Cardiff will have a
slightly old world feel to it this weekend with two great
Cardiff Castle hosts the Grand Medieval Melee. Take your
self back to medieval times as the castle green is transformed into
a medieval village as the See the characters go about their daily
Falconry displays, combats and mass battles are all part of the
entertainment. Look out too for the firing of the Castle's mighty trebuchet siege
You can even try your hand at archery and try on some authentic
costumes.More information is available on the Cardiff Castle website.
Meanwhile over at the St Fagans National History
Museum you can come and meet the villagers as they prepare for the
Battle of St Fagans during this 1648 Civil War re-enactment.
Throughout the weekend the museums grounds will be home to a
military camp where various skills, trades and crafts can be
You'll be able to meet various people including barber surgeons,
cider-makers, weavers and craftspeople will also be on hand to give
you an insight into ordinary people's lives during the era.
At the military encampment the soldiers will be gathering for the
coming battle. The troops will be happy to show you how the
firearms of the period worked - try your strength at handling a 16
Meanwhile over in the Castle you can spy on the party of Royalist
officers and local gentlemen planning the campaign, whilst in the
make-shift field kitchen, watch the cooks prepare food for the
soldiers and view the formal dining of the commissioned officers at
Take a look at their website for more information
Visitors to Cardiff can't miss its castle.
After all it's situated right in the heart of the city. Tours
of the castle and it's impressive apartments have always been
popular but today there's another reason to visit as the castle is
now home to a colossal catapult known as a trebuchet.
The trebuchet is actually a prop from the movie Ironclad, which was
shot in nearby Bridgend. Trebuchets were used in the 13th
century to attack the solid walls of castles. Using a
sophisticated counter balance system, large rocks and stones could
be placed in a catapult sling and hurled with such a force they
could breach the strongest of fortifications and were capable of
firing missiles in excess of 150 kilograms.
The trebuchet is still in working order and is fired on special
occations by the castle's 'Trebuchet Team'. The trebuchet
stands at 10 metres (approx. 35 ft high), weighs up to 6 tons and
it takes 8 people to load and fire the machine.
The next firing of the trebuchet takes place on Saturday 4
June. More information is available from the Cardiff Castle website