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Fforest Fawr Geoparks' rock festival with a difference

Source:http://www.globalgeopark.org Published:Jun 04,2008

Fforest Fawr Geopark is holding a series of rock events to celebrate Brecon Beacons National Park’s unique geological heritage as part of European Geoparks’ Fortnight.

As Wales’ only designated Geopark and the UK’s first Geopark in a National Park, Fforest Fawr is now amongst 33 locations across Europe which will run events about its special and diverse geology during European Geoparks Fortnight (24th May to 8th June).

One of the highlights of the fortnight is Geopark Day at Craig y nos Country Park, near Pen y Cae organised in partnership with the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, University of Cardiff and the British Geological Survey.

Geopark Day will offer many exciting outdoor and geology-based activities including archery, tree climbing, Tyrolean rope river crossing and willow weaving. There will also be plenty of fun for the children with exciting hands on opportunities to discover the art of geology, fossil making, wood turning, gold panning, fossil discovery and creative stone carving.

Alan Bowring, Geopark Development Officer for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said: “Although this is a celebration of the European Geopark Network, at a local level this is the perfect opportunity for the public to explore the wildlife, landscapes and geology of the Fforest Fawr Geopark in the company of inspiring and leading experts in their fields. There is something for everyone during European Geoparks Fortnight, so whether you’re a child or an adult; a geologist or an enthusiast, come along and enjoy the fun.

Other events have been organised during the fortnight including tours of shake holes and limestone pavements, town walks, exploring tramroads which cross the Geopark, a Beacons Bus circular tour and a range of guided walks all designed to highlight the special qualities of Fforest Fawr.

For further information please log onto www.breconbeacons.org or visit the European Geoparks Network website www.europeangeoparks.org

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