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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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Contemporary Craft Exhibition,  Oriel Davies Gallery
An exhibition that explores contemporary craft products by makers from across Wales will also celebrate some of the skills and traditions that made Newtown such an important place in the 1800s when Newtown was a flourishing centre of handloom weaving. When the canal arrived in 1819, factories sprouted up, with fulling mills, bleaching grounds, a foundry, tanneries and potteries established near the River Severn. The exhibition features products made using traditional rural crafts, including pottery, weaving, chair making, textile art, wood work and more. Mid Wales has a strong craft tradition and the exhibition explores some of the skills still being practiced around across the country. There will be opportunities for visitors to meet the makers and to try their hand at some of the processes they use and there will be the opportunity to buy beautiful gifts handmade in Wales this Christmas. Artists include: Mandy Coates and Rosie Farey (Basketmakers), Maggie Cross (Jeweller), Dwrgi (Wood), Making Little (Wood), Nellie and Eve (Knitting), Tom Frost (Printmaking), Llio James (Weaving), Callie Jones (Printmaking), Jenny Murray (Ceramics), Tim Lake, Ruth Packham (Needlefelt), Alan James Raddon (Shoemaker), Claire Spencer (Printmaking), Louise Tucker (Woven Lighting), Drws y Coed (Wood), The Whittlings (Wood) Visitors are invited to share images from the exhibition using the hashtag #MakeWales #CreuDavies
Start Date: 17-11-2018
End Date: 20-01-2019
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Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/
 
Festive Afternoon Teas,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Come and enjoy a festive afternoon tea. Relax with a glass of mulled wine and take in the festive atmosphere. Booking required.
Start Date: 17-12-2018
End Date: 20-12-2018
Open Times: 14:00 to 16:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 650224
Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Web: http://www.gregynog.org
 
Movie Matinee: Holiday Inn,  The Hafren
Screen legends Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance their way into your heart in one of the most timeless holiday classics ever. Featuring the Academy Award-winning song, “White Christmas”, Crosby plays a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays. Astaire plays his former partner and rival in love. Follow the two talented pals as they find themselves competing for the affections of the same lovely lady (Marjorie Reynolds). ‘Tis the season for one of the most sensational musical comedies of all time! To Include Tea/Coffee or Mulled Wine and Mince Pie (Pre-Booking Essential).
Start Date: 19-12-2018
End Date: 19-12-2018
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
 
Stayin Alive,  The Hafren
Stayin Alive are the UK’s no 1 Bee Gees tribute show - voted the UK’s No 1 Bee Gees tribute at the National Tribute Awards 2016. Recreating the look and sound of The Bee Gees and capturing their full history, the show includes ‘To Love Somebody’ ‘ Massachusetts’ ‘ I Got To Get A Message’ ’Jive Talking’ ‘ More Than A Woman’ ’Night Fever’ ’You Should Be Dancing’ ‘Tragedy’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and many more.
Start Date: 21-12-2018
End Date: 21-12-2018
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
 
Welsh National Opera: A Night In Vienna ,  The Hafren
Following an extremely well received concert in 2018, WNO Orchestra returns in January with another popular New Year concert. This year we present a programme with not just our talented orchestra but also the extra dimension of song to truly uncork the spirit of Vienna in the concert hall. Directed as usual by our Leader and Concertmaster David Adams, the concert opens with the irrepressible energy of Weber’s Oberon Overture. We then feature David as soloist in extraordinarily elegant and virtuosic works by Fritz Kreisler. In line with time honoured tradition, the Orchestra then takes you through a delightful selection of ever-popular Viennese waltzes, polkas and song which are known and loved the world over. Strauss’s Laughing Song, Csárdás, Lehar’s Vilja, the evergreen Blue Danube and stirring Radetsky March are sure to make this a Very Happy New Year from WNO to you!
Start Date: 06-01-2019
End Date: 06-01-2019
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
 
