Historic Sites Celebrate Heritage, Arts and Crafts in Week-Long Festival

Monday 22 July 2013

Historic sites celebrate heritage, arts & crafts in week-long festival

Historic sites celebrate heritage, arts & crafts in week-long festival

As the school holidays commence, seven of Wales’s finest historic attractions cared for by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, will welcome a plethora of exciting traditional games, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

In north Wales, activities ranging from jester workshops and traditional dancing workshops, to plaster moulding making and military training will be on offer at Beaumaris, Rhuddlan and Denbigh Castles and Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House in Conwy between 22 and 25 July guaranteeing fun for everyone..

In south Wales, Tretower Court, Laugharne Castle and Tintern Abbey will be welcoming visitors between 23 and 26 July to try their hands at a range of activities, including photography, pastel art, hand spinning and weaving, and traditional building techniques.

North Wales
On Monday 22 July, visitors to Beaumaris Castle will be entertained by bards and minstrels, gaining insights into medieval meals and seeing the armourer’s deadly weapons.

Activities at Rhuddlan and Denbigh Castles, on 23 and 24 July respectively, will include Physics in the castle, in conjunction with Techniquest Glyndwr, where participants will be able to help in the attempt to catapult the castle, design a drawbridge and have a go at hoisting!

Visitors to Denbigh Castle will also be joined by the archaeologists from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, who will be introducing their brand new book looking at the fascinating history associated with the historic town of Denbigh.

On Thursday, 25 July visitors will have the unique opportunity to meet Ancient Arts, a team of local experimental archaeologists and traditional heritage crafts people, to learn about the restoration of Plas Mawr’s amazing plasterwork and to make their own Tudor clay casting to take home and keep.

South Wales

On Tuesday 23 July, visitors to Laugharne Castle can make a print of the castle, watch hand spinning and weaving demonstrations, learn how timber-framed buildings were built, watch green woodworking, meet a medieval barber surgeon and learn about arms and armour and everyday life 700 years ago!

The Tretower Court household will be in residence on Wednesday 24 July and visitors will be able to get involved in art and photography workshops, watch hand spinning and weaving demonstrations and make their own Tudor delicacy – a moulded marchpane!

On Friday 26 July, Tintern Abbey will be hosting art and photography workshops – including working with wire to celebrate Tintern’s wire-making heritage – and spinning and weaving demonstrations. You can also learn about the daily routine of medieval monks.

The heritage, arts and crafts celebration across all sites over the week offers treats for all the senses; from the tastes and smells of medieval cooking and fine wines that once stocked old cellars, to the sound of gentle medieval music, the spectacle of warring knights and the feel of traditional arts and crafts!

More than two million people visit Cadw’s 129 historic sites every year to discover the dramatic stories behind Wales’s breathtaking castles, abbeys, industrial and prehistoric monuments, and these sites, like many others form part of the fascinating story of Wales’s history.

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport said of the events: ‘Once again this year my team in Cadw have devised a programme of exciting events this summer to bring these fascinating monuments to life for visitors. Not only will the events at these four sites throughout the week offer an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a day out with the family, but they will also give local residents and visitors a taste of Wales’s history and the exciting stories behind these iconic monuments.’ 

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