Thursday 13 April 2017
Two enormous eggs have appeared in a nest at Caerphilly Castle today (13 April) ─ and they’re not made of chocolate.
Discovered just weeks after the Cadw Dragons ─ Dewi and Dwynwen ─ landed at Caerphilly Castle, the nest’s contents are believed to be dragon eggs.
Grey-black in colour, the gigantic eggs have a rock-like texture accented in fiery shades of red, orange and yellow ─ not unlike the reptilian eggs that feature in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
The eggs’ arrival marks the next stage in the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw)’s Live the Legends campaign, which will bring Wales’s dramatic stories to life during Visit Wales’s 2017 Year of Legends.
Situated beneath the smiling jaws of mum-to-be Dwynwen, the nest of eggs has appeared just in time for the Castle’s busy Easter period, which last year saw more than 90,000 visitors during the month of March alone.
Easter bank holiday events at the Castle include Easter eggs hunts and the Medieval Easter Weekend (16–17 April), which will offer visitors a glimpse into the site’s medieval past, with the return of civilians, knights and royalty from its heyday.
Visitors to Caerphilly Castle will have the chance to see Dewi, Dwynwen and the enormous dragon eggs by normal site admission through April and May 2017.
The Cadw Dragons and their eggs were brought to life by a team of 16 at Cardiff-based prop design specialists, Wild Creations. The colossal creatures, which collectively weigh a whopping two tonnes, were sculpted and moulded before being built out of fibreglass.
The gestation period of dragon eggs is unknown, so visitors to the Castle are asked to remain alert and to inform custodians of any egg movements and/or baby dragon sightings. All updates will be uploaded to Cadw’s Facebook page.
Dragon spotters at Cadw sites are being encouraged to share their legendary experiences on social media by using the hashtag #LivetheLegends.
To find out more about Cadw’s Live the Legends campaign and to discover the story behind the Cadw Dragons and their eggs, visit the Live the Legends page.