Main Content

St David's Day Events 2014

Children at the Dragon Parade St Davids, Pembrokeshire
Children at the Dragon Parade St Davids, Pembrokeshire

We mark our national day with events and celebrations across the globe. Take a look at some of the events happening below to find one near you. Celebrating yourself? We'd love to hear from you, please contact us with details of your event or let us know on twitter using #stdavidsday.

In Wales

Cardiff - The annual St David’s Day parade takes place on 1 March each year. A colourful parade takes place in the city centre. See pictures of previous year's parades on our Flickr page. In 2014 the parade takes a different route from usual, with musical entertainment in Cardiff Castle.

The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay will be marking St David's Day with a weekend celebrating Wales' past, present and future.

In the evening the BBC National Orchestra of Wales will perform a Gala Concert at St David's Hall. On 2 March St David’s Day Road Races – 5k and 10k take place in Bute Park.

In Pontypridd there will be entertainment in the town centre and Tom the musical about Tom Jones premieres on 1 March.

The Porthcawl Interceltic Festival starts on St David’s Day and runs until Sunday 3 March.

Its Redhouse Open Day at Merthyr Tydfil with lots of activities in the Old Town Hall that has been reopened as a new arts and creative industries centre in the heart of the town.

The annual Oriel y Parc Dragon Parade is taking place in St Davids on 1 March, as part of a packed schedule of events.

There will be parades across Wales including in Aberystwyth, CaernarfonLlandudno and Wrexham, plus a variety of St David's Day Celebrations in Bargoed, Blackwood, Caerphilly And Risca Town Centre, Caerphilly.

The Porthcawl Interceltic Festival starts on St David’s Day and runs until Sunday 3 March.

In Swansea there's a variety of things going on including a cookery workshop and an opportunity taste some local delicacies in Swansea Market and the Get Welsh Food Festival in Castle Square.

There are St David’s Day walks including a snowdrop walk and a mystery walk (both organised by the Ramblers Cymru).

In Bala there’s a world record attempt for the biggest Welsh cake!

Museums Our museums are holding events to celebrate our National Day.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales has a daffodil festival throughout March, with a mixture of guided tours, an indoor talk, exhibition and outdoor trail spread across 5 weekends. On St David’s Day there'll be a special talk and family activities.

In Crickhowell there's a Walking Torchlight procession and singalong Crug Hywel, Tablet Mt, Crickhowell as part of the Crickhowell Walking Festival.

The Orient Express has a Welsh-themed lunch, with a round trip through the beautiful countryside time in Fishguard where the Northern Belle arrives, or join the coach transfer and spend time in St Davids.

In the rest of the UK

Many buildings in the UK fly the Welsh flag and restaurants create special Welsh menus. If you're celebrating St David's Day, let us know.

In Sussex there's an opportunity to meet Rugby legend Scott Quinnell on 28 February.

Bradford & District St. David's Society - will meet the deputy mayor of Bradford on 1 March at city hall for morning tea. Y Ddraig Goch will fly over city hall and its bells will play a medley of welsh tunes. In the evening there will be a lively Noson Lawen. 2 March the society has a gala luncheon for members, guests and friends to celebrate all things Welsh.

The Green Man Festival is decamping to Cecil Sharp House in London to celebrate St David’s Day with BBC Radiophonic Workshop, 9 Bach, The Gentle Good and more. The Hwyl event takes place on 1 March 2014 with a full 10-hour programme of music, storytelling and Welsh food and ales.

St David's Day Dinner, London at the Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, Speakers: Professor Dai Smith, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales, Historian and Novelist Gwyneth Lewis, Poet. Artists: Performance from Joshua Owen Mills and Charlotte Skidmore, Accompanist: Meirion Wynn Jones

In London there will be events and special Welsh menus at some restaurants.

There are a variety of events at the London Welsh centre in the lead up to and on St David’s Day.

Celebrations around the world

There are a variety of events in North America

Los Angeles St David's Day Fest -Participants from Wales, Welsh descendants and Welsh ex-pats will all converge on the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood, California on Saturday 1 March 2014 for the 2014 Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival featuring Meinir Gwilym.

In Washington DC on 22 February there’s a St David’s Day celebration banquet with Welsh soloist Ellen Williams.

The Welsh Society of Western New England has a St. David's Day luncheon on Saturday, March 1at The Nutmeg Restaurant, East Windsor, Connecticut, USA. Daffs and Leeks, Salmon, Y Ddraig Goch, The National Anthem. Contact WelshWNE@gmail com for tickets, membership info

The Welsh Society of Central Ohio is raising the Welsh flag at the Ohio Statehouse on Friday 28 February and hosting a luncheon on St. David's day.

In Chicago it’s The Chicago Tafia’s annual St. David’s Day party “Cawl & Cocktails”. The Wrigley Building will be lit up in white, red and green to celebrate St David's Day.

People in Patagonia will celebrate St David’s Day in the Andes at the Patagonia Celtica. The two day festival celebrates all Celtic countries. 

Disneyland Paris will host a St David's Welsh festival from 7-9 March 2014

In Melbourne, Australia the Victoria Welsh Male Choir and Ceredigion Women's Institute Choir perform at the St David's Day Celtic Concert on 28 February 2014.

In Sydney, Australia on 1 March there’s a special St David’s day celebration concert by the Sydney Welsh Choir also featuring special guest soloist from wales: Menna Cazel Davies.