Bank Holiday Fun at Beaumaris Castle’s Medieval Festival
Are you looking for unique family-friendly activities in Wales this summer? How about a trip to the stunning Beaumaris Castle in Anglesey this August bank holiday weekend? The imposing fortress – often hailed as the “greatest castle never built” – is hosting a memorable medieval festival. Enjoy costume characters, demonstrations and fascinating Welsh folklore!
Interested to learn more? Keep reading for all the juicy details.
What’s on the agenda?
We all know how tricky it is to keep the kids entertained over the six-plus weeks summer break. Thankfully, you don’t have to provide all the entertainment because Cadw has just announced its summer line-up. One of the highlights is the medieval festival at Beaumaris Castle. It takes place this August bank holiday weekend.
Although the castle was never finished, it’s still an impressive feat of 13th-century architecture. It was also one of the last royal strongholds created by Edward I in Wales. The limestone, sandstone and green schist walls rise above a water-filled moat – perfect for keeping out bad guys. Look closely, and you’ll see 300 arrow loops on the outer battlements, daring enemies to enter.
With so much history, the fortress is perfect for a medieval festival. You’ll gain an insight into how life used to be through engaging demonstrations, workshops and reenactments. Musicians and jesters will delight guests with incredible stories of heroism and deceit. Elsewhere, the castle’s executioner skulks in the shadows. You might be unlucky enough to catch him sharpening his gory tools!
You can’t leave without a trip to the encampment. Here, you’ll learn about arrow making, leather work and weaponry. Skilled artisans will show you the correct way to wear armour on the battlefield. Plus, how archers used to string their bows to take down fearsome foes. Afterwards, enrol the kids into knight school. They’ll undergo drill training to see whether they have what it takes to succeed in the fight arena.
Finally, the day will end with a battle reenactment between Lord Gerard de Rhodes and Captain Nicholas Horton. Children aged 13 and under will be invited to join the Captain’s ranks to help defeat Sir Gerard and his knights.
Beaumaris Castle’s medieval festival FAQS
When does the festival take place?
The festival takes place this August bank holiday weekend. You can join the fun from Saturday 26th August to Monday 28th August, between 10am and 5pm.
Do you have to book and pay?
While you don’t have to book tickets for the festival specifically, you may still have to pay the general admission fee. Prices are as follows:
- Members: Free
- Children (under 5): Free
- Adults: £8.70
- Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £28.20
- Disabled person and carer: Free
- Juniors (aged 5 – 17): £6.10
- Students: £6.10
- Seniors (aged 65+): £8.10
Blue Light Card holders receive an extra 10% off the admission price. You’ll have to show your card at the location on the day to be eligible.
How do you get to Beaumaris Castle?
It’s pretty straightforward to find Beaumaris Castle. Situated on Anglesey, it’s one of the island’s most famous tourist attractions. The main roads to the castle are the A545 (Menai Bridge) or A5 (Bangor). Otherwise, search for rail, bus and bike routes.
Address: Beaumaris Castle, Castle St, Beaumaris, LL58 8AP
Is the venue dog-friendly?
Beaumaris Castle welcomes well-behaved dogs on leads outside and on ground floor levels only. Unfortunately, the stairs aren’t suitable for your furry four-legged friends.
Is there accommodation nearby?
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Anglesey during your visit, check out our comprehensive travel directory. We’ve curated some of the top-rated hotels, B&Bs, campsites and more to make your holiday even more enjoyable.
Check out the rest of Cadw’s super summer schedule
Of course, the fun doesn’t stop here. Cadw has arranged plenty of awesome activities this summer, including scavenger hunts, treasure trails and archaeology taster days. Browse the complete events schedule for more information.