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MyNewtown, in partnership with Mid Wales Tourism, hope you find this listing of local events useful. If you know of any events that would benefit from being listed here then please email mwt@mywelshpool.co.uk with the details.

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Newtown Carnival 130 year Celebration,  Newtown/Y Drenewydd
Newtown Local History Group will host this Carnival Celebration with Newtown Carnival Trust. Newtown Carnival 130 year Celebration – Saturday 13th May 2017 at the Monty Club 11am – 4pm Free Entry The first recorded Carnival in Newtown was in 1887 to celebrate the Knighthood of Pryce Jones the pioneer of National & International Mail Order for his services to Commerce. There was over 5,000 spectators who paid 6d to enter the Pryce Jones Carnival Celebration. The Carnivals were organised and managed by Pryce Jones Royal Welsh Warehouse right up until 1914.The first recorded Carnival Queen was in 1929 a Miss Edith Bayley. Come along and share you photographs and memories of Carnivals of the past with the Newtown Local History Group and Newtown Carnival Trust to help preserve our cultural heritage for future generations. Fun and activities will include a Children’s Carnival Tea Party, Photo Booths with props to make history on the day. The next Newtown Carnival will take place on Saturday 10th June 2017 refer to their Facebook page the events and activities information.
Start Date: 13-05-2017
End Date: 13-05-2017
Open Times: 11:00 to 16:00
Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
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Pots and Plants at Gregynog Hall,  Newtown/Y Drenewydd
Gregynog Hall is playing host to Pots and Plants 2017 on 20th and 21st May. This is a chance to buy hand-crafted pots and ceramic sculptures and unusual and hard to find plants in one of the most magnificent listed gardens in mid-Wales. They form a colourful backdrop of rhododendrons and azaleas to Lyn Hazel’s life-like wild creatures, small animals by Madeleine Vale and the menagerie of fanciful chickens and mystical hares by Sandra Bidmead. Wendy Lawrence’s textured pieces inspired by rocks and geological structures are designed to create architectural interest in the garden. Wayne Clarke and Charles Bound’s large urns are wonderful statement pieces for any garden as are the gorgeous glazed moon pots by Barcelona born Alber Montserrat. Anyone looking for an unusual pot to hold a special plant will be able to choose from Karen Edwards’ popular range of front proof stoneware planters or Chris and Geoff Cox’s unusual selection of sedum pots and other larger pieces. Joy Sisley’s hand-build pots, that are fired in a wood kiln, are the perfect foil to show off rare and special plants. Gardeners will be able to choose from a great range of plants from shade loving ferns, hosts and arisaemas from a Gloucestershire based nurser, Shady Plants (Saturday only) to a wide selection of herbaceous plants from the Dingle Nursery, Welsh-grown shrubs, climbers and perennials, and unusual hardy plants from Camlan Gardening and Barbara Molesworth, as well as a range of low growing perennials suitable for pots, wall and ground cover from Tan-y-Lyn nurseries. Anyone looking for inspiration on planting up a newly acquired pot can get advice from Garden Columnist for the County Times, Carolle Doyle, who will be demonstrating the art of container gardening at 12.00 and 3.00 pm on both days and will be on hand to give advice during the event. Peter Garrard’s ornamental nest boxes, des-res for sparrows and other small species, are sure to delight bird-lovers as are Gregynog’s surrounding woodland, which is a hidden gem that has been awarded the status of National Nature Reserve. The Great Wood is one of the few remaining ancient oak and licked-rich woodlands in Britain and supports a vast range of insets, breeding birds and other wildlife. There are many walks to enjoy in the woods, through the dingle, the water gardens of the Dell with its lush planting and pretty Apiary, where bees buzz in and out collecting honey, past the woodman’s cottage and round the Lily Lake, a favourite haunt of the Hall’s former owner Margaret Davies, who would go there to paint.
Start Date: 20-05-2017
End Date: 21-05-2017
Open Times: 10:00 to 17:00 10:00 to 17:00
Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
Phone: 01938 590230
Email: info@potsandplantsuk.com
Web: www.potsandplantsuk.com
 
