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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. 

exterior view of Harlech Castle, Mid Wales.
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

Barry Island New Year's Day Swim

01 January. Spend New Year's Day swimming at Barry Island alongside hundreds of equally adventurous people. Founded in 1984 the annual New Year's Day Dip at Barry Island has become a popular event. 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 Year's Day Swim

01 January. Fireworks and music always help to build the atmosphere prior to the start of the swim! Find out more about the Saundersfoot New Years Day Swim.

While the 2021 Saundersfoot New Years Day Swim has been cancelled, organisers hope to resume the chilly festive tradition in 2022.

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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.

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

Fan Dance winter series

TBC January 2022. 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.

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