What’s On

” …  in every corner of North Wales, you can find inspiration and transformation …”

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Network News 2019

Welcome to the May Calendar

1st WEDNESDAY

BELTANE ~ CALAN MAI ~ MAY DAY Gather white horn/draenen wen branches and flowers and decorate the outside of your home, celebrating new growth and fertility. 

SAORI Weaving Taster Session 1st Weds/month. Half an hour introduction to SAORI freestyle hand weaving using a SAORI loom and take your weaving home. No experience is necessary and all abilities are catered for. £10 per class including materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, Bangor LL57 1DQ (opposite Domino’s Pizzas below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk

Vintage Matinee 1st Weds/month. 1.30pm, £4 per film or £20 for 10 films. Denbigh Film Club, Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Station Square, Denbigh LL16 3DA. Contact Lilian Jones 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.couk

NWWT ~ Ever Thought of Volunteering? We’ll give you a taste of what it’s like to volunteer at Minera Quarry. Drop in any time during the day! 10.30am – 4pm, meet main entrance Meas y Ffynnon Rd LL13 3DE. Graham Berry 07764 897416, graham.berry@northwales wildlifetrust.org.uk

Aspire 1st Weds/month. 11.30 – 1pm. A new meeting space for autistic adults providing advice or post-diagnosis support; meet and socialise with other adults on the spectrum. Storyhouse, Chester. Enquiries: Sandra & Jenny aspirechester@gmail.com

St Asaph Reading Group 1st Weds/month, 7.30pm, St. Asaph Library, The Roe, 01745 582253.

Conscious Dance 1st & 2nd Weds/month. Bringing awareness to all that is within us; in body, heart and mind, and giving it expression in movement. Drop-in. Suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. 7 – 9pm, £10, £8, £5. The Little Theatre, Gloucester St., Chester CH1 3HR. Ella Speirs 07922 620503, ellaspiers@hotmail.com

Gwilym Bowen Rhys ~ Arenig An evening to celebrate the launch of one of Wales’ most prominent folk musician’s and his third solo album. Joining Gwilym will be Marit Fält – a mandola player from Norway, Gwen Màiri, a harpist from Scotland, and the virtuoso fiddler from Bethesda – Patrick Rimes. 7.30pm, £12, £10. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Island of the Hungry Ghosts (12A) Documentary about migration and the treatment of refugees on the remote Christmas Island. 6pm, £6 – £9.50. Storyhouse, Chester 01244 409113, storyhouse.com

1st WEDNESDAY & 2nd THURSDAY

Zero Carbon Britain The science says we must, the technology says we can, time to say we will! To stay within internationally agreed ‘safe’ levels of global warming, the world must reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. And we must start now. This course offers an in-depth look at CAT’s flagship research project, Zero Carbon Britain, exploring the radical changes needed to rise to the climate challenge. 10am – 4pm, £90 includes lunch and materials. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

The White Crow A gripping, revelatory look at the life of legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev. 1st 7.30pm & 2nd 5.30pm, £6.25, £5.25. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

2nd THURSDAY

Chakradance A regular meet on 1st & 3rd Thurs/month. A powerful experience using guided imagery and music that resonates with each chakra to promote a state of well-being. 7 – 8.30pm, Gwernaffield, address on booking. Call Paula 07752 049941, paulajroscoe@gmail.com

Weaving for Health & Wellbeing Evening 1st Thur/month. Learn Japanese SAORI freestyle hand weaving. No experience is necessary, guidance given. 6.30 – 8.30pm, £25 per class plus materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor LL57 1DQ (by traffic lights below the train station). 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk 

Meditation 15 minutes, 12.30 – 12.45pm, free, drop-in. Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Llandudno 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Gong Bath A form of meditative sound therapy. The listener only has to let go and let the sound of the gong do the work. The experience is effortless and the results profound. 7pm, Caernarfon Town Hall. Bookings: cat@trudruyoga.co.uk

Exhibition Opening The meticulous gardening diaries of 18th century gardener, Elizabeth Morgan are shown. 6 – 7.30pm, with book launch. In Storiel’s Garden, Bangor 01248 353368, storiel.cymru

Pop Up Vinyl Record/CD Shop 1st Thurs/month. 3000+ records, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, rock, pop, prog rock, indie, Cymraeg, blues, metal, punk, new wave, soul, Northern Soul, folk, jazz, reggae, electronic, goth, hip hop and more. Records from 50p. Also a hand picked selection of CD’s. 2 – 7.30pm. Tŷ Glyndwr, centre of Caernarfon. Facebook: Gwynedd Record Collector

NW Arthritis and Chronic Pain Support Group 1st Thurs/month. Helping people living with pain. 6.30 – 8.30pm. Mold Community Hospital, Ash Grove, Mold CH7 1XG. Angela 0844 887 2618, nwcpsg@gmail.com 

Random Readers 1st Thurs/month. A friendly and relaxed reading group enjoying a good chat about their chosen books. 6-8pm, Rhyl Library, Museum and Art Centre 01745 353814.

Gwynedd Astronomy Society 1st Thurs/month, 7.30pm. Arts and Drama Rehearsal Room, Bangor University. Parking is available directly outside the main entrance. Davyth Fear 01286 672882.

Topette! This five-piece play self penned and traditional European Bal dance music. Accordian, banjo, bagpipes, bass guitar and violin. 7.30pm, £12.50. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda LL57 3AN, neuaddogwen.com

Prestatyn Reading Group 1st Thurs/month, 2pm, Prestatyn Library, King’s Ave 01745 854841.

Llangollen Friends of the Earth 1st Thurs/month; venue varies so call or text 07525 016504, info@llangollenfoe.org.uk

Chester CND Our bi-monthly meeting, all welcome, free. 7.30 – 9pm. Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester; chestercnd@gmail.com

3rd FRIDAY

Climate Emergency Solutions Summit Join us at CAT for a unique one-day event exploring what a zero carbon future could look like, and how we make it happen. Share ideas, learn from successes, explore barriers and how they can be overcome, and come together to help make change happen. 10am – 4pm, £20, includes lunch and materials. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705950, cat.org.uk

Alden Patterson and Dashwood Norwich based folk trio weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro and guitar around beautifully written original songs and melodies. 7pm for gig at 8pm. £10. Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

Discovering Doñana Doñana National Park in Andalucia is one of the most important wetlands in Spain. Paul Kenyon has visited it many times and willgive an illustrated talk on the wildlife there. Cambrian Ornithological Society meeting. 7.30pm, £1. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Llangollen Reading Group 1st Fri/month, 7pm, Castle St, 01978 869600.

Louder is Not Necessarily Clearer An honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a deaf man, performed by Jonny Cotsen. 7.30pm, £12. (BSL performance) Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Colette (15) Film. Country girl Colette is introduced to artistic fashionista in Paris. 7.30pm, £7, £4, opens 6.45pm. Dragon Theatre, Barmouth LL42 1EF, 01341 281697, dragontheatre.com

At Eternity’s Gate (12A) Film. During a self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh develops his unique, colourful style of painting. 5.30pm, £6.25, £5.25. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

Lleuwen Fusing experimental jazz and Welsh folk in an electric raw performance by Lleuwen and her band. 8pm, £10, £12 on door. Theatr Clwyd, Mold. 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

3rd FRIDAY – 5th SUNDAY

Red Joan (12A) Film. Joan has been hiding an incredible past; and is arrested by M15. 7.30pm, £6. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay LL29 7RU, 01492 556677, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

3rd FRIDAY – 6th MONDAY

Silent Retreat – Relax in Nature with Silent Meditation This will be a quiet, spring retreat, a chance for you to process and recalibrate in an outstandingly beautiful natural setting. This is an opportunity to go at your own pace and engage your own practice in Nature and truly surrender to the peace within. Relax, take time out, do the practice that suits you and enjoy peaceful running waterfalls. Includes vegetarian meals. All group activities are optional. Three silent meditations a day for forty minutes after meals. £160. Cae Mabon, Fachwen, nr Llanberis LL55 3HB. 01286 871542, caemabon.co.uk

What’sSUP – Yoga and Paddleboarding Retreat Walk, swim, play, paddle boarding, relaxing time, yoga sesssions, teas and cake. £515 – £660. Plas Cadnant, Cadnant Rd, Menai Bridge, LL59 5NH. Laura Bell, 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

4th SATURDAY

New Moon in Taurus 11.45pm

Earthing Our Songselves An ‘Eye of the Storm’ writing retreat day with Fiona Owen. Using exploratory and creative writing and reading activities, we will take a lead from Jonathan Bate to explore ourselves in relation to the natural world at a time of climate change. 10am – 4pm, £25; hot drinks and biscuits included; bring packed lunch. Llanfaelog, nr Rhosneigr, Anglesey LL63. Facebook: of event name

Celebrate the Wales Coast Path An opportunity to mark the Path’s seventh anniversary with lots of family-friendly activities. Ramblers Cymru have five walks planned and we’ll have a beach clean, strandline search and wildflower walk. 10am – 4pm. West Shore Promenade, Llandudno. Meet by the playground. Mark Sheridan 07505 214073, mark.sheridan.mgc@gmail.com

Wales Coast Path Festival – Great Orme 4 walks – Marine Drive circular 10am. The Vadre and Tower 10am. Great Orme 10.40am. Great Orme Gun Emplacements Discovery 2pm. More info: ramblers.org.uk 

Pop-Up Vegan Food Market It will include street food to eat in or takeaway, cakes and sweet treats. 11am – 4pm. Kings Hall, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 9AA. Contact 07480 418402. Facebook: of event name

Re-tern Help mark the return of Cemlyn’s ‘Sea Swallows’ with a series of activities to celebrate these amazing birds. There’ll be a dawn chorus walk at 6am and further events between 11am-3pm. Cemlyn, A5025, Tregele, Cemaes, Ynys Môn, LL67 0EA. Chris Wynne 07764 897411, chris.wynne@wildlife trustswales.org.uk

Multi Dimensional Crystal Workshop You can use crystals to heal everything from migraines to anxiety and beyond. Healing crystals can also accelerate your meditation practices, align your 7 chakras and even induce trance states under the right conditions. Connect to and learn about crystals; how to programme them and work with individual energies; how to care for them, how to create a crystal grid, meditation, diagnosing imbalance with crystals. Plus a 432 htz crystal bowl sound bath. 12noon – 4pm. Venue in Morfa Bychan, Porthmadog. Contact 07470 735247. Facebook: of event name

Radio Amateurs: Do You Want To Make Things? If you are 6 – 12 years old and interested then come along to the Wireless in Wales Radio Museum 1st Sat/month, 10.30am – 12.30pm, limited spaces. Visit: gwefrhebwifrau.org.uk

Otter Holts and Black Poplars Help us establish new homes for the otters found on Dwr Iâl, and to plant rare black poplar trees along the river. 10am – 4pm. Garthgynan Cottage, Graigfechan (on the B5429), near Ruthin, LL15 2EU. Iwan Edwards, 07584 311583, iwan.edwards@northwaleswildlifetrust.org

Talk: Huw Brassington Huw brings us the story of his ventures. As an adventurer, athlete and inspirational speaker, Huw likes to be out of his comfort zone. Huw has attempted and succeeded in some of the hardest races in the world. Most recently he has turned to ultra-running, completing the infamous Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race in Wales and New Zealand’s Coast-to-Coast. Prior to Huw Speaking there will be a showing of the acclaimed documentary of the Berghaus Dragons Back Race which featured Huw and titled “Ar Gefn y Ddraig”. This will be in Welsh with subtitles and is included in the ticket price. 7 – 10pm, Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda LL57 3AN. Facebook: of event name or neuaddogwen.com 

Food For Thought ~ Italian Night! Enjoy a relaxing, guided meditation followed by a delicious 3-course vegetarian meal. 6.30 – 10pm, £15. Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 34 Mostyn St., Llandudno LL30 1YY. 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Martin Harley A supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. 7pm, gig at 8pm, £15, bar only. Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

4th SATURDAY & 5th SUNDAY

Introduction to the Medicine Wheel Two days of workshops with shamanic practitioners Taïga Forest and Claire Mace. The Medicine Wheel appears in many traditions, in many parts of the world. It is a means of navigation, through earth-based and nature-based consciousness, a psycho-spiritual map that references the elements of nature, times of day, solar and moon cycles, stages of life and sacred animal connections. £120 full price, £75 low waged, £35 unwaged. Held at The Old Rectory, Llanfachraeth, Ynys Môn LL65 4YA. Bookings: Claire 07970 409724, northwalesretreats.com

Drystone Walling Weekend Learn the process from foundation stones to copings, under the guidance of a master craftsman, Paul Smyth. All day, £90. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Spoon Carving Build up your skills using a progression of projects to develop safe and efficient techniques for axe and knifework. £120, deposit £60. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

4th SATURDAY – 6th MONDAY

Wales Coast Path Walking Festival Wales Coast Path and Ramblers Cymru will be celebrating with a seven day walking festival from North to South Wales in seven locations over seven days. There will be a programme of seven walks in each location during May, at the Great Orme on Saturday 4th May, Ynys Mon on Sunday 5th and Porthmadog on Monday 6th.  See dates in Calendar ~ ramblers.org.uk

Llangollen Walking Festival Wilderness Walks, History Walks, World Heritage Walks, Steam Train Ride and Walk, Dark Sky Walk. Plus free evening lectures. For more info: llangollenwalkingfestival.co.uk

4th SATURDAY – 7th TUESDAY

Vertical Dance Vertical dance is an exciting, emerging form of dance that typically uses rock climbing equipment (ropes, harnesses, abseil devices) to suspend dancers off the ground on a range of vertical surfaces. This group is for young people aged 10 – 18.  We teach some techniques for dancing in harnesses, on and off the ground, and encourage lots of creative play within this discipline. For classes,  times and costs see the website. Held at Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

4th SATURDAY – 17th FRIDAY

Annual North Wales Pilgrimage See article on page 4 & 5 for more info and links.

5th SUNDAY

Wake Up with The Dawn Chorus It’s International Dawn Chorus day! Discover the variety of bird songs that make up the dawn chorus. Hot drinks and a breakfast bap included. 5.30 – 8.30am, RSPB members £12, non-members £15. RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve LL31 9XZ, 01492 581025, conwy@rspb.org.uk

Dawn Chorus with a Difference Last year we recorded 38 bird species including red and black grouse, cuckoo, crossbill and osprey. 4.30am – 8am. Meet at car park off B4501. Gors Maen Llwyd, 7 miles south west of Denbigh. Meet Nantglyn, Denbighshire. Mark J D Hughes 07800 771570, mjdhughes1108@gmail.com

Wildlife Walk: Dawn Chorus An easy early morning stroll from the village to Bryn Pydew Nature Reserve enjoying the sounds of spring. 6am – 8am. Meet at Queen’s Head pub car park, Glanwydden, Conwy LL31 9JP. Rob Booth 07764 897414,  rob.booth@northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk

Sacred Circle Dance 1st Sun/month. The dances are usually fairly simple with steps taught and we hold hands so you feel supported and connected to the whole group. 2 – 4pm, Rhosesmor Village Hall, nr Mold. Led by Helen Newton and Sue Bates. Contact helen@soul-life.co.uk

Keep Wales Tidy Newborough Beach Clean Get hands-on during a practical beach clean session with Keep Wales Tidy that will explore what we can all do to reduce marine litter. 12.30 – 2.45pm, free. Newborough Beach, Ynys Mon LL61 6SA. Visit: eventbrite.co.uk

Two Bridges Walk Enjoy an historical guided walk and learn about the two bridges over the Menai Strait. Good paths, some steep, accessibility available on request; 3m, 2.5hr at leisurely pace. 1 – 3.30pm, free. Meet Thomas Telford Centre, opp. Waitrose, LL59 5EA. Part of Wales Coast Path Walking Festival.

Clybod Acoustic Club Meets 1st Sun/month. 2pm, open to all musical abilities and styles of music – no electricity connecting! Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Cainc A more intense dance/movement class suitable for beginners over the age of 60. All sessions are led by Cai Tomos who will guide participants to explore new ways of moving the body. No previous experience or dance skills required to participate. 3 – 5pm. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Green Woodworking 1st Sun/month. Everyone welcome to our mostly social occasion; food to share, mulled drink, cake and soup. From 10am – 4pm.  Eternal Forest, Boduan, Pwllheli. 01758 612006, 07968 167204, eternalforest.org

Awakening Your Sacred Feminne Take a journey to deeply reveal and explore the many faces of your feminine nature. Discover new ways to reconnect with yourself, slowing down and exploring the expression of sweetness and beauty that you are in the world. 10am – 5pm. Parkfields Community Centre, Ash Grove, Mold CH7. Visit: rachelsbellydance classes.wales or see Facebook: Of event name 

Estyneto Join us for regular dance/movement sessions specifically for those over the age of 60. The sessions are led by two inspirational dancers/choreographers – Cai Tomos and Angharad Price Jones. No previous experience or dance skills required – only the desire to stay active, fit and healthy. 1.30 – 3.30pm. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Big Allotment Growing Day 1st Sun/month. An opportunity to grow your own organic nutritious food for free, learn new skills: planting and harvesting the veg and fruits; pickling, preserving, cooking, baking and brewing, craft work and wood work or come and chill out with a brew. 11.30am – 4pm. Tyn y Nant, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. Nr Corwen. Facebook: Eco Fferm Frwythau/Gift Economy, or wellhealthcooperative@googlemail.com

Make A Rustic Stool Learn how to make a simple rustic stool by cleaving a log in half, drilling the mortices and making the legs by cleaving green wood, shaping it with a draw-knife on a shave-horse and making the tenons. £60, deposit £30. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

Viva Festival: Quien Te Cantara (12A) Film. When an ‘accident’ leaves fame-weary Lila with acute memory loss, super-fan Violeta’s remarkable karaoke performance suggests an unusual solution – Violeta can teach Lila to be Lila again. Spanish with subtitles. 3.15pm, £8.50. Storyhouse, Chester 01244 409113, storyhouse.com 

6th MONDAY

NW Arthritis and Chronic Pain Support Group 1st Mon/month. Helping people living with pain. 12.30 – 2.30pm. Seminar Room, Holywell Community Hospital, Halkyn Rd., Holywell CH8 7TZ. Arthritis Care 020 7380 6522, nwacpsg@gmail.com

NW Moth Group Informal meeting, 8pm, donations appreciated. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Beicio Bangor Meets 1st Mon/month. We campaign on cycling issues affecting Bangor and the travel-to-work area around. All welcome, 7pm, £5 per annum. Basement Fat Café, High Street, Bangor. Details: beiciobangor.org.uk

Halkyn O50 Club Meets 1st Mon/month. We are a social group which includes talks on all manner of subjects. These are provided by speakers from outside our group and occasionally our own members. Everybody welcome. 2pm, Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn. For further information phone 01352 781 412. 

