There are walks and talks and other events to enjoy throughout the year in Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark organised by the National Park Authority Countryside Service and other organisations.
Events programme for 2015/16
There are events taking place in this area throughout the coming year. The Geopark was ten years old on Monday 5th October and a series of events are planned during its tenth year:
Making the first Geological Map – a talk
As part of the Geopark’s 10th anniversary celebrations we present a talk by Dr Tom Sharpe to commemorate the 200th anniversary of a world first – the survey and publication of a geological map of England and Wales by William ‘Strata’ Smith. Smith was a Somerset canal engineer with a talent for careful observation. Making connections between one rock cutting and another on the line of the canal led him eventually to single-handedly survey the geology of the whole of Wales and England – an extraordinary undertaking which took its toll on his health and his wealth,. Initially shunned by the Establishment his achievement was eventually recognised and he earned the title of ‘Father of English (and we might say ‘Welsh’) Geology’.
- When: 7pm, Thursday 26th November 2015
- Where: Elim Hall, Canal Road, Brecon
- Admission: £2 on the door (price includes refreshments)
Also showing on Thursday evening at Elim Hall – an exhibition by local artist Sue Thorne of glasswork inspired by rocks and maps – a beautiful link to the Geopark and to Strata Smith. There will also be an opportunity to view old geological maps of the park and to purchase facsimiles of Smith’s maps at discount rates.
Don’t miss it!
Download a poster for Tom Sharpe’s talk here.
You may also be interested to know that:
- The Fforest Fawr Geopark Festival takes place in May/June each year with walks, talks and exhibitions. In 2016, it will run from Saturday 21st May through to Sunday 5th June.
- The National Park’s events programme is packed with walks, talks and other events throughout the year, many of which take place within Fforest Fawr Geopark.
- Geology-themed walks are included in the programmes of both the Crickhowell Walking Festival and the Talgarth Walking Festival – though most of those walks take place within the east of the national park, some are within the Geopark.
- The Brecon Beacons Park Society runs a year-round programme of events and groups such as Brecknock Wildlife Trust also offer a range of activities often centred around their reserves
- The South Wales group of the Geologists’ Association occasionally holds meetings within the Geopark too.
- The Welsh language natural history society, Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd runs events across Wales including a number in the vicinity of the Geopark.
Please note that the list above includes walks/events taking place in the Geopark but not being delivered by the National Park Authority. The National Park Authority is not responsible for the work of these other organisations so it is your responsibility to make sure that you are comfortable with the Health and Safety procedures before you participate in any of these.