Cadw Puts on a Legendary Summer 2013 Line-Up

Wednesday 03 July 2013

Cadw puts on a legendary 2013 Summer Line Up

Cadw puts on a legendary 2013 Summer Line Up

From live music and theatrical performances to hands-on history and children’s entertainment, Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, is hosting a variety of events to ensure the whole family has a summer to remember.

History fans can step back in time to World War Two at Blaenavon Ironworks where they can enjoy living history displays and war time tunes or discover the stories of Welsh prince, Owain Glyndwr at Rhuddlan Castle.

Literary lovers can raise a glass to an evening of wine tasting and poetry readings at Raglan Castle or experience authentic open-air theatre with outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s As you like it and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, across a number of Cadw sites.

Festival goers can pull on their wellies and head to Chepstow Castle for a week of live music, including entertainment from Max Boyce or celebrate Welsh language music and taste authentic food at Ffiliffest at Caerphilly Castle.

And children can get close to wildlife at St David’s Bishop Palace where they can find out all about river life or try their hand at wood carving and basket weaving at Denbigh Castle over the August Bank Holiday.

More than two and a half million people visit Cadw’s 129 historic sites every year to explore captivating castles, palaces, abbeys, industrial and prehistoric monuments.

John Griffiths Minister for Culture and Sport said: 'With the summer tourism season in full swing, there is no better time for the whole family to get together and enjoy a day out at some of Wales’s magnificent monuments. Our sites and events programme offer a fun day out and we look forward to welcoming a host of new and returning visitors to our spectacular Cadw sites this summer.'

For more information on events, visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk, find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter.

Summer events listings:

Tours and festivals:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

• 26 June, 6pm, Cilgerran Castle
• 04 July, 7pm, Beaumaris Castle
• 09 & 13 July, 7pm, Valle Crucis Abbey
• 11 July, 7pm, Rhuddlan Castle
• 12 July, 7pm, Denbigh Castle

Spend a summer's night surrounded by laughter, music and magic in one of Shakespeare's best loved plays, set against the backdrop of some of Wales's most dramatic sites. 

Babe the Sheep-Pig

• 06 July, 6pm, Beaumaris Castle
• 14 August, 6pm, Harlech Castle

Dick King-Smith's heart warming tale of friendship, courage and determination is vividly brought to life by Illyria, the same creative team behind the sensational 2012 production of The Twits.

Festival of Archaeology - A Roman Invasion!

• 13 & 14 July, 10am – 5pm, Segontium Roman Fort

Come and meet Roman characters and learn the fascinating truth about how they lived. Meet a Roman doctor, see what Roman cookery smells like, or try your hand at a mystery excavation.

Festival of Archaeology - Heritage Arts and Crafts

• 22 July, 11am – 4pm, Beaumaris Castle
• 23 July, 11am – 4pm, Rhuddlan Castle
• 23 July, 10:30am – 4pm, Laugharne Castle
• 24 July, 10:30am – 4pm, Denbigh Castle
• 24 July, 10:30am – 4pm, Tretower Court and Castle
• 25 July, 10:30am – 4pm, Plas Mawr
• 26 July, 10:30am – 4pm, Tintern Abbey

The Festival of Archaeology is an annual extravaganza of hands-on historical workshops and demonstrations. Families are invited to learn about their heritage and try their hand at an ancient craft, or learning from history experts.

Festival of Archaeology – Medieval Mysteries Day

• 25 July, 10:30am – 4pm, Caerphilly Castle

Families can enjoy a day of hands-on art, craft and traditional skills activities, tours and talks, with the option of a medieval buffet lunch, as part of The Festival of Archaeology.

Festival of Archaeology – 40s and Forces

• 27 & 28 July, 10:30am – 4pm, Lamphey Bishop’s Palace
Step back in time and meet American GIs and the Women's Land Army. Explore an alternative history of this medieval bishop's palace as it played host to American troops in the run up to the Normandy landings.

Illyria: As You Like It

• 31 July, 7pm, Harlech Castle

This summer, open-air theatre company, Illyria, will perform Shakespeare’s famous comedy, As You Like It, set in the magnificent surroundings of Harlech Castle.