Wales Coastal Path – Criccieth to Llanystumdwy This walk takes in pretty lanes with wild flowers, a visit to see the famous grave of Lloyd George, crosses fields to the coast and along the coast path back to Criccieth. 9.30am – 2pm, free, 5.5 miles. Meet Y Canolfan Community Centre, High St., Portmadog LL49 9LU. Eryri Ramblers – eryriramblers.org

Wales Coastal Path ~ Porthmadog to Moel y Gest 9.30am – 2pm. Meet Y Ganolfan Community Centre, Porthmadog. Register your place with eventbrite.co.uk

Gong Bath Breathe and relax … then observe the mind beginning to slow, as superficial and irrational thoughts are suspended, stress releases and the whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7.30pm, £13. Canolfan Thomas Telford Centre, Mona Rd, Menai Bridge LL59 5EA. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

6th MONDAY – 8th WEDNESDAY

Sphagnum Combining the use of field keys and laboratory skills, the course will allow students to get to know Sphagnum well and to make reliable identifications. £195 – £290. Field Studies Council, Rhyd y creuau, Betws y Coed. 01690 710494, enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org 

6th MONDAY – 11th SATURDAY

Waves, Rivers and Tides Harnessing the power of water. Join students from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment on a module from our MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management. £750, £700 concs., all inclusive CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

7th TUESDAY

The Healing Well Hands on Healing, 2 sessions, 7 – 9pm, all welcome. Ganolfan Pentrefelin, nr Criccieth. Mayamara 01766 770874. Also 21st

Conwy County Peace Group 1st Tues/month. At 7pm in Centre for Cultural Engagement, 10 Greenfield Rd, Colwyn Bay LL29 8EL. Contact Secretary Efa Wulle: conwypeace@gmail.com or donsaundersopt@aol.com (chair) 

Cygnus Café in Chester 1st Tues/month. An opportunity to join like-minded people to discuss and explore spirituality, well-being, holistic therapies, transformation, community, ecology and much more. For those who are not familiar with Cygnus Review, it offers books, CDs, reviews, articles to uplift and inspire you on your path of self-discovery. 11am – 1pm, The Lodge Café, Grosvenor Park, Chester. Lynn Alexander 01244 951753, lynnalexander@talktalk.net

Ashworth’s Rustic Caterpillar Search Searching for the caterpillars as they bask in the spring sunshine, noting their habitat and foodplant. 2pm, donations appreciated. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Mindfulness Taster Session An introductory session for those new to Mindfulness led by Tara 6 – 7pm. This session could be a helpful taster for someone thinking of signing up for an 8 week course. The sessions will be on a donation basis and will be held in the log cabin, Hermitage Garden, Ynys Graianog, nr Criccieth LL52 0NT. Contact tara.anne.dew@gmail.com

Gong Bath See 6th for info. 7pm, £13. Memorial Hall, Penmorfa, nr Porthmadog. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Charcoal Loading a kiln, lighting it, shutting it down and unloading and grading the charcoal. You will be able to find out about the economics of charcoal production from the staff of Bodfari Environmental, the biggest producers in North Wales. £50, deposit £30. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

Women’s Gathering A monthly informal gathering; bring your knitting, sewing, art, making and doing, reading, instruments & songs, or just come for a social time. This is also an opportunity to find out about Red Tents if you are interested. 1 – 5pm, Follow Your Bliss Café, 307 – 309 High St., Bangor. Facebook: of event name, or redtentgwynedd.wixsite.com

Menopause The Musical 4 women with seemingly nothing in common meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives whilst experiencing The Change.  7.30pm, £31.50. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Red Joan See 3rd – 5th

At Eternity’s Gate See 3rd, except at 8.15pm

Robbie Fulks A singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter, folk and American roots influence. 7pm for gig at 8pm, £12, bar only. Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

7th TUESDAY – 11th SATURDAY

Stones in His Pockets Theatre performance. When a major Hollywood film studio descends on a village in rural Ireland, the demand for extras from the local community is huge. 7.30pm daily, 2.30pm 9th/11th. £10 +, Theatr Clwyd, Mold. 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

8th WEDNESDAY

Conscious Dance 1st & 2nd Weds/month. Bringing awareness to all that is within us; in body, heart and mind, and giving it expression in movement. Drop-in. Suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. 7 – 9pm, £10, £8, £5. The Little Theatre, Gloucester St., Chester CH1 3HR. Ella Speirs 07922 620503, ellaspiers@hotmail.com

Friends of the Earth Conwy Meet 2nd Weds/month in the rear room of the Albion Ale House, Upper Gate St., Conwy LL32 8RF. We would love to have some new members to help with our campaigns, currently focusing on reducing plastic use locally and raising awareness of climate change issues. Contact Kay 07918 663640, kaypitt40@gmail.com

Hydroelectric and Marine Energy Generation Get to grips with the technological aspects of hydroelectric and marine energy, examine resource availability and limitations, and explore the environmental impacts of energy conversion and installation. £750, £700 concs., CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Circle Dance 2nd Weds/month. A relaxing afternoon with a friendly welcoming group. No experience or partner needed. 2-4pm, Old Colwyn Methodist Church Hall. Phone Janice 01492 545587 / Susan 01352 219464.

Ruthin Reading Group 2nd Weds/month, 7.30pm, Ruthin Library, 01824 705274.

Llandudno Writers With Sian Northey. Meets 2 – 4pm, Llandudno Library, Mostyn St. All enquiries to: llandudno.writers@aol.co.uk

Giselle with Vienna Festival Ballet. Giselle, a peasant girl, has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has told her he is a villager named Loys. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences. 7.30pm, £21, £20 concs., £15 child, £18.50 student. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay LL29 7RU. 01492 556677, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

Lighthouse Theatre: The Kaiser and I / On Scarborough Front Europe stands on the brink of war. The Kaiser’s dancing mistress waits for her pupil. His army waits for their orders. 7.30pm, £10, £8. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

9th THURSDAY

Ogwen Litter Pick Join us and the National Trust wardens to clear litter along the entire stretch of Llyn Ogwen before the busy summer season begins. Booking essential. 10am – 3pm, Idwal Cottage. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, snowdonia-society.org.uk

Cosmogenesis – The Awakening of the Cosmos A talk by Eric McGough, ex-president of the Theosophical Society in England and the author and director of the International Diploma Course in Theosophy. 2pm, £5; TS Members £3, free refreshments. New enquirers are always welcome. Held at Parkway Community Centre, off Rhos Rd., Rhos-on-Sea LL28 4SE, theosophywales@yahoo.co.uk

Becoming Mindful 8 week course begins today. 6.30 -9pm, and then Thursday evenings till 6th June (not 30/5). You will learn the basic mindfulness practice, body scan, mindfulness of breathing, and mindful movement. £75, unwaged concs. Contact Alan 07816 988124, newmindfulness.net

Waste Management in Wales Bringing together all those connected to the Welsh recycling industry. Keynote speakers will include Rebecca Colley-Jones (Ynys Resources) and Jane Hall (Wasteapp) who will discuss the Circular Economy for Wales and other key issues. 9.15am – 12pm, free.  The OpTIC Centre, St. Asaph Business Park LL17 0JD. Visit: recyclelinkwales.co.uk

NW Wellbeing Network Brings together third sector organisations operating in Flintshire and Wrexham who have an interest in health, social care and wellbeing. The Network is also open to statutory partners and is free to join. 9.30am – 12.30pm, Alyn Waters Visitor Centre, Mold Rd., Gwersyllt LL11 4AG, parking charges apply. Contact Karen Peters for further information or to join the network: karen.peters@flvc.org.uk or 01352 744015.

Red Joan See 3rd – 5th

10th FRIDAY

Snowdon Moonlight Walk Climb Snowdon at dusk and enjoy a breathtaking sunset from the summit (if the conditions are good) before heading down via moonlight; bring head-torches. 4.15 – 11.30pm. Info/ Tickets: mountain-walks.co.uk

The Movable Feast – Bangor Pier Great new veggie and vegan options, local produce and great local live music. This is an event for all the family, dogs on a lead welcome. 5 – 10pm, Bangor Pier LL57 2SW. Tickets £3: eventbrite.co.uk

Gong Bath See 6th for info. 7pm, £13. Rhuddlan Community Centre, Rhyl LL18 5AW. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

The Energy of Women in Energy Women make up a big part of the Energy sector, but we acknowledge that the workforce remains male-dominated in this field. As we arranged Egni 2019, male names were being suggested for all events. So, it was decided to host one session with women speakers, in the hope that people will consider this for their next events. 9am – 12pm. Free. Men and women welcome!  Includes an afternoon of networking for women. M-SParc, Gaerwen, Anglesey  LL60 6AG. Visit: m-sparc.com

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) Film. After leaving London for the countryside, A.A. Milne spins fanciful yarns about his son’s collection of stuffed animals. The family soon become swept up in the instant success of the books, which bring hope and comfort to the rest of postwar England. 7 for 7.30pm. Denbigh Film Club, Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Station Rd. Contact Lilian Jones 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.co.uk

Shoplifters (15) Film. Japanese, with subtitles. Moving story of family life on the margins of present-day Tokyo. 7.30pm, £8, £6. New Dot Cinema, Llangollen Town Hall, Castle St., LL20 8NU. newdotcinema.org

James Wilton Dance: Leviathan Following Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. 7.30pm, Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

Lleuwen See 3rd, held at Pontio, Bangor.

10th FRIDAY – 12th SUNDAY

The Big Acoustic Walk Enjoy a guided introduction to a range of walks in Snowdonia on a popular weekend that celebrates Music and Mountains.  Whether you’re a musician, vocalist or just an enthusiastic listener, this weekend is a great opportunity to share your love of walking and music with other outdoor enthusiasts and musicians. £212 for weekend; or just drop-in! More info: Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig; pyb.co.uk

Subverting Shakespeare In writing The Merchant of Venice, was Shakespeare joining in with the popular anti-Semitic clamour, or was he doing something far more subversive than that? And what does the play mean to us, in the post-Holocaust 21st Century? Come and discuss a weekend of Shakespeare through using this one play. £235 non-residential £160, all inclusive. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester 01244 532350, gladstoneslibrary.org 

Wildlife Photography Weekend You will learn how to get the best out of your camera, tips and tricks for nature photography and hear from wildlife experts too. Expert tuition outside and indoors. £229 – £249. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 770274, snowdonia.gov.wales 

The Art of Erotic Prayer ~ Women’s Initiation Retreat Led by Clara Gomez. There are ancient mysteries awaiting to be revealed to those ready to remember. Erotic energy is the mightiest force we have access to within our human body. Where is our attention sending it towards? Where is our focus while it surges through our system? This is a retreat to reclaim an inherent power, through transmissions to develop your own erotic prayer. Early Bird £222, Regular £277. Email claragomezuk@gmail.com for registration. £77 deposit required. Held at Cae Mabon, Fachwen, nr Llanberis LL55 3HB. 01286 871542, caemabon.co.uk

Botanical Art in Coloured Pencil Changing Seasons – Spring into Summer. A chance to capture some of the plants at a time of transition from the bulbs and buds of spring to the floral burst of early summer. £254 – £274. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, eryri.llyw.cymru

11th SATURDAY

Birdsong Walk & Breakfast Enjoy a short walk below Moel y Ci listening to our summer migrants, then back to the old farmhouse of Tai Isaf for breakfast and chat. Booking essential. 8am – 10am, £5 includes breakfast. Tai Isaf, LL57 4YA. Sue Carter 01248 371769, sue.gorad@gmail.com

Sophia’s Wild Weaving Workshop An inspirational day with weaver/designer Sophia Ingham creating your own woven wall hanging incorporating wild materials such as slate, lichen and shells. 10am – 5pm, £45 includes materials; Veggie lunch for £5 extra. Held at Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk Bookings with Sophia 07391 930719. 

