Leisure Parks & Events

Wednesday 21 September 2022

Mic Morris Trust reopens

Mic Morris Trust reopens
Description:
A fund that has supported hundreds of aspiring athletes in Torfaen has reopened to new applications.
Friday 16 September 2022

Tributes paid to rugby great

Tributes paid to rugby great
Description:
Tributes have been pouring in for Pontypool RFC legend Eddie Butler, who sadly passed away yesterday, aged 65.
Thursday 8 September 2022

Family fun on the Farm

Description:
The Greenmeadow Show is back at the farm this weekend after a two-year absence.
Friday 2 September 2022

Multi-use games area vandalised again

Description:
Vandals have damaged an all weather sports pitch and games area for a second time in less than a year...
Friday 29 July 2022

Play Service gears up for Summer Playschemes

Play Service gears up for Summer Playschemes
Description:
More than 340 staff and volunteers at Torfaen Play Service are getting ready to hop, skip and jump into delivering an action-packed summer playscheme for children throughout August.
Tuesday 26 July 2022

7 Green Flags for Torfaen

Description:
Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year's Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space.
Thursday 14 July 2022

Folly Tower and Shell Grotto to reopen

Description:
The Folly Tower and Shell Grotto visitor attractions are set to re-open following a £45,000 refurbishment project...
Friday 8 July 2022

Courts set for improvements

Courts set for improvements
Description:
Tennis courts in Pontypool Park and Panteg Park in Griffithstown are set to get a facelift, thanks to a £16,000 grant from Torfaen Sports Development Tennis Focus Sports Programme.
Monday 4 July 2022

Torfaen 10k road closures

Torfaen 10k road closures
Description:
Road closures will be in place between Blaenavon and Pontypool to make way for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10k race this Sunday.
Wednesday 29 June 2022

Pontypool Party in the Park

Description:
Party in the Park returns to Pontypool this year, featuring a fun fair, live performances, and Britain's Got Talent's Titan the Robot.
Friday 24 June 2022

Football festival increases participation

Football festival increases participation
Description:
Close to 100 girls from primary schools across Torfaen have taken part in an all-girls football festival at Cwmbran Stadium this week.
Tuesday 14 June 2022

Runners get ready for Mic Morris 10k

Runners get ready for Mic Morris 10k
Description:
Close to 1000 people have already signed up for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10K on Sunday 10 July.
Wednesday 8 June 2022

Have your say on Torfaen's green spaces as part of the Nature isn't Neat project

Description:
Torfaen Council is looking for residents' feedback on how natural areas within the county are managed, as green spaces across Torfaen are being left to grow during spring and summer months to benefit ecosystems as part of the Nature isn't Neat project...
Monday 25 April 2022

Easter fun at Play and Wellbeing camps

Easter fun at Play and Wellbeing camps
Description:
More than 450 children attended Torfaen's Play and Wellbeing Camps at schools across the borough during the Easter break.
Thursday 21 April 2022

Spring clean 2022 starts soon

Description:
The Torfaen Spring Clean 2022 is due to start next Monday at Sandybrook Park, St Dials, from 9.30am...

Vandalism at Glansychan Park

Description:
Play equipment at Glansychan Park, Abersychan, has been vandalised...
Thursday 24 March 2022

Safety lessons for primary pupils

Description:
Over 1000 primary school children have been learning about road safety, dangers of grass fires, and how to stay safe round water...
Wednesday 23 March 2022

Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Description:
Last month, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth...

Mic Morris Torfaen 10k returns!

Mic Morris Torfaen 10k returns!
Description:
After the disappointment of the last two years, the Mic Morris Trust is delighted to be welcoming runners back to the start line in Blaenavon for the Torfaen 10k.
Tuesday 15 March 2022

Two play area successfully refurbished

Description:
Two children's parks have been transformed with new play equipment, trees, hedges and aromatic plants, thanks to more than £100,000 in funding...
Thursday 24 February 2022

Essential tree removal to be undertaken

Description:
A section of Cwmbran Drive will be closed for three consecutive Sundays from this weekend in order to allow the safe removal of diseased trees.
Thursday 17 February 2022

Inclusive play equipment to be installed in two parks in the borough

Description:
Inclusive play equipment is to be installed in Pontypool Park and Cwmbran Boating Lake to make the play areas suitable for those with physical disabilities including sensory impairments...
Friday 11 February 2022

