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27th February 2020 by

Posted in Events, Food, Holidays, Pembrokeshire, Spring, Wales

Celebrating St David’s Day like a local

The 1st of March is fast approaching and if you’re not Welsh then you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, wonder no more reader as we’re about to tell you why St David’s Day is special, and how you can celebrate like a local.

What is the significance of St David’s Day?

Saint David is the patron saint of Wales. He was a Welsh bishop and lived through the 6th century. During this time the Welsh and the Saxons were involved in an almighty battle, but due to both parties wearing similar clothing it was hard to tell one side from the other. Saint David had a brainwave for Welsh soldiers to pin leeks to themselves as a form of identity. The Welsh won the battle and to this day, the leek has become the national emblem of Wales.

The 1st of March is the date that St David died and it is an important celebration for Welsh culture. People across the country gather to enjoy feasts and share Welsh folk tales. Many also pin leeks or daffodils (the national flower of Wales) to their clothing to mark the occasion and celebrate their roots.

How to celebrate St David’s Day in West Wales

There are a number of ways to celebrate St David’s Day in West Wales and join the local community. Discover a few options below…

Pay a visit to St David’s Cathedral

St David’s is the smallest city in the UK and situated on the most westerly point of Wales. It’s also home to St David’s Cathedral, a gorgeous church completed in the mid-13th century and the burial site of St David. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this work of architectural wonder and visiting is free of charge. Guided tours cost £5 per person.

Make a pit stop at MamGu Welsh cakes

MamGu Welsh cakes is conveniently situated in Solva and home to the county’s best Welsh cakes. These delicious treats are usually made on a bakestone and combine eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk, flour, butter and currants to make a cake twice the size of a standard biscuit.

We prefer to go for the standard classic but there are many modern twists available including chocolate chip and vegan.

Can’t make it to MamGu? Discover a simple Welsh cake recipe that you can try at home.

Go for a walk along Caerfai Bay

Enjoy a rugged ramble on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path which passes through beautiful Caerfai Bay and St Non’s Chapel – the birthplace of St David’s. Just be sure to pack your wellies as it might get muddy!

Enjoy a bowl of traditional cawl in a Welsh pub

There are fewer things more inherently Welsh than settling down in a cosy pub with this comforting stew accompanied with heaps of bread, butter and cheese. If the rugby is on and there’s a fire, even better!

Cawl means ‘soup’ or ‘broth’ in Welsh and has been a staple food choice among the locals for centuries. The recipe usually features Welsh lamb, carrots, suede, leeks and stock. It’s so comforting and delicious that nobody will judge you for going up for seconds.

Why not take part in Saundersfoot’s annual Cawl by the Sea, a fun local competition where you can taste some cawl for yourself and enjoy all that Saundersfoot has to offer: 

So, there we have it. Experiencing St David’s Day like a local means enjoying plenty of Welsh food and exploring the country’s treasures. What’s not to love? If you like the sound of an escape to Wales, be sure to check out our selection of holiday accommodation options. From cosy cottages to spacious lodges, we have hundreds of self-catering options to choose from.

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