Posted: Mon 25th Apr 2016

Take Yourself On A Great Adventure To Wales’s Heritage Sites

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016

For those looking for an adventurous weekend look no further than some of Wales’s most iconic heritage sites, which will be hosting a series of events as part of Wales’s Great Adventure Weekend (Saturday, 2 April and Sunday, 3 April). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cadw, Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales, The National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales have come together to host a number of heritage events at sites across the country as part of Wales’s Great Adventure Weekend, in celebration of Visit Wales’ 2016 Year of Adventure. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

From archery, dinosaur exhibitions and picnics to music events, story-telling and knights and princess trails, there’s an adventure to be had for anyone who dares! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cadw’s role in the Great Adventure Weekend comes as part of its Historic Adventures campaign, which aims to ignite people’s interest in Welsh history and encourage people to have their own historic adventure. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “It’s great to see Wales’s key heritage organisations working in partnership to bring visitors this Great Adventure Weekend. With so many different events happening at sites across the country, there is ample opportunity for visitors to have their own heritage adventures during Wales’s Year of Adventure.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Great Adventure Weekend is just the start. Families can continue their adventure trail all through the summer with an all-new list of 24 truly ‘epic’ heritage adventure experiences, including stargazing amongst the ruins of Wales’s best preserved Abbey, seeing Indiana Jones’s hat, whip and jacket up close, creating a Lego castle, traveling 300ft underground into Wales’s mines or even joining a big medieval sleep over in one of Wales’s most iconic castles. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ken Skates continues: “Visitors can continue exploring Wales’s history throughout the summer by accessing the new list of heritage adventures online. I urge everyone to unleash their adventurous side and take part in this exciting programme of events to find out more about Wales’s remarkable history.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Great Adventure Weekend Events (2–3 April) ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cadw ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Caernarfon Castle — Picnic in the Castle
Conwy Castle — Big Day of Adventure
Denbigh Castle — Knights and Princess Day
Tretower Court and Castle — Archery Adventure @ Tretower Castle
Tretower Court and Castle — A Background on Medieval Marriage ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Tretower Court and Castle
Archery Adventure @ Tretower Castle
2 & 3 April 2016, 11am–4pm
£8.00 / £4.20 / £16.20 (family) ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Live like a 15th Century nobleman in the majestic surroundings of Tretower Court and Castle taking your archery skills to the Castle green and displaying your bravery for all to see. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A fun filled day for families looking to experience the beautiful grounds of Tretower Court as an archer of the Vaughan retinue or member of the 15th century household of Sir Roger Vaughan and his family. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Tretower Court and Castle
A Background on Medieval Marriage
3 April 2016, 2pm–3.30pm
£8.00 / £4.20 / £16.20 (family) ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ever wondered how the fashionable ladies of the medieval period would prepare for a society wedding? The famous bards of the day preparing to present their verse on the beauty and pageantry of the latest union of two influential families! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Take a look at the beautiful surroundings of Tretower Court; the great hall as a setting of a sumptuous wedding breakfast with minstrels filling the house with melody. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

An informative talk around the marriage ceremonies in medieval Wales and how a family like the Vaughans would have conducted such a ceremony at Tretower Court. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Conwy Castle
Big Day of Adventure
3 April 2016, 12pm–5pm
£7.95 / £5.60 / £21.50 (family) ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Join us at Conwy Castle to celebrate the Year in Adventure. Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun and adventure with Erwyd La Fol, the town Jester, a full sword fighting display, birds of prey and extend your adventure in to the town to complete the knight’s quest. Children in medieval costume have free entry to enjoy a fun packed afternoon. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Caernarfon Castle
Picnic in the Castle
2 April 2016, 11am–4pm
£7.95 / £5.60 / £21.50 (family) ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Celebrate the Year of Adventure by bringing a family picnic to the magnificent Caernarfon Castle. Throw down a picnic rug in the castle grounds and savour not only your food, but also the atmosphere of the thirteenth century. What an adventure for kids of all ages! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Around the castle there will be a variety of medieval entertainment to enjoy:
• Music from the Syrinx Recorder Group between 12.30 and 1.30
• The Castle custodians’ “1295 & all that…” with an opportunity for young recruits to learn how to defend a castle with a longbow.
• Find out about medieval life with our handling collection.
• Play medieval games like 9-Mens Morris.
• Interact with medieval characters and find out more of the history of Caernarfon Castle and the Welsh Princes. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

For the really adventurous there will also be the opportunity to have a go at a Caving Experience. But, best of all, you and the kids get to eat lunch within the castle! No booking required. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Normal admission charges apply — EXCEPT kids under 7 years, in fancy dress or with a picnic go free! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Denbigh Castle
Knights and Princess Day
3 April 2016, 11am–4pm
£4.00 / £2.80 / £10.80 (family) ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

As part of the Year of Adventure 2016, Denbigh Castle will be facilitating numerous activities to keep all Knights and Princess’s entertained for the day. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Activities include the Knights and Princess Trail, make your own Heraldic Shield or Damsel Hat and Face painting. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Day will conclude at 2.30pm with our Knight and Princess Parade where children can show off their costumes or newly created shields or damsel hat. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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