Magical May Day events this bank holiday weekend

Thursday 19 April 2012

Magical storytelling sessions and tours of charming chapels, beautiful mansions and majestic castles are among a series of family events taking places across Cadw sites this May Day bank holiday weekend as part of the summer tourism season.

Magical May Day events this bank holiday weekend

Magical May Day events this bank holiday weekend

More than two million people visit Cadw’s 127 historic sites every year, and with more than 6,000 years of history to explore across Wales, Cadw expects to welcome a significant number of locals and visitors over the bank holiday weekend (5 – 7 May 2012).

Cadw, the Welsh for to keep, is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. Heritage sites and experiences make a significant contribution to the £4.2 billion worth of tourism spend in Wales annually, with natural attractions, castles and historic sites the top attractions visited by 72% per cent of visitors staying in Wales.*

Culture vultures and history fans can enjoy guided tours around Flint and Laugharne Castles or explore the charming Rug Chapel and tranquil Valle Crucis monastery.

For those who appreciate Welsh art, Giles Gallery of Pontyclun will showcase an exhibition focusing on Cadw monuments at Castell Coch.

Children can join in a magical celebration of the life of Princess Gwenllian, listen to tales of her exciting life and make princess costumes at Kidwelly Castle.

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Events listings

Saturday 05 May, 11am and1pm
The Castle's Expert Guide, Castell Coch
Join a guided tour of William Burges's magnificent masterpiece set on its craggy promontory — a fairy folly built exclusively for the use of the marquess of Bute.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments in the castle's tea room afterwards.
£6 per head, book at the castle.

Saturday 05 May, various times during the day
Castle Tours, Flint
The Wales Coast Path, which runs by Flint Castle, officially opens on 5 May. To mark the occasion, take a tour of the castle with our expert guide, the Flintshire Ranger.
Normal admission.
 
Saturday 05 May and Sunday 06 May, 11am and 2pm
The Tudor Castle, Laugharne
Join Lady Perrott, wife of Sir John Perrott, for a fascinating tour of their beautiful Tudor mansion.
Normal admission.

Sunday 06 May and Monday 07 May, 11am - 4pm
Medieval Lives, Caernarfon
Join Escafeld Medieval Society as they explore the lives of the people who lived in King Edward I's mighty castle.
Normal admission.

Saturday 05 May - Monday 07 May, 9.30am – 5pm
Proud Heritage, Castell Coch
Giles Gallery of Pontyclun will exhibit works of art focusing on Cadw monuments.
Normal admission.

Monday 07 May, 11am - 4pm
A Magical May Day, Kidwelly
A May Day celebration of the life of Princess Gwenllian. Listen to tales of her exciting life, make a princess costume for yourself out of junk, or why not draw pictures of the princess and scenes from her life. A day of fun and excitement for children.
Normal admission.

Monday, 07 May, 11am and 1pm
Discovering Rug Chapel
Explore this richly decorated seventeenth-century private chapel.
£6 per head (includes admission to site).

Monday 07 May, 11am - 4pm
The Monk’s Tour, Valle Crucis
Join one of the Cistercian brothers for a tour of the tranquil monastery. 
£6 per head (includes admission to site).