River of Light Lantern Parade in Caerphilly Town Centre

Whether you’ve got your lanterns ready or you’re excited about watching the magical glow of the beautful lanterns, you won’t want to miss Caerphilly’s infamous River of Light Lantern Parade this year. Especially, as this simply fabulous festive parade ends with a wonderful firework display that lights up our fantastic Caerphilly Castle!

 The parade starts at Caerphilly Train & Bus Station Park & Ride, then flows through the town to the rear of Caerphilly Castle (Crescent Road)

Participants will be accompanied by Samba dancers, Jazz bands and dancers creating a sea of colour through the town.  Bring your lantern along and take part in this annual event.

Enjoy some FREE family fun time and bring the children along to make a festive lantern ready for the Lantern Parade.  The workshops will be an enjoyable experience for the young and old, children can release their creative abilities and adults get the chance to behave like children and really get stuck in!

To find out more about the fantastic Christmas events running in and around the castle, please click below:

Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly by Twilight

Christmas Markets

Visiting Father Christmas

River of Light Lantern Workshops

Heading out over Christmas? Then, why not book your taxi with 1st Choice Caerphilly Taxi and enjoy a 20% off Christmas and New Year’s rates. Simply click here for details.

 

 

Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle – Christmas 2018

Christmas is a magical time of year. So, why not make it even more special this year by ice skating within the grounds of the beautiful and majestic Caerphilly Castle for the first time ever?

Yes, this year Caerphilly Castle are offering the ultimate Christmas experience with the chance to go ice skating in their stunning grounds this November and December. There will also be food and drink available as well as lots of Christmas cheer and even the opportunity to visit Father Christmas himself during the Christmas Market weekend (tickets for this go on sale 1st November 2018)..

The wonderful opportunity to ice skate in this spectacular 700 year old castle will run start with the fantastic Caerphilly by Twilight event on the 23rd November and will run until 9th December 2018.

These sessions run most days from 12-8pm on the hour and cost only £5 for children, £7 for adults and £22 for a family of four. Please see below for additional information.

Tickets for the ice skating will be back on sale 10am Sunday 28th October 2018. Please click here to book tickets.

Tickets to visit Father Christmas in his grotto on the 8th and 9th December will go on sale on the 1st November 2018.

Further information

  1. Children 3-7 years of age are permitted to skate when accompanied by an adult.
  2. Visitors in wheelchairs are more than welcome to enter the ice rink, but must be joined by a companion.
  3. Autism friendly sessions will take place on Sunday 2nd December at 10am and Monday, 3rd December at 12pm.
  4. There will be eight penquins (skating walkers) per session at no extra cost.
  5. Skate hire is included in the ticket price.
  6. Crepes, sweets, soft drinks, and beer will all be available to buy within the castle.
  7. The event will not be extended past the 9th December 2018.
  8. The rink is real ice.
  9. To book, simply please click here and select your chosen date and time.
  10. To visit Father Christmas on the Christmas Market weekend, please go here. Tickets cannot be purchased until after 1st November 2018.

 

To find out more about the fantastic Christmas events running in and around the castle, please click below:

Caerphilly by Twilight

Christmas Markets

Visiting Father Christmas

River of Light Lantern Parade

River of Light Lantern Workshops

 

 

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The Winding Engine at The Winding House, New Tredegar

The award winning Winding House is always a popular visit, but did you know that on specific days you can watch the Engine Volunteers run the Victorian winding engine for members of the public?

If you’d like to see this, then head along to The Winding House on the 30th June, where you will also have the opportunity to chat to volunteers who maintain the engine and ask them lots of questions!

 

The Winding House is built on the site of the former Elliot Colliery. The museum’s centre-piece is the original Victorian winding engine. This remarkable machinery was used to operate the cages which transported men and coal between the surface and the mine below.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic Engine Volunteers maintain and run the engine for members of the public on specific days throughout the year.

The engine runs for approximately 10-15 minutes.

Please note, the engine no longer runs on Bank Holidays.

Running the engine is dependent on the availability of our dedicated engine volunteer team. On very rare occasions, scheduled engine running times may not take place due to unforeseen circumstances. Please call us to confirm engine running times in advance of your visit.

Free Entry.

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The Winding Engine at The Winding House, New Tredegar

The award winning Winding House is always a popular visit, but did you know that on specific days you can watch the Engine Volunteers run the Victorian winding engine for members of the public?

If you’d like to see this, then head along to The Winding House on the 28th October., where you will also have the opportunity to chat to volunteers who maintain the engine and ask them lots of questions!

