading global destination for adventure tourism as part of the Welsh Government’s Year of Adventure 2016. Read article
  • 14/01/2016 BirdParc Penallta will play host to the Big Garden Bird Watch 2016 - a fantastic event for keen bird lovers who want to see a range of birds up close on Saturday 30th January from 10am until 2pm.Read article
  • 13/01/2016 Who says romance is dead?It certainly isn’t in Caerphilly!Read article
  • 30/12/2015 Cool RunnerHundreds of athletes of all ages and abilities are nearing the end of their training for the 2015 Nos Galan Road Races.Read article
  • 21/12/2015 Big Pit - January 2016Tours with a difference at Big Pit National Coal Museum.Read article
  • 19/12/2015 Boxing Day Open-air SwimCome and enjoy an open-air swim at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd at this special time of year. It will be an unforgettable experience for all the family.Read article
  • 18/12/2015 The Valleys that changed the WorldThis networking event will offer you the opportunity to explore the benefits of ‘The Valleys that changed the World’ Read article
  • 9/12/2015 Father Christmas at Big PitOn Saturday 19th December, at 10.30am, Father Christmas will arrive at Big Pit by travelling 300ftup from underground. As he arrives at ‘Pit Top’ there’ll be music from Blaenavon Town Band and chance for visitors to say hello. Read article
  • 24/10/2015 Big Pit Half TermHalf term fun at Museums - and Big Pit National Coal Museum.Read article
  • 12/10/2015 Exciting October events at Newbridge MemoThe Horror Halloween Burlesque Show at Newbridge Memo.Read article
  • 21/05/2015 woodThe Workers Gallery and Workshops has secured an international coup with the ‘Leftovers V’ exhibition of miniature prints from Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, USA. Read article
  • 20/05/2015 Beach party comes to Blackwood!All the sights and sounds of the seaside will descend on Blackwood town centre this summer as the ever-popular Blackwood Beach Party returns once again this year (Saturday 27th June and Sunday 28th June).Read article
  • 19/05/2015 Y Galeri (3)With Caerphilly Borough playing host to the Urdd Eisteddfod later this month Y Galeri Caerffilli will mark the event with a profile of traditionally Welsh themed work. Read article
  • 18/05/2015 Big PitThis half term, Big Pit is hosting a week full of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.Read article
  • 29/04/2015 the VoiceBlaenavon singer Cai Williams, fresh from his appearance on BBC’s The Voice, will headline 2015’s World Heritage Day in Blaenavon.Read article
  • 17/04/2015 Caerphilly's full of Welsh flavour!Caerphilly town centre is set to be full of Welsh flavour on Saturday 9th May as the annual Food Festival settles in for the day! Read article
  • 10/04/2015 Y Galeri (2)A new venue and a new exhibition for Y Galeri - now overlooking Caerphilly Castle!Read article
  • 25/03/2015 BikePark Wales (1)A light hearted look behind the scenes with the great team of trail builders at BikePark Wales.Read article
  • 16/03/2015 Partial Solar Eclipse EventA partial eclipse is where a percentage of the Sun is covered by the Moon. On March 20th, 2015 at 8.23am, a partial eclipse will begin and at 9.28am, the Sun will be approximately 86 per cent covered, meaning, in RCT, we can enjoy spectacular views. Read article
  • 11/03/2015 The Royal Mint Visitor Centre approvedPlans for a £7.7m Visitor Centre at The Royal Mint - the only one of its kind in the world - have been given the go-ahead by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. Read article
  • 27/02/2015 BikeParkWalesBikePark Wales are excited to announce that our newest trail “50 shades of black” will open this Friday 27th February. “50 shades” is our longest and gnarliest black trail to date with a classic Welsh mix of rock, roots and mud. Read article
  • 23/02/2015 tradeCaerphilly County Borough Council in partnership with Southern Wales Tourism Travel Trade Group have launched a new group travel guide to promote the county borough as a group travel destination.Read article
  • 11/02/2015 DigitalVisitors can access the Blaenavon Digital Passport which is a fun and interactive digital guide to the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. Learn about, and enjoy, the story of a landscape that has been ‘transformed by industry, reclaimed by nature and is being managed for the future’.Read article
