Celebrate St David’s Day On A Budget

St David’s Day is a few days away and we like to celebrate our Welsh patron saint in style!

Welsh cakes, daffodils, national costumes and leeks are all expressions of patriotism on March 1, but how can you celebrate without breaking the bank?

Here’s a few ideas –

  • 16 Cadw sites, that normally charge for admission, will open their doors for free — including the spectacular St Davids Bishop’s Palace, located near the site where Saint David founded his monastery. There’s also free entry to sites such as Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey, Caernarfon Castle, Castell Coch and Conwy Castle. Visit here
  • A series of parades takes place in some of Wales’s cities and large towns. The national parade takes place in Cardiff and assembles outside City Hall in Cathays Park at 12pm. Come and enjoy the atmosphere as hundreds snake their way to through the city before a rousing rendition of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. Find out more here.  Bangor ‘s famous parade takes place on Saturday this year with plenty of activities taking place through the streets for all the family to enjoy! 
  • If you’re feeling fit then join the St David’s Day Run in Cardiff which promises to be bigger, better, louder, faster, and with more hwyl than ever! Enjoy the incredible party atmosphere, come in your welsh fancy dress and see local Welsh celebrities as they lead the build up and launch you off on your challenge. Choose from either our 2KM family fun run, 5KM, or 10KM –
  • For those living further north, enjoy with a free ride on the Bala Lake Railway to all residents of North Wales – just bring proof of address. Why not celebrate Welsh culture as we set an official Guinness World record for ‘The Most people to fill a full-sized rugby pitch wearing the colours of the Welsh Flag’. The event is being held at Clwb Rygbi Bro Ffestiniog.
  • If you’d prefer to stay at home then why not take the children into the kitchen and show them how to make some traditional Welsh cuisine? St David’s Day is known for feasting on warm cawl or Welsh rarebit which are both very simple (and cheap!) dishes to make for the family. Find the recipes here for cawl here or for Welsh rarebit visit here.  

St David’s Day began more than 800 years ago to commemorate the day our patron saint who died in around 589 A.D.
He is thought to have been born around 500 AD in Pembrokeshire and his reputed mother Non was also a saint. He was trained as a priest under the tutelage of St Paulinus.
Various miracles are attributed to him, including restoring the sight of his teacher and, most famously, creating an entirely new hill (now the village of Llanddewi Brefi) during an outdoor sermon.
Saint David became a renowned missionary in Wales and beyond, and is credited with founding monasteries in his homeland, the south-west of England (including Glastonbury) and Brittany.
Whatever you do, have a great time a celebrate our patron saint in style. Happy St David’s Day! Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!

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