 

The Winding House is built on the site of the former Elliot Colliery. The museum’s centre-piece is the original Victorian winding engine. This remarkable machinery was used to operate the cages which transported men and coal between the surface and the mine below.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic Engine Volunteers maintain and run the engine for members of the public on specific days throughout the year.

The engine runs for approximately 10-15 minutes.

In 2018, the engine will run on the following dates:-

  • Saturday 30th June
  • Saturday 28th July
  • Saturday 25th August
  • Saturday 29th September
  • Saturday 27th October
  • Saturday 24th November

Please note, the engine no longer runs on Bank Holidays.

Running the engine is dependent on the availability of our dedicated engine volunteer team. On very rare occasions, scheduled engine running times may not take place due to unforeseen circumstances. Please call us to confirm engine running times in advance of your visit.

Free Entry.

Visitor Information

** To be resheduled due to adverse weather conditions** The Big Phill Comedy Night at Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall

Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy a fantastic night of comedy and celebrate St.David’s Weekend in style!

Our fantastic headliner will be none other than the absolutely hilarious Tiff Stephenson! She’s delighted the TV audiences of Mock the Week, Show Me The Funny and Russell Howard’s Good News  -and now she’s coming to Caerphilly!

Joining Tiff will be not one – but four – of the best Welsh comedians on the circuit at the moment; the fantastically funny Andrew Rutledge, award winning Simon Emanuel, heart warming Col Howarth and our MC (from the most popular sellout comedy shows in Cardiff) is the fabulous Lorna Pritchard!

So,  that’s five comedians for a tenner!

 

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Here’s some more details on our comedians!

1, Our MC for the evening,  fresh from her successful sellout comedy shows in Cardiff,  will be the absolutely fantastic – Lorna Pritchard!

School Term Dates in the Caerphilly Borough.

Here are the official school dates as taken from the Caerphilly County Borough Council Website.

 

Spring Term 2018

  • Term starts Monday 8 January 2018
  • Half term starts Monday 19 February 2018
  • Half term ends Friday 23 February 2018
  • Term ends Thursday 29 March 2018

Summer Term 2018

  • Term starts Monday 16 April 2018
  • Closed Monday 7 May 2018
  • Half term starts Monday 28 May 2018
  • Half term ends Friday 1 June 2018
  • Term ends Tuesday 24 July 2018

Autumn Term 2018

  • Term starts Monday 3 September 2018
  • Half term starts Monday 29 October 2018
  • Half term ends Friday 2 November 2018
  • Term ends Friday 21 December 2018

Spring Term 2019

  • Term starts Monday 7 January 2019
  • Half term starts Monday 25 February 2019
  • Half term ends Friday 1 March 2019
  • Term ends Friday 12 April 2019

Summer Term 2019

  • Term starts Monday 29 April 2019
  • Half term starts Monday 27 May 2019
  • Half term ends Friday 31 May 2019
  • Term ends Monday 22 July 2019

UV Disco at Caerphilly Rugby Club this February (For School Years 8 & 9)

Back by popular demand, Caerphilly Rugby Club is hosting another UV Disco for young people in Year 8 and 9. Valentine’s Photo Booth included plus hot food and tuck shop available on the night.
Tickets are only £3.50. Book quickly to avoid disappointment. 
If your young people are a little younger, then why not have a look at this UV Glow event instead.
Are your teenagers getting all the fun lately? Think it’s time that you got to go out instead? Then, don’t miss out on the early bird tickets to this great event in March, click here for more information!

RecRock Youth Open Mic Night February 2018 at Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall

The awesome RecRock Youth Open Mic  is coming to the Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall this February!

Tickets are only £2! Tickets available on the door.
Stage open from 6pm – 9pm for young performers to play on stage. Please contact info@recrock.co.uk for more details.
If you would like to find out more information about RecRock, please go here!  
Love a great night out? Then, please click here to find out about a new and exciting  event coming to Caerphilly this March!

Into the Ark at Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa

Into the Ark

The soulful acoustic band hailing from local Blackwood, Dane Lloyd & Taylor Jones, rose to fame earlier this year as finalists in The Voice on Tom Jones’ team.

As well as entertainment from the boys there will be an American themed buffet.

Book between Monday 23rd October and Sunday 5th November and pay only £19.95 per person. The price will then go back to the original price of £24.95 per person. To book tickets, please go here

Standard resort terms and conditions apply. Fully payable at the time of booking, which is non refundable and non amendable.