Newtown Outdoor Festival

Saturday 1st June 2024
Guided walks, Map reading skills, Archery, Climbing Tower, Fishing(fly casting), Alpaca walks, Art walk, Park run, Face painting and an evening Ceilidh/barn dance.


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 and cater to all abilities and ages. Book in advance here. Walkers can also register on the day if the walks are not full.  Meet at Oriel Davies 15 minutes before the start of your chosen walk. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. 

Walk details can be found on the Walking Newtown web site at 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.

Climbing Tower

Free climbing run by the Army Cadets, (Gwent & Powys AFC).

sing-a-long family stroll

Time: 13:00 to 14:30
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.

Bryn Walking is providing the following activities for the Newtown Outdoor Festival

‘Unfold the Mystery of Map Reading’

A crash course in maps reading and compass skills on varied terrain and in beautiful countryside.
Ideal for complete novice or brushing up on fading skills.
Transport provided. £50pp

Tuition provided by Helen Menhinick who is a qualified mountain leader.

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 Outdoor clothing is required and full waterproofs, your own packed lunch, snacks and drinks.  Booking is essential and is now open at:

Bryn Walking Booking Form

Accommodation also available at her Airbnb: BOOK here

alpaca walks

Time: from 10:00 with 2 Alpaca Walks 11:00 & 14:00
Location: Oriel Davies Gallery

Alpaca Meet & Greet with Hightimbers Alpacas –

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: 10:00 to 16:00
Location: On lawn next to the old council offices near Oriel Davies. Booking on the day at the Oriel Davies Gallery Hub.

FREE Archery taster sessions with the Hafren Foresters Archery Club.

Come and have a go at this ancient sport.  Experienced coaches will be on hand for those who want to try.  Equipment and training will be provided for those interested to try this fun skill.

Anyone 8 and over is welcome but children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

Time: 10:00 to 16:00 with hourly events from 11:00
On the lawn in front of Oriel Davies


Saturday 1 June  2  – 4.30pm meeting at Oriel Davies

Walk and Draw with mixed-media artist Deborah Dalton

A wheelchair accessible drawing workshop around Newtown

All materials provided.

Please go to for details and booking

(Fly casting)

Time: 11:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00
Location: On lawn in front of Oriel Davies.

River Severn Custodians logo

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.

Booking on the day at the Oriel Davies Gallery Hub

Park Run

Time: 09:00
Location: Start at Dolerw Bridge

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 with the Newtown Garden Club

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: Hafan yr Afon, Newtown
Entrance £8 in advance on Eventbrite or £10 at the door.

Ceilidh with Monty Folk Band

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.

For more information email

Our Partners

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Oriel Davies Gallery

The Park,
SY16 2NZ

Sat Nav

SY16 2NZ

Grid Reference

52.514929, -3.317560



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