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Celebrate nature during Wales Outdoor Learning Week

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PEOPLE from across Wales are invited to step into the great outdoors as a week-long celebration of outdoor learning returns.

Wales Outdoor Learning Week, held between 22 and 28 April, encourages teachers, education groups and families in Wales to embed outdoor learning into school and family life and reap the many benefits connecting with nature provides.

The event was launched by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in partnership with the Wales Council for Outdoor Learning in 2019.

This year’s theme highlights the benefits of being outdoors and promotes lifelong positive behaviours to help tackle the climate and nature emergencies.

People can take part at their school, by taking a walk in their local woodland, beach or park and sharing their experience online via #WalesOutdoorLearningWeek.

Members of the Wales Council for Outdoor Learning will be showcasing activities and ideas throughout the week, with some locally organised events available.

Clare Pillman, NRW’s Chief Executive, said:

“During Wales Outdoor Learning Week we want to encourage people young and old to connect with nature and the environment.

“This year’s theme centres on helping to promote lifelong positive behaviours, to help young people understand the impact of their actions around the climate and nature emergencies and how to make the right choices.

“Evidence shows that learning in the natural environment improves knowledge and understanding, helping us recognise the positive impact we can have on the environment, now, and in the future.

“Connecting with nature is widely recognised for its significant health and well-being benefits and outdoor learning is advocated by the Welsh Government as a key approach to delivering the Curriculum for Wales.”

Steph Price, Chair of the Wales Council for Outdoor Learning, said:

“Wales Outdoor Learning Week is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the excellent outdoor learning opportunities for educational settings, as well as for families and the wider public.

“Whether you want to learn something new, try a new activity or share your own love of the outdoors we are hoping the week will inspire people to connect with nature and help embed learning in, learning about and learning for, the natural environment within school and throughout life.”

Wales Council for Outdoor Learning members are among those looking forward to a busy and activity-packed week.

They include, UK Youth for Nature, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (BBNP), Cadw, Bangor University, Cardiff Met University, Antur Natur, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Conwy CBC Outdoor Centres, Centre for Alternative Technology, Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools, Welsh Wildlife Trust, Field Studies Council, Outdoor Education Advisory Panel (OEAP), John Muir Trust, Llanelli Wetlands Centre, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Dŵr Cymru.

For more information visit Wales Outdoor Learning Week and Wales Council for Outdoor Learning

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Welsh actress to unveil new TV show at Cannes Film Festival

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WELSH actress Luana Ribeira will be at Cannes Film Festival this month to unveil her new TV show.

It’s Luana is a comedy series including spoof news, sketches, satire and music. Featuring Luana alongside a diverse cast, the show will be premiered at Cannes at the Pavillon Afriques on May 22.

The programme will appear on Dauntless TV, a new channel being released on Amazon Fire TV next month. And Luana, who lives in Anglesey, will be filming an episode of another of the channel’s shows – Dauntless Movie Hub – and interviewing up-and-coming actors and filmmakers at the festival.

Luana, who also is the founder of Dauntless PR – a PR firm which specialises in building personal brands, says: “Dauntless TV has been in the pipeline for a while now and I am so excited about unveiling our vision at Cannes and giving people a sneak peek of the channel’s flagship show It’s Luana. I originally set out to make just one type of programme but had so many ideas, we have ended up creating a whole channel.

“While I’m in Cannes, I’ll also be attending the screening of a TV drama pilot I star in called Deep Undercover. I play the role of Home Secretary Jasmine Gold and I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.”

Dauntless TV will initially feature four different shows, although there is potential for more to be added to the lineup. As well as the comedy sketch show It’s Luana, there will be Dauntless Music Hub, Dauntless Lives and Dauntless Movie Hub.

Dauntless Lives aims to shines a spotlight on ordinary people living extraordinary lives. As the host, Luana talks to inspiring guests who want to make an impact and share their experiences and message with the world.

Dauntless Movie Hub will showcase feature films, short movies and television pilots from independent filmmakers, while Dauntless Music Hub will feature musical artists from around the world. Whether they are a band, DJ or solo artist, they will perform on the show and engage in discussions with the show’s host, Luana.

Luana will be taking her 15-year-old daughter Seren Cohen with her to Cannes Film Festival. Seren, who attends Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni, wants to become a voice over actress and will be attending the event to meet industry professionals and make contacts to kickstart her career.

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Historical discovery event returns to Carew Castle

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CAREW CASTLE will see the return of a popular history and archaeology-themed event later this month, offering a unique opportunity to explore the rich history of Pembrokeshire and how it has shaped the region over time.

Unearthing History: Pembrokeshire’s Past has been organised in collaboration with Dyfed Archaeological Trust, who will be joined by several other local museums and history groups to present a wide range of talks, museum collections, artefact displays, and hands-on archaeology activities for visitors of all ages.

During the event, visitors will have the chance to engage with experts and enthusiasts from various fields, as well as participate in Knight School and Have-A-Go Archery sessions.

Talks throughout the day will feature topics such as the history of siege weapons, the history of Carew Castle, and the HMS Erebus – constructed at Pembroke Dock and renowned for the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and catastrophe in the Arctic.

There will also be two scheduled performances by Greenala Music, showcasing medieval, folk and Celtic music. In addition to this, there will be demonstrations of a range of traditional and historical instruments and the chance to explore some of the lyrics of medieval songs.

Manager of Carew Castle Daisy Hughes said: “If you’re fascinated by all things related to Pembrokeshire’s rich past, then the Unearthing History event is one not to be missed!

“We look forward to working once more with Dyfed Archaeological Trust and other local groups to bring this event to life and raise awareness of the fascinating historical and archaeological discoveries that have shaped our understanding of the past.”

Organisations attending will include Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Pembrokeshire Prospectors, Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre, Pembroke Town Walls Trust, Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society, Friends of Friendless Churches and Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, who will be on hand for some Iron Age slingshot and face-painting activities.

Unearthing History: Pembrokeshire’s Past will take place on Saturday 1 June 2024 from 10am to 4pm at Carew Castle. The event is open to all ages and is included free with normal Castle admission.

For more information, please visit www.carewcastle.com or contact the Castle directly at [email protected].

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Dolly Parton ‘tickled pink’ by curiosity about her Welsh roots

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DOLLY Parton has expressed her delight over the interest in her Welsh heritage, saying she is “tickled pink” about the curiosity. The country music star traced her ancestry to South Wales for a TV programme.

In a brief clip played on Radio 4’s Today Programme, Parton mentioned she couldn’t “give away all the secrets yet”. She added that “all the juicy details” will be revealed when her documentaries air later this year.

Parton, born in Tennessee, has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Her niece, singer Jada Star, found it “a lot of fun” to discover their Welsh roots.

“Finding out about that side of our family is really extraordinary,” Jada said. “Especially with everything we’re uncovering about our musical connections—how it’s always been with us—is wonderful.”

Jada suggested that some of Parton’s music, and her own, may have been inspired by their Welsh heritage. “A lot of music, especially from the Appalachians and east Tennessee where we come from, reflects where those people settled. The skill of hearing a story and then relaying it memorably, so it lives on forever, is a big part of Welsh music. These are stories passed down for centuries.”

Jada also mentioned she is currently learning Welsh and hopes to use it when she visits the country. “I’m trying my best. I’ve got that little owl on Duolingo working double time for me. I can do some morning and afternoon greetings. I’m trying not to butcher it, and I hope everyone can help me when I get there.”

This isn’t the first time the “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” singer has been linked to Wales. During a 2008 concert at the Cardiff International Arena, Parton reportedly told fans she had Welsh ancestry.

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