Wales plays host to an array of music, art and literature festivals every summer — and this August, a celebration of heritage has joined the programme as Cadw presents a new history festival for families.

The all-new Kids’ History Festival will see hundreds of unmissable events, ‘cool’ activities and educational experiences arrive at 25 of Wales’s historic sites between in August.

It’s all part of Cadw’s Rediscover History campaign, which aims to shine a modern light on Welsh heritage and provide new ways for young people to experience Wales’s castles, abbeys and historic houses during Wales’s 2019 Year of Discovery.

With no prior booking required, general admission fees will apply to each Kids’ History Festival event.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “We are always looking at new ways of engaging young people in Welsh history and the Kids’ History Festival has been designed to do just that — with a mix of fun, unusual but most importantly, educational activities on offer for families to enjoy during the school summer holidays.

“I hope that the Festival’s contemporary approach to heritage education will inspire the children of Wales and beyond to explore Wales’s unique history and culture for years to come.”

Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 August
Kids’ History Festival: Beaumaris Wildlife Days
Beaumaris Castle
10am – 5pm
Normal site admission fees apply.
At Beaumaris Castle, event-goers will have an opportunity to handle majestic birds of prey and enjoy educational talks about local wildlife — courtesy of the RSPB.
Plus, a series of interactive flying displays will take place throughout the day, while a range of craft activities will be available for children to enjoy inside the Castle grounds.
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Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August
Kids’ History Festival GRAND FINALE: Medieval Festival 10-year Anniversary
Beaumaris Castle
10am – 5pm
Normal site admission fees apply.
Cadw’s Kids’ History Festival will officially close at Beaumaris Castle on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August, coinciding with the 10-year anniversary celebrations of the site’s annual Medieval Festival.
The final event promises two jam-packed days of unmissable activities, family-friendly experiences and interactive performances — including heart-stopping battle re-enactments, weaponry demonstrations, jester workshops, medieval food tasting, music, dance and even an opportunity to build a castle out of Lego.

Plus, visitors will be able to discover what life was like at Beaumaris during the Middle Ages as leatherworkers spinners, weavers and blacksmiths showcase their impressive skills inside an on-site medieval village.

Meanwhile, birds of prey displays, food stalls, arts and crafts workshops and a colourful dragon parade will be available for visitors to enjoy across the two-day celebration — which will come-to a close with a gigantic tournament between hundreds of medieval knights in the spectacular Castle grounds. Visitors will be encouraged to pick a side to cheer onto victory, with only the bravest of event-goers invited to take on the medieval warriors in a family-friendly, interactive battle.

Photos: CADW