Cilmeri - Cilmeri stone - Cilmery - Prince Llewelyn - Gerallt Lloyd Owen poem

Cilmeri and The last Prince of Wales

December 06, 2019 7 min read

Cilmeri (Cilmery or Kilmery) is a small village in Powys, mid-Wales but is of great historical importance to Wales. It is also a sad place, for it was there that the last Welsh-born Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd died. Llywelyn was killed in the battle of Irfon Bridge in a minor skirmish with the soldiers of England’s King Edward I on 11th December 1282

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Owain Glyndwr - Last Prince of Wales

Owain Glyndwr Day, 16th Sepember 2019

September 12, 2019 5 min read

Owain Glyndwr Day, 16th September, commemorates the last native Welsh person to hold the title Prince of Wales. He is now a figure of mass culture in Wales, with statues and monuments alongside pub and street names remembering him…

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Roald Dahl day - 13th September - celebrated in the city of Cardiff

Roald Dahl Day

September 12, 2019 6 min read

Roald Dahl’s story began in 1916 in when he was born at Villa Marie, Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, a house name was named after the first wife. In 1918 his father, Harald, purchased a much grander property, Ty Mynydd (Mountain House in Welsh), a large farm of 150 acres in Radyr, near Cardiff.

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Y Ddrag Goch

Celebration Days Wales

August 30, 2019 5 min read

During September each year, there are two Celebration days, one of Roald Dahl who was born in Cardiff and one for Owain Glyndwr, the last Welsh born Prince of Wales, see below. The history of Wales contains many important days that are now celebrated here in Wales and around the world. 

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Hawthorn Trees

Calan Mai - May Day

April 25, 2019 3 min read

Calan Mai, or Calan Haf is the first day of May. Nos Galan Mai was May Days Eve. The first day of May was an important time for celebration and festivities in Wales and there are some superstitions and customs still practiced today that date back to Druid times including the Beltane celebrations

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St David's Day - St David, Patron saint of Wales - St David's Cathedral - Dydd Gwyl Dewi

St David's Day 2020 - Patron Saint of Wales

February 26, 2019 4 min read

St David is the Patron Saint of Wales and on 1st March each year is the feast day of Saint David, which commemorates the anniversary of Saint David's death in 589 AD. In the smallest city in the UK, the celebrations are over a two-week period

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Fishguard bay at Carreg Wastad

France Invades Britain (200 years ago)

February 19, 2019 3 min read

If asked when the last invasion of Britain was, many people in Britain will remember 1066 when the Normans successfully invaded the south coast and became the rulers of Britain for centuries.

But that is simply not true…

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St Dwynwen Llanddwyn Island - Ynys Llanddwyn. - Ynys Mon - Patron Saint of Lovers

St Dwynwen's Day - Wales St Valentines Day

January 01, 2019 2 min read

St Dwynwen's Day, 25th January each year (Wales' Valentines Day) is celebrated with cards and presents. All good patriotic Welshmen and women should be celebrating St Dwynwen's Day, saying I love you in Welsh -  Rwy’n dy garu di . 

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Hen Galan - Cwm Gwaun - Happy new year 13th January 2019

Hen Galan - New Year's Day 13th January

December 15, 2018 4 min read

In the tiny wooded Welsh village of Cwm Gwaun (the Gwaun valley in Welsh), near Fishguard in Wales locals are keeping old traditions alive by celebrating the New Year, known as Hen Galan and Calennig, 13 days after everyone else. Back in the 1700s, the people of Cwm Gwaun used the Julian calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the commonly used Gregorian calendar.

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