The Greatest Showman at Caerphilly Castle

Having never experienced open air cinema before, I was super excited as I walked into the magnificent grounds of Wales’ largest castle. I was also full of important questions: Would it be loud enough? Would the picture be clear? Would they sell wine? And, would Hugh Jackman actually be able to sing?

As I walked in with my haul of three blankets, two coats, two sleeping bags and four jumpers, I was (as always) delighted with the gorgeous backdrop of my surroundings. I really couldn’t believe how lucky I was. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that there was a bar (woo hoo!) and, unlike many cinemas, the prices were reasonable (£10 for a bottle of wine, £1 for pop/sweets/popcorn and pizzas started at only £5.50). A great start indeed.
Then, it was time for the film to begin and my daughter literally yelped with excitement. Like many others, she sang quietly to the opening number and I was really surprised by just how fantastic the sound quality was. Despite being outside, the acoustics were perfect. I could hear everyone singing along but this didn’t detract from the film at all. In fact it just added to the fun filled atmosphere.

The timing of the start of the film meant that the picture quality was also of a very high standard and, as the evening grew darker, the beautiful backdrop of Caerphilly Castle became increasingly more majestic. My daughter kept looking around in amazement and I was also a little speechless; the glow of the beautiful, historical surroundings at night time and the stars shining down on us. It all just felt magical (as my daughter put it).
I also have to say a big thank you to the crowd. The relaxed vibe really added to the atmosphere. Everyone  was friendly and courteous, plus the  singing and crowd laughter was lovely. I can see why so many have ‘going to an outdoor cinema’ on their bucket list. This is definitely my new favourite way to see a film!
If you are planning on going to another one of these screenings with South Wales Outdoor Cinema, then here’s a few of my top tips:
– If you’ve only got blankets (like us), get there for when the doors open so that you can get a nice spot in front of the chairs.
– Take some blankets and cushions to sit on. The ground in Caerphilly Castle was perfect to sit on but if you’re at a venue with a harder surface, this would be a must.
– Take some things to cwtch up with. Last night, it was fairly warm so my sleeping bags weren’t really necessary but they did help to make everything extra comfy. My daughter and her best friend loved cuddling up in their sleeping bags before the film started and as the night grew a little colder, I loved getting warm hugs with my little one.
So, would I go again? Yes definitely and hope that more of these events happen here.


Oh and as for High Jackman, he can actually sing. Who knew? 😁

Week Six – W/C Monday 27th August

Here are the events for this week. Remember there are events running through the whole of the six weeks, please look at the bottom for the link!

Flying Kites and Lazy Owls at Caerphilly Castle

New and Expectant Parents at The Old Library with Tots Play Caerphilly

A Teddy Bears Picnic: Final Summer Family Play Session

Events running throughout the holidays

Week Five – W/C Monday 20th August

Here are the events for this week. Remember there are events running through the whole of the six weeks, please look at the bottom for the link!

Fairy Tales & Unicorns Interactive Story Trail at Bedwellty House and Park

Family friendly Heritage tour at Newbridge Memo

Unicorn Pamper Party Fun at Bedwellty House and Park

Meet the Dinosaurs at Kids Fun Playcentre

Summer Crafts: Musical Instruments at Newbridge Memo

Wildlife Warriors Treasure Hunt at Cwrt Rawlin School

Sunbeans Funday at Ysgol Gymraeg Caerphilly

Megaday (4th Street Headlining)- August 2018 – Virginia Park, Caerphilly

Events running throughout the holidays

 

Week Four – W/C Monday 13th August

Here are the events for this week. Remember there are events running through the whole of the six weeks, please look at the bottom for the link!

Summer Crafts: Theatre Masks at Newbridge Memo

Be A Planet Superhero! : Summer Family Play Session

Summer Session – at The Old Library with Jingle Jangle Jo

Wooden Giants at Parc Cwm Darran Visitor Centre

Drama session with Jingle Jangle at The Old Library

A&S Animal Encounters at Kids fun Play Centre

Events running throughout the holidays

Week Three – W/C Monday 6th August

Here are the events for this week. Remember there are events running through the whole of the six weeks, please look at the bottom for the link!

Unicorn Pamper Party Fun at Bedwellty House and Park

Trolls Summer Workshop with Inspire Theatre Arts at Caerphilly Miners Community Centre

Summer Crafts- Make do and mend at Newbridge Memo

 

Increase Art Kids at The Old Library

Animal Kingdom: Family Summer Play Session

Children’s Summer Beach Party in Winners Bar at Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa

Summer Fayre at Newbridge Memo

A Weekend with Bowlore at Caerphilly Castle!

Family Fun Day at Rudry Parish Hall

 

Summer Funday at Van Community Centre

 

Events running throughout the holidays

 

WeekTwo – W/C Monday 30th July

Here are the events for this week. Remember there are events running through the whole of the six weeks, please look at the bottom for the link!

