Epic ways to celebrate St David’s Day
It’s party time in Wales on 1 March. That’s when we all come together to celebrate Saint David (Dewi Sant in Welsh), our patron saint. But what you can you do to mark this special occasion? Here are a few ideas.
Hear the sound of (Welsh) music
Head to St David’s Hall in Cardiff (where else?) for an evening of stirring Welsh song. It’s a thoroughly Welsh affair, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC National Chorus of Wales, conductor Grant Llewellyn, harpist Catrin Finch and tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones performing traditional and contemporary pieces by Welsh composers. It’s not just a stuffy old concert, but a celebratory event where singing along is actively encouraged.
In Swansea, historic Brangwyn Hall will ring with Saints, Songs and Celebrations, an evening of music and dancing. At The Ffwrnes in Llanelli, Wales Pendyrus Male Choir from the Rhondda will lift the roof with quintessentially Welsh massed male voices. Or if you prefer to add a castle into the mix, Cardigan Castle is hosting a traditional Noson Lawen starring veteran Welsh pop band Ail Symudiad and Llanboidy mixed choir Cor Corlan.
Start warming up those vocals chords now.
Be the king of the castle
Beaumaris Castle, Isle of AngleseyYou can hardly move for castles here. At the last count we had more than 600 fabulous fortresses dotted across our landscape. These include big hitters like the UNESCO World Heritage Site castles at Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech, plus lesser-known spots like lonely Llansteffan and Dolbadarn, built by native Welsh princes. If you want to get a closer look at some of these iconic Welsh sites, we’ve got you covered. To celebrate St David’s Day, Cadw is offering free entry to many of our historic places. Storming the ramparts couldn’t be easier.
For a 'Flavour of Wales', Penrhyn Castle in North Wales will be open on 27 February offering Welsh themed craft activities, dragon making and harp music.
Visit a miniature city
St Davids Cathedral, PembrokeshireEstablished by our patron saint in the 12th century, pretty little St Davids in south-west Pembrokeshire doesn’t have much in common with places like Birmingham or London. But thanks to the presence of its huge, purple-stoned cathedral, this settlement of around 2000 people is officially the UK’s smallest city. It’s also the religious centre of Wales, with two trips here said to be worth one pilgrimage to Rome. There’ll be plenty happening on 1 March as the whole town celebrates the life of its most famous inhabitant, including music, special church services and a pilgrims’ walk.
Go wild at Stackpole
Stackpole Quay, PembrokeshireGet out and about with a Wildlife Walk at beautiful Stackpole in Pembrokeshire. Explore the varied habitats of this beautiful National Trust estate, which include sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, dunes, grassland and freshwater lakes. Then tuck into a traditional Welsh lunch in the Boathouse Tea-room. You’ll enjoy a warming bowl of cawl (a hearty lamb stew and one of our national specialities) plus sweet, fruity Welsh cakes and a hot pot of tea or coffee. The perfect taste of Wales.
Have a great Welsh cake bake off
Welsh cakes Fuel your epic St David's Day out by seeing who can make the best homemade Welsh cakes and Bara Brith. Or cook up a traditional Welsh meal of cawl or Glamorgan sausages when you get home.
Find a warm Welsh welcome in Swansea
Swansea is hosting the Croeso Food & Drink Festival over the weekend of 2-3 March, 10am – 4pm. Wander down Oxford Street, Princess Way and around Castle Square and experience the outpourings of flavour, colours and aromas. Here you will find some of the regions very best local producers as they show-case their delicious homemade produce. There will also be live cooking demonstrations from a number of chefs, including Great British Bake Off star Paul Jagger!
Live music from local bands will entertain while you browse around the festival. From 2.30pm experience the waves of vibrant colour, music, movement and dance as ‘Parade Dewi’ makes its way around Swansea City Centre.