Castell Roc Festival

• 24 – 31 August, 6:30pm – 11pm, Chepstow Castle

Castell Roc Festival is a small, but perfectly formed friendly festival that’s held inside Chepstow Castle. All shows are evening events, open air and unseated (except Max Boyce which is seated). A licensed bar and food will be available within the castle for all performances.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men: As You Like It

• 29 August, 7:30pm, Caernarfon Castle
• 30 & 31 August, 7:30pm, Conwy Castle

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return with their all male production of Shakespeare’s mysterious and romantic comedy, As You Like It.

Other events:

July 2013

Hands-On-Heritage

06 July, 10:30am – 4:30pm, Neath Abbey

Meet medieval characters and have a go at making a beautiful tile just like the ones found at the abbey. Live stone demonstrations, living history, talks and child friendly activities, come and re-discover a local gem.

Neath Abbey Walk

06 July, 11am, Neath Abbey

Join the Neath Port Talbot Ramblers and Dr Edith Evans from Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust for a guided walk of Neath Abbey ruins and surrounding landscapes. Either three or seven miles, the walk will take in the history of Neath Abbey and the local area along the canal with views of a ruined Castle and a Roman Fort as well as the industrial history of the Cwm Valley.

Ffiliffest

07 July, 11am – 7pm, Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle again hosts a lively celebration of the Welsh language. Take part in craft, storytelling and literature workshops, take a stroll through the fine selection of food stalls and enjoy a Welsh open-air music concert.


Knights and Fights

20 & 21 July 2013, 11am – 4pm, Raglan Castle

A packed weekend of exciting combat displays and a range of historical demonstrations. Join in the tug-o-war, have-a-go archery or the squire school for the children, feel the weight of real armour dressing up as a knight and meet the Castle’s historical characters. Family activities include spinning, woodworking and medieval games.

Sunday Best: The Tretower Household

21 July, 11am – 4pm, Tretower Court and Castle

The Tretower Household welcomes visitors to the magnificent court. The fire is lit, tables are laid and the kitchen is a bustling place. All is ready to receive guests. Talk to the cook about her favourite recipes, watch or try a craft or listen to music popular in 1470. Handle the weapons necessary for defence in those days. Discover what jobs you could do. There'll be a chance to meet the family every third Sunday of the month.

Mysteries of Castell Coch: ‘re-create’ excavations and uncover the castle’s medieval beginnings

22, 23 & 24 July, 11am – 4pm

Castell Coch is the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination but did you know that the fairytale-like castle is built on medieval foundations? Enjoy this hands-on activity recreating early excavations which took place in the 1800s. Help to uncover a range of medieval treasures, record the items and practice archaeological methods which are still used today.

The Mikado

24 July, 7pm, Harlech Castle

This wonderful comic opera, although set in Japan, is very much a parody of British politics, institutions and public life - and although written in the 19th century is surprisingly relevant in the 21st! A Gilbert & Sullivan production gets an Illysia make over.
History Chef

27 July, 11am – 4pm, Kidwelly Castle

Experience history through your senses. See authentic period food in historic sites. Hear about who ate it and when. Smell and taste the food. Touch and take a recipe card away with you.


In the River with Youngsters

30 July from 1pm – 3pm, St David’s Bishop’s Palace

Get in close and find out about river life at St David’s Bishop’s Palace. Bring your own nets and wear wellies for a walk up the riverbed.

August 2013

Gŵyl Awst

01 August, 11am – 4pm, Cilgerran Castle

Celebrate the Welsh traditional harvest festival Gŵyl Awst with demonstrations of Corn Dolly making, a mini flower festival and activities for children including scarecrow making.

Dancing and Dining at Tretower Court

03 & 04 August, 11am - 4pm, Tretower Court and Castle

A day of dancing and dining in the elegant setting of Tretower Court with period costumes and instruments. Learn about Renaissance etiquette both on the dance floor and the dining table, as well as taking part in games and activities throughout the day.

Defence of Blaenavon – A Welsh Town at War

10 & 11 August, 10:30am – 4pm, Blaenavon Ironworks

Experience life in World War Two at Stack Square; enjoy plays, living history displays and music, painting a vivid picture of life during this troubled time.

History Chef

10 & 11 August, 11am – 4pm, Denbigh Castle

Experience history through your senses. See authentic period food in historic sites. Hear about who ate it and when. Smell and taste the food. Touch and take a recipe card away with you.

