Trace Your Roots
Year of Legends 2017
Things to see and do
Explore Each Valley
Dark Sky Sites
Activities in the Valleys
Great for Walking
See the Valleys
Join 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.
Y Galeri 2017
New exhibition by Mark Youd.
A 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.
Food Adventures in Wales
FOOD 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.
Big Pit Apprentice
Big Pit is introducing a new apprenticeship scheme aimed at providing the next generation of staff for the world-famous mining museum.
New attraction for Rhondda Heritage Park in 2017
An exciting new simulator ride is set to open at Rhondda Heritage Park in 2017, enhancing the already popular Black Gold Experience.
Big Pit Christmas
Want to see something different this Christmas? Ever thought that Father Christmas only went down chimneys? Think again!
All 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.
An 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.
Planning 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.
A FREE Lecture at Big Pit National Coal Museum, Saturday 12 November, 1.30pm.
Ponty Lido Boxing Day
Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales, will once again open its doors for a Boxing Day Swim.
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This October and November sees the return of the popular Autumn Lectures Series at Big Pit.
Blaenavon Community Museum
The 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.
Race for a Place
Demand for places at the 2016 Nos Galan Road Races is greater than ever before.
Tour of Britain
Tour 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.
A 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.
Big Pit Summer 2016
From 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.
The Welsh Food Festival is back this summer, celebrating all the culinary delights from around the country.
The Fanzone will be situated at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, and will open to the public at 6.30pm on Friday, July 1.
The 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.
Barry Lewis has been working flat out on this summer’s installation and today is the day it was installed in Caerphilly.
Rhondda 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.
Memorial To Miners’ Leader
A 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.
Love Labours Won at Redhouse
Love 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.
Wales 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.
More 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.
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.
What 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.
BikePark Wales launches women’s weekend, an annual celebration of everything that is female and mountain biking, 9th & 10th April 2016
Big Pit Lecture
Sian 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.
More than1,400 people visited Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales, during its opening weekend over Easter.
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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.
Easter at Rhondda Heritage P
There will be fun for all the family at Rhondda Heritage Park this Easter as part of the exciting Year of Adventure.
A unique exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre featuring exciting artists that have been exhibited through these 5 decades.
BikePark Wales - Ladies
BikePark Wales launches women’s weekend, an annual celebration of everything that is female and mountain biking, 9th & 10th April 2016.
Exhibition and artist talk with Caroline Dear as part of her flora residency at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre.
Stars are out
A whole host of stars are heading to the Council’s two iconic theatres during the exciting new season.
Three Open Days are planned at the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery during the next few months.
Vote for Nos Galan
Once again the Council’s world-famous event has been shortlisted at the 2016 UK Running Awards, having taken the title once before.
Year of Adventure
A 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.
Parc 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.
Who says romance is dead?
It certainly isn’t in Caerphilly!
Hundreds of athletes of all ages and abilities are nearing the end of their training for the 2015 Nos Galan Road Races.
Big Pit - January 2016
Tours with a difference at Big Pit National Coal Museum.
Boxing Day Open-air Swim
Come 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.
The Valleys that changed the World
This networking event will offer you the opportunity to explore the benefits of ‘The Valleys that changed the World’
Father Christmas at Big Pit
On 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.
Big Pit Half Term
Half term fun at Museums - and Big Pit National Coal Museum.
Exciting October events at Newbridge Memo
The Horror Halloween Burlesque Show at Newbridge Memo.
X Scream at Rhondda Heritage Park
A ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ takes place at Rhondda Heritage Park this month, with fun for all the family - and something special for only the bravest of people.
BikePark Wales launches UK’s longest blue descent
BikePark Wales are delighted to announce the opening of our latest trail, “Terry's Belly” is a sinuous ribbon of blue singletrack which uses the entirety of the hill at BikePark Wales.
Green Flag Woodlands
Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled a record breaking 40 Green Flag Award winners - Congratulations to Green Flag Community Award Winner Beaufort Woodlands.
Steel House Festival is ready to Rock.
