Caerphilly’s Window Wanderland

Inspired by Penarth, The Big Phill are organising Caerphilly’s first Winter Window Wanderland as a Covid-safe way to spread Christmas cheer throughout Caerphilly Town this year!

This festive season, we invite you to put on your winter coats and wander around our local area after dark to see the wonderful windows that our neighbours have created.

Whether it is big or small, a simple candle or an outdoor display, everyone is invited to create a family friendly display and help lift Christmas spirit during this crazy year.

We invite you all to post images of your Christmas displays on our Facebook event page (please click here) and there is the opportunity for participating addresses to be included on a digital map to form a trail which will be lit up from 5-9pm on the 19th & 20th of December (click here to see our digital map).

To have your displays placed on here,  simply email pictures and your address details to the email address below and help us create a festive walkway through Caerphilly and bring Christmas cheer to to adults and children alike!

Otherwise simply dress up warm and head out with your families to enjoy Caerphilly’s first Winter Wanderland this December!
Keeping safe:

Please stay in small groups when wandering and follow government guidelines regarding social distancing

Castle Gate Restaurant & Bar – Caerphilly’s answer to Mint and Mustard

As soon as we walked into Castle Gate Bar and Restaurant, we were immediately impressed with the new modern décor.  It was bright, airy and contemporary; immediately appearing a ‘class above’ the more traditionally decorated Indian restaurants in the county.

We were warmly welcomed at the door by Robi (the manager) and taken to our seats. As we walked through, I was pleased to not only see that social distancing measures were in place, but that this had not done anything to destroy the atmosphere. Yes, tables were spread out, dividers were in place and hand sanitiser was readily available, however none of this was to the detriment of the ambience that regular customers have come to expect at Castle Gate.

After ordering some traditional Asian beers, we ate our poppadoms happily whilst perusing the menu. The selection was varied (without being overwhelming) and I made a mental note to tell my vegan friends about the array of delicious looking choices available. As the staff were so friendly, I asked for their recommendations and soon opted for the Fish Onion Roast followed with the Goa Fish Curry; my husband preferring to go for the Slay The Dragon as a starter and the Lamb Lalucha for main. We then ordered a reasonably priced pinot grigio to accompany the dishes.

Our starters were soon brought out and I was delighted by the delectable presentation. I know appearance isn’t everything when it comes to food, but it was great to see the starters delivered in a way that matched the contemporary feel of this newly refurbished restaurant and echoed the dining experiences being provided in award-winning venues like Mint and Mustard. We quickly tuck in and our taste buds were not disappointed. The Fish Onion Roast, which was made up of fried fillets of white fish marinated with southern spices, was flavoursome and well-seasoned. It melted in my mouth and was a wonderful taste experience.  The Slay The Dragon dish, a Mysore delicacy consisting of pineapple flavoured, honey glazed chicken cooked over charcoal in the tandoor, was equally as delicious and the meat was succulent. Both dishes seemed to strike the balance between the modern and authentic Indian dining experience perfectly.


After such a great start,  we eagerly awaited the arrival of the main courses. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive. Asides from the Mint and Mustard’s Sea Bass (where the pan fried fish is placed on top of the curry), I had never actually eaten a proper fish curry before. I was unsure what the consistency would be like and I was a bit nervous that it would taste ‘too fishy’ and that I would not be able to enjoy the flavour of the curry itself. It was therefore, with rising trepidation (‘why had I trusted this unknown waiter instead of my own instincts?’) that I took my first mouthful. And quite simply at that point, I was speechless. Despite all my reservations, the Goa Fish Curry was simply scrumptious. Indeed the divine combination of perfectly cooked white fish in a spiced coconut milk on a bed of crushed potatoes and caramelised onions was so moreish that I resented previously agreeing to share it with my other half.

Fortunately, however, this traditional fish curry was not the only appetising item on the table. The peschwari naan and pilau rice were cooked to perfection. Moreover, the succulent lamb (in my husband’s choice of Lamb Lalucha) had been seasoned with an aromatic selection of spices and was tender and succulent.  I could see why this (the chef’s own unique recipe) was such a hit as it was a perfectly balanced curry and the meat had clearly been prepared with great skill. Indeed, whilst my preference was the Goa Fish Curry, my husband was adamant that he had ordered the better dish.  We have decided to agree to disagree on this one!

So how would I rate our dining experience? Well, to be honest, I don’t think I could give anything other than top marks. The food was more flavoursome, the wine was crisp and light and the atmosphere was fantastic. We’ll definitely be heading back. I mean who needs Cardiff, when we have amazing local restaurants like this on our doorstep?

Disclosure: Robi had kindly offered us our meals for free this evening. However, we will definitely be heading back soon and would be more than happy to pay for these fantastic dishes. We paid for our drinks and found they were reasonably priced.

River of Light Lantern Parade in Caerphilly Town Centre 2019

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 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.



Christmas Light Switch On 2019 – Caerphilly Town Centre

The big man himself will be return this Christmas to turn on the lights and mark the start of the festive period in Caerphilly Town Centre.

The lights go on at 7pm but the entertainment from local choirs (including the popular Only Boys Aloud), will start at 5.30pm. Additionally, the wonderful owners of Casa Mia Restaurant are kindly giving away mince pies and mulled wine to help spread the Christmas spirit during the festivities.

