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A new year, a new you, striding forward with those cast iron resolutions... ah well, never mind! Wrap up and get a warm fuzzy feeling inside with this selection of events that will educate and entertain all ages. 

Blick auf Harlech Castle, Mittelwales.
Conwy Castle and estuary.
External shot of Castell Coch castle and trees.

Some of the many Cadw-run castles you can visit in across Wales - Harlech, Conwy and Castell Coch

Cardiff's Winter Wonderland

16 November 2021 - 02 January 2022. Taking place across two sites, City Hall lawns and Cardiff Castle, Cardiff's Winter Wonderland is back and it's bigger and better than before! 

There's ice skating and an ice walk, funfare attractions, local bands, plus festive food and drink. 

To find out more and to book ice skating tickets go to the Cardiff Winter Wonderland website.

Barry Island New Year's Day Swim

01 January. The Barry Island New Year Day Swim is a great way to enjoy spending New Year's Day. Founded in 1984 this annual dip has become a popular event. Fancy dress is optional but encouraged. A free warm-up session takes place on the beach before the swim.


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New Year's Day walk

01 January 2022. Start of the New Year with a walk in Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales.

Find out more about the walk and other events throughout the year on the Green Events website.

Fan Dance winter series

08, 09 and 29 January 2022. The Fan Dance Race 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.

Hen Galan

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.

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Dydd Santes Dwynwen

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.

Lighthous and ruins on Llanddwyn Island.

St Dwynwen's Church at Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey

Saundersfoot New Year's Day Swim

01 January 2023. The Saundersfoot New Years Day Swim won't take place in 2022 but should be back in 2023.

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