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, including St Dwynwen's Day events, that will educate and entertain all ages.
The Light of Winter / Goleuni’r Gaeaf
25 November 2022 - 11 February 2023 The Light of Winter / Goleuni’r Gaeaf is a free art installation in Cardiff's St John’s Garden, in the city centre. Open daily from 8am-9pm, families are invited to immerse themselves in the responsive light and soundscape – which includes a version of the Welsh folksong Ar Lan y Mor, recorded by St John’s Choir. It is best enjoyed at dusk and after dark. The installation, which is a new addition to Cardiff’s winter attractions from FOR Cardiff, is inspired by the ancient Welsh Midwinter celebration. The traditional feast, held on the shortest day of the year, was known as ‘Goleuni’r Gaeaf (The Light of Winter)’, and was a time to celebrate community and welcome longer, brighter days.
During January there will be also be free family storytelling and art workshops hosted by local author and illustrator Jack Skivens. Inspired by Goleuni’r Gaeaf, he has designed a set of characters - a wren, robin, and starling - which will be located around the city centre to help families discover the installation.
His Dark Materials Exhibition, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
01 December 2022 - 30 April 2023. The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, in partnership with Bad Wolf, is hosting a highly anticipated His Dark Materials Exhibition celebrating this iconic series and how Philip Pullman’s world was recreated in Wales. The free major exhibition features costumes and key props such as the subtle knife and alethiometer from across all three seasons. There's also concept art and visual effects footage.
New Year's Day walk, Llanwrtyd Wells
01 January. 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.
New Year's Day Swim, Saundersfoot
Hen Galan, Pembrokeshire
13 January. The New Year starts on 01 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.
St Dwynwen's Day event, Caerphilly Castle
22 January 2023. To celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day, there's a special event at Caerphilly Castle. Enjoy a custodian led tour of the castle, plus talks about St Dwynwen. There are also craft activities and card making.
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.
Antiques Weekend, National Botanic Garden of Wales
28 & 29 January. The popular Antiques Weekend returns to Carmarthenshire with stalls selling antiques in various locations throughout the Botanic Garden including in the Great Glasshouse.