Wales’s Silent Night under the stars

Tuesday 01 December 2015

Spectacular time lapse footage captures stars passing over historic Welsh sites

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  • Castell Coch © MLA Photography

    Castell Coch © MLA Photography

  • Harlech Castle © MLA Photography

    Harlech Castle © MLA Photography

  • Raglan Castle © MLA Photography

    Raglan Castle © MLA Photography

  • Tintern Abbey © MLA Photography

    Tintern Abbey © MLA Photography

  • Castell Coch © MLA Photography

    Castell Coch © MLA Photography

  • Tintern Abbey © MLA Photography

    Tintern Abbey © MLA Photography

A stunning time-lapse video showing stars passing over Wales’s historic sites has been released today (01 December 2015), offering Wales’s answer to the annual Christmas advert race.

Available to watch on our YouTube channel, the video was shot using night time-lapse photography and designed to promote Cadw gift membership during the run-up to Christmas.

The first of its kind to be revealed in Wales, the incredible video shows spectacular footage of the stars passing over Raglan Castle, Harlech Castle, Tintern Abbey and Castell Coch - with the strapline ‘Out of this world adventures in 2016’.

The video, which was inspired by the ever-growing popularity and creativity of brand festive adverts, from the man on the moon to the adventures of childhood literary characters, is set to a specially recorded Welsh-language version of ‘Silent Night’ performed by Bethan Williams-Jones, of folk-band, Calan.

The video was planned for months, as conditions had to be just right to create the final effect. Cloud cover, the brightness of the moon and the positioning of the milky-way were just some of the factors that had to be taken into consideration before filming could take place – before hours of footage was then edited to produce the 60 second ad.

Having previously released CGI reconstructions of ruined sites, an aerial video series and even time-lapse footage of castles built out of Lego, Cadw is known its innovative digital creations.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We are always looking at new ways of promoting our historic sites and the night time-lapse video does just that.

“The video offers a nostalgic piece of Wales to its viewers, designed to bring our amazing historic attractions to the forefront of people’s minds this Christmas.

“In Wales, we are fortunate to be have hundreds of historic sites available to explore on our doorstep and we hope that the video will allow people all over the world to enjoy and appreciate our rich heritage.”