Top ways to see in the new year like a legend!
Want to celebrate the new year like a legend? Here’s how you can see in the new year with epic experiences across Wales. Take part in quirky Welsh customs and adventures to get ready for a year of fantastic tales, epic journeys and stories to tell for years to come.
Run in the Nos Galan Road Race
Nos Galan Road Race by RCTCBC
Way back in the 1700s, Wales was home to an athlete named Guto Nyth Brân. Word has it that he could run seven miles in the time it took his mother to boil the kettle!
People celebrate Guto each new year at the Nos Galan Road Races. A wreath is placed on Guto's grave in Llanwynno, then members of the public race three times around the town centre of Mountain Ash.
Take a bracing dip in the sea
Tenby Boxing day swim by Gareth Davies Photography Tenby
Feel like doing something daring? If you're near Barry, Saundersfoot or Amroth over the new year, join hundreds of other brave/crazy people for a chilly dip in the sea. Wear fancy dress, a wetsuit or whatever you feel like – just remember that it's going to be a cold one!
Mari Lwyd by Visit Wales
Jump-start things with a spooky new year activity. Uncover characters of the past on a ghost walk around St Fagans.
Alternatively, follow the torch-lit trail of Mari Lwyd around Llanwrtyd Wells, a tradition where townsfolk follow a man holding a horse's skull on a pole, eventually winding up in the bar at Abernant Lake Hotel.
Or, for more madness later in the new year, head to the all-day Chepstow Wassail celebrations, where there'll be singing, Morris dancing, music, shows, Mari Lwyds and more. Completely bonkers, but 100% fun.
Walk back in time
Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons
Trace the footsteps of folk legends, heroes, saints and villains on one of our rambling historic trails or paths. Supposing you haven’t had too many sherries the night before, why not do an actual pub walk? Sometimes the promise of refreshment is as appealing as the walk itself!
Do something different
Start a new (but old) tradition by taking part in Hen Galan. It's a custom from the ancient Julian Calendar where children are given ‘Calennig’ (sweets and money) as a New Year’s gift.
Have a happy new year and a new beginning – your way. Perfect!