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ABBA and cake at Hafren

It’s festival time in Machynlleth! Choosing highlights from the Machynlleth Music Festival, from 18th to 25th August, is never easy thanks to its top-quality line-up! The festival opens on 18th August with a Cymanfa Ganu, a festival of sacred hymns sung with four-part harmony by the

audience under the direction and musical director of Côr of a choral conductor. On 19th Godre’r Aran – performs on 19th August. The concert will August, tenors Rhys Meirion and also features four of Eirian’s Aled Wyn Davies join soprano pupils, each of whom Meinir Wyn Roberts DID YOU for a programme has the potential to remember. to be future stars KNOW? Dilwyn Morgan of Welsh music. The Cymanfa For the full comperes, with Ganu on 18th programme and Menna Griffiths August is a as accompanist. ticket prices, free event please visit moma. Eirian Owen – a pianist, accompanist

Mamma Mia! will bring some Mediterranean sunshine to The Hafren in Newtown on 7th August. Sophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now she just has to find out who he is. Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep leads the all-star cast, which also includes Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, in this musical celebration of mothers, daughters and fathers, and true loves lost and new ones found. Based on the Broadway hit and filled with the ABBA songs, it’s the feelgood experience that will have you singing and dancing over and over again. The show starts at 1.30pm and tickets cost £5 (including tea, coffee and cake). Call 01686 614555.


Get bogged down in Llanwrtyd Hundreds of participants from around the world are expected to grab their flippers for the 34th annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships, which takes place on 25th August in Llanwrtyd Wells. The current world champion and world record holder is Neil Rutter, who achieved a time of 1min 18.82sec in the 2018 championships, breaking the previous record of 1min 22.56sec which was set in 2014 by Kirsty Johnson from Lightwater in Surrey.

The 2018 ladies’ champion was Elinor MacCormac in 1min 48.46sec, while the overseas champion was Belgian Jean van de Putte in 1min 38.75sec. The event takes place at Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of the town, and gets underway at about 10am. Event entry costs £15 for seniors and £12 for juniors. There will be food and drink, crafts, a bouncy castle, live music and a real ale and cider bar, making it a great day out even if you don’t fancy taking the plunge!

Hit the water at Caban Coch Reservoir on 1st August and get a different view of Elan Valley from a two-person kayak. After a safety briefing, you’ll head off around the reservoir in the company of an instructor and learn about the history of the stunning dams on the way. The adventure is suitable for swimmers, those with some kayaking experience

and children from the age of eight. Kayakers will need transport, waterproof footwear, appropriate clothing, a complete change of clothes and a towel just in case. Sessions take place from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Tickets cost £20 for adults and £17.50 for children (eight to 18 years). www.elanvalley

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Shire Magazine July-August 2019  

North Wales, Mid Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wirral, Whats on, magazine, days out, events, restaurants, reviews, homes, gardens, arts, craf...

Shire Magazine July-August 2019  

North Wales, Mid Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wirral, Whats on, magazine, days out, events, restaurants, reviews, homes, gardens, arts, craf...