Castles Alive at Wales’s Historic Sites

Wednesday 17 May 2017

May Bank Holiday 

Wales’s historic monuments will come alive with the stories, myths and legends of Wales this May bank holiday weekend (27 May—29 May), as the Welsh Government’s historic service (Cadw) presents a full programme of family events.

From astonishing battle reenactments, to enthralling storytelling sessions and even outdoor cinema showings, there will be something for everyone at Cadw sites over the long weekend, offering entertainment for the whole family.

Highlights include Beaumaris Castle’s Medieval Weekend, which will see mighty sword fighting displays, heart-stopping archery demonstrations and living history as the castle grounds transform into a bustling medieval village.

Meanwhile, visitors to Caernarfon Castle will step back in time for the triumphant return of Captain John Cooper — a Medieval knight who fought ferociously in France. Guests will be required to help the frantic servants and guardsmen as they prepare to welcome their hero.

And a little further south, visitors to Chepstow Castle will be immersed in fantastical tales of Wales as the ‘Summer of Stories’ comes to the early medieval site. And in the spirit of Welsh legends, the event will even be attended by a terrifying Welsh Dragon.

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure in Wales, said: "2017 is Visit Wales's Year of Legends, so what better way to enjoy a bank holiday weekend than with a visit to one of Wales's most legendary historic sites?

"We hope that Cadw's jam-packed itinerary of family events will encourage locals and tourists alike to explore Wales's captivating monuments this May bank holiday."

Visitors to Cadw sites are being encouraged to share their experiences on social media by using the hashtag #LivetheLegends.

To see the full May bank holiday events programme visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/events, follow @CadwWales or @CadwCymru on Twitter and find Cadw on Facebook.