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Davids Bishop’s Palace goes Really Wild

The 9th Really Wild Festival welcomed more than 6ooo visitors to the St Davids Bishop’s Palace last weekend.
‘We are so thrilled with this year’s festival’ said Julia Horton-Powdrill the founder and organiser of the event. ‘Changing the venue and working with Cadw has been a terrific move for us and now it has a long-term home. The weather was perfect and the mediaeval setting was stunning. We had more visitors than ever before too.’

‘It has been a great year for us. A few weeks ago we won Pembrokeshire Tourism’s Gold Award for the Best Pembrokeshire Day Out Experience, and the Silver Award for Best Event and now we have had the most successful Really Wild Festival yet! We have an amazing team of Directors and volunteers who have worked immensely hard to make this event enjoyable for all age groups.’

‘Displays were put on by Pembrokeshire Falconry which included owls and a vulture, and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation showed how to begin training gundogs. Meibion y Ddraig a group of mediaeval living history re-enactors set up a working camp for the weekend and gave archery demonstrations.’

‘There were some great workshops for children this year’ said Julia ‘They could go stream dipping with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, learn how to make corn dollies and weave something from willow to take home. They could also discover how to make seed bombs, dye wool with wild plants, and get hands-on bread-making experience with the Pumpkin Patch!’

The pilgrimage across Pembrokeshire to St Davids led by Andrew Dugmore to celebrate his pilgrimage during the Cultural Olympiad last year arrived at the gates of the Bishop’s Palace on Saturday and was greeted by food and drink offered by Shindig 2 and Gethin’s Cyder. History Chefs cooked up some mediaeval fare in the Demo Kitchen, and Hazel Thomas along with Adele Nozedar entertained and fed audiences on Saturday. On Sunday two local chefs, Andy Holcroft from *cwtch Restaurant and Mark Napper from the Garden Restaurant at Warpool Court demonstrated their skills on Sunday. |Local business, Little Green Planet based in Goodwick who provided sponsorship to the Festival showcased their range of renewable energy heating and technology.

‘I think that everyone had a great day and that makes it all worthwhile.’ said Julia ‘Now we’re planning the next one!’

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