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16 April 2014

BlogEaster in Wales

This weekend we're looking forward to Easter. It is the first public holiday since New Year's Day and many people will be getting together with family and friends to celebrate. Easter is a key date in the Christian Calendar and will be celebrated in …
16 April 2014

BlogWales International Harp Festival III

The Harp is regarded as our national instrument, with the triple harp being typically Welsh. The third Wales International Harp Festival takes place from 20 – 26 April 2014. It is a week long Festival which attracts some of the world's best harpist…
15 April 2014

BlogMany happy returns

If you saw our blogs about gardens in Wales last week and are thinking about a trip to the National Botanic Garden – this one is for you….. The special ‘return ticket' that allows free entry for a week, is back in operation at the Natio…
11 April 2014

BlogBodnant Garden

This 80 acres National Trust garden has commanding views across the Conwy Valley to the peaks of Snowdonia. Created in the 1870s, Bodnant garden features both formal and wild gardens. The formal upper garden around Bodnant Hall, feature Italianate t…
10 April 2014

BlogAberglasney Gardens

Providing an inspiration to poets since 1477, Aberglasney Gardens in the Tywi valley of Carmarthenshire, cover approximately 9 acres. The garden features rare magnolias and a Gatehouse thought to date to 1600. The Yew Tunnel is possibly unique in the…
09 April 2014

BlogChepstow Walking Weekend

This weekend people will have their walking boots at the ready for the Chepstow Walking Weekend! Walks from start at just 3 miles and are aided by local experts. The programme of walks has been designed to capture this beautiful landscape and its ric…
09 April 2014

BlogGardens in Wales: Dyffryn Gardens and Dyffryn House

Gardens in Wales: Dyffryn Gardens and Dyffryn House
In the Vale of Glamorgan, not far from Cardiff, Wales' capital city, is Dyffryn Gardens. The National Trust venue makes an ideal day out for both visitors to Wales and those who live here alike. The 55 acre Grade I listed garden has an Edwardian des…
08 April 2014

BlogGardens in Wales: Portmeirion

Gardens in Wales: Portmeirion
Visitors to Portmeirion, the Italianate village in north west Wales can delight at the magnolia campbelli's enormous pink flowers this month. The gardens date back to early Victorian times, with some of the specimen conifers still surviving. T…
07 April 2014

BlogRHS Flower Show in Cardiff

The RHS Flower Show returns to Cardiff for the 10th time this spring. The annual event is a very popular, with the show returning each year to Bute Park, not far from city centre. This year's show takes place from 11 – 13 April 2014.   …
07 April 2014

BlogGardens in Wales: National Botanic Garden of Wales

Spring is a good time to explore some of the gardens in Wales. The National Botanic Garden of Wales has over 8000 different plant varieties spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside. The garden's Great Glasshouse is the largest single s…
28 March 2014

BlogSpring into Spring! - British Summer Time Begins

After the dark evenings in winter, it's great to see it being lighter for longer each evening. With British Summer Time beginning this weekend, we can look forward it staying lighter even later. …
26 March 2014

BlogA look ahead to festivals

A look ahead to festivals
It's not unusual for Wales to attract top quality names. We're really looking forward to this summer's festivals featuring artists such as Sir Tom Jones, Laura Mvula and Burt Bacharach. Each year we have a range of music festivals, with both establi…
21 March 2014

BlogUncovering Wales’ history

Uncovering Wales’ history
Some of Wales' ancient past dating back to the Bronze Age has been uncovered by recent storms that swept much of the UK. One of the recent finds is an Aurochs horn thought to be around 3,000 year old. The horn, found at Dinas Dinlle beach, Gwynedd, …
21 March 2014

BlogWales in best of lists yet again

Wales in best of lists yet again
Once again Wales features in the best of lists, with Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula featured in the top ten world's best beaches on TripAdvisor and Rhossili featuring on the Sunday Times 101 Best Places to Live. Rhossili was one of the Wel…
18 March 2014

BlogFilmed in Wales and world films in Wales

Visitors from India will be able to use a new mobile app to find film locations of their favourite Bollywood movies in Wales and across the UK. The Bollywood in Britain (BiB) Destination Movie Map Mobile App was recently launched in Mubai with Kanga…
14 March 2014

NewsWinners of first-ever St David Awards announced

Last night at a glittering ceremony at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, the winners of the first St David Awards were announced. The awards celebrate and recognise the extraordinary achievements of people in Wales and were prese…
12 March 2014

BlogNew recipes using Welsh ingredients

Looking for something different to cook? We've some new recipes for you to try using Welsh ingredients. They include two Welsh lamb recipes and a delicious chocolate truffle. Our succulent Welsh lamb is known throughout the world. Wales' lush green …
11 March 2014

BlogTrace your Welsh ancestors

Many people from all around the world have Welsh ancestors: Hilary Clinton, Tom Cruise, Kylie and Danni Minogue, Naomi Watts and Olivia Newton John to name a few. If you want to find your Welsh ancestors why not give it a go? Genealogy is becoming a …
07 March 2014

