WHERE TO JOIN THE MARI LWYD

Countryfile Magazine - - Wild People -

CHEP­STOW The big­gest cel­e­bra­tion in Wales (right), in­volv­ing 20 Mari groups, and was­sail­ing. It starts at 1pm on 19 Jan­uary and fin­ishes with pwnco at the Town Hall and an evening cèilidh. THE STAR AT LLANSOY This ru­ral pub in the Usk Val­ley hosts a Mari Lwyd event on 6 Jan­uary every year, cel­e­brat­ing the tra­di­tion’s long con­nec­tion to the nearby ham­let of Llan­fi­hangel Tor-y-Mynydd. PONTARDAWE Gel­lion­nen Chapel – a stun­ning lo­ca­tion on the edge of a moun­tain – cel­e­brates the Mari Lwyd tra­di­tion on the first Sun­day of the year in its morn­ing ser­vice. YSTRADG­YN­LAIS This small Swansea val­leys town holds its colour­ful cel­e­bra­tion just be­fore Christ­mas, with par­tic­i­pants parad­ing through the town to col­lect for lo­cal char­i­ties. LON­DON You can even see a Mari Lwyd out­side Wales, at the Lon­don Welsh Cen­tre near King’s Cross. Cel­e­bra­tions be­gin with a tour of the area’s pubs – cloaked horse and all – be­fore lively singing back at home base.

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