Sacred Song 2nd Sat/month. Songs from various spiritual traditions and none, including Taize, Iona, Findhorn and Harmonic Temple. Open to anyone who enjoys singing meaningful songs with others. 10am – 1pm,  £15, £10, £5. Held at Wesley Church Centre, St John St, Chester. Contact Ella 07922 620503 ellaspeirs@hotmail.com 

EcoBro Green Fair The annual EcoBro Fair for all your sustainable needs: seeds & plant swap, delicious local food, information sharing and local handicrafts. There’s something for everyone! 10am – 3pm. Contact: ecobro@live.co.uk Held at Memorial Hall, Penrhyndeudraeth. See advert on back cover

Forest Bathing ~ Shinrin-yoku In Japan it is widely used as a preventative medicine for its beneficial effect on our wellbeing. Join us for a morning session of relaxation techniques, meditation, earthing and nature connection, with the aim of giving you a range of techniques which you can take away and use in your own time enjoying the outdoors. 10am – 1pm. Hawarden Estate, hosted by Woodland Classroom, Lea 07876 794098. Tickets: woodlandclassroom.com

Walking, Wildlife and Welsh A range of bilingual walks (with lunch and refreshments provided by the Community Shop!) especially for Welsh learners, introducing you to Coed Cilygroeslwyd NWWT Nature Reserve and other wildlife hotspots in the area. Booking essential. 10am – 3.30pm. Pwll-glas, near Ruthin, LL15 2PB. Iwan Edwards 07584 311583, iwan.edwards@northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk

The Way Things Really Are How to solve all of our daily problems with wisdom. Talk and discussion.  10.30am – 1.30pm, £15 with refreshments. Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Llandudno 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Umoja Spring Garden Party We are very happy to be hosting our first all-day outdoor event at the Blue Bell in Conwy. We aim to provide you with high quality, vintage, rare & remixed music from around the world and offer you an inspiring selection of talks & workshops which explore our place on planet earth as humans in the 21st century. Music by Dimbaya –  Kora, Balafon & female vocalist influenced by West African Manding music. Plenty of DJs and other sounds: samba, Calypso, reggae, funk, folk, etc. Talks include “Exploring 2050” when it’s said there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. £8, book ahead for £6, children welcome until 8pm. If it rains we are in the pub! If you are a Speaker, Musician, Fire Juggler or Vendor, Sound Healer, Permaculturist or Community Leader and you feel you’re ready to offer something that’s relevant then please get in touch and let’s make it happen! 12pm – 12am. The Blue Bell Inn, Conwy LL32 8AY. Tickets: umoja.brownpaper tickets.com or Facebook: of event name. 

Mindfulness Course 8 weeks starting today, 9.30am – 12 noon, Ruthin Library, Record St., LL15 1DS. Contact 07792 784451, artofmindfulness.co.uk

Treborth Spring Plant Sale All proceeds will go to the Friends of Treborth to directly benefit the garden. Perennials, Orchids, Bennials, Cacti, House plants, compost, homemade tea and cakes. 10am – 12.30pm, Treborth Botanic Gardens Bangor LL57 2RQ. Natalie Chivers 01248 353398. 

Gŵyl Fwyd Caernarfon Food Festival A day celebrating the best of local produce, demonstrations, performances and much more. 10am – 4pm. Caernarfon Centre and around the Castle. More from: gwylfwydcaernarfon.cymru

NWWT Bird Race Celebrate the excitement of spring and the wealth of birds to be seen and heard on NWWT reserves. Non-expert birders welcome! Please register your team, or tell us you’d like to race and we can help you find one. Race for as long as you want! All day, at all nature reserves. Ben Stammers 07764 897415, ben.stammers@northwaleswildlifetrust.org

Danza 2019 The students, aged from 2 to 60+ will entertain you with song and dance through all genres, with music from Queen to Jojo Siwa and everything in between. 6pm, £10, £9 child. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay LL29 7RU, 01492 556677, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

Pride (15) Film. A group of lesbian and gay activists meet the British miners’ strike in 1984. 6.30pm for 7pm showing, £5, £2 children includes tea and cake. Community Cinema, Rowen Memorial Hall. rowenconwy.org.uk/memorial-hall/

Red Joan (12A) Film. Joan’s life is disrupted when she’s arrested and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia. 7.30pm, £6.25, £5.25. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704008, neuadddwyfor.com

Met Opera Live “Dialogues de Carmelites” Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. 5pm, £10, £8 concs., £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Gong Bath See 6th for info. 7pm, £13. Rhoscolyn Village Hall, Holyhead LL65 2NQ, Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Snowdon Moonlight Walk See 10th

11th SATURDAY & 12th SUNDAY

Reiki, 1st Degree Course Reiki is a simple form of healing and self-healing. Vivien teaches the original form of the Usui System of Healing. She offers continuous on-going support to all of her students. £150 class fee, accommodation is available £30 per night. The Healing Centre, Tregath, nr Bangor. Bookings: 01248 601388, 07771 280824, vivreiki@hotmail.com 

Make Your Own Deckchair You will be helped to make your own drawings using inspiration from the natural landscape, convert them into a pattern, stencil, screen print. On day 2 you will make the deckchair frame using furniture grade birch, smooth off the edges and fix your printed canvas. £140, deposit £70. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

From the Quarry to the Workshop Visit the quarry source of this amazing natural material then discover how to hand work the slate with traditional methods to make a unique, functional or decorative piece. 10am – 4pm both days. £100. One day in Parc Glynllifon and one day in the Quarry. Siop Iard bookings: siopiard.com

12th SUNDAY

The Bangor Forest Garden 2nd Sun/month. An opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends whilst contributing to maintaining and developing the Garden! Session starts at 11.30am – 4pm. Wear some outdoor suitable clothing and bring some lunch; tea and coffee provided. If you need a lift ask us about car sharing. More details from bangorforestgarden@gmail.com, thebfg.org.uk Or have a look on Facebook bangorforestgarden

Walk: Exploring the Geology of Snowdonia Join Clive Hudson for a walk on the lower slopes of Cnicht to see how folding strata of slate, sandstone and dolerite offer a glimpse into Snowdonia’s geological past. Fossils may be found and evidence for a volcano demonstrated! Distance 6km with 300m of ascent. Booking essential. 10am-3pm. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, snowdonia-society.org.uk

The Kaiser and I & On Scarborough Front with The Lighthouse Theatre. 1914, Europe stands on the brink of war. In the Kaiser’s palace his English dance instructor puts her pupils through their paces. 7.30pm, £10, £8 concs., £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Unrest (12A) Film. To coincide with this year’s ME Awareness Day today. Jennifer is twenty-eight years-old, working on her PhD at Harvard, and months away from marrying the love of her life when a mysterious fever leaves her bedridden. 2pm, £7.50 – £5.50. Pontio, Bangor 01246 382828, pontio.co.uk

Viva! Festival: Jean Francois I El Sentit De La Vida (12A) Film. A witty and whimsical take on the growing pains of adolescence. Spanish with subtitles,1pm, £8.50. Storyhouse, Chester 01244 409113, storyhouse.com

Gong Bath See 6th for info. 7pm, £10. Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai, LL57 4LQ Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

12th SUNDAY – 15th WEDNESDAY

ReWilding the Mind This 3 day retreat will be take the form of guided mindfulness meditations, discussions and walks in the countryside and will be co-led by Claire Thompson and Jonathan Stacey. £350, all inclusive. Trigonos, Nantlle LL54 6BW, 01286 882388, trigonos.org

13th MONDAY

Wildlife Gardening Taster Days Welcoming everybody from total beginners to experienced gardeners to develop a buzzing wildlife garden whilst having a bit of fun ourselves and learning new skills. 10am – 1pm. North Wales Wildlife Trust – Bangor office, Llys Garth, Garth Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2RT. HQ 01248 354541, northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk

Introduction to Sustainability Run over 3 full days, 13th & 20th May & 3rd June. More info from Bangor University, NW Business Academy 01248 382475, nwba@bangor.ac.uk

Seriously Books 2nd Mon/month. Want somewhere to discuss literary classics: past, present and future? Here you’ll find a warm welcome and intelligent discussion that ranges from the light-hearted to the challenging. Meets 2nd Mon/month. Books selected by vote and alternate between contemporary and classic fiction. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Contact Louisa Yates louisa.yates@gladlib.org

Chi Gung / Qi Gong Class New class starts today, then every Monday. Traditional Chinese health exercises for improving physical & mental well being. Includes gentle stretching , and simple standing exercises involving slow movement linked to breath and stilling the mind. Just turn up on the night in loose clothing, beginners always welcome. 6 – 7pm, £7 Llanddulas Village Hall, Beulah Avenue, Llanddulas, Abergele, LL22 8FH. Contact Dave McQuillan, dave@northwaleswingchun.co.uk ~ northwaleswingchun.co.uk

Kindergarten Teacher (12A) Film. A working wife and mother in New York who believes one of her pupil’s to be a poetry-writing prodigy, with Rialto Film Night. 7.30pm, £7, £6. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay LL29 7RU, 01492 556677, theatrcolwyn.co.uk 

Red Joan See 11th, except at 10.30am & 7.30pm

Pregnancy Yoga Course 5 week course for bringing relaxation and confidence to pregnant women. Held at Quaker Meeting House, Bangor LL57 1UP. Laura Knott 07914 917711, birthingmamas.co.uk Also in Menai Bridge starting 15th.

