St David’s Day Activities

Celebrate St David’s Day in the Brecon Beacons

by Brecon Beacons Tourism

Visit anywhere 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. Here are some things to celebrate the day!

Welsh Guards march in Brecon for St David’s Day

Credit: FYI Brecon

Wales’s Senior Infantry Regiment will be visiting Brecon next month for their annual St David’s Day Parade. The Welsh Guards will be in town on Thursday, March 1 as part of their annual parade.

A service will be held at Brecon Cathedral at 11:30am before the parade, led by the Band of the Welsh Guards, marches from the cathedral at 12:30pm to the town centre and halt outside the Wellington Hotel. Outside the hotel, Cllr Dai Davies, Chairman of Powys County Council, will be joined by Lord Lieutenant of Powys, the Hon Mrs Shan Legge-Bourke, Major General Bathurst CBE and the High Sheriff of Powys, Mrs Susan Thompson in handing out leeks to the regiment. The parade will then march off to Theatr Brycheiniog for a reception.

“The Welsh Guards have a proud history and we are delighted that they are coming to Powys for their annual St David’s Day Parade,” said Cllr Davies. “Powys has a long association with the armed forces, particularly the army, so it will be a privilege to see our servicemen and women parade in Powys.”

Crickhowell Walking Festival

Crickhowell Walking Festival gets off to a singing start with a St David’s Day Concert at 7.30pm in St. Edmund’s Church, Crickhowell. Tickets £5 on the door. There are also walks still available for the festival and there something for everyone.

Head out on a walk with Epic Views

Conquered Pen y Fan? Did you know we have 1,200 miles of public rights of way for you to explore? Here are our favourite walks in the Brecon Beacons which have equally beautiful views to enjoy and have plenty of EPIC selfie opportunities. Click here for some of our walks with epic views.

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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.

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 previously made the 2016 Michelin Star Guide. Click here to find out who made it!

View the vast Welsh landscape from Cantref Riding Centre 

View the vast Welsh landscape of Brecon Beacons on horseback. Saddle up and trek across hills and plains, and see sights that will take your breath away.

Go Geocaching 

Like a little treasure hunt, explore the lands while searching for surprises hidden around the area. With over 180 geocaches, it’s a great way to explore.

Head out and conquer one of the many hillforts in the Fforest Fawr Geopark

The Fforest Fawr Geopark covers the west of our Brecon Beacons National Park., with Garn Goch being one of the largest Iron Age Hillforts in Wales and Twyn y Gaer with its stunning views isn’t far from the Visitor Centre, great for a treat afterwards! Or head out from Brecon to climb Pen-y-Crug and explore its ramparts overlooking the town. All the walks can be found here.

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Enjoy Wildlife Spotting 

There are so many species of animals to find. Search for creatures while adventuring through the Welsh wilderness!

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the Brecon Beacons this March then check out our website for accommodation to suit everyone here! Or why not get into the spirit and check out Welsh food and cake recipes here.

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About Alison Kidd

Research Psychologist
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