St David's Day is celebrated on March 1 every year, marking Wales' national day. Here, we outline the story behind the Welsh patron saint with the help of Cadw. David is said to have been born around the year 520. It was a time when Welsh kings ruled small kingdoms and their people made their living by farming. Most people in Wales were Christians, and monasteries were important centres of prayer and learning. His birth is said to have taken place on the cliffs in a wild thunderstorm, near the city that’s now named after him. Some believe that David was the son of Sanctus, king of Ceredigion and a nun called Nonnita (Non). His life as a monk About the year 550, David is said to have founded a monastery close to the place where he was born. Here, he and his fellow monks lived a simple life, drinking only water and eating only bread and herbs. Meat and beer were forbidden and David became known as Dewi Dyfrwr (David the water drinker). The monks farmed the land, but David insisted … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about St David’s Day and why we mark it
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Sci-fi in Scarborough, Dracula in Whitby and smugglers in Robin Hood’s Bay – Yorkshire’s tourism chiefs are tapping into our weird and wonderful legends and magical setting to to enchant visitors to our coast. The project called Curious Coast aims to capitalise on all things weird and wonderful about our part of Yorkshire.“We’ve never needed magic more in our lives, and the Yorkshire Coast is one of the very few places left in the UK where you can still find it,” said Janet Deacon, tourism and corporate marketing manager for Scarborough Borough Council and area director for Welcome to Yorkshire.“In its timeless and unspoilt landscapes, there’s a chance to encounter the Wyld in all of its magnificent and untamed glory. “Authors like Bram Stoker, Lewis Carroll and JRR Tolkien drew on this region’s rich legacy to create new myths, but the magic is not just confined to the realm of story-tellers. “It’s woven into … [Read more...] about Cashing in on our weird and wonderful coast – join Stormtroopers in Scarborough, ride with Harry Potter and explore Dracula territory
1. Fly the cable car over Moscow River Opened in November 2018, the ride is a fantastic experience, which quickly bagged the top spot in a matter of days. 700-800 rubles gets you a return ticket from Luzhniki to Vorobyevy Gory. At night time you get a bird’s eye view of the magnificence of Neskuchny Sad’s light display. 2. Dance, ride and chill at Gorky Park This centrally-located slice of heaven is the capital’s pride. Fun activities and rentals of every sort imaginable, cool bars such as Lebedinoe Ozero, or a game of boules and cocktails at La Boules. Or just a chillout session by the famous pond. When you’re in Moscow in the warmer months, Gorky Park should be at the very top of your list. In winter, a huge chunk of the park turns into a skating rink. P.S. And don’t forget to visit Neskuchny Sad - the long serene stretch along the embankment. Konstantin Kokoshkin/Global Look Press 3. Travel to medieval Russia at Kolomenskoye This … [Read more...] about 50 things you must do in Moscow: Our randomized guide!
Supermodel Twiggy, Python Michael Palin and England manager Gareth Southgate are among more than 1,000 people awarded in the New Year Honours 2019. The list celebrates heroes - from 43 responders to terror attacks, to the divers who stunned the world in the Thai cave rescue. But there are also awards for Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, Downton Abbey's Jim Carter and authors Philip Pullman and Margaret Atwood. And a cronyism row is set to brew after Theresa May rewarded big business chiefs who just happen to back her Brexit deal. There are plenty of famous faces in the honours list - but far more people who quietly work away at doing good for their communities. So to honour them all, we’ve reproduced the list in full - and highlights - below. New Year Honours 2019 in numbers Overall, 1,148 recipients are named in the 2019 New Year list. That includes the 43 people recognised for their acts responding to the terror attacks in Manchester and London in 2017. Some 544 women … [Read more...] about New Year Honours list 2019 in full
There's one thing we're not short of in Nottingham (and the rest of the county) and that is places to eat and drink. 74 (correct us if there's more) new cafes, pubs, restaurants and bars have sprung up or re-opened with a change of identity in 2018. Banks have been converted into cafes. Shops have been transformed into bars. The revolving door of new openings means you might have lost track of just how many different spots there are to try - from the latest trend for Indian street food to the continuing obsession for gin. You never need be stuck for somewhere new to try. Start planning your list of places to visit in 2019 right now... Hockley Rebel A venue in Broad Street, Hockley, went from Mexican to Welsh this year. El Capo a bar and cantina closed after only a year. In stepped Ales from Wales, founder of Hockley Rebel, billed as a traditional dog-friendly pub, with real ales, darts and jovial banter. Upstairs sees the return (kind of) of popular cocktail joint and night spot Bar … [Read more...] about More than 70 new bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs opened in Nottingham in 2018