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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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May Adventure Activities at Parc Bryn Bach
With the worst of the winter weather now behind us, we’re looking forward to a Spring season packed full of exciting adventure activities at Parc Br...
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Easter Opening Times 2018
  Here are the opening times for all our Aneurin Leisure venues over the Easter weekend:     Good Friday Saturday 31st M...
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Egg-citing Easter Activities with Aneurin Leisure
Children of all ages are in for an egg-citing time with our fantastic range of Easter holiday activities at all of our Aneurin Leisure venues this A...
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Latest Events

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  • Date: Tue Apr 24 @ 7:30PM -
    Location:The Met
    Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, cla...

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  • Date: Thu Apr 26 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
    Location:Ebbw Vale Library
    April is Stress Awareness Month Ebbw Vale Library is hosting a special art thera...

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  • Date: Wed May 02 @ 7:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    AYDMS Juniors are back following the success of High School Musical and they can...

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  • Date: Thu May 03 @ 7:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    AYDMS Juniors are back following the success of High School Musical and they can...

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  • Date: Fri May 04 @ 7:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    AYDMS Juniors are back following the success of High School Musical and they can...

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  • Date: Sun May 06 @ 8:30AM -
    Location:Ebbw Vale Sports Centre
    Join us for our new Aneurin Leisure Aquathlon Series!Event 3: Ebbw Vale Sports C...

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  • Date: Fri May 11 @ 7:30PM -
    Location:The Met
    After last year's sell out show Ben and the boys are returning to The Met! Ben ...

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  • Date: Sat May 12 @ 1:00PM - 08:00PM
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Featuring Dean Mack, Darren Graceland Jones, Mike Nova and Lee Alexander plus th...

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  • Date: Fri May 18 @ 8:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    Kicking off the Abertillery Blues Festival weekend is one of the UK's most excit...

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  • Date: Sat May 19 @ 3:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    Featuring: Melvin Hancock's Band Elles Bailey Black Water Rolls Blues Band W...

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