St David's Day

Celebrated on 1 March every year, St David’s Day heralds a vibrant display of Welsh pride, often marked with music and food.

St David himself was a religious icon and alleged miracle-worker, with the ability to cause the ground to rise beneath him while preaching.

There's plenty going on to mark the event – here are just a few of the festivities.

St David's Day Gala Concert – 1 March, St David's Hall, Cardiff

Welsh cakes

A major event featuring both the BBC National Orchestra and National Chorus of Wales, this traditional concert is bound to evoke a stirring of national pride within the hardiest of souls.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales
1 March, Carmarthenshire

Opened in May 2000, this charitable institution is now the most visited garden in Wales, and is definitely worth a look. It features more than 8,000 plant varieties spread across 560 acres of stunning Welsh countryside, and entry is free on St David's Day.

Saundersfoot St David's Day Food and Craft Festival – Saundersfoot harbour

Saundersfoot harbour

Featuring more than 20 food and drink stalls, the festival represents a great way to celebrate the national holiday whilst sampling delicious Welsh local produce. The weekend also features live cookery demonstrations from visiting chefs and craft stalls, exhibits, daffodil displays and musical entertainment.

St David's Day Parade – 1 March, Cardiff

A national institution – this annual event attracts thousands of revellers from all over the country every year. Featuring multi-cultural arts groups, traditional bands and of course national costume (including some eye catching fancy dress).

St David's Day Run – 1 March, Bute Park, Cardiff

For those of you who like to celebrate a little differently, this running race offers a perfect opportunity to test your fitness.

St Davids, Pembrokeshire

Visit the smallest city in Britain, named after the patron saint. Explore St Davids Cathedral and the ruins of The Bishop's Palace, before taking in some of the spectacular coastal scenery nearby. Special St David's Day services are due to be held at the cathedral on 1 March.

St Davids Cathedral, St Davids

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13 January 2015