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Llantrisant Medieval Weekend

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Historic Llantrisant will resound to the fierce noise of clashing swords and armour once again with a special Medieval event this weekend (May 3rd – 4th 2014).

The Cardiff Castle Garrison will descend on the former Norman fortress town with archery, medieval combat displays, weapons and armour on show for the two-day event.

The medieval weekend based on the Castle Green to coincide with May Day which was also celebrated in medieval times as saints and feast days.

It will also mark the return of Llantrisant Castle’s famous residents, the two goats housed for the summer months by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to help reduce the overgrowth around the ancient monument.

The goats have their own purpose-built shelter in the original enclosure of the 13th century castle, and daily a volunteer ensures they have [lenty of water supplies, supplement feeding with protein pellets, rake out and refresh straw in the goats’ shelter and ensure their over all health and wellbeing.

Visitors to the Castle Green this weekend will enjoy a fun-packed few days as Cardiff Castle Garrison make the event as authentic as possible and help residents and visitors learn about what life was like during those day times.

The Garrison are a well known living history combat society that perform regularly in Cardiff, Caldicot, Newport and Berkeley Castle. In 2015 they will travel to France to re-enact the battle of Agincourt.

They predominantly focus on the reign of Edward III and specially the years 1350-1370 when Llantrisant was a thriving hilltop community.

The aim of the society is to entertain, educate and inspire a desire to learn more about history.

The Medieval Weekend will include:

· A living history camp demonstrating medieval life.

· Combat, archery, crafts, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations.

· Talks on weapons, armour, crafts, cooking and archery

· Combat and history talks showing the weaponry and armour that was used during our period and how it was used.

· An opportunity to have a go at archery or to sponge a fool who is locked in the stocks

· Visitors will also have the chance to examine the armour, weaponry and craft items close up.

The members of Cardiff Castle Garrison are available throughout the day during shows to talk to the public, demonstrate skills and answer any questions posed to them.

What makes Cardiff Castle Garrison interesting and different from other re-enactment societies is the proportion of members who can give professional insights into how things were and how things worked and why. The group contains a high number of teachers, scientists, historians and archaeologists.

The camps, archery range and combat demonstrations take place in roped arenas, and members are on hand to supervise at all times.

The Medieval Weekend takes place on May 3 and 4 from 10am to 4.30am. For further details www.cardiffcastlegarrison.org.uk

During your visit you can also enjoy one of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s exciting audio trails of old town Llantrisant.

The trails allow you to immerse yourself in local history and culture and are designed to be used by following a prescribed route and listening to the relevant commentary at each numbered point on the map.

Each of the trails has suggested options and detours that the user may decide to take up or not, depending on individual preferences and time available. Some of the routes follow narrow lanes, mountain roads and side streets to uncover the hidden heritage of the area.

For further details visit www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk where you will find a variety of trails aimed at walkers and cyclists and drivers!

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