Wales 2017: Year of Legends

Tuesday 07 February 2017

Wales Year of Legends is here! A 12-month tribute to this ancient nation's epic myths and legends of the past, present and future.  Dragons, princesses, warriors... and footballers! Take a look at what's happening and start your adventure today.

Love Stories - January and February

The start of the year will celebrate Wales' legendary love stories. Alongside Valentine's Day in February, there's also St Dwynwen's Day on 25 January, which honours the Welsh patron saint of lovers.

Llanddywn Island

The legend goes that Dwynwen was the prettiest of Welsh king Brychan Brycheiniog's 24 daughters. She fell in love with a man named Maelon Dafodrill, but her father had already arranged for her to marry someone else. Distraught, Dwynwen devoted her life to God, setting set up a convent on the island of Llanddwyn off the coast of Anglesey. The remains of the church can still be seen on the island, along with Dwynwen's Well, which has become a place of pilgrimage for young Welsh lovers since the 5th century.

Film locations - March and April

March and April will celebrate legendary film locations, coinciding with the release of major new Hollywood movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.


Spot the imposing mountains of Snowdonia on screen. Mount Snowdon is reputedly where Arthur killed a fearsome giant, Rhitta, while the mountain lake Llyn Llydaw is supposedly the final resting place of Excalibur.

The Cannon, Snowdonia

Filming for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword took place in several areas, including Tryfan mountain in the Ogwen Valley - one of the most famous and recognisable peaks in Britain.

Angelina Jolie filmed parts of Tomb Raider here in 2001 and Sean Connery shot scenes for First Knight here 20 years ago.

Sporting legends - May and June

2017 will be a legendary year for sport in Wales as it hosts the UEFA Champions League final for the first time on 3 June at Cardiff's National Stadium of Wales.

Welsh Dragon

The Women's Champions League final will be played in Cardiff City Stadium two days earlier, which makes May and June the perfect time to celebrate Wales' sporting legends - both historical and emerging, such as footballer Gareth Bale.

Summer festivals - July, August and September

Wales is home to some of Britain's best summer festivals, such as Green Man and the increasingly popular Festival No. 6, held at the Italianate coastal town of Portmeirion.

Festival No. 60

So the summer months of 2017 will be dedicated to legendary festival fun!

Food routes - October, November, December

From Caerphilly cheese to Glamorgan sausages, Wales' food is as legendary as its castles.

Wales food festival

The last three months of the year will celebrate all the nation's gastronomic delights, showcasing the local masters who make Wales such a fantastic place to eat and drink - from cheesemakers to beer boffins.

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