Newtown Outdoor Festival

Saturday 3rd June 2023


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

Walking FREE guided walks starting between 09:30 and 13:00, depending on distance.  

These are open to all abilities and ages.  Register at Oriel Davies 15 minutes before the start of your chosen walk. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.  More details on the walks in the programme are available later on our web site:

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 to enjoy with your own family or friends at your convenience.

Walk No.Walk DescriptionStart Time

Distance (Miles) & Difficulty

1Dog Friendly Walk9:30

5.3 Moderate


Pub Walk to Bettws Cedewain with pub lunch in middle.


10 Strenuous

3Taith gerdded i’r “Kerry Lamb” yng Ngheri Welsh language pub walk Kerry10:00

9 Moderate/Strenuous


Fachwen Pool


6.1 Moderate


Accessible walk on river near Trehafren


2 Easy


Photography Walk for Young People


5 hours Moderate


Newtown Heritage Walk


1 to 1.5 hours Easy


Foraging Walk


1 to 1.5 hours Easy


Singalong Family Stroll. See below


About 2 hours Easy

creative art walk for young people

Time: 10:30 to 15:30
Location: Meet at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown
Prebooking will open nearer the day

FREE Creative Art Walk for Young People with photographer Mohamed Hassan – Organised by Oriel Davies Gallery 

Following a circular route from Newtown to Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve – Walking Newtown’s Walk 7Bring a smart phone or camera to document the walk, explore the landscape and meet other young people.  Mohamed Hassan is a Welsh Egyptian artist whose photographic practice focuses on themes of identity and belonging. He photographs people and places and his work is exhibited internationally. Mo exhibited at Oriel Davies in 2022 in it exhibition Portraits – Responding to Rembrandt and  runs workshops for young people across Wales.

Places are limited so please book in advance on gallery website, at the gallery desk or by phone 01686 625041. Bring a packed lunch and dress for the weather with walking boots or trainers. Places limited so book your place now, details to follow.   

singing walk

Time: 13:00 to 15:00
Location: Meet at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.

FREE Singing Walk – Organised 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 led by Mel Chandler and Janie Goodwin.  Stroll a bit, sing a bit, stroll a bit more.  Bring snacks, bring a picnic blanket, bring the whole family. 


Time: 10:00. All Day
Location: Meet at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.
This course is very limited so booking is essential.

Navigation – FREE Introduction to map reading and navigation organized by Bryn Walking.  Tuition provided by Helen Menhinick who is a qualified mountain leader.

Aimed at people with little or no experience. Starting at 10:00 at the Gallery for a pickup to the start point just out of town.  The course will include:

    • Map types and scales 
    • Map orientation
    • Map legend & public rights of way
    • Use of a compass, when & how
    • Essential equipment

Max. 7 participants Pre-booking will be available later. Outdoor clothing is required and full waterproofs, your own packed lunch, snacks and drinks.


Time: from 10:00
Location: Hafan yr Afon

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10:00 am onwards during the day organized by Weslhpool Canoe Club and Newtown Paddlers
Location: Hafan yr Afon Riverside Hub

Canoe Taster Sessions– Come along to the hub and learn how to paddle.  The sessions will start on land with some basics and then you can get in the water to try for yourself.

Numbers are limited and there is no pre-booking so come along on the day early and book a spot.

alpaca fun

Time: from 10:00
Location: Oriel Davies Gallery

10:00 am onwards during the day organized by Hightimbers Alpacas with two alpaca walks
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.


Time: 11:00 and 14:00
Location: On lawn in front of Oriel Davies. Booking on the day at the Oriel Davies Gallery Hub.

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FREE fly casting lessons organised by River Severn Custodians

Each casting session will comprise approx. 20 mins demonstration and then an additional hour  for people to have a go.  Equipment and training will be provided for those interested to try this fun skill. 

Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.


Park Run

Time: 09:00
Location: Start at Dolerw Bridge

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Park Run –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 website, and register in order to get your run timed.

More information:


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

Gardening – The Newtown Garden Club is a friendly group of garden lovers from Newtown and area. 

They aim to help people enjoy gardening at every level from window box to large gardens. Visit their stall on the lawn near Oriel Davies Gallery 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.  More information:


Time: 18:30 to 22:.00
Location: Monty Club, Broad Street, Newtown
Entrance £6 in advance on Eventbrite or £7 at the door.

Ceilidh – Continue your active day and dance the evening away.  Music by Monty Folk. Children under 16 free and must be accompanied by an adult. There is a cash bar available. 

 Tickets £6 in advance from Eventbrite or £7 at the door.  For more information email 

Our Partners

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Sponsor Logos newtown gardening club
Sponsor Logos ffonic band
Sponsor Logos The Monty Club
River Severn Custodians logo
Welshpool Canoe Club logo

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Oriel Davies Gallery

The Park,
SY16 2NZ

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SY16 2NZ

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