Chris Bonnington - Life And Times,  The Hafren
Sir Chris Bonington is Britain's best known mountaineer and one of the most successful expedition leaders in history. He began climbing at the age of 16 and has undertaken 19 Himalayan expeditions, including 4 to Everest. He is renowned for having made many first ascents in the Alps and all the greater ranges of the world. Sir Chris was the first mountaineer on the lecture circuit and this winter he will present his “Life & Times” in an audio visual account, covering his sixty years spent in the mountains. With original images and raw footage, this is a rare opportunity to hear about some of the greatest expeditions of the twentieth century.
Start Date: 12-01-2019
End Date: 12-01-2019
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
 
Movie Matinee: Going In Style,  The Hafren
Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. Pre-Movie Light Lunch available for additional £6.00 (pre-booking essential).
Start Date: 30-01-2019
End Date: 30-01-2019
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
 
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: 01-02-2019
End Date: 01-02-2019
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
 
Mid Wales Opera: Tosca,  The Hafren
Power and passion collide in Puccini’s breathtaking masterpiece Tosca. Trapped in a life and death struggle against the corrupt police chief Scarpia, the diva Tosca and her artist lover face the ultimate sacrifice. Join MWO on tour this Spring, as Puccini’s lavish score takes audiences on an emotional rollercoaster ride from tender love story through powerful brutality to ultimate tragedy.
Start Date: 23-02-2019
End Date: 23-02-2019
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
 
Movie Matinee: The Way Back,  The Hafren
The Way Back is the critically acclaimed new release from renowned director Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show), starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Mark Strong and Saoirse Ronan. Inspired by an incredible true story, this epic film of survival against-the-odds tells the story of a group of seven prisoners who escaped from a Soviet gulag in Stalin-era Russia and walked over 4,000 miles across some of the most unforgiving terrain in the world, crossing the Siberian Arctic, the Gobi desert and the Himalayas before finally arriving in British-ruled India.
Start Date: 06-03-2019
End Date: 06-03-2019
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
 
Jason Donovan & His Amazing Midlife Crisis,  The Hafren
Jason is delighted to announce that he is extending his Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour into 2019 with a final series of dates. This is a tour with a twist!! These intimate evenings will be a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve never seen him before! Celebrating his 50th birthday and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will zigzag back and forth through his life, with stories about Neighbours, Ten Good Reasons, Kylie, Joseph, I'm A Celebrity, Strictly and much, much more. Hear some new stories (and possibly one or two you’ve heard before!) plus some of the songs you know and love for a night like no other!
Start Date: 14-03-2019
End Date: 14-03-2019
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
 
Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright,  The Hafren
A few years ago, it seemed unlikely that the UK would vote to leave the EU; we had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government; Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hillary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, since then it’s all gone to absolute shit! But don’t worry as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright. Mark’s sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year is touring a show which is guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is. Mark has written and presented many series of Mark Steel’s In Town on BBC Radio 4 (new series out soon) and toured it live around the UK. Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s The News Quiz. He’s also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. Mark has written several acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent for which he won Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015. Age Recommendation: 14+
Start Date: 15-03-2019
End Date: 15-03-2019
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
 
Matt Ford and the Fodens Brass Band,  The Hafren
Salute to Sinatra and the Swing Legends, Foden's Band with guest vocalist Matthew Ford. Widely regarded as the finest big band singer in the UK, Matthew Ford teams up with the multi-award winning Foden’s Band for their Salute to Sinatra and the Swing Legends evening. Voted Best UK Male Big Band Vocalist, and nominated alongside Jamie Cullum in the inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards, Matthew makes regular appearances with the John Wilson Orchestra, BBC Big Band and performed for five years with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Crowned Champion Band of Great Britain on no less than 12 occasions, Foden’s are officially the most entertaining brass band in the UK, and with Matthew will perform all the great hits of Sinatra – and plenty of Swing’s finest moments – including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Fly me to the Moon, Mack the Knife, My Way, New York New York and many more.'
Start Date: 23-03-2019
End Date: 23-03-2019
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
 
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