Lego workshops set for Caernarfon Castle return

Wednesday 20 July 2016

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Caernarfon Castle’s hugely popular Lego workshops — which see children learn to build creative structures from 1000s of the iconic plastic bricks — are set to return to the mighty historic site this summer.

Following a sell-out run back in Easter, the child-friendly interactive sessions will return to the castle’s Eagle Tower between the 26 July and the 12 August. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

The Welsh Government’s historic environment service, (Cadw) is hosting the events as part of its Historic Adventures campaign, which brings visitors one-of-a-kind experiences at Cadw sites during Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure — starting with the four metre-long dragon that broke the banks of Caerphilly Castle back in March.

Led by the Welsh Lego Education Innovation Studios, the two-hour castle-building workshops proved wildly popular among children when introduced last year.  

This time participants will also be tasked with an entirely new challenge — working together to build a Welsh dragon as a nod to Caerphilly Castle’s much-loved Historic Adventures dragon, which was recently revealed to be embarking upon a summer tour of castles up and down the country.  

The events will also feature MincecraftEdu classes designed to promote creativity, collaboration and problem solving — while allowing children the chance to try out their dragon design skills digitally.

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “The Lego workshops were an instant hit when launched back in 2014, offering young people an innovative and interactive way to engage with their heritage. This year will look to build on this, with sessions focusing not only castle building, but on the iconic Welsh dragon too.

“The workshops are just one of a number of family friendly Historic Adventure events being held across Wales this summer, giving more people than ever the chance to enjoy our rich heritage and make the most of Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure.”

The workshops will also be returning to Caerphilly Castle for 10 days in August, with sessions being hosted in the Castle’s Great Hall.

Suitable for young children aged 7–11, the workshops will take place twice daily and are expected to sell out rapidly due to a limit of only 25 spaces per session. Tickets for the event will cost £11 and can be bought on Eventbrite.

The Caernarfon Castle workshops will take place twice daily on the: 26, 27 July and 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 and 12 August.

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

For full summer events listings, visit www.gov.wales/cadw, find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter.