Top free things to do this summer in the Cambrian Mountains

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 10.04.25The sun is shining, the days are long and the school holidays are nearly here. When the days are filled with this much sunshine, there’s plenty to do and see that won’t end up costing the earth. Here’s our pick of the top five free things to do this summer in the Cambrian Mountains…

5. Watch the World Alternative Games
Head to Llanwrtyd Wells this August to catch sight of some of the wackiest competitions you’re ever likely to see. Sunday the 10th of August alone will see people compete in finger jousting championships, worm charming, a space hopper race and a hide and seek competition. Other highlights include the zombie race, the Russian egg roulette and the gravy wrestling championships. For a full list of events, visit: http://www.worldalternativegames.co.uk/events/

4. Free family events at the National Wool Museum
There’s a free exhibition titled ‘A Dark Cloud Over the Woollen Industry’ running until November, plus kids can go and take part in a variety of hands-on activities including a series on ‘Three cool things to make with…’ a rubber band, a paper clip and a lolly stick. Families can also follow the ‘Woolly Tale’ trail for free, which gives an insight into the wool-making process, from fleece to fabric. For all museum events, visit: https://www.museumwales.ac.uk/whatson/?site=wool

3. Free events at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre
Visit Denmark Farm this summer and not only do you get free entry to some 40 acres of stunning nature, trails and sustainable features, but you’ll also get to join several free events. These include a fantastic ‘Batty Evening’ on the 19th of August, ‘Mad about Moths’ events on the 30th and 31st of August and Morning Bird Walks. For more information on free events at Denmark Farm, visit: http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

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2. WaterAid Awareness Day, Elan Valley
Takes place on Saturday the 16th of August. Come along to find out about Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s charity of choice WaterAid and all the hard work they’ve been doing in developing countries to provide safe drinking water and safe sanitation. You can learn how to get involved yourself and start helping, plus there will be games to take part in and prizes to be won. The event starts at 10am at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, finishes at 3pm and, of course, is free to enter! For further details see www.elanvalley.org.uk

1. Nocturnal Nature Hunt at Elan Valley Trust
What better way to celebrate yet another fantastic summer holiday than with this fascinating nocturnal nature hunt. Taking place on Sunday the 31st of August at 8pm, you’ll search the night for nocturnal wildlife using bat detectors, moth traps and trail cameras. You’ll also get to learn some techniques to help discover what wildlife is lurking in your own garden. Be sure to bring warm clothes, stout footwear, a torch and insect repellent along with you! For further details see www.elanvalley.org.uk

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