Sunday Best: The Tretower Household

18 August, 11am – 4pm, Tretower Court and Castle

The Tretower Household welcomes visitors to the magnificent court. The fire is lit, tables are laid and the kitchen is a bustling place. All is ready to receive guests. Talk to the cook about her favourite recipes, watch or try a craft or listen to music popular in 1470. Handle the weapons necessary for defence in those days. Discover what jobs you could do. There'll be a chance to meet the family every third Sunday of the month.

Beaumaris Medieval Festival

24, 25 & 26 August, 10am – 5pm, Beaumaris Castle
Step back in time to enjoy a range of family friendly activities this Bank Holiday weekend. Join the knight school and take part in squire training, spear drill, archery or be the fastest in the dragon land-speed race.

Bank Holiday Fun

25 & 26 August, 11am – 4pm, Denbigh Castle

Step back in time and meet medieval characters and watch as the history of this medieval castle come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the period. Family activities include basket and tablet weaving, wood carving and whittling and smelting and casting demonstrations.

The Mighty Siege Engines

25 & 26 August, 11am – 4pm, Caerphilly Castle

Visit Caerphilly Castle and watch as the castle is brought to life with the sights, sounds and smells of the medieval world. The highlight of each day will be the firing of the awesome siege engines, the ultimate weapons of war of the time, casting massive stone ball ammunition into the moat.

Twilight Tours

26 August, 7:30pm – 9pm, Lamphey Bishop’s Palace

Explore this amazing building and meet its wildlife as the day comes to an end. The evening begins with a talk from a guest speaker about nocturnal wildlife. Afterwards take a short evening stroll around the grounds of the bishop's palace, looking for evidence of wildlife including badger trails, bat activity, otter spraints and spotting birds of the night. Be sure to bring a torch.

Brilliant Bats

27 August, 8pm – 9:30pm

Explore this amazing building and meet its wildlife as the day comes to an end. The evening begins with a talk from a guest speaker about nocturnal wildlife. Afterwards take a short evening stroll around the grounds of the bishop's palace, looking for evidence of wildlife including badger trails, bat activity, otter spraints and spotting birds of the night.

September 2013

Poets and Princes

14 September, 10:30am – 4pm, Strata Florida Abbey

Celebrate Strata Florida’s long association with poetry and the arts with exclusive tours, talks, poetry readings and workshops.

Celebrating Owain Glyndwr

15 & 16 September, 10:30am – 4pm, Rhuddlan Castle

Visit Rhuddlan Castle to discover the story of Owain Glyndwr and the legends surrounding him. Learn about how his life impacted the local area, what life was like for children in medieval times, what jobs people did and the musical instruments they played. Family activites include storytelling, music, singing and flag making.

Sunday Best: The Tretower Household

15 September, 11am – 4pm, Tretower Court and Castle

The Tretower Household welcomes visitors to the magnificent court. The fire is lit, tables are laid and the kitchen is a bustling place. All is ready to receive guests. Talk to the cook about her favourite recipes, watch or try a craft or listen to music popular in 1470. Handle the weapons necessary for defence in those days. Discover what jobs you could do. There'll be a chance to meet the family every third Sunday of the month.

Poetry and Wine at Raglan

20 September, 7.30pm, Raglan Castle

Enjoy an evening of poetry readings and wine tasting in the grounds of Raglan Castle. Presented by historians and poets Goff Morgan and Paul Busby and Vinter Tom Innes of Monmouth it will paint a picture of Raglan in its prime and re-enforces its place as an important seat of power and the wine trade. Poems will be based on Raglan's history and Welsh praise poetry.

Apple Festival

21 & 22 September, 11am – 4pm, Tretower Court and Castle

Come and taste some of the 100 varieties of apples on display at this year’s Apple Festival. Experts will guide visitors through the apple world and introduce little known and endangered varieties with stories that will delight and amaze. Bee keeping, music, Morris dancing, cooking, basket making and country skills will all be used to tell the story of the apple in history.

History Chef

21 & 22 September, 11am – 4pm, Tretower Court and Castle

Experience history through your senses. See authentic period food in historic sites. Hear about who ate it and when. Smell and taste the food. Touch and take a recipe card away with you.

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