Newtown Outdoor Festival

Sunday 2nd June 2024
Junior Park Run, Guided Walks, Climbing Tower, Outdoor Skills, Archery, Canoeing, Art walk, Tai Chi, “Duck” Race.


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


FREE guided walks starting between 09:30 and 11:00, depending on distance.

These are open and cater to all abilities and ages.  Book in advance.  Tickets available from 9 am on 30th March and all walks can be found 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.

Want to know more about the walks? More details on the walks in the programme are available 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 to enjoy with your own family or friends at your convenience.


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

Challenge Walk

Time: 10:00 to 16:30
Location: Meet Helen at Oriel Davies Gallery, The Park, Newtown.

‘The Challenge’

​An interesting circular route starting from Newtown Park to the highest point on the Kerry Ridgeway (510m). Gaining 700m of ascent on the way, you finish back at the park completing the approx. 14mile walk. Ideal for people training for The Cross Wales Walk. £50 per person.

Strenuous walk – 14.5 miles Newtown to Kerry Ridgeway walk – A beautiful and varied walk, it reaches a height of 501 m on the Ridgeway and the whole walk has a 699m height again. The bulk of the walk is done on reaching the ridgeway at 8.5 miles with only one climb on the way back. Fantastic views of Newtown and the Vale of Kerry. On a good day there are fabulous views of Snowdonia from the ridgeway, where we will have lunch. Depending on the weather it can be quite exposed on the ridgeway. We should get back around 16:30.  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.

Outdoor Skills

Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Location: Gazebo near Oriel Davies Gallery
Now confirmed!

Outdoor Skills organised by The outdoor Partnership

The Outdoor Partnership will be running a drop in stall with hints and tips on how to stay safe in the outdoors, numerous prize give-a-ways and bag packing demos throughout the day. The Outdoor Partnership is a charity based throughout Wales and parts of the UK which aims to enhance lives through outdoor activities. The Outdoor Partnership in Mid Wales runs subsidized events and activities and works with third sector organisations to improve access to the outdoors for groups of people who traditionally face barriers to participation. They believe that the outdoors should be a place for everyone.

Check out the website to find out more: The Outdoor Partnership – The Outdoor Partnership and drop in and say hi at the Newtown Outdoor Festival on Sunday.


Time: 10:00 and 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
Location: Gazebo near Oriel Davies Gallery

Free canoeing sessions

Come and have a go at canoeing with our fully qualified volunteer instructors, coaches and river leaders from Welshpool Canoe Club and Brenin Adventures. All safety equipment will be provided, fitted and checked by our vounteers.

Book on the day at our club gazebo, first come first served!

There will be a female only session organised by Hannah from She Paddles/Canoe Wales.

Donations to Welshpool Canoe Club welcome.

Tai chi

Tai Chi in the park

Two sessions 10.30 – 11.30am and 2 – 3pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before the sessions start and meet outside the Gallery at the Festival Hub. Free. Booking is essential.

Using the easy to learn Dr Lam ‘tai chi for arthritis’ program, Tony and Jean will lead hour long sessions to give participants an opportunity to start their own tai chi journey.

Please book in advance as a signed health information form is required from all participants before the sessions. Booking is essential as spaces are limited

Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and firm footwear. Participants can sit if preferred.


Sunday 2 June  2 – 4.30pm meeting at Oriel Davies

Artist-led walk with multi-disciplinary artist Faith Limbrick.

Please go to for details and booking

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Oriel Davies Gallery

The Park,
SY16 2NZ

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SY16 2NZ

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