  • 10/02/2015 Blaenavon Walking Festival 2015The 2015 Blaenavon Walking Festival will take place from Saturday 11th to Friday 17th April 2015. Read article
  • 6/02/2015 Valentine's Day OffersThere are lots of great Valentine's day offers across Caerphilly.Read article
  • 28/01/2015 Blue Plaque for Jewish CommunityA Blue Plaque is to be unveiled in Aberdare by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council this week to mark the site of the town’s Synagogue and to recognise the once-thriving Jewish community in the area. Read article
  • 27/01/2015 Cynon Valley Museum - Open DayAn Open Day is being held at the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery on Saturday, January 31 – and everyone is welcome! Read article
  • 30/12/2014 Open Exhibition 2015The Open Art Winter Exhibition comprises of artworks in a wide variety of media and subject matter selected from open submissioRead article
  • 12/12/2014 'Choose the High Street' in the county borough of Caerphilly this Christmas!!!With such a fantatsic variety of shops within town centres across the county borough of Caerphilly, you are sure to find gifts for everyone. With independent retailers selling the quirky and unusual!Read article
  • 24/11/2014 Blaenavon winterPrincesses Elsa and Anna, and the snowman Olaf, will be making a special visit to the Blaenavon Winter Wonderland on Saturday 6 December.Read article
  • 30/10/2014 'Halloween Spooktacular'Rhondda Heritage Park - the popular tourist attraction has been transformed into a haven for Halloween antics for all the family on October 30-31. Read article
  • 29/10/2014 cinemaWales' Oldest Cinema – The Market Hall Brynmawr – has picked up the most prestigious award in the UK cinema industry 'Cinema Of The Year' at the 2014 Screen Awards in London.Read article
  • 27/10/2014 NantgarwAt the end of the last Academic year (June, 2014) the exhibitions team at Nantgarw toured the degree shows with the aim of finding a selection of new and exciting ceramic graduates to exhibit at the Nantgarw exhibition.Read article
  • 24/10/2014 Chartism175 years ago - men and women across The Valleys were campaigning for the vote. On 4th November 1839 this culminated in a march on Newport, the death of over 20 campaigners and the last mass treason trial in UK history. There are events across SE Wales - here are a few that you might like to explore.Read article
  • 9/10/2014 Cheese spreads a little history!Visitors can now discover the history of the world famous Caerphilly Cheese, as a new information panel was unveiled last week. Read article
  • 3/10/2014 calling all artistsFor the past two years Y Galeri’s annual Open Art Competition has attracted hundreds of artists from across South Wales and the resulting exhibitions have been hugely popular.Read article
  • 17/09/2014 StreetlifeTwo artists who have a particular interest in street scenes launch a joint exhibition at Y Galeri, Caerphilly.Read article
  • 11/09/2014 Caerphilly town centre cafe, Tilleys looks forward to second delicious year!Tilley's Cafe in Caerphilly Town Centre is celebrating its first year with a Birthday Party on Saturday 13th September - and you're invited! Read article
  • 5/09/2014 PlayNew play touring The Valleys.Read article
  • 28/08/2014 Caerphilly's Warm Welcome - Eisteddfod Yr Urdd!With less than a year to go until the National Urdd Eisteddfod comes to Caerphilly county borough, a special ‘declaration festival’ will be held in Caerphilly to mark the countdown next month. Read article
  • 26/08/2014 BlackwoodAn arts festival with the intriguing name Velvet Coalmine will be springing up in venues around Blackwood this September.Read article
  • 16/08/2014 BikePark WalesReally exciting news, to celebrate BikePark Wales' first birthday we will be opening the first of two completely new trails for 2014 on Sunday August 24th.Read article
  • 15/08/2014 BlaenavonGreat Bank Holiday Weekend planned for everybody at BleanavonRead article
  • 6/08/2014 Walking FestivalThe 2014 Wales Valleys Walking Festival Programme is launched.Read article