13th MONDAY – 17th FRIDAY

Springtime in the Gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales Gardens visited will be chosen from the following, dependent on flowering and weather. Aber Artro, Bodnant, Crug Farm Plants, Nanhoron, Penrhyn Castle, Plas Brondanw, Plas Cadnant, Plas Newydd, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Plas Yn Rhiw and Portmeirion. £434 – £474. Held at Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, eryri.llyw.cymru

Prestatyn Reading Group 2nd Mon/month, 6pm, Prestatyn Library, King’s Ave 01745 854841.

Timber Frame Building During the week we will be covering many aspects of timber-frame building and you will get the chance to make and fit your own mortice and tenon joints, whittle pegs on the shave-horse, learn about draw bores, scribing, diminished haunch and scarf joints; run by experienced timber-framer Ron Smith and is suitable for all skill levels. £300, deposit £150. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

14th TUESDAY

Secret Golden Nuggets from HPB’s Doctrine Ted Capstick brings a new talk examing some of the deepest esoteric aspects of the Wisdom, taken from all three volumes of Blavatsky’s classic. Sponsored by the Theosophical Society (Reg. Charity No. 1167737). The talk starts at 7.30pm, admission £5, TS members £3, with Bangor Theosophical Lodge. Hirael Hall, Ambrose St, Bangor. Enquiries: Toddy Alcock 01248 600267, toddyalc@gmail.com See ad page 8

Cofnod Recorder’s Day Help us to record as many species as we can, with the help of experts from our Local Environmental Records Centre. 10am – 3pm. Plas y Brenin Mountain Centre, Capel Curig, LL24 0ET.  Rob Booth 07764 897414, rob.booth@northwales wildlifetrust.org.uk

Pensychnant: Farming and Conservation in Tandem Warden Julian Thompson guides us around the farm and woodland, explaining how their priorities inter-relate. Pied flycatchers should be in evidence. End the afternoon with a cuppa back at the house. 2 – 5pm, Pensychnant Conservation Centre, Conwy LL32 8BJ. Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

Cylch Gitar Gogledd Cymru/ North Wales Guitar Circle 2nd Tues/month. All styles of acoustic guitarists – from non players to professional (non vocal). 7.45pm, £1 per person. Anglesey Arms Hotel, Menai Bridge. Jane and Dave Sinnett 01407 831480, jane.sinnett@btinternet.com ~ Facebook: northwalesguitarcircle

All My Sons: National Theatre Screening America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. 7pm, £10. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com Also Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

14th TUESDAY & 15th WEDNESDAY

The Listening Room A stirring exploration of life, death and justice. It features the true stories of five people whose lives were transformed by three moments of violence. Years after trial and punishment, each one of them was given the chance to meet the person on the other side. This is the extraordinary story of what happened when they said yes. 7.45pm, £10+, Theatr Clwyd, Mold. 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

15th WEDNESDAY

Health & Wellbeing Public Lecture: Palliative Care 6 – 8.30pm, with Veronica Snow and Ben Turton. Free but booking essential. Held at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos on Sea. Bookings: Bangor Uni School of Health Sciences. 01248 383298, bangor.ac.uk 

Red Joan See 11th, except at 2.30 & 7.30pm

Two Woods Wander This 2-mile walk visits limestone pavement and woodland at the Wildlife Trust’s Bryn Pydew Nature Reserve and the Woodland Trust’s Coed Bron Garth. Lots of plants and invertebrates to see, including moths trapped from the night before! Booking essential. 1.30 – 4.30pm. Bryn Pydew, Penrhyn Bay, Conwy, LL31 9JT. Mark Sheridan 07505 214073, mark.sheridan.mgc@gmail.com

Fermentation 101 From the basics of kombucha to why kefir is good for your gut, all the way to walking you through your first self-made kimchi. We will take you through everything you need to get started on your journey to fermentation God status. 6 – 9.30pm, £45. Held at Hypha, Chester CH1 2JG. Facebook: of event name or 01244 312490, hypha.restaurant

Pregnancy Yoga Course 5 week course for bringing relaxation and confidence to pregnant women. Menai Bridge. Laura Knott 07914 917711, birthingmamas.co.uk Also in Bangor starting 13th.

Gong Bath See 6th for info. 7pm, £13. Source Yoga Studio, 294 Conway Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

16th THURSDAY

Denbigh Library Reading Group 3rd Thurs/month, 2pm. Denbigh Library, Hall Square 01745 816313.

Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish MacInnes Film. Story of mountaineer MacInnes, who attempted to climb Everest with a friend. He also built his first car at 17; invented the metal ice axe and is author of the International  Mountain Rescue Handobook. Then, at 84, his mind left him; this is the story of recovering his memories and rescuing himself. 7 – 10pm. Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3AD. Also at Neuadd Ogwen Bethesda LL57 3AN on 24th. Facebook: of event name or neuaddogwen.com

Merlin Driver Up and coming folk talent from Orkney. 7pm for gig at 8pm, £10, bar only. Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes

ROH Live Ballet Live screening. Presenting the contemporary face of the Royal Ballet from today’s leading choreographers. The 3 new shows are Within The Golden Hour, Medusa and Flight Pattern. 7.15pm, £13, £11 concs., £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Red Joan See 11th, except at 5.30 & 8.15pm

16th THURSDAY – 18th SATURDAY

Through Palestinian Eyes: Contemporary Christianity in the Middle East Mitri Raheb, Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, looks at the rise and fall of Middle Eastern Christianity, the political situation between Israel-Palestine, and the migration, displacement and resilience of contemporary Christians in the Middle East. Residential prices start from £235, non-residential from £160. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester 01244 532350, gladstoneslibrary.org Also a talk on 18th.

Focus Wales 2019 Music, films, talks, stand-up comedy, art events and more throughout the festival. Held in and around Wrexham. Full details/tickets from focuswales.com

17th FRIDAY

Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Café 3rd Fri/month. Join us for stories, songs, music and poetry ~ come to tell or just to listen. 7.30pm ~ only £2, in the Courtyard Coffee Shop, Cwrt-y-Castell, Castle Street, Llangollen LL20 8NY. Delicious coffee and cakes on sale from Julie of the Coffee Shop. Croeso cynnes i bawb! A warm welcome to all! Suzi 01490 460563.

The Editing and Manipulation of Photography A presentation by Sue Clark and Wireless in Wales Museum. 7pm, free, Canolfan Iaith Clwyd, Lenten Pool, Denbigh LL16 3LG. gwerfrhebwifrau.org.uk

Open Day: MSc and MA Courses Graduate School open days offer an authentic informative taster of what it’s like to learn on our postgraduate sustainability courses. This open day is held during our sustainable materials in the built environment module. You will have the opportunity to observe and potentially get hands on with some building materials. We will cover the content of all the courses for those interested in energy, food, ecology, behaviour change and natural resources. 9.30am – 4.30pm, free, includes lunch. Please reserve your place for the day. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Snowdonia Photo Workshop will concentrate on exploring different landscape photography techniques focusing on getting the most out of you and your camera. Topics will include composition, the use of leading lines, reflections and the creative use of depth of field. The first of two; 5 people max. 9am – 5pm, £99. Ogwen Cottage Café, Nant Ffrncon, Bethesda LL57 3LZ. Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk  See 18th

Emma Twyford Talk: BMC International Climbing Meet A special evening when Emma presents a talk as part of BMC International Summer Climber Meet.  9 – 10pm, £5 BMCmembers, £10 non-members. Advance booking essential. Caban, Brynrefail, nr Llanberis LL55 3NR. Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk

17th FRIDAY – 19th SUNDAY

Sangha Celebration A weekend of vows, feasting, teachings and entertainment. This is a joyful weekend of connection and fun! You are welcome to come and camp (the house is now full), you can come on Friday or sometime over the weekend – just let us know for catering numbers. More info/bookings The Hermitage, Ynys Graianog, nr Criccieth LL52 0NT, 01766 530839, ahs.org.uk

Tradfest Tradfest is an annual event celebrating traditional rock climbing in Snowdonia. We are based in the village of Nant Peris at the base of the Llanberis Pass. Full weekend £40; other options available, visit: v12outdoor.com

Trefriw Walking Festival This year’s highlights include walks of discovery around Iron Age settlements, and along Roman roads, and delving into the more recent local history of the Dolgarrog flood disaster in November 1925. Experience a foraging walk for families, listen for bird song, learn about spring flowers, take a track up to one of our local lakes for a taste of Pack Rafting, or even an early morning ascent of Snowdon. All this alongside some of our favourite walks in the Carneddau range. More info/walks 07800 771450, trefriwwalkingfestival.co.uk

The Llangollen Red Dragon Music Festival IV Bringing together like minded people enjoying an eclectic range of music including didgeridoo, folk, opera, folk punk, rock, blues and heavy metal. Food stalls available. £13.52 – £54.49 available from eventbrite.co.uk Held in Llangollen Pavilion, Abbey Road. Facebook: of event name

Storytelling from the Start The folktales, fairy tales and myths of our ancestors are the building blocks for every story that has been told since, and in many ways, for our identities and our understanding of the world and one another. This storytelling course for beginners – and those returning to the craft – is a chance to learn how to prepare and perform traditional stories in the company of two of Britain’s leading exponents of the art-form. Held in English. £240 – £325; with Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton. Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy, nr Criccieth 01766 522811, tynewydd.wales

17th FRIDAY – 20th MONDAY

Nomad 3 Come with us as we jump from the well trodden path and find a new way. If a meaningful adventure appeals to you, if you wish to embrace the wild elements and deeply challenge yourself on every level, then please explore further. £325, or bring a friend for £485 for both. Healthy food, campfires, conversation, together with a wealth of experienced leaders taking you on your journey. Based at Henbant Bach Farm, Tain Lon, Caernarfon LL54 5DF. Contact nomadwales.com

17th FRIDAY – 23rd THURSDAY

Wild Rose (15) Film. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all Rose wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Various times. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

18th SATURDAY

Full Moon in Taurus 10.11pm 

Wesak Festival Wesak marks the highpoint of the spiritual year when forces of enlightenment associated with the Buddha pour into the planet. During this highpoint of the year our greatest service is to prepare ourselves spiritually for the energy pouring into humanity, and to hold the inner connection in daily life, visualizing ourselves as a pure channel of light in alignment. 

Botanical Art Class 3rd Sat/month. Expert guidance  by Doreen Hamilton, artist in residence. 10.30am – 3.30pm, £15, £10 students. All materials provided & refreshments. Treborth Garden Centre, Bangor LL57 2RQ. Bookings/info: Doreen 07508 728418. 

Trad Climbing Workshops This workshop is for indoor climbers wanting to gain skills for climbing outside. Skills covered will be trad climbing equipment, placing good anchors, building belays and top roping.  One instructor, four participants. 10am – 4.30pm, £50 members, £70 on-members. Llanberis Pass. Visit: thebmc.co.uk 

Nature of Snowdonia & Birds in the Mountains These workshops are primarily aimed at Mountain Leaders and Instructors or trainees working towards those awards. Anyone working outside with, or leading, groups in the hills or mountains of the UK should find these workshops of interest. 10am – 4pm, Moel Siabod Café, Capel Curig LL24 0EL. Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk Facebook: of event name

SAORI Weaving for Health & Wellbeing Day 3rd Sat/month. Learn Japanese SAORI freestyle hand weaving. No experience is necessary, all abilities welcome, guidance given. 10am – 4pm, £75 per class plus materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor, LL57 1DQ (opposite Domino’s Pizzas below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk 

Contemporary Calligraphy Learn to write modern stylish calligraphy using traditional pens and paints, and add decoration to make a finished piece. You will learn a simple hand, first in pencil and then using calligraphy pens. 10am – 4pm, £55. This course is now being run at Palas Print, upstairs. Meet at Siop Iard, 7B Palace St., Caernafon. Bookings: siopiard.com

Heartfelt Art & Craft Fair Fund raising for Ty Croeso Dawn Elizabeth House, Glan Clwyd Hospital. Supporting talented local artisans who will exhibit their bespoke arts and crafts for sale. 10am – 3pm, at Halkyn Parish Hall & Library, Flintshire.  More info about the Fairs: Susan Parry-Harwood 01352 781088, heartfelt.mountainstudio@aol.co.uk

Artisan Crafts and Produce Fair 10am – 4pm, Market Hall, Palace St., Caernarfon. More info from cowen65@hotmail.co.uk

Taiji Qigong & Art Therapy Day A day of Qigong Moves & Art Therapy Exercises. Come and practice the Five Animals Frolic, an ancient Qigong set of gentle movements for wellbeing. Explore the moves and your responses with art-making. Learn the exercises for the Tiger, the Deer, the Bear, the Crane and the Monkey. Led by Art Therapist Ros Annett & Qigong instructor Jill Turner. No
previous experience necessary.10am – 4pm, £50/40 low waged. Held at the Community Centre, Rhiwlas, Oswestry SY10 7JH. Further info/booking: 07929 220568, rosamund6@googlemail.com

Cwmorthin – Snowdonia Photo Workshop 2nd of a pair alongside workshop on 17th. Held at Lakeside Café, Power Station Road, Tanygrisiau LL41 3TP. Workshops led by David Yeoman – davidyeomanphotography.co.uk See 17th.

Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible Through Palestinian Eyes Pastor and Theologian Mitri Raheb gives this year’s Robinson-Spong lecture exploring the Bible and contemporary Christianity from a Palestinian perspective. 10.30am, £10, includes tea before lecture. Bookings: Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester 01244 532350, gladstoneslibrary.org

Hey Clay! Ceramics workshop with Ceri Wright. Taking inspiration from the Primmy Chorley Another World exhibition in the galleries we will explore in clay, using hand building techniques. Reinterpret everyday familiar household objects – such as cups, jugs and plates, experimenting with surface texture, colour and size. 1.30 – 3.30pm, free but limited spaces, must be booked. Suitable for all ages. Ruthin Craft Centre LL15 1BB, 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

BMC Celebration Party Join the celebration party on the final night of the international meet where 50 climbers from all over the world will be rejoicing having spent a week Welsh trad climbing.  Tasty evening meal, live music from feel good band Banda Bacana, and fun disco-house with DJ James Williams. 7.30pm, £10 members, £15 non-members. Ynys Ettws Climber’s Hut, Llanberis Pass. Visit: thebmc.co.uk

18th SATURDAY & 19th SUNDAY

Reiki, 2nd Degree Course As we deepen our commitment to Reiki with self treatments and treating our family and friends, we may feel ready to move on to the next level. Learn to use symbols with Reiki, and to send Reiki distantly. A weekend of peace and healing. £300 class fee, accommodation is available £30 per night. The Healing Centre, Tregath, nr Bangor. Bookings: 01248 601388, 07771 280824, vivreiki@hotmail.com

Make A Longbow Learn how to shape and manipulate coppice wood into a longbow; also a bow string and maybe an arrow too. £150, deposit £75. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

18th SATURDAY – 20th MONDAY

Nature Connection: Rewilding Ourselves One of the key findings of CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain: ‘Making it Happen’ report was that our disconnection from nature is a major barrier to achieving both a zero carbon future and a socially just society. Discover the theory and practice of nature connection as you immerse yourself in the landscapes, habitats and wild spaces of mid Wales. £330 waged and £300 low waged / concession. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

19th SUNDAY

Quaker Meeting 3rd Sun/month, 10am, Memorial Hall, Market St., Llangollen. Maria Haines 01978 860349, northwalesquakers.org

Hardy Plant Society Clwyd Group Plant Sale All welcome – plenty of stalls and plants! 10.30am – 1.30pm, free. Holywell Community Centre, Flintshire. Info: 07768 423965 or clwyd@hardy-plant.org.uk
or hardy-plant.org.uk/clwyd 

Leading the North Ridge of Tryfan A workshop for mountain leaders. Spend a day on Tryfan with Mike Raine, Senior instructor at Plas y Brenin the National Mountain Centre and author of Nature of Snowdonia, discussing how Mountain Leaders can work with groups on the classic north Ridge scramble and remain within the scope of the award and your experience. 9.30am – 4.30m, Tryfan LL24 0EU. Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk Facebook: of event name

Introduction to Paper Cutting You will learn the skills and techniques required to create paper cut artwork. Led by Chlöe Augusta Needham. 10.30am – 4pm, no prior experience needed. £45, £40 students. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Viva! Festival: Petra (15) Film; the atmosphere of Greek tragedy to contemporary Spain in this portrait of a broken family suffering the consequences of secrets, lies and violence. Spanish with subtitles, 3.15pm, £8.50. Storyhouse, Chester 01244 409113, storyhouse.com

Corn Dollies On this beginners’ workshop, we will be looking at the history and the diverse forms the corn dolly has taken over the ages. Students will make three or four corn dollies to take home using traditional methods and old varieties of wheat. £55, deposit £30. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

Clywedog’s Woodlands, Wildlife and People We’ll join the Woodland Trust to hear tales of the formation of the geology, the rewilding of Minera Quarry, the restoration of Plas Power Woods and the origins of the industrial age at Minera Mines, Nant Mill, Bersham Ironworks and Erddig. 10am – 12pm, £2. Booking essential via: woodlandtrusttickets. cloudvenue.co.uk  Meet Minera Quarry Nature Reserve, Maes y Ffynnon Road, Minera, Wrexham, LL11 3DE. Kirsten Manley 0330 333 3300, kirstenmanley@woodlandtrust.org.uk

First There is a Mountain With Katie Paterson, whose artwork involves the building of miniature sand mountain replicas of some of the world’s most famous mountains using specially designed sets of ‘buckets and spades’. Each set includes a scale model of Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (USA), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe), and Uluru (Oceania). Local groups have been invited to take part in creating the sand mountains on the beach, with their unique participation at each location essential to the evolution of the artwork and the overall experience. The public are also invited to watch the artwork unfold and later to see it be washed away by the tide. 2.30 – 4.30pm. Meet: Boating Pool, West Shore Beach, Llandudno. If you’d like to take part and help create these sand sculptures on the beach, as a group, a family or an individual, contact jane@mostyn.org

Eyarth Rocks A fairly strenuous but enjoyable walk, alongside Butterfly Conservation Members, to search for pearl-bordered fritillaries, early purple orchids and greater butterfly-orchids. 2 – 4pm, £2. Meet at SJ 127553. Eyarth Rocks Nature Reserve, near Ruthin, LL15 2EG. Dan Rose 07976 962251, nwwtwrexham@gmail.com

Estyneto See 5th

Bolshoi Ballet Carmen Suite / Petrushka Carmen is passionate and free-spirited but finds herself caught in a love triangle. 4pm, £13, £10. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

Welsh National Opera Music by Greig, Mahler, Tchaikovsky. 3pm, £24.50, £6.50 25s +Under. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

20th MONDAY

Bangor Cellar Writing Group 3rd Mon/month. Meetings allow writers of prose and poetry to share their work with others by reading out their manuscripts.  We also have a programme of writing challenges and workshops.  All abilities are welcome from beginner to more experienced writers. The aim is to encourage people in their writing and able to meet with others who share their interest. 7 – 9.15pm, 1815 Café, Bangor. Mary Ward – merielward75@gmail.com 

Mum & Baby Yoga Classes 4 week course, until 10th June, dedicated to gently closing the postnatal body, rebuilding the core, and lots of fun postures for you and baby to practice together. We will also learn the basics of the baby yoga moves which we will build on more in course 2. £32. Held at Quaker Meeting House, Bangor LL57 1UP. Laura Knott 07914 917711, birthingmamas.co.uk 

Chi Gung / Qi Gong class New class, see 13th.