Big Pit Summer
From Monday 20 July until Friday 31 July, 12pm-4pm, Miners’ Fortnight, which was the highlight of the summer for coalfield communities, will be awash with activities for children including trails, games, dressing up and crafts.
Winding House shortlisted for UK’s biggest museum award!
Caerphilly county borough’s museum, the Winding House in New Tredegar has reached the final stage of this year’s Telegraph & Kids in Museums’ “Family Friendly Museum Award”.
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A unique exhibition of a year long project by Louise Collis - opens 20th July.
Rock 'n' Roll around Risca Park
Put on your dancing shoes and come and join us as we Rock ‘n’ Roll around Risca Park.
New visitor accommodation opens in Pontywaun!
The Castle Inn, Pontywaun has expanded its visitor accommodation to include two new chalets; complementing its existing bed & breakfast offering.
Olaf loves summer!
Yes that’s right, Olaf loves Summer that’s why he is coming along to Blackwood Beach Party on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June.
The Workers Gallery and Workshops has secured an international coup with the ‘Leftovers V’ exhibition of miniature prints from Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, USA.
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).
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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.
This half term, Big Pit is hosting a week full of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Blaenavon singer Cai Williams, fresh from his appearance on BBC’s The Voice, will headline 2015’s World Heritage Day in Blaenavon.
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!
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A new venue and a new exhibition for Y Galeri - now overlooking Caerphilly Castle!
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A light hearted look behind the scenes with the great team of trail builders at BikePark Wales.
Partial Solar Eclipse Event
A 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.
The Royal Mint Visitor Centre approved
Plans 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.
BikePark 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.
Caerphilly 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.
Visitors 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’.
Blaenavon Walking Festival 2015
The 2015 Blaenavon Walking Festival will take place from Saturday 11th to Friday 17th April 2015.
Valentine's Day Offers
There are lots of great Valentine's day offers across Caerphilly.
Blue Plaque for Jewish Community
A 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.
Cynon Valley Museum - Open Day
An Open Day is being held at the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery on Saturday, January 31 – and everyone is welcome!
Open Exhibition 2015
The Open Art Winter Exhibition comprises of artworks in a wide variety of media and subject matter selected from open submissio
'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!
Princesses Elsa and Anna, and the snowman Olaf, will be making a special visit to the Blaenavon Winter Wonderland on Saturday 6 December.
Couple re-live Caerphilly Castle 1989 marriage proposal!
A Lancashire couple with a passion for South Wales were the lucky winners of a competition organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Events & Marketing Team. Jim and Sharon Young from Chorley won a two stay in October at the luxurious Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa, near Blackwood.
Christmas past and present set to descend on Caerphilly
Established as one of Wales’s largest Christmas markets, Caerphilly Christmas Fayre is set to return in under a month on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December, along with a new theme being unveiled.
Santa Claus is coming to town!...To Blackwood Town Centre!
Blackwood Christmas Market will return for a weekend of festive fun on Saturday 6th (9am - 5pm) and Sunday 7th December (10am - 4pm).
Risca Christmas Market
Caerphilly County Borough Council in partnership with Risca West & East Community Events Group are looking forward to creating a magical experience on Saturday 6th December, as the Christmas Market and Lantern Parade comes to town.
Christmas Descends On Bargoed Town Centre
With just over a week to go until the annual Bargoed Christmas Market, final preparations are underway to make this year’s event the best yet!
Ystrad Mynach Town Steps into Christmas
Enjoy a wonderful experience and step into Christmas at the Ystrad Mynach Festive Fayre on Saturday 22nd November.
Santa’s Christmas Cottage
Father Christmas will once again be setting up a temporary residence in Rhondda Cynon Taf right up until Christmas Eve.
Christmas Events in RCT
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Christmas events are launched!!
Sign Up For Santa Run
Get into the festive sprit and sign up for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s annual Santa Run. It promises to be a fantastic warm-up event ahead of the world-famous Nos Galan Road Races in Mountain Ash on New Year’s Eve.
A great new website has been launched, charting the story of Non Conformity across Wales.
