Welsh castles to host summer of adventurous events

Saturday 04 June 2016

Wales’s most impressive castles, abbeys and historic sites have released a summer-long programme of more than one hundred adventurous family events.

Dragon

The Welsh Government’s historic environment service, (Cadw), has launched the programme 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.

From watching a falcon soar over a medieval castle, to hearing the laughter and cries of a theatre audience ring out across the peaceful plains of a ruined abbey, there are a number of remarkable experiences to be had during June, July and August.

Highlights include a one-off stargazing session at Caerphilly Castle, arranged in association with Dark Sky Wales, which gives visitors the unique chance to study the night sky from within the walls of a majestic ruin. Taking place on Saturday, 27th August, tickets cost £10 per person and should be pre-booked here.

The programme also includes a hoard of literary adventures, from the telling of Wales’s magical myths and legends during the Summer of Stories (1 – 4 June), to a series of Roald Dahl commemorations at Rhuddlan Castle (15 July – 31 August).

Meanwhile, throughout June and July, Taking Flight Theatre Company will provide a new take on an old favourite, with exciting visual performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at some of Wales’s most atmospheric historic sites.

Summer visitors can also enjoy the annual Festival of Archaeology (09 July – 16 August), which sees historic sites across Wales host a series of free archaeological activities, including mystery excavations, talks by skilled archaeologists and living history demonstrations which span the ages.

During the August Bank Holiday (27 – 29 August), Cadw sites will wow spectators with bloody battle re-enactments and living history encampments at its series of ‘Bank Holiday Fun’ events, happening across sites in Wales, from Caerphilly all the way up to Beaumaris.

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