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Illuminata 2010

Illuminata 2010

Caerphilly Castle, Wales’s largest castle, located in the south-east of the country, will be bathed in light for a spectacular series of ticketed ‘son et lumiere’ style shows from Sunday 26th September until Friday October 8th 2010.


Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government’s historic environment service, is selling tickets to what promises to be the biggest series of light shows Wales has ever seen. If you are looking for that wow factor event, then this is it! Projected onto the castle’s Inner Ward, the sound and light shows will however be only one part of a full evening’s entertainment. Each night will follow a different theme including, Welsh music, the firing of the mighty siege engines, medieval banquets and weekend Michaelmas fair an autumn harvest celebration.


A number of high quality medieval banquets will be offered on certain evenings (Thursday 30th September, Friday October 1st, Saturday 2nd October and Sunday 3rd October) and would be a fantastic opportunity to sample the true history of the site in style.


Up to two showings will take place on non-banquet nights, the first at 7.30pm and the second at 8.30pm. Ticket holders should arrive 20mins before the start of each show Four eras in Caerphilly’s long history will be displayed as part of the light and sound show as audiences will be transported through centuries of conflict from Gilbert De Clare to Llywelyn Bren, when much of the castle was destroyed, through to Hugh Despenser and Edward II and the grisly end of an English king, before moving on to the ravages of the Civil War and the castle’s subsequent restoration by Coal Baron, the Marquess of Bute.

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