Rhondda Heritage Park - the popular tourist attraction has been transformed into a haven for Halloween antics for all the family on October 30-31.
Wales' 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.
At 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.
175 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.
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.
calling all artists
For 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.
Two artists who have a particular interest in street scenes launch a joint exhibition at Y Galeri, Caerphilly.
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!
New play touring The Valleys.
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.
An arts festival with the intriguing name Velvet Coalmine will be springing up in venues around Blackwood this September.
Really 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.
Great Bank Holiday Weekend planned for everybody at Bleanavon
The 2014 Wales Valleys Walking Festival Programme is launched.
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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.
Big Pit National Coal Museum - Blaenavon World Heritage Site - the perfect place to get away from rising temperatures!!
Big Cheese Winners
Congratulations to The Big Cheese Fun Fair Winners
New Exhibition at REDHOUSE
A dazzling collection of ‘Blaschka Glass’ alongside the seascapes of Vernon Jones at Pontypool Museum.
Ready, Steady, Cheese!!
Last chance to book your place on The Big Cheese Race!!
The small Blue Butterfly (Cupido minimus), the UK’s smallest butterfly, has returned to Parc Slip Nature Reserve.
Summer Artworks at Y Galeri - Caerphilly
This year Barrie Lewis is making a WHALE!!
A unique coaching programme designed specifically for us by Ian Warby and Richard Kelly of B1ke - start 27 June!
The history of Merthyr Tydfil's role in the industrial revolution is being told to children in a game on mobiles and tablets.
Opportunity to meet the artist who is creating jewellery with 3D printers!!
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Great ideas for National Bike Week in The Valleys.
Venture launched by husband and wife team to give ‘food tourists’ behind-the-scenes peek into Welsh foodie scene
Local Caerphilly 10k runner to take on Deafblind challenge
Brave Bedwas resident, Laura Lees, will be tackling the challenging Caerphilly 10k with only pinpoint vision and minimal hearing with no guide.
Tourism team recognised for Innovative work
Innovative work to support coach and group travel operators travelling to the South Wales valleys earned Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Tourism team a place in the finals of a national awards ceremony.
Fifty years of the South Wales Potters - 31 May to 12 July 2014
The Queen's Baton will spend two whole days in The Valleys and will return in the west on Day 4.
An 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.
Aberdare puts on a show to welcome The Queen's Baton.
The 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.
A charitable reason to run the Caerphilly 10k
Reaching 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.
Ponty's Big weekend
Rhondda 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.
Following a 12 month hiatus, Merthyr Rock festival returns to the grounds of Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil on Sunday 17th August 2014.
Say cheese when you visit Caerphilly
The Visit Caerphilly Centre, on the Twyn in the shadows of Caerphilly Castle has just started selling a tasty, unique and exciting new product.
Ty Coffee will be the icing on the cake for food festival
Piping 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.
A hidden world is coming to life on the National Cycle Network.
Over the Easter weekend up to four thousand people are set to navigate to South Wales as the local area hosts the prestigious JK Festival of Orienteering.
New exhibition at Y Galeri
Cwmcarn Forest Gift Shop gets fresh new look for Spring!
Staff at Cwmcarn Forest Visitor Centre have been working hard to revamp the centre’s gift shop, which launched its new range of products earlier this week.
Caerphilly 10k inspired me to join a running club
A year ago Louise Saddler from Blackwood struggled to run further than a mile - then she completed the first ever Caerphilly 10k!!!
Parc Slip Rubbish Animals
It's amazing what you can make if you have a pile of rubbish and a vivid imagination!
The 2014 Valleys brochure is available to download or request a copy - enjoy!!
Celebrating the History of Rhondda Cynon Taf
Why not celebrate the history of Rhondda Cynon Taf by attending a fascinating lecture examining some of its proudest figures, places and achievements?
Home from home experience at The Front Room Cafe
Nestled at the top of Caerphilly town, opposite the bus and railway station is one of Caerphilly’s hidden treats...The Front Room Café.
If you want to find out more about the natural world of The Valleys - then see if you can help Parc Slip.
