VISITORS to Cadw sites can explore hundreds of years of Welsh history this Easter (April 08 – 25 2022), as castles, abbeys and historic houses across the country host an array of family-friendly events.

From meeting a medieval monk at Tintern Abbey to knight school classes at Kidwelly Castle, here are six of the best ways families can experience the sights, sounds and smells of historic Wales this Easter.

For those who fancy making the most of the events on offer, Cadw membership offers free event entry and unlimited access to over 100 historical sites across Wales.

Enrol at Kidwelly Castle’s silly knight school

Kidwelly Castle

Visitors to this larger-than-life event can have a go at everything from juggling to diabolo and plate spinning — courtesy of Juggling Jim. Following this, silly knight school students will be challenged to complete three fun challenges to become a knight.

Tuesday 19 April and Wednesday, April 20, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Standard admission prices apply. No prior booking required.

More information available here

Fly high with Falconry at Laugharne Castle

Laugharne Castle

Discover falcons, eagles and even vultures at this fascinating event — which will explain the role that birds of prey played in medieval Wales, complete with flying displays throughout the day.

Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 23, 11:00 am – 4:00pm.

Standard admission prices apply. No prior booking required.

More information available here

Meet Brother Thomas at Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

As the cellarer of Tintern Abbey, Brother Thomas knows all there is to know about monastic life — and he’ll be sharing all the secrets with visitors to this unique event. You will learn about everything from the monks’ duties to their hygiene and eating habits.

Saturday April 9: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Standard admission prices apply. No prior booking required.

More information available here.

Watch a medieval fashion show at Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle

A weekend of medieval mayhem will come to Raglan Castle this Easter weekend — courtesy of living history group, Historia Normannis, and award-winning falconers, Wings of Wales.

From archery and armoury demonstrations to medieval fashion shows and breath-taking falconry displays, this jam-packed event will offer an unforgettable day of fun for all the family.

Saturday, April 16 – Monday April 18, 10:00 am – 4:00pm.

Standard admission prices apply. No prior booking required.

More information available here

Uncover the deliciously rich history of Chepstow Castle

Chepstow Castle

Families are invited to discover what the medieval residents of Chepstow Castle would have cooked and eaten — as the site prepares for a very important, noble visitor. Attendees will be drafted in to help the Castle stewards assemble ingredients and set the grandiose table ahead of the feast.

What’s more, the 900-year-old site will host a game of Easter Bingo every day from 09-24 April, with families invited to search the entire Castle for clues.

Wednesday April 13 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Standard admission prices apply. No prior booking required.

More information available here

Meet the Marchers at Tretower Court and Castle

Tretower Court and Castle

Visitors to this event will discover a day in the life of the 17th century — with the Marcher Stuarts on hand to teach modern visitors about everything from dining etiquette to the best ways of keeping your powder dry. Plus, families can follow Rhys the Rabbit’s Easter Trail around the grounds of the medieval fortified manor — for a chance to win a chocolatey surprise.

Saturday. April 16– Monday, April 18 10:30am – 4:30pm.

Standard admission prices apply. No prior booking required.

More information available here

To see Cadw’s full Easter events programme, please visit https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/whats-on/find-a-cadw-event follow @CadwWales on Twitter or search Cadw on Facebook.

Cadw membership includes entrance to this fantastic programme of Easter events, as well as Cadw’s full suite of 100+ historical sites — from as little as £1.50 a month. Join via https://www.cadwmembership.service.gov.wales/