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Pembrokeshire West Wales

St Davids Land and Sea Festival

VISIT the beautiful city of St Davids over the weekend of 22-24 March to enjoy Tir a Môr, a Community Festival with free and low cost events for all the family.

Friday kicks off with a talk at the Cathedral, and a Pirate-themed family arts workshop on Friday afternoon. In the evening a showing of the film, “My Extinction” raises the question “What does it take for us to act on the climate crisis?”, through a humorous portrait of a concerned, yet ineffectual, Dad. Then dance the night away at the Twmpath/Ceilidh with ‘Off the Cuff’!

A campaign to Devolve the Crown Estate has been launched, with the support of Michael Sheen. Attend the panel discussion, with a Q and A session about the The Future of The Crown Estate in Wales and its significance for Pembrokeshire with local celebrity Jerome Flynn. Panel experts include the Director for the Crown Estate in Wales and Devolution Campaign supporter Beth Winter MP.

The Crown Estate is a collection of land and assets owned by the Crown, but managed by an independent trust. Its profits are funnelled into the UK Treasury.

The Crown owns significant parts of the Pembrokeshire Coast, including Newgale Beach, Marloes Sands and both Tenby beaches. Additionally, the estate owns substantial areas of the Milford Haven estuary and miles of the Cleddau River. It also owns the sea bed , grants licenses for farming the sea for food and energy and plays a crucial role in environmental initiatives.

The discussion will tackle important questions such as: What is the Crown’s strategic aim? What would happen if its profits stayed in Wales? How and where would they be spent? What are the implications for Wales’ first offshore windfarm located 40km off the Pembrokeshire coast?

At lunchtime enjoy the Food market, with local producers selling goodies from cakes to cabbages, and perhaps have a meal at one of our great pubs. Bring your own vegetables to test and compare their nutritional quality using a Brix tester. Are your organic carrots better for you than a cheap supermarket ones?

In the afternoon, there’s a session on Gerald of Wales at the Cathedral, or come to hear Siân Richardson, founder of the Bluetits chill swimming club, talking about ‘Building communities on Land and Sea’ and how this supports mental health. Alongside Siân, Porthmawr Lifesaving Club will tell us all about water safety – crucial in the Pembrokeshire waves!

After a cup of tea and the opportunity to chat, come to a discussion about farming, conservation and community resilience in The Ground Beneath our Feet discussion. Learn what we can do to improve our soil and the effects on the quality and sustainable food production.

Join experts including Dr Sarah Beynon (The Bug Farm) and farmers Gerald Miles and Will Scale and local grower, Alma Joensen; learn about Puffin Produce’s sustainable farming programme, and Car y Môr’s unique seaweed farm.

Saturday night is time for music! After a chat about the music industry in Pembrokeshire, delight in Rona Mac and friends’ fantastic gig, or dine at Really Wild and relax with delicious food.

On Sunday, learn about seaweed in all its glory at a family-friendly talk and workshop by Car-y-Môr, Wales’s pioneering community-owned ocean farm. Finally, children and adults alike will be spellbound by renowned artist Jackie Morris and poet Mererid Hopwood, with poetry, painting and a tour of the Lost Words exhibition at Oriel y Parc.

Formerly called ‘St David’s Festival of Ideas’, it was renamed this year to reflect Pembrokeshire’s amazing land and sea – the best in Wales! The organisers asked the community how the Festival could support them and the ideas flowed in. The Festival is very much a festival of the people by the people, echoed through its strapline: ‘Celebrating our Roots, Resilience and Renewal’.

Sarah Foster, Festival Organiser said, “We have had enormous support from the community, including generous donations from local businesses and GWRP, to enable this Festival to happen. We sought and listened to our community and have created a programme which we hope will have something for everyone.

“We are proud to be working with Care in The community who are decorating the City Hall with their art using recycled materials and our local school in supporting their Welsh Enrichment week.”

There’s something for everyone to experience at Tir a Môr in St Davids, Book now on the Festival website or QR code. www.stdavidslandandseafestival.co.uk

Booking is essential on many events due to limited space

To book Tickets for the Q and A session £5 on Eventbrite and tickets on door.