New exhibition at Llantarnam Grange
New exhibition exploring the darker side of life depicted in Fairy Tales.
Registration now open for the Caerphilly 10k
Registration is now open for the Caerphilly 10k, with a £2 discount off entry for anyone who signs up before April 22nd.
Great new Gold Card available at Greenmeadow Farm.
Fireworks Now is an intriguing exhibition of ceramics at Y Galeri, Caerphilly, that celebrates the diversity of a community of Cardiff artists.
Ready, Set, Go for the Caerphilly 10k!
The Caerphilly 10K is set to return for the second consecutive year on Sunday 22 June.
Saturday 8th March, 2014, 11.30am – General Offices, Steelworks Road – plaque unveiled
Merthyr Farmers Market Returns for Spring
On Friday 7th March Merthyr Tydfil Farmers Market will be returning after its winter break and will be welcoming some exciting new traders.
Disney's 'Frozen' Heats Up Bargoed!
The Bargoed Outdoor Cinema event is back again this year with the animated Disney film ‘Frozen’.
Daffodil art is the timely topic for the spring exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, where it runs alongside the Carmarthenshire venue’s month-long Daffodil Festival.
Cwmcarn Forest Launches Wildlife Explorer Challenge
Cwmcarn Forest in conjunction with the Cognation partnership is launching an exciting new ‘Wildlife Explorer Challenge’ in time for half term.
Redhouse - Open House!
People of Merthyr Tydfil will have an extra reason to celebrate St David’s Day this year as 1st March heralds the official opening of REDHOUSE Old Town Hall – Hen Neuadd y Dref, a new arts and creative industries centre in the heart of the town.
Cwmcarn Forest doubles up on mountain biking trails
Cwmcarn Forest launches two new mountain bike trails this weekend, which sees its trail offering double to four trails.
Half Term is coming - and there are loads of ideas for creative things to do with the children all across the Valleys.
Discover the secret life of the coal tips!
After a really successful Open Art Event and with January done and dusted we are now looking forward to our next gallery exhibition.
St David's Day Celebrations
St David's Day concerts and sing alongs - 1st March
Blaenavon Walking Festival
Details of Blaenavon Walking Festival Announced - 5 - 11 April
Walkers invited to tackle The Caerphilly Challenge Series 2014
Organisers throw down a challenge to walkers of all abilities to tackle the ‘Wild Boar’ series of walks on Saturday 10th May.
Bike Park Wales' Official Opening!
The £1.8 million Mountain Bike Park in Merthyr Tydfil has been officially opened by the Minister of Culture and Sport, John Griffiths AM.
Only Men Aloud tour The Valleys
New exhibition at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran
Every valley and community has a host of stories to tell about the people who shaped its past and those who lived here - discover your local stories.
Join us at a truly extraordinary setting as Darkened Rooms heads off to Caerphilly Castle.
A celebration of Wales's oral traditions, held across several Cadw sites - including Caerphilly Castle, Kidwelly Castle and Blaenavon Ironworks.
A self-assembly Swedish crime thriller from award-winning comedy duo LipService.
Live Soultastic Band Return To The 'Stute
Live Soultastic Band Band Return To The 'Stute
Take a trail with the family
Residents and visitors to Rhondda Cynon Taf are being encouraged to burn off those excess Christmas calories by enjoying one of our fascinating trails through the County Borough.
Are you up to the Wild Boar Challenge?
Only 60 days until Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil is open!
Open Art Exhibition
Exciting exhibition of new and established artists - Y Galeri, Caerphilly starting on 4 January 2014
New Year - New Skill
How about improving your knitting skills at the Llantarnam Grange Knitting Cwtch!!
Chance for young people to create unique Christmas Decorations at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre
Discover the mysteries of the Dark Skies - and what goes into a great beer!
Lantern Workshop fun continues
Don't forget to come along to Caerphilly Leisure Centre this weekend for the second set of lantern making workshops, in preparation for the River Of Light Parade at the end of December.
Meet one of the creators involved with "On my mother's knee" exhibition at Llantarnam Grange Arts Gallery, Cwmbran.