NewsWelsh creative industry talent on world stage

Welsh musicians, promoters and production companies are off to Texas to promote their talent at one of the biggest creative industry events in the world. The Welsh Government and Welsh Music Foundation are supporting a delegation to the South by Sou…
03 March 2014

BlogWorld Wildlife Day

Today (3 March 2014) is the very first World Wildlife Day – a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora. In Wales we have a variety of wildlife in a wealth of differing landscapes. There are many places to see wi…
03 March 2014

BlogSpring in Wales

Continuing our seasons theme, we've launched our spring pages. Take a look at the pages for ideas of things to do in Wales during spring, what wildlife you might see and some of our sporting activity. We'd like to know what you think, so p…
01 March 2014

BlogSt David’s Day Greetings

Why not send an e–card to your friends and family across the globe and share the celebrations on Wales' national day? Have a look at our Interactive Daffodil and find out a bit about Wales in 2014. Just click on the link to send. Don't forget to us…
01 March 2014

BlogFirst Minister’s St David’s Day Message

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones sent a St David's Day message to people around the world celebrating the national day of Wales. …
28 February 2014

NewsFirst Minister of Wales visits the USA

This week Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones has been visiting Washington, DC and New York in Celebration of Welsh American Relations. In Washington, DC he attended a reception on Capitol Hill to support the launch of the Congressional Friends of Wa…
27 February 2014

BlogWelsh cakes - a tasty treat for St David’s Day?

Welsh cakes are easy to make, tasty to eat and ideal to share with others on St David's Day. If you've never made welsh cakes before why not give it a go using our recipe. If you make them, please share them with us – not literally but we'd love to …
25 February 2014

NewsWelsh food at the Gulfood trade exhibition, Dubai

Fourteen Welsh Food and Drink producers are in Dubai this week promoting top–quality Welsh food at the Gulfood trade exhibition (23–27 February 2014). Gulfood is the key international food and drink trade event in the Middle East, attracting more th…
25 February 2014

NewsGlyndŵr University host Team Lesotho

Glyndŵr University will again play host to some of Africa's top athletes ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games. Team Lesotho will live and train in Wrexham before the competition, held in Glasgow this summer.  Up to 30 sportsmen and women wi…
24 February 2014

BlogFair Trade Fortnight

In Wales we are proud of our association with Fair Trade. 10 years ago Cardiff became the first Fair Trade capital city and nearly five years ago Wales became the first Fair Trade nation in the world. So we're looking forward to lots of Fairtrade For…
21 February 2014

BlogSt David’s Day Activities

It's just over a week until St David's Day. If you're planning your own St David's Day event, have a look at our activity pack. You can create your own bunting, make a dragon or daffodil. Why not have a go at our Welsh quiz and see how much you know…
20 February 2014

BlogSt Davids Cathedral

In the smallest city in the UK, deep in the south west of Wales lies St Davids Cathedral. The cathedral is dedicated to, and the resting place of, St David – Patron Saint of Wales. He died on 1 March 589AD and is celebrated by Welsh people ever…
19 February 2014

BlogWelsh sportsmen in international action

Today (Wednesday 19 February 2014) sees the start of the BetVictor Welsh Open in Newport, south east Wales. 128 snooker players from across the world compete in the tournament that takes place until 2 March 2014, at the Newport Centre. China's Ding J…
17 February 2014

NewsFilm news from Wales

We were pleased to see Kelly + Victor Director Kieran Evans from St Davids, Pembrokeshire win last night's BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer. Well done him! More good news followed as today plans for a new P…
17 February 2014

BlogLooking forward to St David’s Day

Just a couple of weeks to go now to 1 March when we celebrate St David's Day. Welsh people around the world will be wearing their daffodils and leeks but to find out more about what else we do to celebrate on our national day visit our St David'…
14 February 2014

BlogValentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day to our readers. What better way to celebrate this romantic occasion than with a Welsh lovespoon? The romantic gift is usually made from wood and is bought to celebrate many occasions such as Valentine's Day, weddings and engage…
13 February 2014

BlogLand of castles: Picturing Castles exhibition

07 February 2014

BlogCwtch

This Saturday (8 February 2014) people in Merthyr Tydfil, south east Wales will be gathering for a Big Cwtch. People are encouraged to come along to the town centre and give each other a ‘cwtch' or hug or cuddle. Cwtch is a Welsh word, but it …
07 February 2014

BlogClassic FM Live at the WMC

Hot on the heels of his performance in Carnegie Hall in New York, contemporary composer Karl Jenkins is back in Wales for Classic FM Live on Monday (10 February 2014). It's the third year of Classic FM Live at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Ba…
07 February 2014

BlogPremier League Football: South Wales Derby

Wales' premier league football clubs face each other tomorrow (Saturday 8 February 2014) at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. It is the second time Swansea City has played Cardiff City since Cardiff joined the premier division. Although both are Welsh c…
06 February 2014

NewsWorld class research in Wales

Wales punches above its weight in terms of research outputs, efficiency and impact Wales's use of research inputs is highly productive and efficient, outranking most comparator countries of a similar size, according to an independent report launched…