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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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Designed for Liberty,  Newtown Textile Museum
The Newtown Textile Museum presents it's major exhibition in 2019. This summer's exhibition is "Designed for Liberty". Our curator Stephanie Kemp under her label Stephanie Jane designed and manufactured separates and dresses for Liberty of London and their stores across the world during the late 1970's and through the 1980's. This exhibition is her story. The primary focus of the Newtown Textile Museum is the hand-loom woollen industry in the 1800's and it tells the story of wool from ‘Fleece to Flannel’ including demonstrating some of the techniques involved in the processes and also features related industries in the town, and key people who played a major role in the town’s fortunes.
Start Date: 11-06-2019
End Date: 28-09-2019
Open Times: 
Address: 5-7 Commercial Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BL
Phone: 01686 622024
Email: curator@newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk
Web: http://newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk/
 
Gregynog Festival 2019,  Gregynog Festival
Gregynog Festival, Wales’s oldest classical music festival, returns in June with its traditional combination of beautiful summer events in idyllic Mid Wales locations. The season celebrates the vision of the Davies family – Gwendoline and Margaret Davies and their brother David, 1st Baron Davies – for a better world rooted in culture and peace following the First World War. 2019 marks 100 years since Gregynog Festival’s first Artistic Director, Henry Walford Davies, became first Gregynog Professor of Music at Aberystwyth University, 1919-26, and first Director of the National Council of Music for Wales, 1919-41: appointments that were funded by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. The season also celebrates the anniversaries of two foundations sponsored by David Davies: the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University and the Temple of Peace and Health in Cardiff. Highlights in the historic Music Room at Gregynog, near Newtown, include the Odysseus Piano Trio (Friday, 28 June, 7.30pm) whose concert pays tribute to the Aberystwyth Trio appointed by Walford Davies in 1919 as the first resident chamber ensemble at any University in the world. The Trio gave free weekly concerts to students and townspeople and even shared the platform with Béla Bartók when he made his UK début at Aberystwyth in March 1922. Gregynog also hosts A Nocte Temporis, directed by the tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen, in a beautiful programme of arias by Bach (Saturday, 29 June, 7.30pm). Flemish tenor Van Mechelen and French Baroque ensemble A Nocte Temporis, featuring the flautist Anna Besson, are the rising stars of the early music world and this will be their début appearance in Wales. In addition to Gregynog Hall, Festival Events also take place at: National Library of Wales - 22 June VRi, Ty Ein Tadau (also at Pontcadfan, Llangadfan on 23 June) and 28 June Rhian Davies, Walford and Wales. Aberystwyth (Bethel Chapel, Baker St) - 30 June - Meirion Wynn Jones, organ recital.
Start Date: 22-06-2019
End Date: 30-06-2019
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Address: Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: sarah@gregynogfestival.org
Web: http://www.gregynogfestival.org
 
