Wales's Castles join in Jubilee Celebrations

Monday 21 May 2012

Tourists and local residents are expected to flock to Wales's fabulous castles over the Jubilee weekend as Cadw announces a national programme of events to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2-5 June).

Wales's castles join in Jubilee celebrations

Wales's castles join in Jubilee celebrations

From cooking sessions and medieval siege demonstrations to spooky tours and family plays, there will be a wider range of events than ever before for visitors to enjoy.

More than two million people visit Cadw’s 127 historic sites every year to discover the dramatic stories behind Wales’s breathtaking castles, abbeys, industrial and prehistoric monuments. There are fascinating royal stories to uncover. Many people know that in 1969, the investiture of the current Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles took place at Caernarfon Castle but did you know that Henry VII, who was descended from the great Owain Tudor of Penmynydd, Anglesey, spent much of his childhood at Raglan Castle? This weekend families are invited to take a royal step back in time to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in the most dramatic backdrops.

Cadw, the Welsh for to keep, is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. Heritage sites and experiences make a significant contribution to the £4.2 billion worth of tourism spend in Wales annually, with natural attractions, castles and historic sites the top attractions visited by 72% per cent of visitors staying in Wales.

This weekend offers treats for all the senses; from the tastes and smells of medieval cooking and fine wines that once stocked castle cellars at Raglan Castle, to the sound of gentle harp music, the spectacle of classic plays and the feel of firing a trebuchet!

Culture vultures can feel part of history and experience the power of Caerphilly’s Medieval Siege Engines, be part of the action and join the knights of Harlech Medieval Society at Rhuddlan Castle and meet the Mercenary Longbowmen at Chepstow Castle.

The whole family can enjoy a play and a picnic with the production of the children’s classic, The Railway Children at White Castle, the Restoration of the Crown celebrations at Tretower and Cadw’s knight will keep everyone entertained at the Medieval Sword School in Castell Coch.

Marilyn Lewis, director of Cadw said: “People across Wales will be celebrating the Jubilee in lots of different ways and we have organised a special programme of events at our magnificent historic sites to join in the celebrations.”

Events listings

Saturday 02 June – Sunday 03 June, 11am, 2pm and 4pm
Music and stories at Beaumaris
A programme of gentle harp music and the telling of tales — part of the annual Beaumaris Festival.

Saturday 02 June – Sunday 03 June, 11am – 4pm
History Chef, Caernarfon Castle
Here is a treat for the senses: join the History Chef as she prepares and cooks medieval food and sample the tasty dishes.
Saturday 02 June and Sunday 03 June, 11am – 4pm
The Restoration of the Crown, Tretower
At Tretower Court preparations are underway to celebrate the Restoration of Charles II. While the puritans were in power many pleasant pastimes such as singing, dancing, games and country fairs had been banned. The local townsfolk are looking forward to the occasion and the gentry are busying themselves to welcome the new Lord Lieutenant of Wales, Richard Vaughan.

Saturday 02 June, 6.30pm
The Railway Children – A Play and Picnic, White Castle
Come and see the children's classic, The Railway Children, performed by Heartbreak Theatre Productions. Bring your own picnic. Suitable for age 5 and upwards.
Adults £12, children £6, families (2 adults and 2 children) £30. Book online at .

Sunday 03 June - Tuesday 05 June, 11am – 4pm
The Mighty Siege Engines, Caerphilly Castle
See and experience the power of Caerphilly's medieval siege machines as members of the Company of Chivalry demonstrate their operation. Children can try firing a mini trebuchet. Why not learn more about Caerphilly Castle by joining a guided tour?

Sunday 03 June, 11am – 4pm
Tales of Aesop’s Fables, Castell Coch
Let the Spellbinder entrance you with tales from the legendary Aesop's Fables in this magical, fairy-tale castle. 

Sunday 03 June – Tuesday 05 June, 11am – 4pm
Medieval Living History Encampment, Chepstow Castle
The living history group of King Edward's School are bringing their own brand of excitement to Chepstow Castle and are joined by the Mercenary Longbowmen.

Sunday 03 June – Monday 04 June 11am - 4pm
Explore the Castle’s History, Rhuddlan
Come and explore the history of Rhuddlan Castle and meet the knights of Harlech Medieval Society. Family fun for everyone.

Monday 04 June, 7.30pm
Poetry and Praise, Raglan
o'Not far from thence, a famous castle fine. That Raggland ight, stands moted almost round … The stately tower, that looks ore pond and poole,The fountaine trim that runs by day and night. Doth yeeld in showe, a rare and noble sight'  —  thus wrote a sixteenth-century poet about Raglan Castle. This enchanting evening will examine the praise poetry written about Raglan and its residents, It will conclude with an opportunity to learn about and sample the modern equivalents of the fine wines that once stocked the castle cellars.

Tuesday 05 June, 11am - 4pm
A Knight’s Tale, Castell Coch
Cadw's own knight wields his mighty sword and shows you how to fight safely in his Medieval Sword School!

There are also community events happening across Cadw sites over the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend:

Rhuddlan Castle: Scouts Picnic
Laugharne Castle: Church Tower Beacon
Beaumaris Castle: Church Tower Beacon and Medieval Weekend
Caerwent Roman Town: Church Tower Beacon
Swansea Castle: Church Tower Beacon
Skenfrith Castle: Picnic
Caernarfon Castle: Church Tower Beaocon
Coity Castle: Church Tower Beacon

See online article in the Western Mail showcasing Cadw events 25.05.12 supplement 5 page 61