Visit any where in Wales on March 1st; St David’s Day and you’ll see children wearing traditional Welsh National costumes or Welsh rugby shirts, wearing bright green leeks and yellow daffodils turned into colourful accessories.
St David’s Day or Dydd Gwŷl Dewi (Sant) Hapus in Welsh is always a special time in Wales, when local communities come together to celebrate the culture and qualities of Wales. 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.
1. David’s Day concert on 1 March. It is event no. 5 in the Crickhowell Walking Festival.
Details are: A Welcome in the Hillside!Clarence Hall, Crickhowell, 7.00pm 1st. March
With folk duo Taith. A Feast of Welsh Songs
Tickets £8.00. Students/U18 free
from www.crickhowellfestival.com; CRiC; Webbs Crickhowell; Abergavenny Music
2. St David’s Day themed Waterfall Walk With Hawk Adventures
Did you know that St David was a vegetarian who ate only bread, herbs and vegetables and who drank only water, and is also known as Aquaticus or Dewi Ddyfrwr (the water drinker) in Welsh. Sometimes, as a self-imposed penance, he would stand up to his neck in a lake of cold water, reciting Scripture. It is also said that milestones during his life were marked by the appearance of springs of water.
We promise not to submerge you in cold water but we are running a St David’s day waterfall walk on the 4 th March where you can take in the wonderful scenery and waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons and learn more about St David and other Welsh legends.
**Hawk Adventures were voted the Best Activity Provider at the Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards in 2016**
3. Come and celebrate with the National Botanic Gardens of Wales on the day of our patron saint.
It’s FREE entry for all at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Wednesday March 1st in honour of our patron saint.
St David’s Day is a great time to reacquaint yourself with the Garden after the long, wet winter and enjoy a taste of Welsh culture. Enjoy a leisurely stroll across the Garden’s acres or take advantage of this excellent opportunity to see the stunning display of daffodils as well as a fantastic array of spring flowers from around the world in the Great Glasshouse.
The Garden is open from 10am until 4.30pm, with last entry at 3.30pm.
4. Indulge in some locally produced food
Buy some great local Welsh foods, with hampers from Black Mountains Smokery and Authentically Welsh. Their Crickhowell Cracking Hamper will introduce you to some of Crickhowell’ delicious local artisan foods. Or why not treat yourself on this special day and visit a Welsh pub or restaurant here in the Brecon Beacons that have made the 2016 Michelin Star Guide. Click here to find out who made it!