Talk: Act Now, Climb Later Join Director of the Snowdonia Society John Harold for a talk on why now is the time to stand up for National Parks. Booking not required, just show up! 8pm, Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, snowdonia-society.org.uk

Chester Amnesty International 3rd Mon/month. We are ordinary people standing up for humanity, human rights and justice. Meets at 7.45pm, this month in The Watergate Inn, (room on the left inside pub), close to Chester Racecourse. Contact Alan 01244 679185/ Facebook for more details, amnesty.org

20th MONDAY – 22nd WEDNESDAY

The Vanishing (15) Film. After three lighthouse keepers arrive for work on a remote Scottish isle, they make a fateful discovery: they find a wrecked rowboat – with a chest full of gold. 7.30pm, £6. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay LL29 7RU, 01492 556677, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

20th MONDAY – 1st JUNE, SATURDAY

Educating Rita Theatre performance. When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course to expand her horizons, little does she realise where the journey will take her. Prices from £10, daily 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm 23rd/25th/30th. Theatr Clwyd, Mold. 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

21st TUESDAY

Noddfa Circle Dance 3rd Tues/month, from 2 – 4pm. Noddfa, Penmaenmawr 01492 623474, noddfa.org.uk

Chester Humanists 3rd Tues/month. We seek to make the best use of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, using reason, experience and shared human values. Meet at 7.30pm, Custom House, Watergate St., Chester. Stuart 07954 166 567, Richard 07530 225268, chester.humanist.org.uk

The Healing Well Hands on Healing, 2 sessions, 7 – 9pm, all welcome. Ganolfan Pentrefelin, nr Criccieth. Mayamara 01766 770874.

Prestatyn Reading Group 3rd Tues/month, 2pm, Prestatyn Library, King’s Ave., 01745 854841.

21st TUESDAY – 16th JULY, TUESDAY

8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course Taught by Heather Bolton. 5.45 – 8.15pm, £120 fee includes all materials and coursebook; concessions available. Open to all. Held in Bangor. Contact Heather 07912 877836, heatherbolton@btinternet.com

22nd WEDNESDAY

Spring Wildflower Walk Join us for a walk around Coed y Felin Nature Reserve, learning about the wildflowers found here in spring. Booking essential. 10am – 12pm. Coed y Felin, 4 miles north of  Wyddgrug nr A541, Hendre, Flintshire, CH7 5QL. Amy Green 07961 698437, amy.green@northwales wildlifetrust.org

The Bigger Picture: Spirit, Soul and Matter An evening with Chester Theosophical Lodge. 7 for 7.30pm, £5.50, £3.50 concs., Held at Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester CH1 3LF. Enquiries 01244 377170, chestertheosophy.org

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita Thematically inspired by the Osprey – the magnificent raptor recently returned to Wales after its persecution to near extinction 400 years ago – and its annual migrations between Europe and Africa, the duo’s intoxicating, often improvised synergy captures a magical meeting of minds and talents within a borderless musical landscape. 7.30 – 10.30pm, £18, £16. Neuadd Dwyfor, Penlan St., Pwllheli LL53 5DE. 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

23rd THURSDAY

Singing For The Soul 4th Thurs/month. Calling all those who find a soul connection through singing, in particular chants from a range of different spiritual traditions. Led by Felicity Jones, a very experienced singer, we meet once a month at Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor near Mold from 11.30 – 1pm. No need to feel you are a ‘good’ singer, you just need to enjoy it and the energy and harmonies our voices create. Cost £5. If you are interested to come along please email helen@soul-life.co.uk

The Soul’s Odyssey A talk by Hugh Agnew from Liverpool, President of the North West Federation of the Theosophical Society. Several books on Theosophy and related subjects will be on sale at only £1 each. Donations of unwanted books are appreciated. 2pm, £5 -TS Members £3, free refreshments. New enquirers are always welcome. Held at Parkway Community Centre, off Rhos Rd., Rhos-on-Sea LL28 4SE, theosophywales@yahoo.co.uk See ad on page 8.

A Walk on The Wild Side ~ Cwm Idwal Join Jim Langley of Nature’s Work for a walk to Cwm Idwal to see the exquisite wildflowers, finishing with a ‘panad’ at Café Moel Siabod. Booking essential. 10am – 3pm. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, snowdonia-society.org.uk

Dementia Action Day Talks and discussions. Learn more about dementia, what it is, what’s it like living with dementia, or being a carer. Find out how the church can help. 9.45am – 3.30pm, free. Rev Dr Bob Friedrich, Diocese of St,. Asaph, Cathedral, 25 High St., St. Asaph LL17 0RD. More: bobfriedrich1@gmail.com 

Open Doors 4th Thurs/month. A monthly evening of Holistic Healing: Chair Reiki, Thai Foot, Indian Head, Soul Connection. 7 – 10pm, £5 include 10min Reiki session. Above Archies, in Lola’s Bar, 151 High St., Prestatyn LL19 9AS. Bookings: 07584 022005.

23rd THURSDAY – 26th SUNDAY

Weaving Course Create a beautiful wall hanging using Eta’s stunning styles and techniques. Colourful woollen yarns and unspun fleeces and other materials will be available for use in your freeform weaving, working on an upright loom. The course is suitable for those completely new to weaving as well as experienced weavers. There is an optional Dyeing Worksop on 23rd. Led by Eta Ingham-Lawrie. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle LL54 6BW. 01286 882388, trigonos.org 

23rd THURSDAY – 27th MONDAY

Conscious Camp A healing festival seeking to improve people’s quality of life by providing workshops aimed at removing negative blockages, dissolving self-limiting beliefs, creating empowerment and having fun. This is also an intoxicant free camp. Holistic therapists, Meditation, River Camp Fire, Kirtan, Yoga, Dance, Workshops. Tickets advance: 5 days £55, early bird £45. On the Gate £65, children 11 – 16  free. Day ticket £25. Glyndyfrdwy, Denbighshire. Visit: consciouscamp.co.uk

24th FRIDAY

Restorative Yoga Workshop The theme of this low-light yoga class will be unwinding and letting go, moving into a profound state of relaxation and ‘not doing’. We will explore slow and gentle movements to gently relax and release tension. Then we will work with restorative yoga poses, where we will rest comfortably, with the support of props and blankets, for extended periods of time. Open to all, including beginners. 7 – 9pm, £16 (concessions available). Held at The Old Rectory, Llanfachraeth, Ynys Môn LL65 4YA. Bookings: Claire 07970 409724, inspiratrix.co.uk

Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish MacInnes Film. See 16th for details. 7 – 10pm, Neuadd Ogwen Bethesda LL57 3AN. Facebook: of event name or neuaddogwen.com

40 Years of Alien The film Alien has left an indelible mark on popular culture. Hosted by the Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies at Bangor University, this symposium proposes to bring together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to explore Alien forty years since its release, debate its legacy and consider its position within visual culture. 10am – 9pm. Held in Pontio, Bangor. Contact Gregory Frame: g.frame@bangor.ac.uk 

Elizabeth Morgan – 18th Century Gardener A fascinating insight into Morgan’s meticulously kept garden, with Mary Gwynedd Jones. 2pm, £5. Storiel, Bangor 01248 353368, storiel.cymru See Exhibitions

24th FRIDAY – 26th SUNDAY

Inkle Loom Weaving You will learn how the loom works, choosing threads, pattern drafting, warping the loom, weaving and ways to use your braid. Inkle looms will be available to use and you can purchase once the course is over. £219 – £239. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, eryri.llyw.cymru.

Historic Towns This weekend course examines two of these – Conwy and Llanrwst – through site-visits and talks. £229 – £249. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, eryri.llyw.cymru.

Journey in Samuel Holland’s Footsteps Retracing parts of the journey Samuel Holland Jnr took upon his father sending for him at short notice, when he was just eighteen, to look after a new quarry, which he had opened in Rhywbryfdir, on Oakeley land. £229 – £249. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, eryri.llyw.cymru

24th FRIDAY –  27th MONDAY

Forest Church Eco-Retreat Three days exploring what it means to be connected to the whole of nature. Under the canopy, at the shore, on the hillside, rooted in biblical tradition and connected to the earth. Time to connect intentionally and playfully with the spirit of God that is present in all things. Facilitated by Cate Williams and Stuart Elliot. For bookings and more information go to: brogwydyr.cymru

Cybi Poets Meets last Fri/month to read and share poetry. 7.30pm, free. Iorwerth Arms, Bryngwran, Holyhead. Contact Karen 07929 069235.

Birds of the NW Coast, Woodlands and Uplands We will explore the coastal cliffs and estuaries, visiting seabird colonies on Anglesey and the RSPB Reserve at Conwy; walk through glaciated valleys for open country and woodland birds and take in higher ground for upland and moorland specialities. We will identify all the species by sight and sound and discuss their ecology and conservation status as well. £370 resident; £299 resident concs; £247 non-resident. Field Studies Council, Rhyd-y-Creuau, Draper’s Field, Betws y Coed LL24 0HB. 01690 710494, enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org

Yoga and Mountain Walking This is an opportunity to climb a mountain such as Cnict or Moel Hebog, both of which have absolutely stunning views of the valleys below. A good level of fitness is required for these walks. £275 all inclusive. Contact Morris Mountains: morrismountains.co.uk

24th FRIDAY – 28th TUESDAY

Spirituality of YogaWe are a microcosm of the macrocosm. What we think, do and say makes a difference to not just ourselves, but to the world we are a part of.” In understanding the spirituality of yoga we will explore simple, powerful and ancient practices that we can apply to our fast moving everyday lives that not only will enrich ourselves but also reconnect us back to the natural rhythms of the universe. £570 shared; £710 single. Snowdonia Lodge, Bethesda 01248 602900, druyoga.com

24th FRIDAY – 31st FRIDAY

Embodying Love On this retreat, we will explore opening to Metta as an innate quality of our body, heart and being – literally embodying love. Becoming and being truly embodied is not just a preliminary practice, but integral to the whole path. We will look at effective ways of deepening into the body and heart – through traditional Triratna meditation practices. £315, £287 concs., deposit £70. Vajraloka Buddhist Centre, Corwen LL21 0EN. 01490 460406, vajraloka.org

24th FRIDAY – 2nd JUNE, SUNDAY

Gŵyl Greadigol Llŷn Arts Festival Artists, exhibiting their work in various venues around the Llyn Peninsula – Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Llangwnadl, Y Ffor, Morfa Nefyn, Tudweiliog, Rhiw and more. Local artists include ceramics, paintings, needle-felting and mixed media. You can find brochures in and around local shops, churches, cafes, art galleries. See Calendar for events or visit Facebook: Llŷn Arts Creadigol

25th SATURDAY

Chester’s ‘Stop Arming Saudi’ Silent Vigil is held on the last Saturday of every month at The Cross in Chester city centre from 12.30pm -1.30pm. Please wear black if possible. chestercnd@gmail.com

Craft Fair Last Sat/month. Range of quality handmade crafts. 9am – 2pm, light refreshments available. Y Canolfan, High St., Portmadog LL49 9LU. paulinedurham@live.co.uk

Taliesin & The Celtic Mysteries: Staff and Song In his engaging and inimitable style Dr. Morus will lead us through an entire day of exploration, deep into the heart of the Taliesin and Celtic mysteries. Includes magic, contemplation, discussion, ritual and the perspective that Gwilym has of our native mysteries. Led by Anglesey Druidic Order. 10.30am – 6.30pm, £40. Llanfaelog, nr. Rhosneigr, Isle of Anglesey LL63. Bookings: Andy adoawenydd@btinternet.com Facebook: of event name 

Abergele Food and Craft Festival Over 150 stalls from Wales, showing everything we have to offer in the area.11am – 4pm, set in Pentre Mawr Park, Abergele LL22 7PG. 01745 341001. 

