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. 

Cardiff Winter Wonderland

15 November 2022 - 08 January 2023. Enjoy ice skating, funfare rides, including the Big Wheel in the centre of our capital city. Cardiff Winter Wonderland takes place at Cardiff Castle and the City Hall lawn.

Luminate Wales

17 November 2022  - 02 January 2023. A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses at the historic gardens of Margam Country Park and Castle. See Luminate Wales website for more information.

The Garden of Wales Winter Light Trail

01 December 2022 - 02 January 2023. Luminate comes to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales this winter. Enjoy the Garden of Wales Winter Light Trail, a spectacular mile long illuminated trail, with fabulous interactive light play, all set to ambient music.

New Year's Day walk

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.

Barry Island New Year's Day Swim

01 January 2023. 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.

 

Saundersfoot New Year's Day Swim

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

Fan Dance winter series

07 - 08 January 2023. 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.

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

National Museum events

There are a number of events at our seven National Museums throughout the year. As well as events at the museums, there are often Digital Events too.

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