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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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The Counterfeit Stones are Set to Bring their Copy-Rock to The Met
Join the The Counterfeit Stones as they celebrate over a quarter century of master forgery with their Street Fighting Sham tour at The Met on Saturd...
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February Fun this Half Term
This February we have a fun filled week of activities planned throughout our Aneurin Leisure venues across Blaenau Gwent to keep children of all age...
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Cinema in the Park
  This year Aneurin Leisure are working with Adventure Cinema to bring a series of exciting outdoor cinema experiences to our popular venues at ...
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Latest Events

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  • Date: Mon Feb 25 @ 9:30AM - 03:30PM
    Location:Parc Bryn Bach
    On Monday 25th February join us for a day of Bush Craft and Archery activities w...

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  • Date: Tue Feb 26
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Join us for a fun packed 2 hour session which includes a variety of games that i...

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  • Date: Tue Feb 26 @ 9:30AM - 03:30PM
    Location:Parc Bryn Bach
    Take the plunge this February and try a day of Canoeing and Kayaking on the lake...

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  • Date: Tue Feb 26 @10:00AM - 02:30PM
    Location:Parc Bryn Bach
    A fantastic opportunity to volunteer for a good cause and meet like-minded peopl...

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  • Date: Tue Feb 26 @ 2:15PM - 03:00PM
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Join Louby Lou for another fun filled interactive story trail around the House a...

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  • Date: Wed Feb 27
    Location:The Met
    Immersion Theatre are thrilled to present a brand new, larger-than-life musical ...

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  • Date: Wed Feb 27 @ 9:30AM - 03:30PM
    Location:Parc Bryn Bach
    On Wednesday 27th February scale the heights of adventure with our Climbing and ...

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  • Date: Wed Feb 27 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
    Location:Tredegar Library
    Do you know anyone affected by cancer? Information and support will be availabl...

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  • Date: Wed Feb 27 @ 1:30PM - 02:15PM
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Come along and enjoy exploring movement and music together through nursery rhyme...

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  • Date: Thu Feb 28
    Location:The Met
    Immersion Theatre are thrilled to present a brand new, larger-than-life musical ...

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