  • 30/07/2014 Y Galeri (1)It’s not a large exhibition by any means but Y Galeri is marking the World War 1 centenary with a profile of work to highlight the impact on both man and beast during those times of conflict.Read article
  • 29/07/2014 Chill OutBig Pit National Coal Museum - Blaenavon World Heritage Site - the perfect place to get away from rising temperatures!!Read article
  • 18/07/2014 Big Cheese WinnersCongratulations to The Big Cheese Fun Fair WinnersRead article
  • 17/07/2014 Red HouseNew Exhibition at REDHOUSERead article
  • 16/07/2014 PontypoolA dazzling collection of ‘Blaschka Glass’ alongside the seascapes of Vernon Jones at Pontypool Museum.Read article
  • 11/07/2014 Ready, Steady, Cheese!!Last chance to book your place on The Big Cheese Race!!Read article
  • 19/05/2014 batonThe Queen's Baton will spend two whole days in The Valleys and will return in the west on Day 4.Read article
  • 18/05/2014 White GoldAn exciting and ambitious exhibition of works by a dozen artists, ‘White Gold’ (May 17 - August 17), is dedicated to porcelain tableware, an aspect that has been integral to Nantgarw's history.Read article
  • 15/05/2014 Aberdare FestivalAberdare puts on a show to welcome The Queen's Baton.Read article
  • 14/05/2014 Queen's BatonThe Queen’s Baton Relay will be travelling through Rhondda Cynon Taf on Sunday, May 25, as part of its tour around the Commonwealth countries ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.Read article
  • 30/04/2014 A charitable reason to run the Caerphilly 10kReaching the finish line of the Caerphilly 10k is a great feeling – but it’s even more rewarding to run the race to raise funds for a charity.Read article
  • 30/04/2014 Ponty's Big weekendRhondda Cynon Taf Council has announced its sensational line-up for Ponty’s Big Weekend 2014. Union J, X Factor sensation Sam Bailey, the Big Reunion’s Damage and Rough Copy are already confirmed for the concert which will take place on Sunday, July 20.Read article
  • 29/04/2014 Merthyr RocksFollowing a 12 month hiatus, Merthyr Rock festival returns to the grounds of Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil on Sunday 17th August 2014.Read article
  • 29/04/2014 Say cheese when you visit CaerphillyThe Visit Caerphilly Centre, on the Twyn in the shadows of Caerphilly Castle has just started selling a tasty, unique and exciting new product.Read article
  • 28/04/2014 Ty Coffee will be the icing on the cake for food festivalPiping bags and icing sugar at the ready…Ty Coffee are set to bring an exciting new dimension to the annual Caerphilly Food Festival on Saturday 10th May with ‘The Great Caerphilly Cake Off’ tent.Read article
  • 18/04/2014 Taff TalesA hidden world is coming to life on the National Cycle Network.Read article
  • 24/09/2013 Industrial HeritageMonday, 23 September was a big day for Wales’s industrial heritage in Blaenavon.Read article
  • 19/09/2013 Rock BandRockers The Manic Street Preachers have provided a donation to the tune of £500 towards the upcoming Wales National Mining Memorial unveiling and commemoration event to mark the centenary of the 1913 Senghenydd mining disaster.Read article
  • 17/09/2013 Celebrating great craftsCelebrate the artists and makers of The Valleys - 28/29 September at Rhondda Heritage ParkRead article
  • 16/09/2013 Taster - new interpretation at Blaenavon IronworksA taster of the new interpretation visitors to the Ironworks will be able to experience soon...Read article
  • 12/09/2013 F5New exhibition at Y Galeri, CaerphillyRead article
  • 10/09/2013 New Walk Route OpensExplore the countryside around Aberdare with a new 20 mile circular route!!Read article
  • 10/09/2013 What a whopper!!Is this a World Record Swede??Read article
  • 9/09/2013 Happy Snappy WalkersIf you enjoy taking photographs and have a love for walking then you may be interested in a new photography competition. Take your camera on one of the wonderful Wales Valleys Walking Festival walks, snap a great view and enter the photography competition. Read article
  • 4/09/2013 Write a SagaIf you enjoy writing but are not quite up to a whole book or even a chapter then you may be interested in a writing competition with a difference. A mini saga is a complete story told in fifty words – not a word more, not a word less, just fifty.Read article
