Newtown Outdoor Festival organisers have announced that the event will return next year.

Hundreds of people attended the first festival on June 4 and 5 for a weekend of walking, cycling, scouting, fly-casting, art and music.

“It has been a long time coming”, said Walking Newtown chair Mike Davies.

“We had to cancel the event in 2020 and 2021 so it is a relief it was finally able to go ahead. Everyone had a great time and we hope even more will come on the first weekend of June 2023.”

The festival, which was supported by the Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council, Oriel Davies Gallery, Open Newtown and the West Bromwich Building Society.

One of the more eventful walks was during a 21km challenge when a group came across a lamb in distress and tracked down the farmer.

Helen Menhinick, of Bryn Walking, who was leading the group said: “On an old green lane we came across a poor lamb that couldn’t stand, its fleece was sodden and its front legs were hopeless. The nearest farm was only metres away so we enquired there, they said it wasn’t theirs but they’d get in touch with the farmer. I also got in touch with a farm across the next field who got in touch with the owner – the lamb was re-united with its mother in a barn and treated for an illness.”