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Marvellous Melee

Cardiff Castle JoustEvent - Grand Medieval Melee
Location - Cardiff Castle

Date - 16th & 17th August 2014

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Cardiff Castle is transported back in time as it becomes a medieval village for the weekend.  The bloodthirsty knights will be taking part in brutal brawls and ferocious fights in a series of re-enactments.

As well as battles, there'll be the sights, sounds (and smells!!) of medieval times with plenty of demonstrations and entertainment to keep the whole family happy.

Big Cheese

Big CheeseEvent - The Big Cheese
Location - Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
Date - 26th to 28th July 2013

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 website

Cardiff Castle Hosts the Grand Medieval Melee

Event - Grand Medieval Melee
Location - Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

Date - 18 - 19 August 2012
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Cardiff CastleIn the very heart of the city, Cardiff Castle has stood for over 2000 years.  Once occupied by Romans and Normans, it was transformed into a lavish home for the 3rd Marquess of Bute in the 19th century.

Celebrating this fascinating past the castle holds a number of spectacular events throughout the year and this August sees the return of the Grand Medieval Melee.

Be transported back 700 years to experience the sights sounds and smells of Cardiff Castle.

Taking over the Castle Green is a medieval encampment - a mass of colourful tents where characters go about their daily chores; cooking, weaving and preparing for battle.  To survive, you had to know how to win in battle. See the drama of the fight unfold in some breathtaking combat displays as the knights in armour clash and the sound of crossed swords echoes through the site. With an amazing falconry display, sword fighting school, Have- A- Go archery, armour to try on and juggling classes there are a host of activities to keep everyone in a medieval mood.

Cardiff Goes Back in Time

Re-enactmentCardiff will have a slightly old world feel to it this weekend with two great events.

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 chores.

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 engine.

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 seen.

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 foot pike.

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 dinner time.

Take a look at their website for more information