  • 4/09/2013 Music at the Park PresentsThe smooth easy romance of the Great American Songbook is brought to life at this month’s Music @ the Park when duo Scott-McNicholas take over the Level One Café at Rhondda Heritage Park.Read article
  • 15/05/2013 Ponty's Big Weekend - Sunday line up announcedThe stars will be out in force for Ponty’s Big Weekend this summer with an exciting line-up announced for the Sunday, adding to the big names already announced for the opening day. Read article
  • 15/05/2013 Local History Month in Rhondda Cynon TafDon’t forget its Local History Month – so what better time to spring into action and find out more about the fascinating past that surrounds us right here in Rhondda Cynon Taf?!Read article
  • 14/05/2013 Merthyr AmazesVisitors to Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre on Saturday, 11th May were treated to some amazing sights when the town staged its first Merthyr Amazes festival of street theatre and live entertainment. Read article
  • 9/05/2013 Get the best from your visit to BlaenavonAs part of The Forgotten Landscape Project, an innovative, interactive map has been created to help everybody get out and explore the landscape.Read article
  • 7/05/2013 Free Days Out in MayIndividuals, schools and colleges are welcome to attend a range of afternoon talks and events taking place at Rhondda Heritage Park, Nr Pontypridd next month . Here’s what’s planned for May … Read article
  • 2/05/2013 Ponty's Big Weekend - CompetitionPonty's Big Weekend is now sold out but Best Bar None has 5 sets of tickets to give away! Your chance to see JLS in Ponty!!Read article
  • 25/04/2013 Ooh la la! French Celebrity Chef on his way to CaerphillyThe second Caerphilly Food Festival is pulling out all the stops to make it an event to remember, and one that will draw visitors from near and far! Read article
  • 23/04/2013 BBC Proms Last Night CelebrationsBBC Cymru Wales has announced today that BBC Proms in the Park will be returning to Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields, Caerphilly for the third time.Read article
  • 19/04/2013 Does Wallace have links with The Valleys?Bill Bailey sets out in the footsteps of his jungle hero, Alfred Russel Wallace on Sunday (BBC 2) - but what links has this prestigious scientist got with The Valleys?Read article
  • 17/04/2013 The Valleys, always in fine voiceThis Friday, BBC Radio Wales is celebrating great Welsh music. We’d argue much of it comes from The Valleys. Every Saturday night will show you that, as Sir Tom Jones ushers in the Valleys stars of the future on BBC One’s The Voice - like Elise Evans from Glynneath near Neath who wowed all the judges when she sang Etta James, Something’s Got a Hold on Me. Read article
  • 10/04/2013 How Does Your Garden Grow?How Does Your Garden Grow? Answers to this question plus many more are guaranteed when local vegetable grower extraordinaire Philip Vowles joins Rhondda Heritage Park, nr Pontypridd later this month. Read article
  • 5/04/2013 Happy Birthday Big Pit!April sees Big Pit National Coal Museum celebrate its 30th anniversary. Since opening in 1983, Big Pit has welcomed more than 3.5 million people who go 300 feet underground to find out what life was like for men who worked underground. Read article
  • 28/03/2013 Dr Who is back in The ValleysDr Who is back on BBC 1 this weekend - but did you know that you can always find traces of The Doctor across The Valleys - as many of the brilliant stories have been filmed here - Jon Pertwee was the first Doctor to visit as he strolled across the Deri and Darren Country Park in 1973, bringing The Green Death story to life! Read article
  • 22/03/2013 Ponty's Big Weekend - 20-21 JulyA sensational line-up of chart-topping acts will be headlining at Ponty’s Big Weekend this summer - all proving that Rhondda Cynon Taf has that magical ‘X Factor!’Read article
  • 1/03/2013 Make some Welsh Cakes to celebrate St David's DayWelsh Cakes are a great tradition - and every family has their own recipe. Recently, on Twitter, home made definitely came out best!! Here is one local family recipe - send us your family twist on tradition!Read article

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