Picnic yn y parc (picnic in the park) at Parc Morgan Jones

Junior Rangers at Cwmcarn Forest

Aberbargoed Fire & Rescue Station – Open Day

Increase Art Kids at The Old Library

Tiny Tots Crafts at Cwmcarn Forest

Flying Kites and Lazy Owls at Caerphilly Castle

Mini Global Explorers: Family Summer Play Session at Canolfan Gymuned Gristnogol Siloh

Bug Chugs Date at Parc Cwm Darran Visitor Centre

Free Arts And Crafts at Van Community Centre

Ystrad Mynach Park Fundraiser

Free Climbing Wall in Bargoed Town Centre – Every Friday!

Events running throughout the holidays

Week One – W/C Monday 23rd July

Here are the events running this week!

Summer Fun-Teddy Bears Picnic at The Old Library hosted by Tots Play Caerphilly

How to Play with your new baby workshop at The Old Library hosted by Tots Play Caerphilly

Wildflower Pottery Event at Parc Cwm Darran

Mini Movers Beach Themed Party at Bedwellty House and Park

Pond Dipping Plus Art Attack at Parc Cwm Darran

The Big Cheese at Caerphilly Castle

The Winding Engine at The Winding House, New Tredegar

Mermaid Academy at Belles and Bows

Events running throughout the holidays

Events running throughout the holidays

Here are some events that are running throughout the summer in Caerphilly. From sport camps and adventure days to free events and learning camps, these activities are running regularly through the holidays and will help to make the holidays even more fun!

Summer Sport Scheme at Caerphilly Leisure Centres

Summer Activities at The Old Library

 

Junior Golf Camp at Ridgeway Golf Club

Free Family Events running at libraries around Caerphilly County Borough – Summer 2018

 

Primary Summer Activities with Menter Caerffili at Various Destinations

Free Events at Caerphilly Library

Summer Holidays at the Summit Centre

Summer Detectives at The Old Library this Summer!

Project 192 – Summer 2018

 

STEM Summer School with Educalis at Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise

 

SEN Session at Kids Fun Playcentre – Every Monday

 

Summer Holiday Adventure Days at various locations in Caerphilly County Borough Council

Moo Music Summer Sessions at Tawelfryn Community Centre

Free Climbing Wall in Bargoed Town Centre – Every Friday!

The Big Phill School Holiday Guide to Caerphilly – Summer 2018

Here is a guide to some of the fantastic events going on in the Caerphilly County Borough this summer. There is a guide to events running throughout the six weeks and a week by week guide to individual events.

Events running throughout the holidays

Week One – W/C Monday 23rd July

WeekTwo – W/C Monday 30th July

Week Three – W/C Monday 6th August

Week Four – W/C Monday 13th August

Week Five – W/C Monday 20th August

Week Six – W/C Monday 27th August

 

May Half Term Fun in Caerphilly County Borough

With Whitsun holidays just around the corner, why not check out some of the fantastic events running around the borough?

From princess training and toy making to sports camps and bear hunts, there’s something for all your cheeky little monkeys this May!

Castle Events

A Weekend with Bowlore at Caerphilly Castle!

Come and meet the Dragon Whisperer at Caerphilly Castle!

Flying Kites and Lazy Owls at Caerphilly Castle

 

Outdoor Adventures

 

Adventure Bear Hunt at Cwmcarn Forest

Mini Bird House Fun at Cwmcarn Forest

Butterfly Identification Event at Aberbargoed Education Centre and Site

Theatre Fun

The Tale Of The Cockatrice at Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Moonfall at Blackwood Miners’ Institute

 

Arts and Craft Activities

Half term children’s craft activity; make your own toys at Newbridge Memo

Big Art Workshop at The Old Library

Craft club – Tasty Treats at The Winding House

Unicorn Poop Pots at Cwmcarn Forest Centre

Tiny Tots Crafts at Cwmcarn Forest Centre

Sport Camps

Whitsun Sport Camps 2018

Junior Golf Holiday Camp May 2018 at Ridgeway Golf Club

Bedwas Gymnastics Half Term Fun Camp

Free Activities

May Half Term Events in libraries with the Caerphilly County Borough

Free Arts and Crafts at Van Community Centre

The Winding Engine at The Winding House, New Tredegar

In a galaxy far, far away

Knights of the Galaxy Katag at Bedwellty House and Park (additional date added)

Tiny Tots

Gruffalo Themed Messy Play at Bedwellty House and Park

Fantasy Fun

Pirate & Mermaid Fun at Bedwellty House and Park

Princess In Training Event at Belles and Bows

Mermaid and Pirate Fun at Belles and Bows