Castles Alive at Wales's Historic Sites

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Wales's historic monuments will come alive with the sights, smells and sounds of Medieval Wales this May bank holiday weekend (29 April – 01 May) as the Welsh Government's historic environment service (Cadw) presents a full programme of family events.

From astonishing battle reenactments at some of the country’s largest castles to living history at its most hallowed Cistercian abbeys, there will be something for everyone at Cadw sites over the long weekend, offering entertainment for the whole family.

Highlights include Caerphilly Castle's Medieval Weekend, which will see mighty sword fighting displays, heart-stopping archery demonstrations and even a terrifying visit from two Welsh Dragons.

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 Strata Florida Abbey can delve into a more peaceful way of life with Brother Thomas, who will reveal all about his modest Cistercian ways.

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.