It’s the last Bank Holiday before Christmas so make it a good one! With the kids almost back at school, the August Bank Holiday is the perfect opportunity to enjoy one last, great day out. There’s loads happening across North Wales so you can go out with a bang!
2019 was crowned the ‘Year of Discovery’ by Welsh tourist board, Visit Wales. The campaign encourages locals and visitors alike to explore Wales and what better way to explore this Bank Holiday than by delving into our country’s vibrant history?
Over the Bank Holiday, CADW, the organisation that cares for Wales’s historic monuments are holding history-themed events all across the region.
We think it’s a great way to ‘discover’ more about Wales and have a memorable day out to boot. Here’s our pick of events for all you budding time travellers…
Knights, Jesters & Wizardry Wonder at Conwy Castle – Friday, 23 August
Visit Conwy Castle for medieval fun and games! Erwyd, the Conwy Jester, will be holding court while a storyteller will leave you spellbound with Welsh tales.
Children can have a go at archery while the adults can get to grips with sword fighting school. And for all the budding Merlin’s – young and old – test your magical mastery at the wand workshop!
Ardudwy Knights at Harlech Castle – Saturday 24 – Monday 26 August
Step back in time to the 13th century with the chivalrous Ardudwy Knights and find out what life was like in medieval Wales.
Over the weekend you can try your hand at archery, watch the knights face off in thrilling combat displays, and meet regal birds of prey.
The Prince’s Retinue at Denbigh Castle – Sunday 25 August
Want a really authentic experience? Living historians and medieval re-enactors, the Prince’s Retinue, will be in residence, bringing Welsh history vividly to life with a range of thrilling displays and demonstrations.
Wander the camp, meet the soldiers and learn about daily life in a medieval army from the people who lived it.
Beaumaris Castle Medieval Festival 10th Anniversary – Saturday 24 – Monday 26 August
If you only make it to one of these Bank Holiday events, make it this one! Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Beaumaris Medieval festival, the castle will come alive to the sights and sounds of days gone by.
Knights and dragons will parade and do battle, while jesters and musicians entertain you. Living history troupes will set up camp inside the castle, demonstrating what life was like back in its heyday. Join in with crafts, games, weaponry talks and even dress like a knight.
Get up close and personal with birds of prey, but keep a look out for the executioner!
PLEASE NOTE: CADW members go free to all sites and events, unless otherwise stated. For non-members, there will be an admission fee. For membership details and castle / event opening times, go to cadw.gov.wales.