Every Wednesday

Town Square, Machynlleth

Time: from 10.00am


The ancient Welsh town of Machynlleth was once the home of Welsh hero, Owain Glyndwr's rebel parliament, when he rose up against the English and Henry IV in a bid to make Wales an independent country once more.


People can see the old house where he held his political summits, which has now been converted into a museum near the town square.


Markets have aso been central to town life in Machynlleth, and following centuries of tradition, a street market is held most Wednesdays of the year; and It's well worth the journey from Glyn-yr-aur to check out the stalls and see if any intriguing bargains can be bought.




First Friday of every month

George III Hotel, Penmaenpool


Why not head along to the George III Hotel on the first Friday of the month, when some outstanding local bands and musicians have their jam sessions.






28 March - 7 May 2011

Moma, Y Tabernacl, Penrallt Street, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8AJ

Tel: 01654 703355 Website:

Opening times: 10.00am - 4.00pm Admission: free


Some of the most pre-eminent and distinguished artists in Wales will be exhibiting their work for over a month at the Museum of Modern Art, (Moma) at Machynlleth this spring.


The Royal Cambrian Academy comprises a mix of professional and amateur artists that number around 150 in total. They are elected by existing members and typically have an association with Wales either by family, birth, friendship or choice. Some of the most formidable examples of the academy's contemporary artwork will be on loan to the museum for this particular exhibition.








9 April - End of November 2011

Coed-y-Brenin, Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd



Cost: Adults (gorillas) 30 per session 10-17 yr (baboons) 20 per session

(Typically closed Mon, Tues and Fridays and open weekends only in November)


People typically say 'it's a jungle out there'. Well the rangers at the Coed-y-Brenin want visitors to channel their inner Tarzan or Jane at the new Go Ape high wire adventure assault course which has been set up at five sites around the forest park.


People can reconnect with their primeval self, and test their strength, stamina and agility on the walkways, bridges and zip-lines that are just waiting to be explored.






24 April 2011

Talyllyn Railway, Gorsaf Wharf Station, Tywyn,

Gwynedd LL36 9EY


Tel: 01654 702653 Website:


The Easter Bunny will be out in force at the Tallyllyn Railway on Easter Sunday, when he will be organising fun and games for all the family.


Young and old alike can join in the Easter Egg hunt, which will culminate in a special prize for the winner.


There will be five steam trains running during the day, and people will be able to buy refreshments in the King's cafe and explore the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum.







15 May 2011





Tel: 0775 4596701 - Derek Bowley


Think you couldn't run a triathlon, then think again says Anne Fuller, co-ordinator of the Harlech Triathlon, which is now in its 10th year.


Anne believes athletes and marathon runners are never really born, but can be made and self-taught.


On the triathlon's website, she guides people through a series of training techniques that she believes should see people competing in a triathlon in no time at all.


Anne, who has been a contender in tri-events for the last 20 years, says beginners could be ready for the 15 May Harlech revelry if they persevere

with her useful guide.


For the Harlech event, competitors will be expected to swim 400m (16 lengths of a pool), cycle 28 km and run across 6.5km of mixed terrain - which will include a 1:4 climb to Harlech Castle and the finish line in the adjoining square.


In her article, Beginner to Finisher, which can be found at, she advises people to concentrate first on technique, and then on building strength and stamina.


"Concentrate on going further, not harder. Once you have achieved 20 minutes of running use the same principle to build up to 30 minutes and then increase to 40, 50 and 60. Increasing your endurance is your first priority. Once you can run for 40+ minutes, you can start thinking about improving your speed and strength. Aim for at least twice your anticipated race distance," she explains.


She also offers similar advice for achieving the required fitness levels in the cycling and swimming sections.


People can enter the race either as an individual or as a team of three. An single person will be expected to finish all three sections of the event, while a team member will be required to complete one of the three race parts.




21 & 22 May 2011

Barmouth and Mawddach Estuary

Organised by Mawddach Rotary Club Trust


Email: website:


There's a welcome addition to Snowdonia's summer season this year when the Mawddach Rotary Club launches an all new sporting event in aid of Hope House Hospice.


This exciting two day event at the end of May 2011, will see a series of races take place in the Mawddach Estuary in between Dolgellau and Barmouth for those interested in kayaking or canoeing. People do not have to be professional or very experienced to enter all of the races.


There will be four main races which include a 10km Mawddach Ascent from Barmouth to Penmaenpool. This event is not timed, but it is expected people will complete the course in around1.5 hours, and they will only be expected to travel in one direction.


The next race is the 20km Mawddach Charity Challenge where entrants will be expected to compete against each other in a bid to achieve the fastest time from Barmouth to Penmaenpool and back again.


The next category of race is the 20km Rafted Open Canoe Race for teams of 6 paddlers, where canoes would be lashed together with poles when competing in this particular time trial.


And finally, there will be a 20km race for Celtic longboats, which will be required to navigate the same stretch of the Mawddach Estuary. There will also be other associated events including a big, open-air barbecue and various fishing demonstrations.