Gregynog Festival: Rhian Davies, Walford and Wales,  Gregynog Festival
Another opportunity to hear the Artistic Director’s introduction to the season curation, this time as a pre-concert talk at at the National Library. Born in Oswestry, Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941) was one of the most famous British musicians of his generation as an organist, composer and broadcaster. He was invited by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies to become the first Artistic Director of the Gregynog Festival in 1933, and succeeded Edward Elgar as Master of the King’s Musick in 1934. Artistic Director Dr Rhian Davies’s lecture considers Walford Davies’s ambition ‘to further the expression of Welsh nationality in music’ and his visionary initiatives that were funded thanks to the ‘boundless generosity’ of Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. Free entry - ticket required.
Start Date: 28-06-2019
End Date: 28-06-2019
Open Times: 18:00
Address: Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
Gregynog Music Festival: Odysseus Piano Trio,  Gregynog Festival
Core classical repertoire and music by Welsh composers associated with the Aberystwyth Trio, the first resident chamber ensemble at any University in the world. Formed in 2015, the Odysseus Piano Trio is developing a reputation as one of the most dynamic and distinctive ensembles to emerge in recent years. The Trio brings a fresh perspective to core works of the repertoire while championing lesser-known pieces. Violinist Sara Trickey has been praised by The Strad for her ‘fiery and passionate’ performance style. She recently made world première recordings of William Mathias for Naxos and has a long-term collaborative relationship with the composer David Matthews.
Start Date: 28-06-2019
End Date: 28-06-2019
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
Rwtsh Ratsh Rala Rwdins,  The Hafren
Rala Rwdins returns to Wales’ theatres! Rwtsh Ratsh Rala Rwdins was Arad Goch’s very first production and to celebrate the company’s 30th birthday, we’re taking it on tour once again! Join the adventure in the land of Rwla, as our favourite characters try to solve Dewin Dwl’s big secret! Written by the award winning author of the series Angharad Tomos and directed by Jeremy Turner. Suitable for children 3-8 years old and their families; a Welsh language production.
Start Date: 28-06-2019
End Date: 28-06-2019
Open Times: 10:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Gregynog Festival: David Davies, Temple of Peace,  Gregynog Festival
A lecture by Craig Owen, the Head of Wales for Peace, to mark 80 years since the Temple of Peace and Health opened in Cardiff to commemorate the men and women of all nations who died in the Great War.
Start Date: 29-06-2019
End Date: 29-06-2019
Open Times: 16:00
Address: Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
Gregynog Music Festival: A Nocte Temporis,  Gregynog Festival
A Nocte Temporis: Reinoud Van Mechelen, tenor, director. Erbarme dich, an all-Bach programme of arias for tenor, flute, cello and harpsichord, performed by the multi-award-winning Flemish tenor and French Baroque ensemble. Reinoud Van Mechelen graduated from the Brussels Royal Conservatoire in 2012 and was awarded the prestigious Caecilia Prize for Young Musician of the Year by the Belgian music press in 2017. After working for several years as a soloist with conductors including William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Hervé Niquet and Christophe Rousset, he founded his own ensemble A Nocte Temporis in 2016. A Nocte Temporis means ‘from time immemorial’: a nod toward the past, to what is changing, and especially toward what remains unchanged. The aim is to present historically-informed performances that touch the emotions of as wide an audience as possible. The ensemble’s two CDs, Erbarme dich: Arias of J. S. Bach for tenor and flute (2016) and Clérambault: Cantates françaises (2018), have been released to unanimous critical acclaim, and gained awards including two CHOCs from Classica magazine (‘A Bach recording blessed by the Gods’), five Diapasons, a Diapason d’Or, and a Caecilia Prize as one of the ten best recordings of 2016. After touring its Bach programme to Warsaw, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Pavia, A Nocte Temporis has been invited to perform at prestigious venues including the Festival Radio France (Montpellier), MA Festival (Brugge), Bozar (Brussels), Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles and Wigmore Hall. Their Gregynog Festival recital marks their début appearance in Wales.
Start Date: 29-06-2019
End Date: 29-06-2019
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
Gregynog: David Davies & International politics,  Gregynog Festival
Dr Jan Ruzicka, ‘Considering all the peoples of the world as one’: David Davies and international politics. The Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute considers how the world’s first Chair of International Politics came to be founded at Aberystwyth University in 1919.
Start Date: 29-06-2019
End Date: 29-06-2019
Open Times: 14:30
Address: Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
That'll Be The Day,  The Hafren
Back by ever-growing popular demand, get ready to party as the UK’s favourite Rock & Roll variety production returns with another brand new show! Featuring incredible live music performances, this hugely entertaining Rock & Roll spectacular blends classic gold hits from the 50s, 60s & 70s, with bags of hilarious comedy! Celebrating an entire era of timeless nostalgia, the production is well known for its ability to make audiences return time and time again for a new experience. Now in its 33rd year of consecutive national touring, That’ll Be The Day is living proof that Rock & Roll will never die!
Start Date: 29-06-2019
End Date: 29-06-2019
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
 
Bonhams Valuation Day,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Specialists will be at the Hall for free auction valuation for pictures, silver & jewellery, works of art, furniture and general antiques. Bonhams fine book department will also be on hand to advise on books and manuscripts. Tea & cakes will be on sale in our Blayney Room. Booking required.
Start Date: 01-07-2019
End Date: 01-07-2019
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
 
WNO: Summer Opera Classics ,  The Hafren
This summer, WNO Orchestra returns with an ever-popular collection of unmissable opera classics. WNO’s talented orchestral musicians are joined by conductor Harry Ogg and soloists Joyce El-Khoury and Jason Howard for this special concert. The programme journeys through a wealth of operatic repertoire including works by Verdi, Puccini, Dvorák and Wagner. We also enter the world of musical theatre, and feature delights from Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. With much-loved favourites and a few lesser-known gems, be sure to book soon for an unforgettable evening of opera.
Start Date: 05-07-2019
End Date: 05-07-2019
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
 
Summer Nature Trail,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Come & Explore the grounds at Gregynog and follow our summer nature trail. See what birds & animals you can spot and what plants, flowers & trees are growing i the grounds. Trail £2. Booking not required
Start Date: 20-07-2019
End Date: 02-09-2019
Open Times: 09:00 to 16:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 650224
Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Web: www.gregynog.org
 
Mid Wales Opera Gala,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
At the Music Room, Gregynog Hall, join the Friends of Mid Wales Opera for their annual fundraising summer’s evening of opera to launch MWO’s new “In-fidelity” season. This specially devised concert, featuring talented young singers from the Wales International Academy of Voice, will be entertainingly led by Charlotte Forrest from the piano, whose previous concerts for MWO have proved hugely enjoyable.
Start Date: 21-07-2019
End Date: 21-07-2019
Open Times: 18:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk/whatson.php
 
Designed for Liberty. The story behind the exhibit,  Newtown Textile Museum
The Newtown Textile Museum presents it's major exhibition in 2019 featuring the work of it's curator Stephanie Kemp who spent the decade of the 1980's designing, making and working with the London store - Liberty. The exhibition will feature fashion, fabric and photographs and Sarah will be presenting an evening talk about the exhibition and her work for Liberty of London. The primary focus of the Newtown Textile Museum is the hand-loom woollen industry in the 1800's and it tells the story of wool from ‘Fleece to Flannel’ including demonstrating some of the techniques involved in the processes and also features related industries in the town, and key people who played a major role in the town’s fortunes.
Start Date: 26-07-2019
End Date: 26-07-2019
Open Times: 19:00 to 20:00
Address: 5-7 Commercial Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BL
Phone: 01686 622024
Email: curator@newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk
Web: http://www.newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk
 