The Mountain Environment We take a look at the mountain environment from its geological history to its vegetation and human influences upon the landscape. We will identify general characteristics of rock types, habitats and take a closer look at the wildlife which inhabit this environment. £45, Snowdonia area. Nature’s Work 01248 361142, natureswork.co.uk

Needle Felting ~ Butterfly Brooch or Accessory The tutor will provide all materials to work from but you are welcome to bring with you any coloured fabrics, threads, ribbons or embellishments that you may want to add to your work. 10am – 4pm, £50, deposit £25. Please bring lunch. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

Ucheldre Lit Soc Gravity and levity: letting language lead. More info soon, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

25th SATURDAY – 27th MONDAY

Make a Post & Rung Stool On this course you will learn the basic techniques of green woodwork and use them to make a four-legged post and rung stool which you will seat with woven elm bark. £160, deposit £80. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

25th SATURDAY – 29th WEDNESDAY

Poppy Perinatal Yoga Teacher Training Learn how to teach the Poppy Perinatal Yoga approach, a revolutionary approach to prenatal and postnatal yoga, during this retreat hosted at Yr Ocar in Snowdonia. Residential £849, all inclusive. Non-residential £649 includes lunch. Bookings through NW Retreats: 07970 409724, northwalesretreats.com

26th SUNDAY

Regenerate Your Movement ~ Feldenkrais Method Our everyday movements are based on how we learned to move as babies. Revisiting early patterns can connect us to new possibilities of curiosity, flexibility & ease. 10am – 1pm, £30, led by Veronica Rock. Verve Health, Fitness & Wellbeing, 2-4 George Street, Llangollen LL20 8RE. Contact: 07990 825783, vhrock@feldenkrais.co.uk

Llŷn Arts Festival: Mythical Welsh Creatures Interactive sound and light instllation by musician Alison Beattie; all welcome, may be unsuitable for the very young. 1 – 4pm, free, Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Alpine Flowers We will look at the adaptations and ecology of these plants and develop your skills and confidence in identifying plants in the field. Bring along a notebook, pencil and camera to help you remember the plants you discover once you’ve returned home. £45. Snowdonia area. Nature’s Work 01248 361142, natureswork.co.uk 

The Great Strait Raft Run Annual fun and challenging day of rafting and raising money for good causes. From 12 noon. Y Felinheli, Caernarfon LL56 4PJ. 

Cnicht for Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife Join us on this fully guided mountain walk with fully qualified mountain leaders to raise funds and awareness for the amazing work that the Osprey project do. The walk will be around 7 miles and is suitable for children over 10 years old. Bring refreshments and suitable clothing/boots. 9am, £15, U18s free. Meet at Wildlife Visitor Centre, Pont Croesor, Llanfrothen LL49 9SP. Led by Mountain Escapes – info@mountainescapes.co.uk

Swan Lake Film screening of Matthew Bourne’s  Production. This Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm. 3pm & 5.30pm, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

27th MONDAY

Memory Café Last Mon/month. For those living with dementia, their families, friends and carers. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people. Every month we have something different going on, including entertainment, guest speakers and activites such as bingo. Refreshments are provided. The event is always free to attend, with donations welcomed, legal experts available each month for help with queries. 2 – 4pm. Kinmel Bay Community Library, Kendal Road, Kinmel Bay, Denbighshire LL18 5BT, 01745 772150, homeinstead.co.uk

Mum & Baby Yoga Classes See 20th

Ffair Gwanwyn ~ Spring Fair Lots of stalls! 10am – 4pm, £1 entry. Pentref Neuadd, Cemaes, Ynys Mon. Tables availalble from Tracey 01407 711345, Janette 01407 239164.

Queensferry BizMums Join local mums in business to share what you are doing and make new connections; children welcome. Usually a guest speaker. 10am – 11.30am, free new members, £7.50 returning guest. Wizz Kidz, Fford Pentre, Deeside CH5 2DW. More from bizmums.biz

Chi Gung / Qi Gong class See 13th.

27th MONDAY – 29th WEDNESDAY

Pixi Camp Games and activities for (local) families. Organised by Ros Daws. Contact by email on roz4harmony@yahoo.co.uk or on 07717 076360. Held at Cae Mabon, Fachwen, nr Llanberis.

27th MONDAY – 31st FRIDAY

Build A Natural House Build your own outhouse, a garden retreat or even extending or building your own home. Whatever your grand design, this practical course can help put some of those ideas into focus, pick up new skills and learn the tricks of the trade from an experienced builder and Master Carpenter. £650; £600 concs. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Where Do I Go From Here? A course for painters. All painters, even experienced artists meet a brick wall, yet, with ample tuition and a life-time of ideas and examples you can paint what you’ve always wanted to. £429 – £469. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, eryri.llyw.cymru

28th TUESDAY

Fairport Convention Credited with originating British folk-rock music, they retain a passion for live performance. 7.30pm, £22.50. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda LL57 3AN, neuaddogwen.com

28th TUESDAY – 31st FRIDAY

Yoga with Margaret A 3 day “Breathing Movement” Yoga Retreat that will suit all abilities. We focus on subtle energy flows of involuntary movement that lead seamlessly into an individual exploration of voluntary movement and posture. Through the sensations of direct experience we are fully relaxed into a deeper awareness, understanding and compassion for ourselves and others. Based on the philosophical teachings of Jiddhu Krishnamurti. Held in Trigonos Nantlle. Bookings and info from Margaret Davidson 07981 832857, 01668 281462, chrstacle8@gmail.com

29th WEDNESDAY

Gŵyl Greadigol Llŷn Arts Festival- Clay Play in the Woods ‘Forest Friends and Faces’ at Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog 11am – 1pm. Book on their website or turn up – children £6, adults £9. Contact Annie Horsley 01758 770492, pandahorsley@talktalk.net

30th THURSDAY

John Cooper Clarke ~ The Luckiest Guy Alive Poet, raconteur, social and cultural commentator. 7.30pm. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk 

Chester Poets Last Thurs/month. The group is a meeting place for members to share information about: poetry events, members news, poetry news and Chester Poets in general. 8pm in The Old Boot, Chester. All are welcome. Facebook: Chester Poets

The Good, The Bad and The Plastic We’re becoming more knowledgable about the dangers of plastic, and are trying to find a more low-carbon method of carrying our produce. But is plastic as bad as we think? And what is the real cost of energy used to recycle or create alternatives? 9am – 12pm. Free. M-SParc, Gaerwen LL60 6AG. Visit: m-sparc.com

Rocks and Radishes Join Vic Hughes and Geoff Radford in a leisurely walk from Aberffraw to Llangwyfan and return (about 4.5 miles, moderate). Great coastal landscape, geology and wildlife. Bring lunch! 11am – 3.30pm. Meet at Aberffraw Bridge, Anglesey LL63 5LJ. Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

Llŷn Arts Festival: Mambo Jambo Events Nonsense Show 2.15pm, for 3 – 7 yr olds and family, £5. Mambo Jambo Concert 7.15pm, £5, Acoustic Roots in a joyous whirlwind of music. Both outside in Open Air Theatre, unless raining then indoors. Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Pop Up Vinyl Record/CD Shop 3000+ records, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, rock, pop, prog rock, indie, Cymraeg, blues, metal, punk, new wave, soul, Northern Soul, folk, jazz, reggae, electronic, goth, hip hop and more. Records from 50p. Also a hand picked selection of CD’s. 2 – 7.30pm. The Valley Hotel car park, Anglesey. Facebook: Gwynedd Record Collector

30th THURSDAY & 31st FRIDAY

Clay Play Workshops Part of Llŷn Arts Festival. For children £6, adults £9, 10.30am -12pm. Annie Horsley Tyn Y Parc, Llangwnnadl, LL53 8NY, 01758 770492,  pandahorsley@talktalk.net 

30th THURSDAY – 1st JUNE, SATURDAY

Bangor Science Festival & Festival of Discovery Showcasing the latest in science, technology and engineering. This year we are partnering with the Festival of Discovery which is being held at the Mona Show Ground on Anglesey. Lots of activities including interactive science, food stalls, cookery, music, dance,  storytelling and theatre. Day tickets £10, £5 children, under 3s free. Anglesey Showground. More info: bangor.ac.uk/bangorsciencefestival 

31st FRIDAY

Women’s Creative and Relaxation Evening An evening to meet up, relax, feel in supported company of other nurturing women, with wellbeing themes or even artwork! Monthly meetings. Limited spaces, 7 for 7.30pm, (no arrivals after 7.30) home at 9pm, £4, wear warm and cosy clothing. Rachel, The Conscious Homestead in Flintshire. PayPal via theconscioushomestead@yahoo.com (Friends and Family) Join Facebook: of event name

Côr Alawon Llŷn Mixed voice choir conducted by Alaw Tecwyn, accompanist Nia Thomas. 7pm, free donations welcome. Eglwys Newydd, Aberdaron. Part of Llŷn Arts Creadigol

Gŵyl Greadigol Llŷn Arts Festival Mambo Jambo Dance Workshop Brazilian Samba and Samba Reggae moves, 2 – 3pm, £5. Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

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