Community orchard deliberately vandalised

Description:
Around 15 fruit tree saplings which were planted as part of a new community orchard have been vandalised...
Friday 21 January 2022

Gwent gets ready for Nature Isn't Neat 2022

Description:
Following successful grassland management pilots to improve biodiversity across the Gwent local authorities, this year the Nature Isn't Neat approach to management is being coordinated to cover wider areas across Gwent, with the mission of making it 'pollinator friendly' by allowing more wildflowers to grow in our green spaces.........
Tuesday 14 December 2021

World Heritage Site launches virtual tours

Description:
With traditional school trips still on hold for many, a primary school in Blaenavon has decided to make the best of the situation by going on a virtual tour.
Wednesday 8 December 2021

Inclusive Play Parks for Cwmbran and Pontypool

Inclusive Play Parks for Cwmbran and Pontypool
Description:
Torfaen council's cabinet committee recently approved plans to invest £1.2 million to help the community recover from the impacts of covid-19
Tuesday 7 December 2021

New ways to discover nature in Torfaen

Description:
Torfaen Council has installed new interpretation boards at four of its Local Nature Reserves (LNR's) to help communities discover the value of nature on their doorstep...
Monday 15 November 2021

Pride of Torfaen Awards deadline fast approaching

Description:
Nominations for the first ever Pride of Torfaen Awards will close this Friday.
Friday 12 November 2021

Matches cancelled at Northfields and Southfields

Description:
All football matches which were due to take place at Northfields and Southfields this weekend have been cancelled due the predicted weather conditions...
Thursday 4 November 2021

Bootcamps help women in Torfaen stay fit and active

Bootcamps help women in Torfaen stay fit and active
Description:
Karen Atwell has swapped lie ins on a Saturday morning for Torfaen Sports Development's new Ifyougoigo boot camp sessions.
Wednesday 3 November 2021

Improvements taking shape at canal

Description:
Work to create a new area for wildlife enthusiasts will start soon along the canal in Cwmbran...
Thursday 14 October 2021

Four areas in Torfaen named as some of the country's best green spaces

Description:
Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year's Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space...
Tuesday 28 September 2021

Parks to get major upgrades

Parks to get major upgrades
Description:
More than £100,000 is being spent to substantially improve two children's playgrounds...
Friday 27 August 2021

Fitness programme for women reaches new heights

Description:
An exercise programme for women is proving so popular that extra sessions are being organised to help meet demand.
Tuesday 17 August 2021

New active travel map needs your views

Description:
If you cycle or walk regularly – or would like to – then Torfaen Council needs your help!...
Friday 25 June 2021

What would get you to walk or cycle more?

Description:
The council wants to know how walking and cycling routes throughout Torfaen can be improved to help residents ditch the car for everyday journeys...
Thursday 17 June 2021

Vandalism continues at Sandybrook Park

Description:
Sandybrook Park, Cwmbran, which is currently closed due to vandalism, has been the victim to even more vandalism.
Friday 11 June 2021

Vandalism at Sandybrook Park

Description:
Sandybrook Park, Cwmbran, is the latest park to be vandalised in the borough

Make sure you pay before you play at Northfields and Southfields

Description:
If you are a sports team or fitness group, please can you make sure you have booked a pitch/hard standing before you play/carry out your class
Monday 7 June 2021

Vandalism at Pontnewydd Park

Description:
Last week Pontnewydd Park was exposed to vandalism like we've never seen before.
Friday 28 May 2021

Wales Nature Week 29 May - 6 June

Description:
This year, the Wales Biodiversity Partnership (WBP), are asking the public to explore, discover and share their nature stories and experiences during Wales Nature Week (29 May – 6 June)...
Friday 21 May 2021

Guardians Contract Awarded to Groundwork Wales

Description:
Valleys Regional Park are pleased to have contracted Groundwork Wales to continue delivering the VRP Guardians Scheme...
Wednesday 19 May 2021

Greenmeadow Farm to reopen

Greenmeadow Farm to reopen
Description:
After 14 months, over 100 litres of paint and more than 150 baby animals, Greenmeadow Farm will reopen to visitors this weekend.
Tuesday 18 May 2021

'Wildlife & Wellbeing' packages on offer to social care workers as part of Urban Wildlife project

