March events in South Wales parks and gardens

All month long The Big Portrait Project at Cyfarthfa Park. Artist Steven Samuel will be exhibiting portraits of famous Welsh faces at Cyfarthfa this month, to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Care.

All month long Inspirational Botanists- Women of Wales exhibition at the National Botanic Gardens, Llanarthe.

Until Sunday 4th Crickhowell Walking Festival. A full program of guided walks will be complimented by an equally full program of eating, drinking, and social events.

Thursday 1st to Sunday 11th Celtic Week at the Gower Heritage Centre. Here, St David’s Day is celebrated in style. There will be coracle demonstrations, re-enacted mediaeval battles, traditional craft displays, and a whole range of special activities for kids.

Thursday 1st St David’s Day at Fagan’s Museum. There will be traditional Welsh music and a special menu on offer (including free Welsh cakes). Entry is free on any day.

Saturday 3rd World Book Day at Bedwellty House and Park. Kids can join in reading and story activities and even win prizes. There will also be a community used books fair in the carriage house.

Saturday 3rd St David’s Day Lunch at Parc Bryn Bach.

Sunday 4th The Story of Wales at Caerphilly Castle. As part of the BBC’s Story of Wales program, special tours will be held- watch out for a guest from the 19th Century.

Saturday 11th and Saturday 25th Rhymney River Cleanup days. Our friends at Cardiff Rivers Group (@CardiffRivers) will be hard at work helping the Rhymney stay beautiful. They’re always looking for new volunteers!

Saturday 11th Kid’s Lavender Bag workshop at Cwmcarn Forest. Scented lavender sachets make great gifts for Mothering Sunday‚Ķ

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th Canoe Championships at Parc Taf Bargoed. Aberfan Canoe Club also hold regular events on the lake, so if watching the competition whets your appetite for trying paddle sports yourself, it’s a great place to get involved.

Sunday 18th Free entry for mums at Dyffryn Gardens. Bring your mother to the arboretum at no extra charge to celebrate Mothering Sunday.

Saturday 24th Special Ghost Tour, Llancaiach Fawr Manor. Enjoy a meal, a talk by South Wales Paranormal Research Group, and a tour of the Manor’s spookier features.

Sunday 25th Spring Welcome at RSBP Newport. Come to the wetlands reserve to celebrate the Vernal Equinox and discover all the signs of spring.

Sunday 25th Sunday Best at Tretower Court. Visit on this particular day and you’ll find the 15th Century occupants of Tretower ready and waiting to say hello.

Thursday 29th Ask the Gardener at St Fagan’s Museum. This time around, it’s all about planting potatoes. The St Fagan’s gardeners can answer all your potato related questions and give you top tips for growing your own spuds.

Friday 30th Music at Rhondda Heritage Park. Dan and Laura Curtis celebrate the Great American Songbook.