Bringing Welsh Castles to life

Nine unmissable Summer Events

  • Enjoy a weekend of medieval mischief at Caerphilly Castle

  • Celebrate at the Mighty Medieval Festival at Beaumaris Castle

  • Come face-to-face with Welsh Pirates at Harlech Castle

  • Discover medieval treasures at Castell Coch

  • Have a Tudor-inspired makeover at Raglan Castle

  • Take part in a parade at Caernarfon Castle

  • Train as a heroic knight at Harlech Castle

  • Attend sword-school at Chepstow Castle

  • Solve a mystery at Conwy Castle

    Solve a mystery at Conwy Castle

This summer, our captivating sites will come to life with hundreds of unmissable events across Wales.

You can discover Cadw’s full events programme by visiting the event finder, but here’s a handy selection of some of the most exciting dates to look out for at Wales’s majestic castles.

1. Solve a mystery at Conwy Castle

Visit Conwy after dark for an interactive living history performance of Robin’s Redemption.
Find written clues, objects and solve mysterious puzzles to decipher a mystery and learn more about local history at this one-off, interactive performance by world renowned theatre company, Live History:

Thursday 21 — Friday 22 June.
Performances will take place at 6.30pm and 8pm. Booking required.
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2. Discover medieval treasures at Castell Coch

With your own bare hands, unearth mysterious items from medieval life at Castell Coch and gain skills in the excavation and recording methods of archaeology.

Saturday 14 — Sunday 15 July.
10am–4pm.

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3. Attend sword-school at Chepstow Castle

Spend a summer’s weekend with the Bowlore re-enactment group at Chepstow Castle, where you can attend sword-school and watch astonishing weapon and armoury demonstrations.

Saturday 28 — Sunday 29 July.
9.30am–6pm.

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4. Have a Tudor-inspired makeover at Raglan Castle

Back by popular demand, Beaufort Companye and the War of the Roses federation will be taking over Raglan Castle for a weekend of spectacular living history re-enactments and Tudor themed make-up fun.

Saturday 28 — Sunday 29 July.
11am–4pm.

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5. Take part in a dragon parade at Caernarfon Castle

Join Caernarfon Castle for a jam-packed day of dragon adventure.
Watch the magnificent Carnival Dragons parade around the castle and enjoy fascinating mystical dragon tales from around the world. 

Sunday 29th July.
11am–3.30pm. 

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6. Train as a heroic knight at Harlech Castle

Are you brave, courageous and strong? Harlech Castle is in search of a new storm of medieval knights to guard the mighty fortress walls.
If you think you have what it takes, report to the Castle this summer for a day of combat defence training.

Every Tuesday between 31 July and 28 August.
11am–4pm.

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7. Enjoy a weekend of medieval mischief at Caerphilly Castle

Head to Caerphilly Castle for an unforgettable weekend of medieval madness with Bowlore re-enactment group.
With an abundance of living history displays and weaponry demonstrations taking place across the two days, you can learn how to fire a bow and arrow and attend sword-school.

Saturday 11 — Sunday 12 August.
10am–5pm.

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8. Come face-to-face with Welsh Pirates at Harlech Castle

Ship ahoy! Harlech Castle has been taken over by pirates and sailors for a weekend of tale-telling, arts, crafts and songs of the sea.
Strike your own coin and meet Captain Jaxsparrow amongst a jam-packed day out of displays and activities.

Saturday 11 — Sunday 12 August.
10.30am–4pm.

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9. Celebrate at the Mighty Medieval Festival at Beaumaris Castle

Join the festivities at Beaumaris Castle as the spectacular fortress travels back in time for the biggest medieval event of the year.
Enjoy crafts, games, have-a-go archery, birds of prey, food and crafts stalls as well as the chance to take part in a dragon parade around the castle.

*Please note, the Cadw Dragons are not part of this event.
Wednesday 22 — Monday 27 August.
10am–5pm.

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