Please see below for the entertainment schedule:

5.30pm-5.45pm – Caerphilly County Schools Big Band

5.55pm – Plasyfelin School Choir

6.05pm – Twyn School Choir

6.15pm – Cwrt Rawlin School Choir

6.25pm – Caerphilly Stage School

6.35pm – Only Boys Aloud

6.45pm – Caerphilly Community Chorus

6.55pm – Father Christmas arrives

7.00pm – Lights switch on

Running alongside this event will be the incredibly popular Caerphilly By Twilight event. Please click here for details!

To find out more about Christmas events running in and around Caerphilly Castle, please look below!

Christmas Markets

Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle

Visiting Father Christmas at Caerphilly Castle

River of Light Lantern Parade

River of Light Lantern Workshops

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Annual Christmas Market at Bryn Meadows

Bryn Meadows’  annual Christmas Market is back this November and will help you get set for the festive season!

Confirmed stall holders include:

Bobbly Bows
JD’s Log Reindeers
Cupcake Corner
Suit U
Slimming World
Body Shop
K&L Designs
We love pets
Your perfect presents
Cwtch Creatives
Velindre Cancer Care
Claires in Stiches
Its All About The Bake
All sorts of gifts
Love Country Crafts
Vintage Repro
Serendipity Gifts
Literally Made
The Bumblebee Makery
The Welshiest G&T
Driftwood Trees
Nanniepubs Crafts

There will also be exclusive offers from Fusion Spa and Winners Golf Supplies. Gift Vouchers will also be available to purchase.

Stalls are available to hire. Contact the events team on for more information.

The Big Phill Christmas Guide 2019

Whether it’s ice skating in the castle or a festive market, there are so many wonderful things happening in Caerphilly this Christmas that there will be something to suit everyone!

Ystrad Mynach Festive Fayre 2019

Christmas Light Switch On 2019 – Caerphilly Town Centre

Caerphilly By Twilight 2019 in Caerphilly Town Centre

Bargoed Ice Rink 2019

Blackwood Winter Fair

Wind in the Willows at Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall

Aladdin at Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle -December 2019

Caerphilly Christmas Market in Caerphilly Town Centre

A Medieval Christmas 2019 at Caerphilly Castle (including the chance to meet Father Christmas!)

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Cwmcarn Forest Visitor Centre

Christmas Market at Deri Community Centre

Santa’s Christmas Countdown at Newbridge Memo

River of Light Lantern Workshops at Caerphilly Leisure Centre

River of Light Lantern Parade in Caerphilly Town Centre 2019


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Dragons Live at Caerphilly Castle

If you like dragons then this Dragons Live event at the magnificent Caerphilly Castle is definitely the event for you!

Why not head along and say hello to their friendly interactive dragon who will be taking regular strolls around the castle over the May bank holiday? There’s also the chance to meet  a Dragon Whisperer and ask for advice and guidance on how to train your very own dragons!

So why not visit Wales’ largest castle this bank holiday and find out all you need to know about these magical, mystical creatures?

Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
CADW Member – Am ddim / Free Entry
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / Free Entry
Student and child under 16 – £5.30
Senior Citizen – £7.10

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

Civil War Comes To Caerphilly Castle

Whether you consider yourself a Royalist or a Parliamentarian, this fantastic Civil War event at Caerphilly Castle is sure to delight this April!

Yes, this Easter, the Marquess of Winchester’s Regiment of the King’s Army will be in residence at Caerphilly Castle with four days of battles, cannons and muskets. So why not head to this magnificent 750 year old castle and re-live the tumultuous and bloody times of the Civil War?

You will get the opportunity to witness Roundheads versus Cavaliers (along with muskets and cannons), the changing of the guard, drill and a host of living history activities throughout the castle, as well as regular skirmishes between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, with a detachment of dragoon guards and artillery men.

Which side will you choose?

Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
Student and children under 16 – £5.30
Senior Citizen – £7.10

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

**Cancelled** Easter Crafternoons at Caerphilly Castle

  1. This Easter, CADW invite you to head along to Wales’ largest castle and enjoy two hours of crafting fun in their Crafternoon sessions at Caerphilly Castle!

There will be a variety of themed arts and crafts for Easter and are sure to entertain the little ones during the school holidays.

These Crafternoons will be taking place on April 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26.

Dates, times and prices

15 Apr – 26 Apr 2019

2pm – 4pm

Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
Student and children under 16 – £5.30
Senior Citizen – £7.10

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

Medieval Siege Engine Firing at Caerphilly Castle

If you fancy a taste of the medieval this Easter, why not head to Caerphilly Castle and experience these medieval siege engines in a 750 year old castle?

This weekend will be full of fun and excitement as Caerphilly Castle give its visitors the opportunity to ‘travel back in time’ as they look to bring history with their fantastic mighty Siege Engines this April!

Members of the medieval re-enactment group, Company of Chivalry, will be setting up camp in Wales’ largest castle for these two days of medieval fun. The huge siege engines will be fired by members of the group over the weekend, while visitors will be given the opportunity to have a go at firing a mini trebuchet made specially for the event. A great family day out for all ages.

11am – 4pm

Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
Student and children under 16 – £5.30
Senior Citizen – £7.10

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16