The Llanfyllin Workhouse open Doors is a free entry event where you can learn about the history of the Workhouse but also see all the arts, music and community ventures going on, have an enjoyable day out, and catch up with all the latest projects taking place in your community arts and music centre. Read more information below the gallery.
Llanfyllin Workhouse Open Doors – Open 10 AM. – 5 PM, admission free.
The Open Doors taking place on the 13th and 14th September is a unique opportunity to discover one of Britain’s best preserved Victorian workhouses, dating from 1838. However, the weekend will not only offer guided tours to see the historical aspects of the building which is undergoing a slow process of repair and preservation, but also the opportunity to visit a number of creative and artistic enterprises which are now renting portions of the building and thus supporting the restoration progress from a business footing.
Visitors will be able to enter the open art studios of Bob Guy – a well established printmaker and wood engraver, Dale Marshall, renowned abstract artist, and watch them in action. They will also be able to sit in on a recording session at the Beehouse Recording Studio, visit JH Leather, an award-winning leatherworker, look around Casa Georgette, interior designer, drop in on Tony Skeggs, well-known singer, songwriter and producer. Products will be available for purchase, although the main thrust of the day is educational, and you are welcome to ask questions and chat about the various processes. There will also be an exhibition by non-resident Llangynog watercolour artist Geraint Aylwyn Lloyd “Landscapes of Wales and the Tanat Valley” again with some paintings for sale.
Special events going on at scheduled times include craft stalls, live music including a harpist, acoustic guitars and singing, a variety of styles including jazz on Sunday, a history display on the Workhouse and the people who lived there, guided tours for adults and children, a book fair and a car boot sale (Sunday A.M).
Sound for the live music will be supplied by Philip and Jane Lane of the Beehouse Recording Studio, who run the free community-oriented Open Mic events every other Friday from the Workhouse bar area. Open Mics are part of an initiative to provide more family-type activities at the Workhouse, and have been very successful, with extremely high calibre of professional artists playing alongside amateurs in a gentle and supportive atmosphere.
There will also be a drumming workshop suitable for all ages provided by Tom Matthews and Jonny Welburn, teachers from the Amberleigh School.
Refreshments will be available throughout and there is a community garden with tree house. There will also be a number of specific children’s activities such as games, treasure trail, face painting, Kids’ Tour, and music activities such as the drumming workshop above and mini-disco. Children will also be able to visit the music, art and craft workshops accompanied and will be encouraged to engage.
The Trust are keen to show the progress made by the community – Trustees, Volunteers and Tenants, who are working hard on the complex project of to restoring an important building in a beautiful setting. Visitors will be able to talk with Trustees about future projects, and pick up leaflets on various matters, whilst also registering comments and feedback about the day.
More information is available online – www.llanfyllinworkhouse.org
The ground floor is fully accessible. Disabled toilets are available. Please contact us in advance if you have any special requirements and we will do our best to accommodate.
Adult guided tours : Family guided tours : printmaker and wood engraver workshop : abstract artist : watercolours exhibition : live recording session : fun with music : leatherworking display : sewing and interior design : singer, songwriter : Open Mic – guitar and voice, jazz, harp etc : Craft Fair : refreshments : car boot : community garden : drumming workshop : childrens’ games – weather dependent