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Printing with Nature

with artist Karen Lester

Saturday Afternoon

1.30 - 3.00pm


3.30 - 5.00pm

limited numbers - please book

Create beautiful prints using this simple printmaking technique with gelli plates. You will be guided through the process of inking the plates and taking impressions using foliage and plant material. Be creative as you start to develop images further with layers. This is a great introduction to printmaking with no previous experience required.

Wildflowers at home

with Andy and Fiona

Saturday afternoon

2 - 4pm

wildflowers available to buy all weekend

Local wildflower grower Andy Houghton will share his knowledge of wildflowers including how to grow them and the positive effect this can have. There will be an opportunity to see a range of plants and test identification skills.'

On the stall Fiona will illustrate some relationships between wildlife and plant habitats in Cwm and show the results of the previous night's moth survey.


Introduction to lichens

with Susan & Raymond

Saturday 1.30 - 4pm


Sunday 10.30 - 12

In this session we hope to show you the main types of lichen forms and explain some basic lichen biology. This will help you to recognise the important external features of lichens that help in identification. We'll show you the correct way to use hand lenses and practice using them indoors and outside to identify some easily recognisable species, using useful guides. 


in the Shiloh

all weekend

  • Shiloh weather station - data from the first six months

  • Best photo's from the Cwm Photographic competitions

  • Cwm Footpaths - existing paths and new routes

  • The impact of climate change - what's happening in North Wales?


Try an e-bike

Saturday afternoon

1.30 - 3.30

Join Ffit Conwy and National Trust on a guided e-bike adventure and find out more about the active wellbeing sessions on offer!


Book onto a 1-hour bike ride on offer at the following times, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 4th May.

To book a space, go to the Booking Form

Bat walk

with Sam


Saturday 8pm

limited numbers - please book

A walk through Cwm looking out for our bats and listening to them. This will be an opportunity to discover the different types of bats we have in the Penmachno Valley and where they are likely to roost.

Sam is a bat expert from the Gwynedd Bats group and this will be a return visit to Penmachno Valley.

Check out Sam's 'Bats of North Wales with Sam Dyer' video on YouTube

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Creative Box Making

with Jane

Sunday morning

drop in from 10.30am

We will recycle magazine pages to create folded paper boxes with lids. You will find they are quick and simple to fold as we make them together step by step.

They start with a square which makes then easy to size up or down so once you have the technique you can use different papers to make any size box. They are perfect for storing treasures at home or as gift boxes.


Farm and River Walk

with Will & Bethan

Sunday morning


Join Will to hear about the National Trust's ambition to restore habitats through nature-friendly farming.

Walk along the river and hear from Bethan about the effect of river restoration and peatland restoration on the natural environment and on birds such as the curlew.

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Climate Change

in North Wales

Sunday morning

from 10.30am

How will climate change affect North Wales and the Machno Valley?

What's being done about climate change in North Wales and locally?

What do you think we should be doing in Cwm Penmachno about climate change?


Intuitive Cooking

with Katerina

Sunday afternoon 


Think Like a Cook

The secret to effortless everyday meals with what you have in your kitchen and garden. Get to grips with the patterns and principles behind ALL recipes, so you'll never have to depend on one again.


With Katerina Pavlakis aka The Intuitive Cook


Local Birds

with Colin


Sunday afternoon


A pictorial review of birdlife visible in the upper reaches of the Machno valley across a typical year. The review will include residents, migrants and occasional visitors. Participants are welcome to contribute their own `bird spots` to build as wide a picture as possible of birdlife in the area. The session will be suited to a broad range of participants from complete beginners to those with a keen interest in `twitching`.

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Visit to Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant

Sunday afternoon

1.30 - 4pm

please book

There will be a warm welcome awaiting you in Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant. 


We will meet by the house at 2pm and hear a bit about the history, before heading off for a short walk with Ioan Davies, the area warden for Eryri National Park, to explore the natural beauty of the Wybrnant valley.

Transport will be organised from Cwm Penmachno.

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