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Here's a quick A - Z of what makes Wales unique.

A

is for the prestigious Artes Mundi Prize. The Prize is held here every two years and is one of the largest visual Art prizes in the world. The international prize celebrates and recognises artists across the globe. Have a look at our Ancestry pages as well.

B

is for Bog Snorkelling: take a deep breath and go to Llanwrtyd Wells for the World Bog Snorkelling Championships.The town is where there's lots of unusual sporting action every August. 

C

is for Coasteering: sign up for some coasteeringkayakingcaving and maybe some splashing around the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast in south west Wales. We love our sport in Wales!

 

 

 

 

D

is for Dylan Thomas: the Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded every two years to recognise the best published writer in English aged 39 or under from anywhere in the world. The famous writer of Under Milk Wood was born in Swansea, south west Wales in 1914.  

E

is for Eisteddfodau: An eisteddfod (the plural is eisteddfodau) is a Welsh festival of music, literature and performance. The National Eisteddfod is Wales' most important cultural gathering and Europe's biggest travelling festival.

F

is for Food: our Welsh Black beef and Welsh Mountain lamb are world renowned and our cheeses are award winning. Gorwydd organic Caerphilly is now sold as far afield as the USA. Check out some of our great food festivals too. We were alos the Worlds first Fair Trade Nation

G

is for Golf: time to try out any of the 200 plus courses in Wales and try out the Celtic Manor Resort course – home of the Ryder Cup in 2010.  

 

 

 

 

H

is for the Hay Festival of Literature (or according to Bill Clinton 'Woodstock of the Mind') during May/June, the largest arts and literature festival in the World. Why not also visit the town of Hay-on-why home to numerous bookstores.

I

is for Impressionist: the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris can be found at the National Museum Wales in Cardiff, one of several great museums in Wales.

J

is for James - Evan James and James James of Pontypridd compose 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' (Land of my Fathers) which is now the Welsh national anthem

K

is for Katherine Jenkins: the award winning mezzo-soprano from Neath, South Wales. We've lots of great music in Wales and many music festivals and events.

L

is for Llangollen International Musical Festival, a is a colourful gathering of musicians, singers and dancers from all over the world. Further information can be found on our website. 

M

is for Myths and Legends: Find out about historical figures such as Owain Glyndŵr or even King Arthur's fabled roots in Wales. 

N

is for Nation. We have our own Government, CultureNational Museum, National Library.

O

is for Orme: take a tram to the Great Orme and take in the views of the Victorian resort of Llandudno

 

 

 

 

P

is for Patagonia. We have had a settlement in Chebut Argentina for over 150 years and our cultural links continue to this day. For more Welsh history have a look at our history and ancestry pages.

Q

is for Quality: find quality accommodation and attractions on our sister site Visit Wales.

R

is for Royal Welsh Show: Britain's most popular agricultural show isn't just cows and combine harvesters. There's live music, craft stalls and great food too.   

S

is for Sustainability or Stem Cell ResearchCardiff University Professor Sir Martin Evans was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for "a series of ground-breaking discoveries concerning embryonic stem cells". 

T

is for Traditions: discover some of our Welsh traditions including Calennig, Mari Lwyd and Noson Gyflaith.

U

is for Universities: Over 19,000 international students are currently enrolled in our universities. Check our study pages for more information. 

V

is for Valleys: coal from the South Wales valleys fuelled the world in the 18th and 19th centuries and shaped the industrial revolution. Go underground at the Big Pit to find out how. We've lots more museums in Wales too and entry is free.

 

 

 

 

W

is for WhiskyPenderyn Welsh Whisky in the Brecon Beacons has been recognised as one of the finest malt whiskies in the World.

X

is for [e]xtreme sports: for the adventurer in you, it's all possible in Wales.   

Y

is for Ynys Môn which is Welsh for the Isle of Anglesey. There are wonderful beaches and a wide range of attractions. The romantic island is where Demi Moore shot her film Half Light and where Prince William and his wife the Dutchess of Cambridge lived for a time. Catherine learnt Welsh, why not have a go too?

Z

Z is for Zeta. Catherine Zeta Jones, actress, who was born in Swansea. Take a look out our Film and TV page for more famous Welsh stars.