Welsh Christmas Traditions - Plygain and Noson Gyflaith

Welsh Christmas Traditions

December 14, 2019 5 min read

Christmas and New Year celebrations are a favourite time of the year, not least in Wales, including, Plygain (Christmas Carols between 3am and 6am), Noson Gyflaith (Toffee making evening), Mari Lwyd (A Grey Mare), Wassail (Hot mulled cider), Calennig (Trick or Treat, Welsh style) and New Year’s celebrations in Cwm Gwaun on 13th January each year!

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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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Abbey Cwm Hir - Abaty Cwm Hir

Abbey Cwm Hir - Abaty Cwm Hir

November 02, 2019 5 min read

Abbeycwmhir is a small village in Powys, mid-Wales and is the location of a ruined Cistercian Abbey originally built in 1143. The Abbey is the resting place of the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales, Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. Following his death in battle with King Edward I at Cilmeri in 1282, his headless body was buried in the Abbey

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Aberfan disaster - 21 October 1966 - 09.15am

Aberfan Disaster

October 21, 2019 3 min read

The ‘Aberfan Disaster’ occurred at 9.13am, 21st October 1966 – the stopped clock image encapsulates that moment in time. A colliery tip collapsed and engulfed Aberfan and in particular its school. 116 children and 28 adults died.  Aberfan – remembered and never forgotten...

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Caernarfon castle- castell caernarfon - UNESCO World Heritage site

Caernarfon Castle

October 01, 2019 4 min read

Caernarfon castle was created and built as part of King Edward I’s infamous ‘Iron Ring’ of Castles at Harlech, Beaumaris, Conwy and Caernarfon effectively forming a circle around Snowdonia

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Snowdonia (Eryri) - Snowdon Mountain from Rhyd Ddu - Yr Wyddfa o Ryd Ddu

Snowdon and Snowdonia

September 22, 2019 4 min read

Snowdonia is a region in north west Wales and includes Wales' highest mountain (Snowdon) and 90 mountain peaks and mountain ranges. Snowdonia also boasts an historic mountain railway that climbs to the summit of Wales's highest mountain at 3,560 feet above sea level

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Harlech Castle and Town with Snowdonia in the background

Harlech Castle and the Steepest Street in the World

September 21, 2019 3 min read

Harlech is located in north Wales in the Snowdonia National park and famous for its clifftop Castle. The Castle was built by King Edward 1st in the thirteenth century at the same time as Caernarfon, Conwy and Beaumaris Castles.

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Beddgelert town in Snowdonia - Legend of Gelert the faithful dog

Beddgelert and the sad legend of Gelert the faithful dog

September 11, 2019 4 min read

Beddgelert means Gelert's Grave in English and the pretty Snowdonia town is the centre of the legend and tragedy of Gelert the faithful dog and the location of the grave of Gelert.

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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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Werlsh Dress - Women dressed in Welsh Costume

Welsh Dress - National Welsh Costume

August 14, 2019 3 min read

The traditional and most recognisable image of the Welsh ‘national’ dress or costume is that of a woman in a red, black and white woollen cloak with an accompanying tall black hat.

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Cardiff city - Cardiff Bay - Dinas Caerdydd - Tiger Bay - Butetown - Wales

Cardiff - Dinas Caerdydd

August 04, 2019 6 min read

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales. It is Wales's main commercial centre, and is the home of many national cultural institutions, including the Welsh media, the Parliament for Wales (the Senedd) and the Wales rugby team. Cardiff city and the Cardiff Bay area, Europe's largest waterfront development, combines to make an exciting tourist attraction.

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Preseli Hills or the Preseli Mountains

Preseli Hills Pembrokeshire Wales

July 31, 2019 7 min read

The Preseli Hills are a range of hills in west Wales forming part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, with Foel Cwmcerwyn being the highest point at 1758 feet. The range stretches from Carn Ingli at Newport in the west to Frenni at Crymych in the east, 13 miles. The river Nyfer begins its journey near to Crymych and flows its eleven miles to the sea at Newport. The Preseli Bluestones of Stonehenge are believed to have come from these hills... 

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