Tourists and local residents are expected to
flock to many of Wales’s castles over the Jubilee weekend now Cadw
has unveiled a national programme of events to celebrate the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (2-5 June).
From cooking sessions and medieval siege
demonstrations to spooky tours and family plays, there will be a
wider range of events than ever before for visitors to enjoy.
Cadw, the Welsh for to keep, is the Welsh
Government’s historic environment service. Heritage sites and
experiences make a significant contribution to the £4.2 billion
worth of tourism spend in Wales annually, with natural
attractions, castles and historic sites the top attractions
visited by 72% of visitors staying in Wales.
More than two million people visit Cadw’s 127 historic
sites every year to discover the dramatic stories behind Wales’s castles, abbeys, and
monuments. There are fascinating royal stories to uncover. Many
people know that in 1969, the investiture of the current Prince of
Wales, HRH Prince Charles took place at Caernarfon Castle but did
you know that Henry VII, who was descended from the great Owain
Tudor of Penmynydd, Anglesey, spent much of his childhood at
Raglan Castle? This weekend families are invited to take a royal
step back in time to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in the most
The weekend offers treats for all the senses;
from the tastes and smells of medieval cooking and fine wines that
once stocked castle cellars at Raglan Castle, to the sound of
gentle harp music, the spectacle of classic plays and the feel of
firing a trebuchet.
Culture vultures can feel part of
history and experience the power of Caerphilly’s Medieval Siege
Engines, be part of the action and join the Knights of Harlech
Medieval Society at Rhuddlan Castle and meet the Mercenary
Longbowmen at Chepstow Castle.
The whole family can
enjoy a play and a picnic with the production of the children’s
classic, The Railway Children at White Castle, the Restoration of
the Crown celebrations at Tretower and Cadw’s Knight will keep
everyone entertained at the Medieval Sword School in Castell Coch.
Marilyn Lewis, director of Cadw said, “People across
Wales will be celebrating the Jubilee in lots of different ways
and we have organised a special programme of events at our
magnificent historic sites to join in the celebrations.”
See other recent news regarding: