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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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Jack Dee: Off the Telly,  The Hafren
Join Jack Dee for an evening of entertainment (food and beverages not included) in his new stand-up tour. “In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in” says Jack. Star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh, Jack also hosts the legendary Radio 4 show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Additional credits include presenting Jack Dee’s Helpdesk on BBC Two, C4’s The Jack Dee Show, ITV’s Jack Dee’s Saturday Night, BBC’s Jack Dee’s Happy Hour and Jack Dee Live at the Apollo. “In fact,” explains Jack, “I’ve probably appeared in every TV show with my name in the title”. Other sidelines include Motivational Speaking, which Jack describes as “Basically a total waste of time, talking to losers, but the cash is decent” and then adds “Don’t print that”. It’s so hard to tell when he’s being serious.
Start Date: 23-11-2019
End Date: 23-11-2019
Open Times: 20:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Movie Matinee: Quartet,  The Hafren
Beecham House is a retirement home with a difference: it specifically caters for former artistes including one-time opera singers Cissy (Pauline Collins), Reginald (Tom Courtenay) and Wilf (Billy Connolly). Once part of a quartet, the three still take part in an annual concert to celebrate the birthday of composer Giuseppe Verdi. But this year things are complicated by the arrival of the fourth member of their quartet, Jean (Maggie Smith), a die-hard diva who also happens to be Reginald’s ex-wife. Theatrical temperaments and old hostilities flare as the dramatic foursome fuss, flirt and flounce their way through rehearsals, adhering emphatically to that old showbiz adage, ‘the show must go on’.
Start Date: 27-11-2019
End Date: 27-11-2019
Open Times: 13:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Stewart Francis: Into The Punset,  The Hafren
The star of 'Mock the Week', 'Live at the Apollo' and 'Crackerjack' embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour EVER!!! See him before he heads off... INTO THE PUNSET.
Start Date: 28-11-2019
End Date: 28-11-2019
Open Times: 20:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
It’s a Wonderful Life,  The Hafren
Inspired by the classic American film, It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. With the help of an ensemble of six actors and a live foley artist creating the sound effects, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. It will take help from a lovable angel, Clarence, for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of Christmas.
Start Date: 30-11-2019
End Date: 30-11-2019
Open Times: 19:45
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Kicking Off Christmas Newtown 2019,  Y Drenewydd | Newtown
Bah humbug! Newtown to start Christmas with exclusive FREE production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. On Saturday 30th November at 6:00pm, Newtown town centre will once again host a fantastic, large scale, open-air Christmas-themed performance for the whole community. Following on from the unprecedented success of last year’s reimaging of the Newtown Lights with a spectacular staging of The Nativity, this year, award-winning community theatre company, Rebel Alliance, are swapping alpacas, donkeys and sheep, for singing, dancing and giant flying puppets! Rebel Alliance’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic festive story which follows Ebenezer?Scrooge’s journey, guided by three ghostly spirits who visit and influence him on Christmas?Eve. Creative Director, Tim Parkes, said that he chose this story for this year’s Newtown Lights event because, like ‘The Nativity’ before it, ‘A Christmas Carol’?is a simple story which instils a powerful and important message about humanity, redemption?and the true spirit of this festive time of year.? Together with Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council, the expansive group of creative visionaries which make up Rebel Alliance, have been working on bringing a truly magical sense of occasion to the Newtown Lights event for the second year running. Organisers are anticipating even bigger audiences than last year’s astonishing 2000 local residents, and so the venue has changed to High Street, with audience access from the town park and Bear Lanes Shopping Centre. Under Tim Parkes’ watchful eye, this ever growing group of volunteer performers, young people, backstage personnel, schools and local businesses, are promising an unprecedented retelling of this classic Christmas story, the likes of which Newtown, nor anywhere, has ever seen before! This epic presentation will then be concluded by a countdown grand finale which, Tim has assured, will put last year’s unexpected and wonderful sudden snowfall to shame! First glimpses of this atmospheric Victorian world being brought to life are already available in Bear Lanes, where shops have begun to embrace the magical world of frosted glass, oil lamps and festive cheer! Organisers are keen to invite all shops and businesses in the town to get involved and enter this ‘Victorian Christmas Window Competition’. There will also be a host of community group stalls in Bear Lanes on the night from 5:00pm, so do wander through, have a look, and support some excellent local causes. For more information regarding any aspect of this event, please contact Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council on enquiries@newtown.org.uk or 01686 625544.
Start Date: 30-11-2019
End Date: 30-11-2019
Open Times: 17:30 to 21:00
Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
Phone: 01686 625544
Email: enquiries@newtown.org.uk
Web: http://newtown.org.uk/
 
Christmas Decorations Workshop,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Spend a relaxing day creating Christmas Decorations. An ideas sheet and list of material required will be provided. Everyone will take at least two decorations home. Price includes tea and coffee on arrival, two course festive lunch and afternoon tea served with mince pies. Booking required
Start Date: 05-12-2019
End Date: 05-12-2019
Open Times: 10:00 to 16:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 650224
Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Web: http://www.gregynog.org
 
Tom Gates,  The Hafren
Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand-new story is brought to you by the award-winning producers of Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny. It’s pure fun for the whole family whether you're a lover of the books or new to Tom and his friends! Tom's doing everything possible to stay out of trouble but somehow he's got THREE sad faces on the school achievement chart! And getting another sad face means he can’t go on the SCHOOL TRIP! Moany Marcus Meldrew is making things worse and now Tom's annoyed his grumpy sister Delia. Can his best friend Derek help? Will Rooster the dog stop eating his homework? Entertaining, funny and exceptionally feel-good, TOM GATES is jam-packed with Liz Pichon’s illustrations which are amazingly animated for the stage! With brilliantly catchy tunes and hilarious performances, you're guaranteed to leave the theatre with a huge smile on your face. So climb aboard this world premiere production as it magically transports you into Tom's amazing world!
Start Date: 06-12-2019
End Date: 07-12-2019
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Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Christmas Concert by Gregynog Young Musicians,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Start your Christmas with an afternoon concert of seasonal music with a return performance from the winner of the 2018 Gregynog Young Musician Competition.
Start Date: 08-12-2019
End Date: 08-12-2019
Open Times: 15:00 to 17:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 650224
Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Web: http://www.gregynog.org
 
Festive Afternoon Teas,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Come & enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea. Relax with a glass of mulled wine and a selection of festive sandwiches & cakes and take in the festive atmostphere.
Start Date: 09-12-2019
End Date: 12-12-2019
Open Times: 14:00 to 16:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 650224
Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Web: www.gregynog.org
 
Santa’s Grotto,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Come & visit Santa, follow the trail to find him in his Grotto along with his busy elves. Each participating child will receive a gift from Santa and a hot chocolate. £6 per child Booking not required.
Start Date: 14-12-2019
End Date: 15-12-2019
Open Times: 11:00 to 15:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 650224
Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Web: http://www.gregynog.org
 
The Dai Robs Christmas Show,  The Hafren
Dai Robs’ amazing Xmas show returns for its 4th year with his incredible 10 piece band and more Christmas songs than ever before. A night guaranteed to kick start your festive season with a warm atmosphere and a collection of Xmas songs, classic covers and a handful of original songs from Dai’s debut album and upcoming 2nd album.
Start Date: 14-12-2019
End Date: 14-12-2019
Open Times: 20:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Festive Sunday Lunch,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Enjoy a Festive Lunch in our Dining Room, exchange gifts and relax in the beautiful surroundings of the hall
Start Date: 15-12-2019
End Date: 15-12-2019
Open Times: 12:30 to 17:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 650224
Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Web: www.gregynog.org
 
Festive Sunday Lunch,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Enjoy a fabulous three course festive lunch in our decorated Music Room, exchange gifts and relax in the beautiful surroundings of the decorated Hall. Booking required.
Start Date: 15-12-2019
End Date: 15-12-2019
Open Times: 12:30
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 650224
Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Web: http://www.gregynog.org
 
Movie Matinee: Christmas Carol (1951),  The Hafren
This is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale - in black & white. The ever-versatile Alastair Sim is impeccable as the miser who comes to see the error of his ways through the promptings of the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Michael Hordern makes a splendid Jacob Marley and Mervyn Johns a humble Bob Cratchit, while George Cole does well as the younger, carefree Scrooge. Beautifully designed by Ralph Brinton and directed with unexpected finesse by Brian Desmond Hurst, this is not to be missed!
Start Date: 18-12-2019
End Date: 18-12-2019
Open Times: 13:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Saving Grace Featuring Suzi Dian And Robert Plant,  The Hafren
Saving Grace……a co-operative including Suzi Dian - vocals, Oli Jefferson - percussion, Tony Kelsey – mandolin, baritone and acoustic guitars, Robert Plant – vocals Matt Worley – banjo, acoustic and baritone guitars, and cuatro. “…..from a whisper to a scream” One of the best gigs I’ve seen in years’. Bob Harris (2019).
Start Date: 19-12-2019
End Date: 19-12-2019
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Arrival - The Hits Of Abba,  The Hafren
On the 45th anniversary of their legendary Eurovision win, come and join us to celebrate the music of one of the biggest selling and most iconic bands of all time. ARRIVAL’s multi award-winning show is returning for 2019 following sell out shows in over 20 different countries worldwide, bringing the magic of ABBA to stages across the UK. The high-energy production features ABBA’s best loved hits including ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Super Trouper’, ‘Voulez Vous’, and of course ‘Waterloo’, plus many more! With a winning formula of fantastic harmonies, authentic costumes and first-class vocals and musicians, ARRIVAL brings to life the extraordinary song-writing talents of Benny and Bjorn, recreating the true feel and thrill of a live ABBA show.
Start Date: 20-12-2019
End Date: 20-12-2019
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Santa's Christmas Countdown,  The Hafren
Following last year’s sell-out performances of Santa’s Christmas Party, Honalee Media are delighted to present a brand new show this Christmas - the show where every child gets a present from Santa! Santa’s Christmas Countdown is a 45 minute, interactive family show, particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds. Afterwards the adventure continues as each child gets to meet Father Christmas and receive a specially wrapped present from him – it’s the most Christmassy Christmas show ever, HO-HO-HO! Songs include festive favourites Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and more!
Start Date: 21-12-2019
End Date: 21-12-2019
Open Times: 13:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
WNO: A Journey to Vienna,  The Hafren
This coming New Year, WNO Orchestra takes A Journey to Vienna celebrating some of Europe’s finest music. In a programme to transport you across the continent, WNO Orchestra, under the direction of Leader and Concertmaster David Adams, will visit all corners of Europe in works by Offenbach, Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak and, of course, Strauss. The Orchestra is thrilled to be joined by soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams who has become a firm favourite with WNO audiences in recent years winning critical acclaim for roles in Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, and Die Fledermaus. What better way to start 2020?
Start Date: 11-01-2020
End Date: 11-01-2020
Open Times: 16:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Movie Matinee - Dementia Friendly: The Italian Job,  The Hafren
The quintessential British caper film of the 1960s, The Italian Job is a flashy, fast romp that chases a team of career criminals throughout one of the biggest international gold heists in history. Michael Caine is Charlie Croker, a stylish robber and skirt-chaser just out of British prison.
Start Date: 13-01-2020
End Date: 13-01-2020
Open Times: 13:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Cinderella,  The Hafren
Don’t miss this year’s fun-filled, family pantomime Cinderella, starring NYP’s talented young musical theatre students The show will be written and directed by Freya Rowlands and helped by the same team behind Peter Pan last October. Cinderella promises to be our most spectacular pantomime ever so don’t be late for the ball… Book today!
Start Date: 18-01-2020
End Date: 18-01-2020
Open Times: 14:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
An Evening With Shane Williams,  The Hafren
Legendary Welsh rugby player Shane Williams will share the extraordinary secrets of his illustrious career when he takes to the stage for this intimate and revealing evening. Shane Williams was a Welsh rugby union player most famous for his long and successful tenure as a wing for the Ospreys and the Wales national team. In 2008, he was selected as the World Rugby Player of the Year and since his retirement from international rugby in 2012; he has worked as a presenter on S4C and as a pundit on BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He was also inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2016. This is great evening for fans of Welsh rugby and a chance to get up close and personal with Shane, as he lifts the lid on life on and off the pitch. It also includes a Q & A, session - so if you have a burning question to put to Shane, now is your chance! With Phyl Harries and Ieuan Rhys.
Start Date: 25-01-2020
End Date: 25-01-2020
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Mid Wales Opera: The Marriage of Figaro,  The Hafren
Mid Wales Opera bring a fresh approach to Mozart’s enduring masterpiece for their 2020 Spring tour. Using Amanda Holden’s English translation filled with ‘uninhibited mirth’ and our own Music Director’s orchestral arrangement of Mozart’s sublime score, our brand-new production will be tailor made in Wales with international performers joined on stage by young talent from the Wales International Academy of Voice. Join Figaro and Susanna on their marriage merry go round, as servants outwit their masters, women outwit their men and true love triumphs against the odds.
Start Date: 29-02-2020
End Date: 29-02-2020
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Gregynog Festival,  Gregynog Festival
Gregynog Festival is the oldest festival in Wales and one of the UK’s premier classical music events. Located in the beautiful countryside of the Welsh Borders, it brings the finest international artists together in a house-party atmosphere to perform programmes inspired by an annual curatorial theme. Each Festival includes a full span of music from the medieval to the twenty-first century and favours chamber, choral and early music, presented in historically-informed performances using authentic instruments and practice.
Start Date: 19-06-2020
End Date: 28-06-2020
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Address: Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: sarah@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org
 
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