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Folklore

Blaenau Gwent has a great many tales of folklore and myth which is not suprising due to the great number of historical events and buildings the Borough holds.

There are many local stories of fairies, witches, hounds and the supernatural - which only you can decide whether you believe!

Events are held throughout the year at various locations throughout the Borough highlighting folklore, and an annual Calan Gaeaf event held every 31st October at St Illtyd's celebrating the Celtic New Year.

Rev. Edmund Jones

Edmund Jones is the source of much of our knowledge of the landscape, way of life, customs and folk-lore of Blaenau Gwent before the Industrial Revolution altered these valleys forever. This remarkable man was born in 1702 on the small farm of Penllwyn, in Nantyglo, in the parish of. . .

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A Ghostly Guide of Blaenau Gwent

Every summer, thousands of hikers enjoy the spectacular views from the Offa’s Dyke footpath running along Hatterall Hill. This is the highest and most easterly ridge of the Black Mountains and forms the border between Wales and Herefordshire. Most of them will be unaware that they may have unseen company. . .

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Folklore of Llanhilleth & Aberbeeg

The Fairies

In 1779, the Rev. Edmund Jones (1702-1793), a local Independent minister, published A Geographical, Historical, and Religious Account of the Parish of Aberystruth. Chapter XIV of this now very rare book is entitled. . .

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Corpse Ways and Fairy Weddings in Blaenau Gwent

An article by Paul Devereux in 3rd Stone Magazine on “corpse ways” brought to mind another anecdote from Edmund Jones’ A Geographical, Historical and Religious Account of the Perish of Aberystruth, which was printed at the Methodist commune at Trefeca, Breconshire, in 1779. . .

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Arthurian Gwent

The Arthur of medieval Welsh literature - be it in Welsh or in Latin - is the archetypal Celtic hero - a rough, vigorous, splendidly barbarian figure fighting boars and serpents, witches, dog-headed warriors and other dreaded enemies. . .

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Free Health Checks at our Blaenau Gwent Libraries
If you’re looking for some tips and advice on healthy living for 2018 then pop along to your local library! In partnership with our Inspire GP Refer...
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Aneurin Leisure Sports Awards of the Year
Next month we'll be hosting the first annual Aneurin Leisure Sports Awards of the Year at Bedwellty House & Park in Tredegar to recognise the fa...
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An Evening with Shane Williams & Ryan Jones Hosted by Sean Holley
  Join us at Bedwellty House & Park on Thursday 22nd March for a special evening with two of Welsh Rugby’s finest; Shane Williams and Ryan...
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Latest Events

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  • Date: Sat Jan 27 @ 7:30PM -
    Location:Ebbw Vale Sports Centre
    Max Boyce has been entertaining people all over the world for more than 40 years...

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  • Date: Tue Feb 06 @10:00AM -
    Location:Tredegar Library
    Join us at Tredegar Library for a free drop in session about how to stay safe wh...

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  • Date: Fri Feb 09 @ 8:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    Singer song-writer, multi-instrumentalist, One-Man-Band, Big Band, Band  leader...

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  • Date: Wed Feb 14 @ 2:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    Join us at The Met for an afternoon of golden oldies songs and entertainment wit...

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  • Date: Thu Feb 15 @ 7:30PM -
    Location:The Met
    The Cory Band return to Abertillery to perform and entertain with a tantalizing ...

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  • Date: Sat Feb 17 @ 8:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    Scottish stand-up comedian and writer Fern Brady’s last two Fringe shows sold ...

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  • Date: Mon Feb 19 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Location:Abertillery Sports Centre
    Join us at Abertillery Sports Centre for a fun and friendly parent and toddler f...

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  • Date: Tue Feb 20 @ 1:30PM -
    Location:The Met
    Immersion Theatre are thrilled to bring their trademark energy to their wildest ...

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  • Date: Tue Feb 20 @ 4:30PM -
    Location:The Met
    Immersion Theatre are thrilled to bring their trademark energy to their wildest ...

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  • Date: Thu Feb 22 @12:00AM - 03:00PM
    Location:Tredegar Sports Centre
    Develop your skills this February Half Term with our fun and friendly Rugny Fun ...

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