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The Festival’s purpose is to encourage interest and enjoyment, mainly amongst children, relating to Welsh history, and create unique opportunities to learn about characters and stories from the past; discover sites of historical importance, and celebrate Wales’ rich heritage. 

The festival was first held in September 2015, following one of the festival’s Board members, Eleri Twynog, seeing a performance for children,  based on the story of Henry Tudor, at Raglan Castle. It was a thrilling experience which planted the idea of holding an annual festival at locations all over Wales, to celebrate Welsh history. 

The festival is not for profit, and every September and October, over a period of six weeks, heritage sites come to life with performances; workshops and exhibitions. As well as live events, many sessions are held online thus extending the festival’s reach and appeal. Since it’s inception, and with the support of many partners, the festival has co-ordinated hundreds of events and welcomed thousands of children to take part.

Cadw’s Lifelong Learning Team have supported  this festival enthusiastically for many years, even during the difficulties and restrictions of the pandemic.  We have seen at first hand the pure enjoyment of  learning taking place through these magical experiences, set in our extraordinary sites across Wales, where the history actually happened.

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