Description:
Last Summer, the Council, along with partner organisations, took lead on a new Urban Biodiversity project 'An Urban Buzz'...
Monday 17 May 2021

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre reopening

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre reopening
Description:
From Tuesday 18 May, the Heritage Café located in the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre will resume serving customers indoors, with the World Heritage Centre exhibition, gift shop and Tourist Information Centre also reopening
Thursday 13 May 2021

New trees vandalised

Description:
Dozens of newly planted beech trees have vandalised at Cwmbran Boating Lake
Tuesday 13 April 2021

Pontypool skate park closed for essential repairs

Description:
Pontypool skate park will remain closed until essential ramp repairs can be carried out, due to safety concerns related to their current condition...
Friday 9 April 2021

All areas of Cwmbran Boating Lake open to the public tomorrow morning

Description:
Tomorrow morning (Saturday 10 April), all access points to the Cwmbran Boating Lake will be open to the public...
Thursday 1 April 2021

Boating Lake reopens

Description:
On Good Friday (April 2), the whole Boating Lake, children's playground and toilet block will reopen to the public following essential work to remove trees along the railway line
Wednesday 31 March 2021

Removal of play equipment from play area off Henllys Way/Tegfan Court

Description:
The Council has received a proposal to remove the play equipment located at Henllys Way/Tegfan Court...
Friday 26 March 2021

Tree felling update at Cwmbran Boating Lake

Description:
Earlier than anticipated, we have been able to reopen the play area at the Boating Lake this afternoon. Access is from the Boating Lake car park only...
Thursday 11 March 2021

Cwmbran Boating Lake tree felling update – work to continue

Description:
Tree felling and chipping will continue at Cwmbran Boating Lake for another few weeks. We expect the work to be completed by the end of Thursday 1 April...
Friday 5 March 2021

Cwmbran Boating Lake tree felling update

Description:
As tree felling and chipping continues at the Boating Lake, the Council would like to remind residents that the playground continues to be closed. The lake and the car park will also be closed from Sunday 7th March.
Friday 26 February 2021

Torfaen Green Infrastructure Strategy consultation

Description:
Green infrastructure is the living network of natural and semi-natural green spaces, blue spaces, and other landscape features, scattered within and between urban and rural places...
Thursday 25 February 2021

Our draft tree strategy and action plan is open for consultation

Description:
We are in the process of preparing a tree strategy for the borough that sets out our approach to managing trees, including those that make up woodland and hedgerows. The draft strategy explains national and local policies, and explains how these translate into action to protect and manage trees for multiple benefits...
Friday 19 February 2021

Cwmbran Boating Lake to close for emergency tree felling

Description:
Torfaen Council and Network Rail are working together to remove dangerous trees in Cwmbran Park that pose an immediate risk to rail passengers and the public...

More than 120 vulnerable children supported at half term wellbeing camps

More than 120 vulnerable children supported at half term wellbeing camps
Description:
Torfaen Play and Sports Development have worked in partnership during the February half term to deliver five play and wellbeing camps for vulnerable children in Torfaen.
Wednesday 10 February 2021

Pet owners advised to act responsibly when walking near livestock

Description:
With the evenings getting lighter and Spring on the way, walkers are making the most of the beautiful landscape in Torfaen...
Friday 27 November 2020

Community project's interactive artworks now on display

Description:
Last week Head4Arts released the first glimpses of its four digital interactive artworks generated from the visual contributions of over 450 participants in its first virtual Arty Parky event...
Thursday 19 November 2020

Keeping sport going through the tough times and the good times... Celebrating the National Lottery

Description:
To say a huge thank you to the National Lottery and National Lottery players, we're celebrating the National Lottery's 26th birthday this month.
Friday 6 November 2020

It's time to pick the world's favourite Green Flag Award parks

Description:
Help us find the world's favourite Green Flag Award parks by voting for yours in the People's Choice Awards 2020.
Thursday 15 October 2020

£50,000 from National Lottery and Welsh Government will help provide for pollinators in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent

Description:
Verges in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent to benefit from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government.
Wednesday 14 October 2020

Four areas in Torfaen named among country's best green spaces

Description:
Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year's Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space...
Tuesday 15 September 2020

Community Farm site improvements get the green light

Description:
Torfaen councillors have today approved £240,000 capital spend for essential maintenance and remedial work at the farm
Monday 24 August 2020

