Cadw activities at the Denbighshire National Eisteddfod

Wednesday 31 July 2013

Cadw will have a full schedule of activities at its stand at the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh from 3 – 10 August.

People at the 2012 Eisteddfod

People at the 2012 Eisteddfod

Here are a few of the highlights:

Monday 5 August
Following Cadw’s recent acquisition of Cae’r Gors, the childhood home of Welsh language author Kate Roberts, Monday will be dedicated to celebrating the new partnership between Cadw and Cae’r Gors Trust, and the life and work of Kate Roberts and her close links with Denbigh.

Young visitors to the stand will be able to dress up as they would have dressed during the height of the slate quarry industry in north-west Wales during the late 1800s and early 1900s, which is portrayed vividly in Kate Roberts’ work, and is the predominant theme of most of her early novels and short stories.

Other arts and crafts activities including a doll making workshop will be taking place throughout the day, and a new blog by the Cae’r Gors Trust will be launched at 3.00pm at an event on the stand.

Tuesday 6 August
Cadw is currently leading a pan-Wales heritage interpretation project: a Welsh Government initiative which aims to make physical and thematic links between places and sites so that people can follow stories across Wales with the help of inspiring interpretation. One of the story strands is the Princes of Gwynedd, and Tuesday at the Eisteddfod will be dedicated to this theme, in conjunction with Gwynedd and Conwy Councils.

Activities will include handling arms, armour and other artefacts including period swords, a colouring competition and arts and crafts activities including stamping leather with medieval designs.

Wednesday 7 August
Wednesday will be dedicated to showcasing Denbighshire’s fascinating local history. Archaeological work from north-east Wales will be on display, as well as a collection of replica artefacts for handling.

Artist Erin Maddocks will also be leading a family craft activity throughout the day to make replica Iron Age Ffynogion Spoons found near Denbigh, dating back 2,500 years.

Thursday 8 August
Archaeology is the theme on Thursday, and visitors to the stand will be able to take part in a replica archaeological dig and in Iron Age pottery making activities.

Additionally, the well-known archaeologist Rhys Mwyn will be taking people on guided tours from the Cadw stand on the Maes to Denbigh Castle at 12.00pm and 3.00pm, with each tour taking approximately 1.5 hours, looking at the history of Denbigh.

Friday 9 August
Friday will focus on arts and heritage, and Cadw’s artist in residence from nearby Valle Crucis in Llangollen, Lucy Harvey, will be on the stand holding workshops using copper foil to create a brooch which responds to the decorative stone carvings of nearby Valle Crucis Abbey. The sessions will take place from 10.00–11.30am and from 2.00–4.00pm.

Additionally, on Friday a week-long joint project between Cadw and Urdd Gobaith Cymru will reach its pinnacle. During the Eisteddfod week Cadw is working with the Urdd on a joint arts project with young people from four different Urdd groups from across north Wales and local community artist Mari Gwent. Mari has been visiting the groups to discuss what heritage means to them, and is working with representatives from each group during the Eisteddfod week on the Cadw stand between 1.00pm and 3.00pm from Monday to Thursday to create a piece of art inspired by their feedback. The final artwork will be unveiled at an event on the Cadw stand on Friday 9 August at 12.00pm, and following the Eisteddfod will be on display at Denbigh Castle.

We also have a special offer on entry to Denbigh Castle throughout the week: we’re offering FREE entry for one child with each paying adult on presentation of their Eisteddfod Maes ticket at the castle.

During the Eisteddfod week, horse-drawn carriage rides will be available throughout the day between Denbigh Castle and the town centre, courtesy of Caramel Stud Carriages — so you can arrive at the castle in style!

If you would like to find out more about any of the Cadw activities please contact catrin.elis@wales.gsi.gov.uk or visit the Cadw stand (511–513) on the Maes at the Denbigh Eisteddfod.