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Food & Drink

In most major centres, British and continental food is widely available. Welsh cooking is generally simple with abundant fresh local produce, particularly meat and fish. Near the coast, seafood is widely available. Local dishes include Welsh rarebit (cheese on toast), leek soup, laver bread, which is made with seaweed and bara brith (a type of tea bread).

Nightlife

In general, it is similar to that of an English town of the size, with bars, restaurants and cinemas more common in the cities and large towns.

Special Events

St David's Day (March 1) is dedicated to the patron saint of Wales. Although it is not a public holiday, schoolchildren celebrate and learn about culture through music, poetry and cookery on this day. Many Welsh villages hold an Eisteddfod once a year - a contest for local singers, poets and musicians. All but the largest ones are generally advertised inside the town itself but visitors are always welcome to attend.

The following is a selection of special events occurring in Wales in 2006:
Jan 1 Mari Llwyd Torchlit Walk,Llanwrtyd.
March Folk and Ale Festival, Llanwrtyd Wells.
May/Jun Hay Festival (literary festival), Hay-On-Wye.
July Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod;
Fishguard International Music Festival; Welsh Proms, Cardiff.
July Royal Welsh Show (agricultural show), Builth Wells.
July The Big Cheese (summer festival in celebration of cheese), Caerphilly.
Jul/Aug Cardiff International Festival.
August National Eisteddfod of Wales, St Davids;
Herb Festival
, Carew; Brecon Jazz Festival;
Bog Snorkelling Competition
, Llanwrtyd Wells;
Cardiff Pride
(gay and lesbian parade).
October Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts.
November Mid-Wales Beer Festival, Llanwrtyd Wells; Cardiff Round Table Firework Display.
December A Tudor Advent (themed Christmas event with costume competition), National Botanic Gardens, Llanarthne.
 
Note: Accommodation at festival times should be booked in advance.

Clothing: A tie, trousers and shoes (as opposed to jeans and trainers) are required for entry to some nightclubs and restaurants, otherwise casual wear is acceptable.

Use of public places: Topless sunbathing is permitted on certain beaches and tolerated in some parks. Smoking or non-smoking areas will be clearly marked.

Tipping

In hotels, a service charge of 10 to 12 per cent is the norm and may be added to the bill. Ten to 15 per cent is usual for restaurants and it is often added to the bill, in which case a further tip is not required.
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