‘Summer of Stories’ will bring legends to life at Cadw sites across Wales

Monday 22 May 2017

Exciting stories from Wales’s past will be brought to life at historic sites across the country this summer in celebration of Visit Wales’s Year of Legends.

Tintern Abey

Summer of Stories — Tintern Abbey

It’s all part of ‘Summer of Stories’, a series of events  organised by the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw) through its Live the Legends campaign.

The storytelling events, which take place throughout May and June, will celebrate Wales’s renowned poetry and literature as visitors get the opportunity to hear stories based on the country’s much-loved legends and myths, from the tale of King Arthur to medieval folklore.

Eleven Cadw sites, including Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths, Tintern Abbey and Beaumaris Castle, will host storytellers and each story will last for up to 30 minutes. Visitors are encouraged to drop in throughout the day to experience the best of Welsh tale spinning. 

One storyteller, Cath Little, will combine word and song to mesmerise visitors in tales of giants and the little people, ghosts and hidden treasures, and swan sisters and snake ladies, during her visit to Blaenavon Ironworks on Tuesday, May 30. While, traditional storyteller and writer, Richard Berry, will delight audiences in the epic legend of King Arthur and a mixture of Welsh folk tales at Tretower Court and Castle on Tuesday, May 30 and Tintern Abbey on Thursday June 1.     

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure in Wales, said: “2017 is Visit Wales’ Year of Legends, which aims to inspire visitors and locals alike to delve into our country’s legendary stories and rich history — and these events are a fantastic opportunity to do so.
“With more than two and a half million people visiting Cadw sites each year, we’re always looking at new and exciting ways to attract even more visitors and to help them better understand what the sites are about and why they play such an important role in Welsh culture.”

The ‘Summer of Stories’ at Cadw sites takes place between 29 May and 10 June.  Visitors are encouraged to share their legendary experiences on social media by using the hashtag #LivetheLegends.
For full event listings, visit www.gov.wales/cadw, find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter.