Event - The Big
Location - Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
Date - 26th to 28th July
Where can you hear the whack of sword on shield, see birds of
prey soar majestically in the sky and smell and taste the finest
local produce? At the Big Cheese in Caerphilly, that's where.
Set in the shadows of Caerphilly Castle, the Big Cheese festival
could not have a finer backdrop. Plus during the festival entrance
to the castle is free.
Now in its sixteenth year the Big Cheese is bigger and even
better than ever with over 80,000 people expected to take in the
medieval atmosphere in 2013.
With living history re-enactment camps, displays, live music,
traditional funfair, folk-dancing, falconry, food tents and so much
more the Big Cheese is a fantastic day out for all the family.
For more information go to the
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