The phased re-opening of the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Description:
The facilities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre will be gradually reopening from the beginning of September.
Thursday 16 July 2020

Children play areas to reopen in Torfaen by 3 August

Description:
Following the recent Welsh Minister's announcements regarding children's play areas, Torfaen County Borough Council is working hard to make these areas safe and ready for children...
Thursday 9 July 2020

Toilets in Torfaen parks to re-open tomorrow

Description:
Toilets at Cwmbran Boating Lake and Pontypool Park will be opened tomorrow for the public to use (Friday 10th July).
Friday 19 June 2020

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED 'Wildlife & Wellbeing' packages on offer to NHS staff as part of new Urban Wildlife project

Description:
Torfaen County Borough Council, along with partner organisations will be leading a new Urban Biodiversity project called 'An Urban Buzz'...
Friday 12 June 2020

'Wildlife & Wellbeing' packages on offer to NHS staff as part of new Urban Wildlife project

Description:
Torfaen County Borough Council, along with partner organisations will be leading a new Urban Biodiversity project called 'An Urban Buzz'...
Tuesday 9 June 2020

Four car-parking areas in Torfaen to reopen on Thursday

Description:
In light of the recent Welsh Government announcement relaxing some of the Covid-19 restrictions...
Thursday 28 May 2020

This Nature Week connect with nature on your doorstep

This Nature Week connect with nature on your doorstep
Description:
To get the week off to a bumper start, join us for the Big Garden BioBlitz on May 30th! Open to all, fun and free, simply go out and spot nature in your garden or from your window!
Friday 15 May 2020

Full grass cutting schedule to resume

Description:
On Monday 18 May, the council's full grass cutting service around the borough will resume as staffing levels begin to return to normal.
Thursday 14 May 2020

Temporary prohibition of fishing at Cwmbran Boating Lake

Description:
Temporary prohibition of fishing at Cwmbran Boating Lake...
Wednesday 29 April 2020

Grass cutting reduced in the borough

Grass cutting reduced in the borough
Description:
Local authority staff are under considerable pressure due to COVID-19 and it has been necessary to prioritise some services over others. You may have noticed one of the consequences of this is delayed grass cutting.
Tuesday 28 April 2020

Let parts of your garden grow wild and nature will thank you

Let parts of your garden grow wild and nature will thank you
Description:
For those of you who are letting your garden, or parts of it, grow wild at the moment have you seen any new and interesting plants growing? Have you been visited by any new insects, birds or wildlife you haven't seen before?
Wednesday 22 April 2020

Public Rights of Way and Covid-19

Public Rights of Way and Covid-19
Description:
The government's priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.
Friday 28 February 2020

Pupils get stuck in at local football festival

Pupils get stuck in at local football festival
Description:
Girls football is significantly on the rise in Torfaen, with local clubs seeing a welcome increase in girls signing up to take part in the sport.
Wednesday 26 February 2020

Torfaen 'Better Man' campaign to launch this April

Torfaen 'Better Man' campaign to launch this April
Description:
Torfaen Sports Development in partnership with Torfaen Leisure Trust are set to launch a new campaign to target men's physical health and mental well-being.
Friday 21 February 2020

Storm Dennis didn't stop play

Storm Dennis didn't stop play
Description:
During the half term period more than 500 children and young people have attended playschemes across the borough.
Tuesday 21 January 2020

Northville Underpass information event

Description:
The council and partners are holding an information event on Thursday 23rd January 2020 at Maendy Primary School between 3pm-7pm to inform residents about proposed changes to the pedestrian link between Northville and Cwmbran Town Centre.
Friday 6 December 2019

Over 540 residents attend Thrifty Christmas Fayre

Over 540 residents attend Thrifty Christmas Fayre
Description:
Last Friday, Torfaen Welfare Reform Action Group hosted its first ever Thrifty Christmas Fayre at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.
Monday 25 November 2019

Environmental volunteers thanked for their hard work

Environmental volunteers thanked for their hard work
Description:
Last night (Thursday 21st November) environmental volunteers who work with the council to keep Torfaen clean and green were thanked at an appreciation event.
Thursday 21 November 2019

Join us for an evening of festivities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Join us for an evening of festivities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
Description:
Join us for an evening of festivities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre on Thursday 28th November 2019 between 6-8:30pm.
Tuesday 29 October 2019

The Old Chestnut of Pontypool crowned as Wales' 2019 Tree of the Year

The Old Chestnut of Pontypool crowned as Wales' 2019 Tree of the Year
Description:
A 400-year old sweet chestnut tree in Pontypool Park has been crowned as Wales' 2019 Tree of the Year. The results were announced on Wednesday (23rd October) at a ceremony at the Pierhead Building at the Senedd, hosted by John Griffiths AM.
Thursday 10 October 2019

More than 130 children take part in EFL kids cup at Cwmbran Stadium

More than 130 children take part in EFL kids cup at Cwmbran Stadium
Description:
More than 130 children from schools across Torfaen have taken part in the Torfaen qualifier for the English Football League (EFL) Trust kid's cup at Cwmbran Stadium.
Wednesday 7 August 2019

Do you fancy being an environmental champion?

Do you fancy being an environmental champion?
Description:
If you want to get hands on experience of helping the environment with an opportunity to meet new friends, then we have the group for you. The Torfaen Greener Cleaner group work together to litter pick the borough and work in partnership with organisations such as Keep Wales Tidy.
Wednesday 24 July 2019

FREE interactive family Love Food Hate Waste cookery sessions

FREE interactive family Love Food Hate Waste cookery sessions
Description:
Come and join the waste and recycling team on Thursday 1 and Thursday 22 August in Pontypool Indoor Market between 10:30am – 3pm where they will be providing free interactive cookery sessions for families.
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Torfaen CBC achieves international Green Flag Award

Torfaen CBC achieves international Green Flag Award
Description:
Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year's Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space.
Thursday 13 June 2019

Road Closures for Mic Morris Torfaen 10k

Description:
This year's Mic Morris Torfaen 10k will be held on Sunday 14 July, with road closures enforced from 8am until 11:30am.
Thursday 6 June 2019

Free entry for Mic Morris Volunteers

Free entry for Mic Morris Volunteers
Description:
Can you spare a few hours to help runners in this year's Mic Morris Torfaen 10k?
Thursday 30 May 2019

Free events to celebrate nature in all of its glory during Wales Nature Week

Free events to celebrate nature in all of its glory during Wales Nature Week
Description:
Next week, during Wales Nature Week, the Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Local Nature Partnership are running a series of free events to celebrate nature.
Wednesday 15 May 2019

Sustrans needs you - sign up to a Discovery Trail workshop

Sustrans needs you - sign up to a Discovery Trail workshop
Description:
Sustrans is working to engage local stakeholders to identify priorities for the improvement of the Discovery Trail which is a circular traffic free path which runs from Abergavenny to Pontypool along NCN route 49 (Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal), then north to Brynmawr along NCN route 492 and back to Abergavenny through Clydach Gorge along route
Wednesday 8 May 2019

30 Days Wild

30 Days Wild
Description:
This June, the The Wildlife Trusts are challenging you to do something wild every day. That's 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.
Friday 26 April 2019

Help shape the future of environmental volunteering in Torfaen

Help shape the future of environmental volunteering in Torfaen
Description:
The council would like to invite all existing or new environmental volunteer groups in Torfaen to a workshop on Saturday 11 May between 10am-12pm at Pontypool Active Living Centre.
Wednesday 6 March 2019

Help Friends of The British with hedge planting this weekend

Help Friends of The British with hedge planting this weekend
Description:
Can you spare an hour or two on Saturday 09 March to help the Friends of The British with hedge planting?
Monday 4 March 2019

Torfaen preparing for spring clean with cleanse of A4042 roadside verges

Torfaen preparing for spring clean with cleanse of A4042 roadside verges
Description:
The council has started preparations ahead of its third Spring Clean which begins Friday 22 March and runs until Tuesday 23 April. The Torfaen Spring Clean will run in parallel with Keep Wales Tidy's annual Spring Clean Cymru campaign.
Wednesday 20 February 2019

Meet the dinosaurs at Pontypool Indoor Market for free this February half term

Meet the dinosaurs at Pontypool Indoor Market for free this February half term
Description:
Come and meet Ronnie the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends on Thursday 28 February at Pontypool Indoor Market
Thursday 10 January 2019

Consultation on rugby ground lease

Consultation on rugby ground lease
Description:
A consultation on the future management of the rugby ground within Pontypool Park is now open.
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