THE Gilfach Nature Reserve, near Rhayader, will host Dark Sky Wildlife event on Thursday, September 19, exploring the world of bats and moths, listening to night noises and gazing at the stars if clear.

It is one of a series of fun, family-friendly stargazing night-time event being organised this autumn in the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park.

Funded by the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF)’s “Day2Stay” project, it also involves a series of dark sky events throughout the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons as part of the RTEF project, encouraging visitors and locals alike to stay longer and enjoy the pristine, night skies of Mid Wales.

They start next Friday, September 13, with a sunset walk up Pumlumon Fawr in the Cambrian Mountains to enjoy a great sunset and some amazing dark skies.

On September 29, local storyteller Kama Roberts will provide a walking journey of the stars along Caban Coch Cycle Trail, Elan Valley, illuminating the night with her immersive tales of the constellations, touching on ancient mythology and night-time culture from across the world.

Binocular Stargazing for Beginners will be held on October 1 at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, which involves a light supper, followed by a talk by author and astronomer Steve Tonkin. If clear, he will also provide a stargazing session. The event costs £11, which includes the light supper.

Spend an evening with Alyn Wallace, Astro landscape and time-lapse photographer, on October 18, where he will give a talk and a practical workshop near Llandovery.

All events require booking. Visit

Elan Valley dark sky picture by SEAN WEEKLY