Wales goes really wild

The eccentric Really Wild Festival will be celebrating rural traditions, wild food and countryside fun in Britain’s smallest city at the end of July.

The festival, in the ancient cathedral city of St David’s, South Wales, has a focus on food and drink.

Four celebrity chefs will be giving cookery demonstrations using locally grown or produced food, including wild ingredients foraged from the hedgerows, coast, beach and river. Marquees, yurts and trade stands will sell a wide variety of local food, drink and craftwork.

There will also be walks, talks and storytelling sessions, demonstrations of rural crafts such as wood-carving and weaving, pony-riding courtesy of the St Davids Trekking Centre, a display of unusual small horses by members of the Icelandic Horse Society of Great Britain, and bizarre sports including ferret-racing, pig-racing and wellie-wanging (throwing a wellington boot as far as possible). Now in its seventh year, this is the first Really Wild Festival to feature live music, with a concert on Saturday evening.

The north Pembrokeshire coastline is a seashore medicine chest. The rich diversity of wild plants has a long and sound history of herbal medicine. Join Medical Herbalist Lara Bernays on a walk to learn about the heritage and science of medicinal seashore plants. Along the way she will discuss plant identification and sustainable harvesting of herbs in this habitat including medicinal seaweeds. Discover how to make instant first aid remedies for simple ailments out in the field and learn how to make your own seaweed skin products. A wild lunch is included.    

The tiny city of St Davids is situated on the far south-west coast of Wales, within the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. St David’s Cathedral, built in the 12th century, was a popular pilgrimage destination throughout the middle ages. A few minutes’ walk outside the city is a peaceful field with views of St Davids Head and Ramsey Island – the site of the Really Wild Festival on 29–30 July.

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