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Covid-19 update

Cadw is only accepting event applications from local communities for up-to 50 people until the 1 October 2021.

We regret that we are not able to host large events at our sites this summer while Covid-19 systems are in place and our visitor capacities are greatly reduced as we are not confident that these can be run safely at the current time .

We will be reviewing the situation regularly as regulations change and hope to be able to host large-scale events at our sites from the autumn.

Cadw is the historic environment service for Wales, and looks after 130 historic monuments across Wales, many of which are available for hire for third parties to hold events.

We hire our magical sites for a wide range of events from concerts and theatre performances to food festivals and family fun days. A selection of sites are suitable for indoor events and all other sites are suitable for outdoor events. Please note that some of the sites are closed over the winter, and it might not be possible to hold an event during this time.

Check our site opening times and contact details on our Find a place to visit page.

What is a commercial hire event?

Commercial hire events at our monuments are organised by third parties in compliance with Cadw’s Terms and Conditions and Cadw will charge a fee for the hire of the venue and any additional staffing costs. These types of event can vary greatly in scale and content and can involve:

  • monument opening outside of normal opening hours
  • exclusive monument hire
  • the need to restrict access to certain parts of the site
  • not available for site visitors, a private event
  • additional Cadw staff to monitor events out of hours
  • events selling tickets for commercial or fundraising
  • events taking place over multiple consecutive days
  • all commercial hire events will incur a fee for venue hire plus additional staffing required.

Examples of commercial hire events:

  • ticketed performances (concerts/music events)
  • sporting events – running / marathon events
  • special interest groups events
  • ice rinks
  • pop-up cinema (e.g. Rugby live-stream)
  • food and drink events
  • rally events, car owners’ clubs etc.
  • theatre performances selling tickets
  • private gala evenings.

Events which do not fall within this description, where a fee cannot be paid, may be classed as a community hire event and require submission via the Cadw Community Event Application form

Application process

We require all third parties to use our online application form to request the hire of any Cadw monument, which will enable the team to decide whether the event is appropriate for the site in question and provide guidance on fees depending on requirements. This also notifies us of any special requirements the applicant may have and allows us to advise the applicant of any concerns.

The form should be submitted a minimum of five weeks in advance of the event, and earlier if possible.

It will be necessary to submit a proposed event plan, risk assessment and confirmation that public liability insurance will be in place to cover the event with the application.

Commercial hire event application form

For any commercial hire event enquires please email our Commercial Team cadwcommercial@gov.wales Tel: 03000 257 182