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Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Powys Wales
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The Museum will be open until the end of September. It is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 - 16.00.

Covid regulations have been relaxed to a certain extent by the Welsh Government. Masks should still be worn indoors when visiting the Museum but it is no longer necessary to book a ticket (but you can still use the booking system if you wish). Track and Trace information will no longer be collected, but other measures such as sanitiser, perspex screens etc will still be in place.

Check out the website for the latest information.

 Full details are on :

Links to social media sites:
Web: www.newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/newtowntextilemuseum
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/textilemuseumnewtown/ 

The Textile Museum in Newtown - just over the bridge into Commercial Street (see the map) gives visitors a chance to see how the handloom weavers of the mid-19th century lived and worked.

The Museum is housed in an 1830s hand-loom weaving factory which consisted of six back-to-back cottages which had one room downstairs and one room upstairs. Above these were two floors which housed up to 22 hand-looms. The building is largely intact and gives visitors a real sense of the life at the time. Newtown was known as the 'Leeds of Wales' in the early 1800s as the town became the centre of a thriving hand-loom weaving industry.

The stories we tell in the Museum relate to: the working and living conditions of the weavers and others who occupied the cottages; the journey of wool from 'fleece to flannel',; together with the industrial history of the town in the 19th century and associated trades in the town such as drapers, clog-makers and the leather industry. We also cover some of the significant people in the town including Pryce Jones. Credited with establishing the first Mail Order business in Britain he played a major role in the town's prosperity in the second half of the 1800s. Family historians who have weavers and spinners as ancestors will enjoy seeing how they lived and worked. Regular spinning and weaving demonstrations are held where visitors can try their hand at these ancient crafts, and other crafts days are also held.

In 2021 there will be an exhibition for the whole season called: "From sheep to sugar which traces the connection between the Welsh woollen industry and slavery." A fascinating story.

 See the website for details

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Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

Welshpool Powys Wales
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Steam railways - a great day (or evening!) out 

Heritage railways are no longer just for train spotters. They're now attractive days out for the whole family - and at attractive prices.

At Llanfair Caereinion station, about 35 minutes from Shrewsbury, of course there are the gleaming locomotives hissing with steam. But there are also comfortable carriages, with covered seating. Or if the weather's fine, stand on the open balconies and watch the rolling hills, rushing rivers, green farmland and grazing sheep and cattle. Wildlife abounds too: spot the deer in Powys Estates, watch for heron at the Banwy Bridge and red kites or buzzards almost anywhere.

The railway offers a choice of experiences. All trains currently start and finish at Llanfair Caereinion. A one-hour trip takes you to Castle Caereinion and back. A two hour trip to Welshpool and back. There is also a choice of First Class and Standard Class carriages and a number of food based Special Trains too. At the Llanfair Caereinion terminal you will find our friendly staff, a gift shop, toilets, large car parks, food and drink and covered seating.

Where do the evenings come in? The railway operates several evening fish and chips specials each season - they leave Llanfair Caereinion at 6:00 pm and travel down to Welshpool where a choice of meals is served to eat on the return journey. There's nothing like eating on a train as the scenery goes by. But these evenings often sell out, so advance booking (and selection of meals) is essential, on www.wllr.org.uk

And the price is right – one hour adult fares start at £12.

Once you've sampled the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, you'll also want to try the other members of the Great Little Trains of Wales - they're a little further from Shropshire but they're all different and well worth the trip. Full information on all of them (and how to get there by rail if you prefer), is on www.bigtrainlittletrain.com

Special Events 2021 for more detail see wllr.org.uk

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Corris Mine Explorers

Machynlleth Powys Wales
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Corris Mine Explorers offers visitors the rare opportunity to explore the abandoned workings of an old Welsh Slate Mine with one of Wales' top Mine Explorers.

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Corris Railway

Machynlleth Powys Wales
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The Corris Railway was the first narrow Gauge railway in Mid-Wales. 

"Britain's Best-Kept Narrow Gauge Railway Secret"

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The Spaceguard Centre

Knighton Powys Wales
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