Forget Valentine’s day… St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated in Wales on the 25th January. 

This Welsh celebration of love is to celebrate Santes Dwynwen, the Welsh Patron Saint of lovers. 

And so the legend goes…

Dwynwen was one of Brychan Brycheiniog’s 24 daughters, Dwynwen lived during the 5th century. It is said that Dwynwen was the prettiest of Brychan’s daughters.

As with all great love stories there is a tale to tell. Dwynwen fell in love with a Prince named Maelon Dafodrill. This love story however, was not meant to be, Dwynwen’s farther had already promised Dwynwen to another. Therfore as Dwynwen was forbidden to marry her true love, she begged to God that she could forget Maelon.

Dwynwen was then visited by an angel who brought with her a sweet potion. This potion would erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.... 

It is said that Dwynwen was then given three wishes by God, and so she wished firstly that Maelon be thawed, her second wish was that God meet the hopes and dreams or true lovers. Her third and final wish was that she would never marry. Dwynwen would then devote herself to God’s service and she did, for the rest of her life.

Off the west coast of Anglesey, there lies Llanddwyn Island where Dwynwen founded a convent. This is a small tidal island near the town of Newborough, the name Llanddwyn means “The church of St. Dwynwen”. The remains of her church can still be seen today. 

After her death in 465AD, a well was named after Dwynwen on Llanddwyn and became a place of pilgrimage. Visitors to the well believed that the sacred fish or eels that lived in the well could foretell whether or not their relationship would be happy and whether love and happiness would be theirs.

Llanddwyn Island is still a popular spot with visitors today, and who can blame them. 

Celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen this Jauary 25th. 

The traditional gift given on Dydd Santes Dwynwen is a love spoon. However why not take a look at the below special offers and give your loved one, the gift of North Wales. 

Ty Sinamon Special Offer

Ffordd Y Gerddi, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7YA 

3 nights for the price of 2 at Ty Sinamon 

More details - http://www.ty-sinamon.co.uk | T&C’s apply. 

The New Alexandra Hotel  Special Offer for Santes Dwynwen Dinner

11 Clonmel St, Llandudno LL30 2LE 

2 course dinner for 2 and a bottle of wine for £25 in Funkys Bar & Grill. 
Quote NWT Food Deal. 

Call – 01492 471567 | T&C apply.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway Special Offer

Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF

Special Santes Dwynwen Afternoon Tea 

https://www.facebook.com/events/787917811707915/

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T&C apply. 

The West Arms Special Offer

Llanarmon, Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llangollen, LL20 7LD

Chef has prepared a special menu to celebrate the saint of lovers Dydd Santes Dwynwen.

Dine at The West Arms for £38 per head and includes two courses plus a dram if Penderyn Whisky. If you choose to stay the night after dinner we will offer you a room for just £95 – upgrades available (subject to availability).

Email; info@thewestarms.com | T&C apply. 

Further special offers can be found here; 

https://www.gonorthwales.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/special-offers

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