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.) 

Wrap up and get a warm fuzzy feeling inside with this selection of events that will educate and entertain all ages.

Barry Island New Year's 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.

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Saundersfoot New Year's Day Swim

01 January. Fireworks and music always help to build the atmosphere prior to the start of the swim!

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Fan Dance winter series

04 - 05 and 11 January 2020. 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.

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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.

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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

Immersed! Festival

30 January. Tramshed, Cardiff.

Immersed! Festival is an event for for music makers, music educators, music lovers - and you. The event brings international headliners into this all-day music extravaganza of Welsh musical talent - all curated by students at the University of South Wales. The festival is run in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, and will have four themed stages alongside local pop-up food stalls and DJs. 

Immersed! Festival website

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