.May Day Celebration in Cardiff
5th May 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Free
May Day has heralded the start of summer for many hundreds of years in Wales. It’s time for the Green Man to wake up from his winter sleep. Buds burst and life returns to the woods and fields. The day is marked with merriment, music and what must surely be the most famous of all the folk dances, the raising of the maypole.
Join us this weekend for some May madness inspired by the traditions that surround this special time of year.
St Fagans is one of world’s leading open–air museums and Wales’s most-visited heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, Cardiff, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth.
The gardens at St Fagans are among the best in Wales. You will walk through elegant formal gardens of St Fagans castle or see the cottage gardens that provided food for working families. Native breeds of livestock can be seen in the fields and farmyards, and demonstrations of farming tasks take place daily.
There are also workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their traditional skills. Their produce is usually on sale. Come and see one of the last working clogmakers in Wales or meet the blacksmith. There is a weaver working in an 18th century woolen mill and a miller producing flour in the 19th century corn mill.
During the last fifty years, over fifty original buildings from different locations in Wales and from different historical periods have been re-built in the 100-acre parkland. Each building is frozen in time and opens a door into Welsh history which offers a fascinating glimpse into the past.