Two historic landmarks in the County Borough are “opening their doors” as part of a country-wide festival celebrating local history and culture.
Visitors and residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf will have the opportunity to view one of Wales’s most unusual natural wonders on September 15th when the doors to Taff’s Well Thermal Spring are open to the public.
And nearby visitors can also spend time visited Nantgarw China Works where some of the finest porcelain in the world was produced.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Cllr. Robert Bevan explained, “The many activities taking place during Open Doors month will entertain, inspire and educate all those who are fortunate enough to learn more about our wonderful County Borough as it celebrates our fantastic architecture and culture.
“Working in partnership with various organisations and individuals, we are making this year’s Open Doors event the best yet.”
Taff’s Well is the only thermal spring in Wales with waters over 5,000 years old. Traveling to a depth of over 400m the water gains its heat from the earth and rises again at a temperature of 21oC.
Since the 1700s tourists and local residents have been attracted to the waters with the hope of curing illness.
Gareth Farr offers and illustrated talk on the thermal spring where visitors can learn more about its geology and past. The talk takes place in the Bowls Pavilion before a visit to the Well where there will be a rare opportunity to look inside the waters as they rise from the depths.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to travel to nearby Nantgarw China Works and learn about the achievements of William Billingsley (1785-1825), the innovator of fine porcelain and founder of the company. Visitors can also view exhibits and displays and explore the historic site.
Taff’s Well Thermal Spring event takes place in the Bowls Pavilion on September 15th. There will be a general talk at 11am and a scientific talk at 2pm. For further details contact 01443 744044.
Also on September 15th at Nantgarw China Works, talks will take place at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. For further details contact 01656 862908, 01443 409606 or 07855216014.
For further information on the activities taking place as part of the Open Doors project, visit the events sections at www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk