St David’s Day in the Brecon Beacons 2012

St David’s Day in the Brecon Beacons 2012

St David’s Day is always a special time in Wales, when local communities come together to celebrate the culture and qualities of Wales.  Expect to see people wearing daffodils and leaks, Welsh rugby shirts and traditional Welsh national costumes.  If you live or are visiting the Brecon Beacons today expect to see hear lots of wonderful Welsh choirs and taste lots of delicious locally made foods.

Here’s our guide to some of the St David’s Day events going on in the Brecon Beacons.

Places serving special Welsh foods.

Talybont-on-Usk Post office and café has recently been taken over by two passionate Welsh  owners.  Stop by to sample their great Welsh menu which includes homemade Welsh Cawl with cheese and bread, Bara Brith and welsh cakes in the Café.

The Star Inn Talybont will be serving a very Welsh menu tomorrow that includes local sourced food such as river Usk Proper Pickle, Gower Mussels and a delicious Penclawdd cockle, laver bread and smoked bacon pie.

The popular Felin Fach Griffin Inn will be putting on a special Welsh menu.

Events Taking Place on 1st March 2012. 

Crickhowell Walking Festival – – Enjoy a great day out participating in the Crickhowell Walking Festival.  Walks taking place include the interesting “Birds of the Usk Valley”, “High Above the Honddu” and an evening event celebrating St David’s Day.

South Pole Explorer Talks at The Swan in Hay at 7:30 – Felicity Aston  will give a talk and presentation about her record breaking journey in Antarctica.  Tickets £6.50 available from 01544327598.  Click here for more information.

International Women’s Day
 (March 8) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. To mark this special day and also to highlight the achievements and issues of local women, a group of Brecon women have come together to organise Brecon Women’s Festival, which will take place 1 – 11 March.

St David’s Day at Brecon Cathedral
Brecon Cathedral
have a special Sung Eucharist with a large choir on the day at 5.45 pm, the preacher is Canon Keith Evans Vicar of Oystermouth

St David’s, in Llanddew – A beautiful medieval village church which is open all day every day, is having a special service at 12 noon followed by lunch.

Attractions in the Brecon Beacons include:
Carreg Cennen Castle
Tretower Court and Castle

Accommodation Offers

To celebrate St David’s Day (the national day of Wales) Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages are offering 10% off bookings for all 350 of their properties for March bookings when customers book on Thursday 1st March.  This is a one-off-deal, which will last for one day only. Quote “St David’s Day promotion” to get your discount for savings of up to £300. Visit or call 01874 676446.

The Swan at Hay, a charming family-run hotel in the Brecon Beacons, is a wonderful place to enjoy a short break and make the most of Hay-on-Wye’s world-famous bookshops. A two-night break starts from only £65.00 pppn for bed, breakfast and a delicious three-course meal in The Garden Room Restaurant. This offers a saving of at least £60.00 per couple.

Local Welsh Foods Made in the Brecon Beacons

Buy some great local Welsh foods from the Welsh Venison Centre.  Their shop in the Bwlch (Between Brecon & Crickhowell) has been going since 1985.

Black Mountains Smokery have put together a special Celebrate St David’s Day and everything and everyone Welsh with a combo of award winning Welsh Smoked Salmon, gorgeous Gower Laverbread and Cockles.




And finally, if you’re just after a simple walk in beautiful surroundings, why not check out our St David’s Day Dragon Walk.

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