Movie Matinee: Mamma Mia!,  The Hafren
Sophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now she just has to find out who he is... Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming Mamma Mia! The Movie. Academy Award winner Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast, including Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth – as well as up-and-comers Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, in this musical celebration of mothers, daughters and fathers, and true loves lost and new ones found. Based on the Broadway smash-hit and filled with the ABBA songs you know and love, it’s the feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing over and over again. Ticket includes Tea/Coffee and Cake
Start Date: 07-08-2019
End Date: 07-08-2019
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
 
Open House,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Gregynog will once again be opening its doors.Mary Oldham our Librarian will be giving talk on the history of the hall on 13th at 11am, 15th at 2pm & 20th at 11am. Entry to the hall is free, talk are £5.00 per person and must be booked in advance
Start Date: 12-08-2019
End Date: 16-08-2019
Open Times: 11:00 to 16:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 650224
Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Web: 
 
Open House,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Gregynog will once again be opening its doors.Mary Oldham our Librarian will be giving talk on the history of the hall on 13th at 11am, 15th at 2pm & 20th at 11am. Entry to the hall is free, talk are £5.00 per person and must be booked in advance
Start Date: 19-08-2019
End Date: 22-08-2019
Open Times: 11:00 to 16:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 01686 650224
Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Web: 
 
Black Magic: The Little Mix Show ,  The Hafren
A highly energetic tribute show that follows in the footsteps of the award winning girl band, Little Mix. This iconic 5-star rated show has live vocals and is full of commercial pop-video choreography. Suitable for kids, tweens, teens and adults alike, The Little Mix Show brings the full pop concert experience to your local theatre. The Little Mix Show features all of Little Mix’s chart topping hits including the most recent releases from the Glory Days album. Dance & scream to a packed out playlist of hit songs that includes Black Magic, Power, No More Sad Songs, Wings, Shoutout To My Ex and even a few covers from their time on the X-Factor.
Start Date: 24-08-2019
End Date: 24-08-2019
Open Times: 19:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Movie Matinee: Mamma Mia! - Here we go again ,  The Hafren
Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again. Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million, you’re invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James, Andy Garcia and Oscar winner Cher.
Start Date: 28-08-2019
End Date: 28-08-2019
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
 
Newtown Food Festival,  Y Drenewydd | Newtown
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: 07-09-2019
End Date: 08-09-2019
Open Times: 
Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
Phone: 01686 625544
Email: festival@newtown.org.uk
Web: http://www.newtown.org.uk/pages/newtownfestival
 
Fawlty Towers Gourmet Night Cabaret Show ,  The Hafren
Basil, Sybil, Manuel and Polly open the notorious dining room at the Fawlty Towers Hotel to the public for a night of theatrical mayhem like no other. Check in today to relive the pinnacle of the golden era of television comedy and reacquaint yourself with Britain’s most loved characters and scripts. Enjoy three courses of jaw-achingly hilarious fun and the gang’s most iconic TV moments recreated in uproarious live action – with you as a much honoured guest. Whether a nostalgic trip down memory lane or a first visit to a chaotic world ‘you know nothing’ about, this is an irresistible and delectable night out for generations old and young to devour with equal delight. Who will dare to order Basil’s famous Waldorf salad? Will the kippers be out of date or the wine be corked? Book your seats today to find out! Three course meal and entertainment included; drinks will be available from the bar on the evening. Food will be prepared by Themes Restaurant here at the College.
Start Date: 17-09-2019
End Date: 18-09-2019
Open Times: 19:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Genesis Connected,  The Hafren
Genesis Connected is a tribute show celebrating the music of Genesis and the biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & the Mechanics. This show has an incredible mix of material, from atmospheric anthems to chart toppers that will get the crowd dancing in the aisles. Hits spanning from the late ’70s onwards including; Turn It On Again, Sledgehammer, In The Air Tonight, Over My Shoulder, Against All Odds, That’s All, Solsbury Hill, You Can’t Hurry Love, The Living Years and many more. The front man, Pete Bultitude, is not only an incredibly versatile vocalist, he is also a truly gifted drummer just like Phil Collins, So expect the show to include the iconic “double drums” element as featured on every Genesis and Phil Collins tour.
Start Date: 21-09-2019
End Date: 21-09-2019
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
 
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
 
Children's Christmas Workshop,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Why not get your child into the festive spirit and create a Christmas decoration for your home or garden. Join Fran from the Woodland Pack and her team for this festive family activity where you will use natural materials to make your decoration. £12per child
Start Date: 07-12-2019
End Date: 07-12-2019
Open Times: 11:00 to 14:00
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PL
Phone: 016876 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: 07-12-2019
End Date: 08-12-2019
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
 
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
 
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
 
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