Discover the dramatic tales behind Wales’s amazing heroes and heroines; they are the people of Welsh legends.
Some are just everyday folk who have done inspirational things with different backgrounds and lived experience; maybe you're a Welsh cultural hero or heroine in the making — only time will tell!
Read the stories and watch the messages below to travel in time or set off on a digital mission. Why not download one our Heroes and Heroines of Wales — free eBooks — or our fun colouring sheets of some the characters we feature.
To meet more characters from Wales’s past, visit our Children’s Festival of Welsh History 2020 page where you can hear Owain Glyndwr call for an end to English tyranny …. or find out why Mary Jones a sixteen year old school girl walked 26 miles without shoes!
St David (Dewi Sant) — Patron Saint of Wales
On 1 March in Wales we celebrate our national saint, St David.
It’s a time to wear traditional Welsh clothing with leeks and daffodils pinned to our lapels whilst we dance and sing traditional Welsh songs. But who was David or Dewi as his mother named him?
Discover David’s story, how he studied hard to become a monk (yes, even a saint has to study) sharing his learning with people all over Wales and beyond; how he performed miracles and how long it took the Pope to recognise his extraordinary life and work as Archbishop of Wales!
Remember David’s message: 'Be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do.'
Often referred to as the Welsh Valentine’s Day, Saint Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated in Wales on 25 January each year.
But what’s the real story? Who was Dwynwen and why is she the Welsh patron saint of love?
Discover Dwynwen’s story of love and heartbreak, how she became a saint who devoted her life looking after others, making sure they found hope and strength to follow their hearts and to be happy...