Caerphilly’s got Christmas entertainment all wrapped up this year. We’re talking spectacular light and sound shows, mischievous jesters, tempting farmers’ market and rip-roaring banquets…all guaranteed to get the Yuletide spirit truly moving.
Caerphilly’s Christmas Medieval Market, will be in Caerphilly Town Centre and Caerphilly Castle, on 10th & 11th December 2011 (10am- 4pm), making a great family day out.
Foodies will be in their element as the Market fills the town centre with stands overflowing with seasonal produce fit for a king’s table. Each morning Lord Gilbert De Claire, his Knights and his folk will take to the streets of the town before making their way to the Castle.
Within the castle walls, make way for knights battling for the favour of fair ladies with musicians, jesters, mummers and craftsmen all around. Join Lord Gilbert De Claire as the spirit of a medieval Christmas settles on Caerphilly’s unique and colourful medieval tented village.
9th, 10th & 11th December 2011
Doors open 5.00pm
Film showing at 5.30pm & 6.30pm
Banquets 7.30pm-11.00pm priced at £30 per head
As darkness falls, the Castle will be bathed in light for a twice nightly sound and light show. Illuminata, which is supported by the £19m European funded Heritage Tourism Project, backed by £8.5million from the European Regional Development Fund, reflects the fascinating history of this iconic stronghold. Projected onto the castle walls of the Inner Wards, four eras in Caerphilly’s long history will be displayed from Gilbert de Clare to Llywelyn Bren, when much of the castle was destroyed, through to Hugh Despenser and Edward II and the grisly end of an English king, before moving on to the ravages of the Civil War and the castle’s subsequent restoration by Coal Baron, the Marques of Bute.
For something a little special and for those who truly want to make a night of it, there’s feasting and entertainment in the Castle’s Great Hall as the medieval banquets begin – a great end to a great family day out. The banquets will be held Friday, Saturday & Sunday evening following the last Illuminata showing. Tickets are priced at £30 per person booking early is recommended as numbers are limited.
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