Newtown Outdoor Festival

First Weekend in June 2023
Newtown, Powys, Mid-Wales


2nd-4th June, 2023

Friday to Sunday


The Park



SY16 2NZ


About The Newtown Outdoor Festival

Join us for a weekend of fun and activity.  Walk, canoe, cycle, run, picnic, fish, take pictures, garden, dance.

The daytime festival events will be centred on the hub at Oriel Davies Gallery and will start from there. There is plenty of space to meet up outside, access to the gallery’s public toilets and parking, including disabled parking nearby.  The detailed programme of events can be seen by checking the programme below and for each day.

The festival is open to everyone. All daytime events are free

Organized by Walking Newtown and our partners. This is an annual event. 




Saturday & Sunday

Time: Throughout The Day
Location: Register at Oriel Davies Gallery

Walking18 FREE guided walks starting between 09:00 and 13:00, depending on distance, organized by Walking Newtown.

These are open to all abilities and ages. No pre-booking necessary. Register for the walks at Oriel Davies at least 15 minutes before the start of your chosen walk. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.  See the daily programmes from the menu at the top right for a summary of the walks offered.  More details on each walk are available at Walking Newtown Festival Walks.

Prefer to go on your own?  Make your own walking group! 16 longer walks and many short town strolls can be downloaded FREE from the Walking Newtown web site below to enjoy with your own family or friends at your convenience. Find out more about all our guided and self-guided walks at:

Historic house tour

Friday evening

Time: 19:00 to 20:00 .
Location: Meet at Friends Meeting House/ Cwrt Plas yn Dre

Free guided tour of one of Newtown’s most historic buildings

This 15th C hall house was formerly one of Owain Glyndwr’s parilaments.  Learn about its history and architecture with Tim Chilton. Places limited so prebooking essential with Eventbrite.  Tickets will be available closer to the day.



Time: 10:00 am
Location: Meet Oriel Davies Gallery

Navigation – FREE Introduction to map reading and navigation – Organized by Bryn Walking. 

No experience needed. Places are limited and pre-booking is required – submit booking form on Bryn Walking.   Starting at 10 am with some introductory theory followed by a navigated walk of about 5 km with a picnic break in the middle.  



welshpool canoe club logo

Time: 10:00 onwards
Location: Hafan yr Afon

Saturday: FREE taster sessions. Organized by Welshpool Canoe Club and Newtown Paddlers.   

  • Come and try out canoeing under the expert care of members of the Welshpool Canoe Club and Newtown Paddlers.  An introduction on the bank will be followed by water sessions so you can have a go.  
  • Details to be arranged.  No pre-booking and numbers limited. Come early so as not to be disappointed.  First come, first served.

Guided Bike ride


Time: 10:30 onwards
Location: Oriel Davies Gallery

Sunday: Social Ride for women with the Border Biking Belles.   

  • Open to women 18+.  A guided group ride of around 15 or 20 miles around Newtown’s countryside for beginners and intermediates with some experience riding on roads and in a group.
  • Prebooking essential.  Booking will open a month before the event.

alpaca fun


10:00 onwards during the day organized by Hightimbers Alpacas. Walk with alpacas at 11:00 and 1400
Location: Town Park Green near Oriel Davies Gallery

Alpaca Meet & Greet – The alpacas are friendly and trained to be handled and  will walk with you when haltered.  They are shy but quite inquisitive especially around children.  They love to watch people, maybe sniff your hand or head and love to be stroked on the neck.  There will be two gentle alpaca strolls where a lucky few can hold their halters on an amble through the parks.  Numbers are very limited so come early to book your place to stroll with these wonderful animals. There will also be a stall selling a small range of alpaca merchandise.

Park Run


park run logo

9:00 am
Location: Start at Dolerw Bridge

Park Run – 9 am starting at Dolerw Park Bridge.  This is the regular free 5k park run.  Open to all to complete at your own pace, no experience necessary.  If you haven’t joined them before, go to the web site, and register in order to get your run timed.

Fly casting

Saturday & Sunday

River Severn Custodians logo

FishingFree Fly casting lessons

Booking on the day at the Oriel Davies Gallery Hub.  11 am to 12:30 and  14:00 to 15:30.  Each casting lesson will start with approx. 20 mins demonstration and then an hour for people to have a go themselves.  These will all take place in the park with no hooks on the lines.



18:30 to 22:00
Location: Monty Club, Broad Street, Newtown

Continue your active day and dance the evening away.
Music by Monty Folk.  £6 in advance on Eventbrite or £7 at the door.  Children under 16 are free and must be accompanied by an adult.
There is a bar available.
For more information email 


Saturday & Sunday

11:00 to 15:00
Location: Gazebo near Oriel Davies Gallery

Gardening – The Newtown Garden Club is a friendly group of garden lovers from Newtown and the surrounding area. They aim to help people enjoy gardening at every level from window box to large gardens. Visit their stall to find out about their programme of talks and garden visits. Buy plants locally grown by members.  There will be a gazebo near the gallery from 11.00 to 15.00.

singing Walk


13:00 to 15:00
Location: Oriel Davies Gallery

FREE Singing Walk – 13:00 to 15:00. Organized by Walking Newtown.       

Accessible walk open to all ages and abilities, suitable for families. Meet at the Gallery for a fun family stroll and singing. Stroll a bit, sing a bit, stroll a bit more.  Bring snacks, bring a picnic blanket, bring the whole family. 

Creative Art Walk

Saturday & Sunday

10:30 to 15:30
Location: Oriel Davies Gallery

Creative photography walk for young people– 11:30 13:30. Organized by Oriel Davies.

Meet at the gallery for an eye-opening look at nature through the lens of a camera. Explore, look and photograph the beautiful green spaces on our doorstep. Bring a camera or smart phone.  Places limited. 

Our Partners

Walking Newtown Logo
River Severn Custodians logo
Sponsor Logos newtown gardening club
Sponsor Logos The Monty Club
Welshpool Canoe Club logo

Find Us

Oriel Davies Gallery

The Park,
SY16 2NZ

Sat Nav

SY16 2NZ

Grid Reference

52.514929, -3.317560



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