'GUARDIAN' Book Signing
Renowned artist and sculptor, will be signing 1st edition copies of his new book ‘GUARDIAN’ on 8th December
On My Mother's Knee
New exhibition at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre - inspired by mothers and grandmothers!
Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Fayre is one of the best in the UK - and now you can also win free entry to Caerphilly Castle as part of your visit - have a go!
Lindy Wildsmith, food writer, tutor and owner of The Chef’s Room, picked up her trophy as "Best in Wales".
Santa Claus is coming to Blackwood Town!
Blackwood Christmas Market will return for a weekend of festive fun on Saturday 30th November (9am-5pm) and Sunday 1st December (10am-4pm).
Nantgarw bicentenary celebrates with modern exhibition
Exhibition bringing together some of the very best potters to celebrate 200 years of china production at Nantgarw.
New way of exploring The Valleys
No car?....can't drive?......Don't want to drive? This new business could help you get the very best from a trip to The Valleys!
Christmas descends on Caerphilly County Borough
It may be getting colder outside, but Caerphilly events are really turning up the heat this winter with a feast of festive markets for all the family.
Tours of Guardian now available !!!
Discover the stories behind Guardian - one of the most impressive structures in The Valleys!
The Ghosts of Llancaiach Fawr
Experience ghostly goings on at Llancaiach Fawr Manor in Nelson!
Valley of the Dead
Can you survive Valley of the Dead? Look what's happening at Dare Valley Country Park!
Halloween activities to creep out of your diary this October half-term!
Spellbinding magic and ghostly ghouls will descend on Caerphilly County Borough this October half term, with a bundle of Halloween themed events spilling out of the witch’s cauldron for you to enjoy.
Senghenydd and Wales Remembers - all the miners lost in accidents across Wales
Blaenau Gwent celebrates the designation of 4 Local Nature Reserves!
Blaenau Gwent now has four new Local Nature Reserves at Cwmcelyn, Rosheyworth, Six Bells and Trevor Rowson.
Halloween fun at Parc Cwm Darran!
Jump on board the mystery machine as Parc Cwm Darran's theatrical Halloween spectacular returns again this year!
The Valleys, South Wales has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Responsible Tourism Destination’ category
Boys Aloud in Blaenavon
The Brilliant Boys Aloud to perform in Blaenavon
Take a new look atThe Valleys
A brilliant new video has been produced to show everybody just how The Valleys have changed over the last decade.
The Winding House museum needs you!!
The Winding House in New Tredegar, is appealing to local people to help with their major new exhibition planned for 2014, on the First World War.
Exciting exhibition explore the industry of Coal across The Valleys
The posters are on show at Bedwellty House, Tredegar - take a look!
The Valleys are nominated as Best Destination for Responsible Tourism
Nos Galan Races: Online Registration Open
Online registration for this year's Nos Galan Road Races is now open On your Marks, Get Set……..Go!
Valleys Velo Cycle Race
The Valleys Velo takes place in Rhondda Cynon Taf on Sunday, September 29
The Minister for Culture and Sport visits the Winding House
The Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths has visited Caerphilly County Borough Council’s museum, the Winding House, in New Tredegar.
Discover the Valleys
Artists are out to create their own interpretation of The Valleys.
Monday, 23 September was a big day for Wales’s industrial heritage in Blaenavon.
Rockers 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.
Celebrating great crafts
Celebrate the artists and makers of The Valleys - 28/29 September at Rhondda Heritage Park
Taster - new interpretation at Blaenavon Ironworks
A taster of the new interpretation visitors to the Ironworks will be able to experience soon...
New exhibition at Y Galeri, Caerphilly
New Walk Route Opens
Explore the countryside around Aberdare with a new 20 mile circular route!!
What a whopper!!
Is this a World Record Swede??
Happy Snappy Walkers
If 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.
Write a Saga
If 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.
Music at the Park Presents
The 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.
Prepare for something 'Epic'
The outdoor cinema returns to Bargoed on Friday 6th September.
