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

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

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, Conwy

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

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.

Couple walking on beach at Porthdinllaen
Couple sitting on a wall enjoying a drink outside the Ty Coch Inn
Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen