Discover the Magic of Christmas at Wales’s Historic Sites

Saturday 01 December 2012

Discover the magic of Christmas at Wales’s historic sites

Discover the magic of Christmas at Wales’s historic sites

Nothing marks the arrival of Christmas better than the magic of Christmas lights, fayres and late night shopping, decorations, mince pies and traditional Christmas music. This year Cadw is hosting a number of festive events at sites across Wales to get people into the Christmas spirit.

Caerphilly Castle will be holding its annual Christmas extravaganza, the Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Fayre. The popular event will this year include dramatic re-enactments, delicious food and drink stalls, fun-filled activities for children, Christmas shopping and a visit from Father Christmas - all guaranteed to get the Yuletide spirit truly moving.

Visitors to Castell Coch can join a workshop to make natural wreaths and other festive table decorations in December, or enjoy readings from the works of Charles Dickens combined with a Victorian buffet supper. Caerwent Roman Town is holding a workshop on the Origins of a Modern Christmas, and Plas Mawr and Blaenavon are taking visitors back in time with Elizabethan and Victorian Christmas events including music, feasting, fun and games. Raglan Castle is holding a late night shopping evening, offering visitors an opportunity to purchase unusual gifts for loved ones from the castle gift shop.

Event highlights are included below, and a full list is available at You can also ‘Like’ Cadw on Facebook and follow @CadwWales on Twitter to stay up to date.

Cadw Christmas events:  

Saturday 8 December – Sunday 9 December, 7.00pm

Christmas with Dickens, Castell Coch

Enjoy a seasonal assortment of readings from the works of Charles Dickens as the year marking the 200th anniversary of his birth draws to a close. A Victorian buffet supper in the banqueting hall will follow. This special event is restricted to 28 tickets per evening so early booking is essential. Please call 01443 336104 to reserve your place or visit for more information.

Saturday 8 December – Sunday 9 December, 10am – 5pm

Christmas Medieval Fayre, Caerphilly Castle

Once again, stalls bursting with tasty food, delicious drinks and traditional medieval crafts from across Europe will entice you. Medieval acts and action, including music, jesters, knights and dragons, will entertain and amaze visitors as they stroll around the castle. Father Christmas will welcome children to his grotto as storytellers weave tales in the towers of Christmases past. Please call 029 2088 3143 or visit for more information.

Saturday 8 December, 11.00am – 1.30pm

The Origins of a Modern Christmas, Caerwent Roman Town

Why do we eat mince pies? This light hearted Celtic Learners Network lecture will explore the earliest British traditions, from Celtic midwinter solstice, to Victorian Christmas festivities. £10 admission. For more information, please call 01443 336104 or visit

Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Elizabethan Christmas, Plas Mawr

The doors of Plas Mawr will open for visitors to experience Christmas as the Elizabethans would have done. Visitors can enjoy mince pies and mulled wine while listening to music and getting involved in a range of hands-on activities. Come and meet our green Father Christmas! Normal admission prices will apply.

Sunday 16 December, 10.30am – 4.00pm

Christmas at the Ironworks, Blaenavon Ironworks
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Christmas in a small industrial town in south Wales. Free event. For more information, please call 01495 792615 or visit