Proms in the Park - A Great Night Out
BBC Proms in the Park will be a spectacular night out for all the family.
From Coal to Cabbages………..
A tour de force of mammoth marrows, tremendous tomatoes, colossal cabbages, awesome onions and many more vegetables of all forms, size, weight, colour and texture are promised in September when Rhondda Heritage Park hosts a Giant Veg Show.
Discover more about Alfred Russel Wallace
Sir David’s Attenborough gives lecture on naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace’s
Competition - 100 Supertubing Rides - Winners
Congratulations to the 10 Supertubing Ride Winners
BikePark Wales Opens!
Finally - it opens at 9am tomorrow - get there to enjoy some of the best mountain biking in the UK!
Well known and loved songs at Proms in the Park
Proms in the Park set to sparkle with show stopping performances of well known and much loved songs from musicals.
Whistler Style Bike Park Opening In Wales
A new £1.8 million Mountain Bike Park will officially open in Gethin Woods, Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday 24th August.
Competition - 100 Free Supertubing Rides to be won
Ten luck families will each win 10 free Supertubing rides at The Supertubing Experience at The Festival Park, Ebbw Vale.
BikePark Wales - Opens this weekend!
It's here - 3 days to opening - watch the latest video for a taster of the trails, the views and the exhilaration!
Bikepark Wales - The Countdown - Part 2!
The next part of the build - only 5 days to the opening of BikePark Wales!!!
Bikepark Wales - The Countdown!
Counting down to the opening on 24th August - here is Part 1 of the story so far - Origins!
Summer Exhibition - great local artists in Caerphilly Gallery.
Discover the Heritage of The Valleys
University of South Wales launch new courses fro everybody to get "under the skin" of the heritage of The Valleys
September - Fun for Free!
A range of Free special events take place at Rhondda Heritage Park, Nr Pontypridd next month including as part Open Doors month. Here’s what’s coming ……
Rethinking the Landscape - Conference
International conference to explore the ways in which the landscape and wider economy can be developed - together!
Are you ready for The Valleys Velo Cycle Sportive?
An exciting new cycling event for 2013, the Valleys Velo Cyclo Sportive will bring together, spectacular rolling mountain scenery, classic climbs with amazing views and fast descents.
New Bike Park Positions The Valleys As Peddler’s Paradise
The Valleys are set to become the UK’s premium mountain biking destination with the opening of BikePark Wales, at Gethin Woods in Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday 24th August 2013.
Bute Town stories come to life!
Bute Town, Rhymney - a unique community just off A465, can now be explored with a new bilingual app.
The Big Valley Play Day
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council can help you if you’re looking for things to do this Summer.
There's something in the Water
Penderyn, the award-winning single malt whisky distillery, is collaborating with Cardiff University to learn more about the distillery’s unique underground fresh water source.
Step Into Walking Festival!
It’s time to put your best foot forward and take a step through life in the South Wales Valleys, as the ever-popular Wales Valleys Walking Festival returns for 2013.
Gino Back At Big Welsh Bite!
Big Welsh Bite is back this weekend (2-4 August) and celebrating its 10th year - with top TV chef Gino D’Acampo making a special appearance!
Green Green Parks - in The Valleys
Announcement of Green Flag Winners in The Valleys.
Love Parks in Rhondda Cynon Taf
There is certainly one place in Rhondda Cynon Taf where the grass is always greener – our beautiful parks!
Tickets to Ponty's Big Weekend - the result!
What was the answer and who won!
New 10-pin bowling development for Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council agreed to proceed with a new 10-pin bowling and adventure play facility at the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Village.
Alys Williams - The Voice - performing at Soar on the Street
The Voice star Alys Williams is set to take the stage in Merthyr Tydfil town on Saturday the 20th of July as part of the Soar Centres annual celebrations.
Reclaiming Merthyr’s status as world leader in the industrial revolution
Historians are in Merthyr Tydfil to help the town reclaim its status as a world leader in the industrial revolution and the most important place in Welsh history.
Nature & shopping experiences
This summer, Bryngarw House and Country Park are offering two unique packages that you don’t want to miss out on!
Ready, Set…. Cheese!
The Great Cheese Race, a must on Friday 26th July at Caerphilly's Big Cheese!!
Living Landscape Lectures - in Blaenavon
Archaeology in the World Heritage Site and Beyond.
What's that in Caerphilly Castle's Moat??
You'll never believe it - it's an Octopus!!
Penderyn releases Special Cardiff City Edition
Penderyn, has released a special single malt whisky to celebrate Cardiff City FC’s Championship win and promotion to the Premier League.
Music @ the Park Presents
Rhondda Heritage Park’s ever popular Music @ the Park has come over all folk this month .
Cognation Bike Village
The Cognation Mountain Bike Village in Merthyr Tydfil this Summer!
A Blooming Great Day Out
A treat for all green-fingered visitors is promised this weekend, when Rhondda Heritage Park in association with the Rhondda Rose Society stages its annual Rose Festival.
What a handsome dog!!!
Garn Lakes Country Fayre - 30th June!! Is your dog the best of the bunch!!
On The Trail of Alfred Russel Wallace
Bet you didn't know that Alfred Russel Wallace, one of Britain’s greatest scientists, lived in Neath?
One of Wales’ oldest iron bridges was officially reopened following a massive restoration project.
Certificate of Excellence for Penderyn Visitor Centre
Wales’ award winning distillery makes Trip Advisor’s top destinations.
Rhondda Heritage Park Named Top Attraction
“Trip Advisor”, the world’s most well-known travel site has awarded the famous visitors’ attraction a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.
Coal Mining History Remembered
A service of remembrance to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Lewis Merthyr / Ty Mawr collieries takes place at Rhondda Heritage Park, nr Pontypridd 22 June.
Look out for the Fairies of Bedwellty
Bedwellty House & Park in Tredegar is hosting an event to launch a new booklet of stories about the park told from the point of view of a family of fairies.
Treat Yourself at Blackwood Summer Festival
Over 30 food & craft stalls will line the High Street, selling everything from yummy cupcakes to photography and wine tasting experiences - go on - treat yourself!
Help a good cause for the Caerphilly 10k
The countdown to the Caerphilly 10k is on, with almost 1,000 runners having already signed up to take part – with many signing up in support of both local and national charities!
New Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre at Parc Slip Off To A Flying Start
Parc Slip Nature Reserve, once a colliery site, is now host to an entirely different opportunity for visitors and local people providing a tourism attraction and welcome boost to the local economy.
9 Hole Golf Course Opens in Cyfarthfa Park!
A new 9-hole short golf course facility is about to open in Cyfarthfa Park. Situated on the old course site near to the bandstand, Golf @ Cyfarthfa Park will open on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May 2013.
The Sounds of The Valleys
Introducing the first official destination playlist exclusively featuring local and home-grown acts: The Valleys playlist matches your mood for your visit to The Valleys.
Runners from across the UK sign up for Caerphilly 10k
The inaugural Caerphilly 10k has already attracted 870 people to sign up for the event, which is taking place on June 23rd. The numbers are rising on a daily basis and appealing to runners from across the UK, showcasing Caerphilly as a destination to a national audience.
Ponty's Big Weekend - Sunday line up announced
The 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.
Local History Month in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Don’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?!
Visitors 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.
Get the best from your visit to Blaenavon
As part of The Forgotten Landscape Project, an innovative, interactive map has been created to help everybody get out and explore the landscape.
Free Days Out in May
Individuals, 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 …
Ponty's Big Weekend - Competition
Ponty'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!!
Ooh la la! French Celebrity Chef on his way to Caerphilly
The 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!
BBC Proms Last Night Celebrations
BBC Cymru Wales has announced today that BBC Proms in the Park will be returning to Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields, Caerphilly for the third time.
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?
The Valleys, always in fine voice
This 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.
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.
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.
Dr Who is back in The Valleys
Dr 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!
Ponty's Big Weekend - 20-21 July
A 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!’
Make some Welsh Cakes to celebrate St David's Day
Welsh 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!
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