Medieval meets Digital at Caerphilly Castle this Christmas

Friday 09 September 2011



Caerphilly’s got Christmas entertainment all wrapped up this year. We’re talking spectacular light and sound shows, mischievous jesters, tempting farmers’ market and rip-roaring banquets…all guaranteed to get the Yuletide spirit truly moving.

Caerphilly’s Christmas Medieval Market
Caerphilly Town Centre and Caerphilly Castle
10 & 11 December 2011.
10am- 4pm
(Park and ride. Normal admission charges to the castle apply)

Foodies will be in their element as the market fills the town centre with stands overflowing with seasonal produce fit for a king’s table. Each morning Lord Gilbert De Clare, his knights and his folk will take to the streets of the town before making their way to the castle.

Within the castle walls, make way for knights battling for the favour of fair ladies with musicians, jesters, mummers and craftsmen all around. Join Lord Gilbert De Clare as the spirit of a medieval Christmas settles on Caerphilly’s unique and colourful medieval tented village.

illuminata 2011
Caerphilly Castle
9, 10 & 11 December 2011
Doors open 5.00pm
Film showing at 5.30pm & 6.30pm
Free Entry
Banquets 7.30pm-11.00pm priced at £30 per head

As darkness falls, the castle will be bathed in light for a twice nightly sound and light show. illuminata, which is supported by the £19m European funded Heritage Tourism Project, backed by £8.5million from the European Regional Development Fund, reflects the fascinating history of this iconic stronghold. Projected onto the castle walls of the Inner Wards, four eras in Caerphilly’s long history will be displayed from Gilbert de Clare to Llywelyn Bren, when much of the castle was destroyed, through to Hugh Despenser and Edward II and the grisly end of an English king, before moving on to the ravages of the Civil War and the castle’s subsequent restoration by Coal Baron, the Marques of Bute.

For something a little special and for those who truly want to make a night of it, there’s feasting and entertainment in the castle’s Great Hall as the medieval banquets begin. The banquets will be held Friday, Saturday & Sunday evening following the last illuminata showing. Tickets are priced at £30 per person booking early is recommended as numbers are limited. To book tickets call 029 2088 3143.