28 May 2011

Free Library, Eldon Square, Dolgellau


Tel: 07917 001173 Website:

Register by 12.40pm Start time: 1.00pm Winners' ceremony at 4.00pm

Age restrictions: Over 18s only


This challenging fell race requires competitors to run from Dolgellau's town square to the summit of one of Snowdonia' highest mountains, the Cader Idris.


The record to beat for male competitors is 1 hr 21 minutes and 18 seconds. And this was set in 1996 by Colin Donnelly of the local Eryri felling running club.


In 2006 Mary Wilkinson, of Skipton Athletics Club, achieved the best ever female record when she managed to complete the course in 1 hr 33 minutes and 58 seconds.


The run is open to over 18s only and there will be a limit of 250 entrants. The race route is 10.5 miles long and follows the Pony Path up the Cader. There are well marked roads and pathways on the lower reaches of the ascent, but the open fells further up may require some navigational work.


Competitors should carry with them waterproof full body cover, a map, compass and whistle.


A series of junior races for under 18s, under 16s, under 14s and under 12s will also be organised earlier on the day from 11.30am. People should just register on the day for them.







4 June 2011

Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, off A487.

Tel: 01654 705952 Website:

Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Course fees: 50 (excluding lunch and accommodation)


Unleash your imagination and creative side at the Centre for Alternative Technology on this day, when Pippa Scott and Robert Ritchie will be teaching people how to make exciting and innovative sculptures out of willow.


Simple tools will be used in the creation of the artwork, and people will also learn how grow willow in their own garden to continue building on what they have learned.




9,16, 23 & 30 June - 7 & 14 July - 8, 15, 22 & 29 September 2011

Talyllyn Railway, Gorsaf Wharf Station, Tywyn,

Gwynedd LL36 9EY


Tel: 01654 702653 Website:

Departure time: 11.00am


Why not step back in time to the Victorian age on any of the dates listed above when authentic 19th century rolling stock will be running on the lines at Talyllyn.


A spokesperson said: "The Talyllyn Railway is probably alone in being able to run its complete original passenger train dating from the 1860s, and invites you to enjoy a conducted tour featuring the unique train travelling in the original coaches behind an original locomotive.


"The train will make photographic stops, allow time for visiting a local hostelry for lunch, for forest walks as well as a visit to a signal box and a guided tour of the museum."


The railway was initially opened in 1865 to serve the Bryn Eglwys slate quarry at Abergwynolwyn. Several years later it was developed as a passenger train service and carried on in this guise until the end of the Second World War when demand for slate plummeted.


The railway would have closed if author of Thomas the Tank Engine, the Rev Wilbert Awdry, and other notable supporters had not rallied to the Talyllyn's cause.


Since 1951 it has been operating purely as a leisure line. And as such as it was among the first ever narrow gauge railways to be opened in the UK, and has been a firm favourite among visitors to Snowdonia ever since.




10 - 19 June 2011

In and around Criccieth, Gwynedd


Tel: 07790 830367 Website:


A week long celebration of music, literature, poetry and song is promised at the Criccieth Festival in mid-June. People can expect an amazing range of musical performances from Welsh folk heroine, Catrin Finch through to Mozart orchestras, jazz bands and male voice choirs.




12 June 2011

Penllyn Leisure Centre, Pensarn Road, Bala


Tel: 01978 761582 Website: Email:


The Bala Middle Distance, is one of the most challenging triathlons within the whole of Snowdonia, and is not for the fainthearted, say the organisers.


It involves a 2000m swim in Bala Lake itself, 78.5k cycle in large tracts of Southern Snowdonia and a 20k run along the race shoreline which then follows a trail up into the nearby Aran mountains. Pre-registration is required.




25 June 2011

Barmouth, Gwynedd


Tel: 01341 247553 Email:


The Three Peaks Yacht Race is perhaps one of the most gruelling physical challenges known to man. Teams, which typically consist of three sailors and two runners are expected to sail for 389 miles from Barmouth to Fort William, and the runners for their part are required to cycle for 18 miles and run for 72 miles to scale the highest peaks in all of Wales, England and Scotland.


The first port of call for the teams is Caernarfon, where the runners then cycle to Snowdon (3560ft) and run up the mountain and back down again. Once on board again, the next stop is Whitehaven, and the runners make their way to Scafell Pike (3208ft), and back down again. The final destination is Fort William, where the running squad are required to scale Ben Nevis (4408ft). Those down first take the winners' title.


Over 500 teams have completed the challenge successfully since it was begun in 1977, and that year there were only 5 competitors who took part. It's expected that there will be a minimum of 25 competitors this season in 2011. And if you think you have the stamina and ability to take part, why not contact the organisers on the number or email shown. Pre-registration is required.







21-28 August 2011

Moma, Y Tabernacl, Penrallt Street, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8AJ

Tel: 01654 703355 Website:


The Machynlleth Festival is feted across Snowdonia and Mid Wales as an phenomenal celebration of music and literature.


Hosted by the Museum of Modern Art (Moma), the festival promises visitors an incredible programme that will range from classical concertos to poetry readings and jazz.


For more details about the full schedule, please visit the museum's official website which is shown above.