Kidwelly Castle at night lit up by lights -one of the nicest castles in Carmarthenshire

Amazing Historic Events You Can’t Miss This Half Term in Wales

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Amazing Historic Events You Can’t Miss This Half Term in Wales

Discover the rich history of Wales this May half term with Cadw’s exciting array of events. Perfect for families, these activities span some of Wales’ most iconic castles, historic houses, and industrial sites. 

Whether you’re seeking adventure, historical insights, or quality family time, Cadw’s events have something for everyone.

May Bank Holiday Madness at Castell Coch

Step into a fairytale world at Castell Coch this bank holiday weekend. Follow the enchanting fairy trail through wooded pathways, uncover hidden wonders, and let your children enjoy face painting and crafting their own crown and wand.

Event Dates: Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th, and Monday 27th May, 11:00–15:00

Castell Coch  with a family walking towards the castle and bright blue sky in the background

Medieval Murder Mystery at Raglan Castle

Travel back to 1487 at Raglan Castle and engage in a thrilling Medieval Murder Mystery. Solve the mystery amidst the historical backdrop of Henry VII’s reign, with arms and armour demonstrations, interactive activities, and historical displays.

Event Dates: Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May, 11:00–15:30

The Wise Woman and the Surgeon at Plas Mawr

Explore Tudor medicine and surgery at Plas Mawr. Learn about medicinal herbs, try replica surgical instruments, and discover the roles of surgeons in the Tudor era.

Event Dates: Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May, 10:00–16:00

Plantagenets at Castell Harlech

Witness the excitement of a knight’s tournament at Castell Harlech. Enjoy epic clashes of sword and shield, archery showcases, graceful dances, and live music, immersing yourself in medieval culture.

Event Dates: Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th, and Monday 27th May, 11:00–16:00

Aerial view of Harlech Castle

World War 1 at Blaenafon Ironworks

Experience the sights and sounds of The Great War at Blaenafon Ironworks. See authentic weaponry displays, blacksmith demonstrations, and a military hospital setup, offering a vivid glimpse into wartime history.

Event Dates: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June, 11:00–16:00

Medieval Festival at Beaumaris Castle

Step back in time at Beaumaris Castle and immerse yourself in medieval life. Attend knight school, enjoy jester performances, and witness an epic battle between rival forces.

Event Dates: Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th, and Monday 27th May, 10:00–17:00

Minstrel Tom and the Wise Woman at St Davids Bishop’s Palace

Be enchanted by the medieval melodies of Minstrel Tom and explore the historical uses of herbs with the Wise Woman at St Davids Bishop’s Palace.

Event Dates: Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May, 10:00–16:30

Caerphilly Castle with the moat of water in the foreground

A Medieval May Time at Caerphilly Castle

Explore medieval history at Caerphilly Castle with crafts, costumed performances, and a charming castle trail. This adventure promises an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Event Dates: Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th, and Monday 27th May, 11:00–15:00

Under the Sea at Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths

Dive into history at Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths, discover underwater mosaics hidden within the ancient baths.

Event Dates: Every day from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June, 10:00–16:00

Medieval Musical Moments at Tretower Court and Castle

Enjoy the 15th-century musical magic of Pease Pottage at Tretower Court and Castle, as their melodies echo through the historical walls.

Event Dates: Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th, and Monday 27th May, 10:30–16:30

Tretower Castle ruins

Tales of Wales at Castell Cricieth & Castell Rhuddlan

Listen to ancient Welsh tales and legends at Castell Cricieth and Castell Rhuddlan, bringing to life the myths of giants, maidens, wizards, and dragons.

Event Dates: Monday 27th May, at various times between 10:30–15:30

Half Term Fun at Denbigh Castle

Visit Denbigh Castle and enjoy a day filled with games and creative activities, surrounded by its towering ramparts and stunning countryside views.

Event Dates: Saturday 25th May, 10:00–16:00

Birds of Prey at Laugharne Castle

Witness the grace of birds of prey at Laugharne Castle. Enjoy spectacular flying displays and marvel at the beauty and agility of these majestic birds.

Event Dates: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May, 11:00–16:00

Laugharne castle

Discover More with Cadw

Cadw’s events provide fun, historical insight, and valuable experiences. A full list of events and admission details can be found on Cadw’s website.

Join Cadw: Membership Benefits

With a Cadw membership, you gain free entry to events and unlimited access to over 130 historic places across Wales. It’s a fantastic way to explore Wales’ rich heritage. Plus, adult memberships now include free entry for children, making it perfect for family adventures.

Find out more and become a Cadw member today: Cadw Membership.