The beginning of March sees the celebration of both St David’s Day (1st March) and St Piran’s Day (5th March). St David is the patron saint of Wales, and perhaps less well-known, St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall. Below is a round-up of events taking place this year to help celebrate these two special days…
Visit the Poetry Café at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff this St David’s Day weekend and order yourself a personalised poem. Three poets will be taking visitor’s orders and composing special treats in under an hour. This event is free, just turn up and enjoy.
See the quest for the Welsh cake world record as a team of cooks attempt to make the biggest Welsh cake as part of Bala and Penllyn Tourism Association‘s St David’s Day events. The record attempt will start at 12.30pm with the mixing of the cake, reaching a finale at 3pm when it should be ready to eat.
Wales’ Green Man Festival will be hosting a St David’s Day Party at Cecil Sharp House in London. This one-off event will combine Welsh arts and culinary delights, including live sets from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, 9 Bach, Pictish Trail, Valleyers and The Gentle Good, as well as mystical storytelling, Welsh real ales, and hearty Welsh grub.
Fancy getting out and stretching your legs on St David’s Day? Why not join the Ramblers and take a St David’s Day Mystery Walk in Barry or try the Crug Hywel (Table Mountain) Torchlight Procession Walk, part of the Crickhowell Walking Festival, with harmony singing followed by some much-needed soup and fun activities.
To celebrate St Piran’s Day, the Eden Project will be hosting the World Pasty Championships with competitors sure to come up with some outlandish creations. There will be live music and entertainment throughout the day, as well as workshops and masterclasses from pasty experts.
Sticking with the pasty theme, you could also head to Newquay Zoo on St Piran’s Day for their annual Pasty Throwing Competition. Winners can earn themselves some tasty pasties.
Fancy something a little more lively? Then join the St Piran’s Day Party at The Deck in Truro with homemade pasties, St Piran’s ale, special Cornish pancakes, live Cornish music and possibly some dancing. The event begins at 7pm and is free to attend.
The World Heritage Site of Redruth holds a free annual St Piran’s Festival with a procession, live music, circus acts and fun activities throughout the day. Alternatively, head to the Truro St Piran’s Day Parade which begins at 1pm with school performances and plenty of flag waving.