Events & days out in January A new year, a new you, striding forward with those cast iron resolutions..... ah well, never mind (though make sure one of those unbroken resolutions is a trip to Wales). So wrap up and get a warm fuzzy feeling inside with this selection of events that will educate and entertain all ages. Barry Island New Years Day Swim 01 January Spend New Year's Day swimming at Barry Island alongside hundreds of equally adventurous people. Fancy dress is optional but encouraged. A free warm up session takes place on the beach before the swim. Find out more about the Barry Island New Year Day Swim Saundersfoot New Years Day Swim 01 January New Years Day 2016 will mark the 32nd annual Saundersfoot New Years Day Swim. Fireworks and music will help to build the atmosphere prior to the start of the swim. Find out more about the Saundersfoot New Years Day Swim Fan Dance allowfullscreen&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; 05 – 06 January The Fan Dance is a gruelling 24km non-navigational race over two sides of Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. This infamous route has long been a part of SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) selection. Find out more about The Fan Dance Race Hen Galan Pontfaen, Gwaun Valley, Pembrokeshire by David Slater 13 January The New Year starts on the 1st January, right? Wrong. If you're in the Gwaun Valley in Pembrokeshire the New Year starts on the 13th. The people of this valley have carried on with the ancient Julian calendar (instead of the Gregorian calendar). Children welcome in the New Year by visiting their neighbours singing for gifts. Find out more about Hen Galan Saturnalia Real Ale Ramble 13 January The Saturnalia Beer Festival has a plethora of winter warmer ales and there is also an abundance of special foods from Roman recipes. You can then walk off the excesses on the Saturnalia Real Ale Ramble along the routes of old Roman roads, with free ale at the check points. Find out more about Saturnalia Real Ale Ramble Open Exhibition 17 January - 04 February Home to artistic excellence in Wales, the Royal Cambrian Academy is exhibiting works of non-members. 'The Open' covers a broad range of subjects and media. Go along and view the work of some of Wales' talented artists. Find out more about 'The Open' Dydd Santes Dwynwen Two performers kissing at Cardiff Castle 25 January This is St Dwynwen’s Day, when we honour our Welsh patron saint of lovers. It’s our very own version of St Valentine’s Day - although we celebrate that, too. Find out more about St Dwynwen’s Day The January Sales St Davids 2, Shopping Centre Cardiff What would January be without the January sales. Get those elbows sharpened and get ready to grab a bargain at one of the many shopping centres & independent retailers across Wales. Search for more events Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Red Bull Hardline time! Thrill-seekers! Red Bull Hardline, one of the UK's toughest mountain bike races, is back in Wales. Indie record shops 5 of Wales’s best indie record shops- and 5 new artists to listen to wherever you are in the world Tales from the past From music and food, re-enactments and excavations. A calendar of events right up until September UK school summer holidays Those six week holidays are fast approaching. Keep your little'uns entertained with a trip to Wales. Epic Easter 2017 Our new location and design of the EPIC letters has been revealed: find out where you can see it. Events in Wales in July A taste of the many events taking place in Wales in July.