Gregynog Festival 2017,  Gregynog Festival 2017
Gregynog Festival is the oldest festival in Wales and one of the UK’s premier classical music events. The University and seaside town of Aberystwyth provides the location for our opening day on 16 June. The National Library of Wales' collections have inspired this year's curation and items will be on special display. The Artistic Director introduces the Festival and its theme of Pageantry, and our concerts reflect the early 20th-century early music revival, with performances in the intimate Council Chamber, overlooking Cardigan Bay, by harpist Paul Dooley and lutenist Thomas Dunford. Our opening weekend (17 & 18 June) celebrates the pioneering work of Arnold Dolmetsch in reviving the performance of early music at the start of the 20th century. Danish recorder virtuosa Michala Petri, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and the Ricercar Consort present programmes inspired by Dolmetsch's family ensemble, prefaced by a special introductory talk by Jeanne Dolmetsch, grand-daughter of Arnold and Musical Director of the Dolmetsch Foundation. Our second weekend (23 - 25 June) takes place at the National Trust's Chirk Castle, with performances in the historic Chapel which seats just 70. The star-studded weekend features Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson, pianist Llyr Williams and clarinettist Robert Plane with the Gould Piano Trio, together with talks about the patronage of T. E. Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden. Experience the Castle's artistic life at the start of the twentieth century. The Festival arrives at its inspiration - Harlech and its artistic community of a century ago. Our five-day programme from 28 June reflects the richness of artistic life in 1917 Harlech, featuring a commissioned dance work on the beach in tribute to Margaret Morris, a special trip on the Ffestiniog Railway to Coed-y-Bleiddiau, Granville Bantock's home, together with music, talks, exhibitions and visits. We close the Festival on 2 July with a celebratory event at Harlech Castle, recalling the 150th anniversary of the Harlech Festival.
Start Date: 16-06-2017
End Date: 02-07-2017
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Address: Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
Gregynog Festival - Jeanne Dolmetsch Talk,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
The granddaughter of Arnold Dolmetsch reflects on the pioneering contribution made by her grandfather to the early music movement as a performer, scholar and instrument builder.
Start Date: 17-06-2017
End Date: 17-06-2017
Open Times: 14:30
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
Gregynog Festival - Michala Petri & Mahan Esfahani,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Arguably the greatest exponent that her instrument has ever known, the Danish virtuoso Michala Petri has championed the recorder in over 4,000 performances at the world’s leading festivals and concert halls. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) -Sonata in G minor for treble recorder and basso continuo Jacob van Eyck (c.1589/90-1657) - Variations for solo descant recorder: Prins Robberts Masco - Wat zal men op den avond doen George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) - Sonata in F major for alto recorder and basso continuo Bach - Sonata in B minor for treble recorder and harpsichord Greensleeves to a Ground for descant recorder and harpsichord Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) - Sonata in C major for treble recorder and basso continuo John Blow (1649-1708) - Chaconne Fa Ut for harpsichord Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) -Sonata in G minor from Il Pastor Fido for descant recorder and basso continuo
Start Date: 17-06-2017
End Date: 17-06-2017
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
Gregynog Fest - Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Pierlot is one of today’s more thoughtful Bach interpreters and his Ricercar Consort respond with ever more intensity’ (Gramophone). The fine Belgian ensemble presents an enticing mixed programme of repertoire inspired by the programming of Arnold Dolmetsch, including Bach, Purcell, Lawes, Rameau and Marais. Sophie Gent, violin Tuomo Suni, violin Lucile Boulanger, bass viol Philippe Pierlot, bass viol, director Maude Gratton, harpsichord William Lawes (1602-1645) - Royal Consort Paven John Jenkins (1592-1678) - Newark Siege Marin Marais (1656-1728) - Plainte Antoine Forqueray (1699-1782) - La Régente Louis de Caix d’Hervelois (c.1670-1759) - La Milaneze Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) - Sonata No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027 Adagio – Allegro ma non tanto – Andante – Allegro moderato Henry Purcell (1659-1695) - Sonata in F major, Z. 810 (‘Golden Sonata’) Adagio – Canzona: Allegro – Grave – Allegro Chaconne Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) - Deuxième Concert La Laborde – La Boucon – L’agaçante – Menuets François Couperin (1668-1733) - La Sultane
Start Date: 18-06-2017
End Date: 18-06-2017
Open Times: 14:30
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
Rotary Across Wales Walk,  Newtown/Y Drenewydd
The 2016 walk was held under nearly ideal conditions and all were in before 9.00 pm - a remarkable effort. Every year, some of the walkers collect sponsorship; in 2016 they contributed £25,000 to their favourite good causes - a brilliant effort; well done to all. The date of the 2017 walk is Saturday June 24. The full walk is 41.4 miles, but it is possible to partake in shorter sections – 26, 16 or 6 miles. The shorter section is ideal for children and families. The full walk starts just south of Machynlleth. Other sections start at Staylittle, Llandinam or the Devils Elbow. Transport is provided from Newtown to the start points. The walk ends at the Anchor, just over the border into Shropshire. Transport back to Newtown is available from the Anchor. Meals are provided during the day and water is available at all the checkpoints. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy the magnificent scenery of mid-Wales, to get fit or to raise money for your favourite charities. We look forward to seeing you in June 2017 Please also note that we no longer have a Post Office Box number; please address all correspondence to RAWW c/o S.A., 7 Market Street, Newtown SY16 2PQ.
Start Date: 24-06-2017
End Date: 24-06-2017
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Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
Phone: 01686 625544
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Web: http://www.newtown-rotary.org.uk/site/node/398
 
Newtown Food Festival,  Newtown/Y Drenewydd
The annual Newtown Food Festival celebrating great food, drink and music The main sections of the festival include: Food Producers Tent, Street Food, Community Lawn (with Bar,) The Childrens Village and the Music Lawn.
Start Date: 02-09-2017
End Date: 03-09-2017
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Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
Phone: 01686 625544
Email: festival@newtown.org.uk
Web: http://www.newtown.org.uk/pages/newtownfestival
 
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