Posted: Mon 6th Jun 2016

Welsh Castles To Host Summer Of Adventurous Events /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 6th, 2016

Wales’s most impressive castles, abbeys and historic sites have released a summer-long programme of more than one hundred adventurous family events. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Welsh Government’s historic environment service, (Cadw), has launched the programme as part of its Historic Adventures campaign, which brings visitors one-of-a-kind experiences at Cadw sites during Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure – starting with the four metre-long dragon that broke the banks of Caerphilly Castle back in March. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

From watching a falcon soar over a medieval castle, to hearing the laughter and cries of a theatre audience ring out across the peaceful plains of a ruined abbey, there are a number of remarkable experiences to be had during June, July and August. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Highlights include a one-off stargazing session at Caerphilly Castle, arranged in association with Dark Sky Wales, which gives visitors the unique chance to study the night sky from within the walls of a majestic ruin. Taking place on Saturday, 27th August, tickets cost £10 per person and should be pre-booked here. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The programme also includes a hoard of literary adventures, from the telling of Wales’s magical myths and legends during the Summer of Stories (1 – 4 June), to a series of Roald Dahl commemorations at Rhuddlan Castle (15 July – 31 August). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Meanwhile, throughout June and July, Taking Flight Theatre Company will provide a new take on an old favourite, with exciting visual performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at some of Wales’s most atmospheric historic sites. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Summer visitors can also enjoy the annual Festival of Archaeology (09 July – 16 August), which sees historic sites across Wales host a series of free archaeological activities, including mystery excavations, talks by skilled archaeologists and living history demonstrations which span the ages. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During the August Bank Holiday (27 – 29 August), Cadw sites will wow spectators with bloody battle re-enactments and living history encampments at its series of ‘Bank Holiday Fun’ events, happening across sites in Wales, from Caerphilly all the way up to Beaumaris. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Visitors to Cadw sites are being encouraged to share their adventurous experiences on social media by using the hashtag #HistoricAdventures. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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