Caerphilly Christmas Market in Caerphilly Town Centre

What could be more magical at Christmas then celebrating the festive season in the shadow of Wales’ largest castle?

“Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Caerphilly town and Castle preparing for Christmas with delicious food, the smell of mulled wine, exciting street theatre and over 100 food, craft and gift stalls. This magical market is a firm favourite both within Wales and beyond.

Find the perfect Christmas gifts at Caerphilly Christmas Market… whether it’s wine, liqueurs, chocolates, jewellery, or something a little more unusual.

Feel festive as you browse the Christmas decorations and seasonal stalls (whilst managing to try some tasty food and drink samples of course!). There’s also a Farmers Market complimenting the town’s mixture of independent & high street stores.

FREE EVENT in the town. Normal admission fees apply to the castle.

The events runs 9am to 5pm on Saturday 7th December and from 10am-to 4pm on Sunday 8th December

There will also be the fantastic opportunity to go ice skating in the spectacular castle grounds (please click below). 

For further information visit  the website, call The Visitor Centre – Caerphilly on 029 2088 0011 or email

Interested in having a stall at this event? Visit to download an application form.”

The full times for the Christmas market are Saturday 7th December (9am – 5pm) and Sunday 8th December (10am – 4pm).

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

Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle -December 2019

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

River of Light Lantern Parade

River of Light Lantern Workshops


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Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle -December 2019

After the tremendous success of last year’s event, a fantastic Ice Skating Rink will return  to Caerphilly Castle this Christmas!

The wonderful experience of ice skating within the grounds of Wales’  largest castle will be even more magical this year with the opportunity to go ice skating on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve too!

Skate sessions for last year’s event were a sell out for all weekend bookings, so book your tickets soon if you would like to go ice skating  within the grounds of this magnificent 750 year old castle.

The ice rink will be open from  Friday 6th December (in time for the Caerphilly Christmas Market) and will continue for a WHOLE month until Monday 6th January 2020. During this time, Caerphilly Castle will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, where guests can enjoy outdoor skating on a real ice rink, indulge in treats from a pop-up cafe and visits from Father Christmas are also planned.

The ice rink will be open from 12pm to 9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10am to 9pm on Friday, Saturday and Sundays – last skate at 8pm – with each slot lasting 45 minutes. The rink will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Skate sessions, within the walls of Wales’s largest castle, should be pre-booked online at, with tickets priced at £6.50 for children under 14, £9.00 for adults and £27.00 for families (two adults and two children) with standard skate hire included in the skate price.

This event has been organised by Cadw in partnership with Castle Court Shopping Centre, Caerphilly County Council, Caerphilly Town Council, Transport for Wales and 11th Hour.

Further Information

1. Ten penguin-shaped ‘ice walkers’ per session will be available at an extra cost for younger guests, (first come first served) with children aged 3-7 years only permitted to skate when accompanied by an adult.

 2. Discounted school bookings are available from 12pm to 5pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by calling 02920 099087.

3. Special concessions are also available on weekday group bookings for clubs, choirs, local sports teams and office parties from 12pm-5pm.

4. Visitors in wheelchairs are welcome to enter the ice rink, but must be joined by a companion. Meanwhile, Autism friendly sessions will take place on Sunday, 15 December at 10am and Wednesday 18 December at 12pm.

5. The event ties into Cadw’s three year £5.3m investment plan which aims to transform the Castle into a world class heritage attraction, increasing visitor numbers and making the monument more sustainable.  Based on a recently completed masterplan, this new ambitious programme will truly enhance visitors’ experience through improved welcome, floodlighting, catering offer and innovative interpretation.  Critical conservation work will also help improve their understanding and enjoyment of one Wales’s most important historic sites.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “Following the success of last year, we are delighted to announce that the ice-skating experience will be returning to Caerphilly Castle this December. We look forward to seeing people of all ages enjoying the surrounding of this magnificent castle in the lead up to Christmas.

Cllr Sean Morgan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member with responsibility for tourism at Caerphilly County Borough Council, said:“The return of the ice rink to Caerphilly Castle is welcome news, not only for our residents but also for visitors to the area.  We work closely with Cadw to promote Caerphilly as a tourist destination of choice and are pleased to support them in launching this year’s ice rink and festive events.’

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For other events this Christmas, please go here:

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


Caerphilly Christmas Market in Caerphilly Town Centre

River of Light Lantern Workshops at Caerphilly Leisure Centre

River of Light Lantern Parade in Caerphilly Town Centre 2019


1. REFUNDS – ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. No refunds, for whatever reason, shall be given on any booking, in full or in part.

2. EXCHANGES – Customers may exchange bookings, subject to availability, to different skate session date / time, of the same value. If an off-peak ticket was bought, the difference must be paid by the customer to exchange to a peak session. Exchanges should be made at least 12 hours before the skating session you are booked onto. Any Exchanges requested within 12 hours will not be permitted. All exchanges will incur a £1.00 processing fee, per booking. All exchange requests should be made by calling 0333 666 3366.

3. By purchasing this ticket, it is your responsibility as the skater / participant / ticket holder to understand and assume liability for the risks and dangers inherent to ice-related sports and recreational ice skating.
These risks and dangers include, but are not limited to:
Minor injuries such as scratches, bruises, blisters and sprains
Major injuries such as eye injury, loss of sight, joint or back sprains, strains, breaks, concussions, sever cuts, head trauma, dismemberment, cardiac arrest, partial or total paralysis and death.
We recommend you consulting a doctor before you participate in any sporting activity.

4. WARNING – ICE IS A SLIPPERY SURFACE, this presents skaters with many hazards, which all skaters should fully understand before entering the ice pad, point 3 above refers.

5. CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SKATING –All skaters (ticket holders) agree to all the terms and conditions of skating, and agree to obey all posted signage, and instructions given to them by rink staff and management. Skaters found disobeying rules shall be ejected from the site. Skaters code of conduct rules, and terms and conditions can be found at You are advised to read and understand fully these terms and conditions for skating, before confirming your booking.

By confirming your booking, you are agree to the terms and conditions for skating, and the skaters’ code of conduct.

6. Customers not complying to the rules for skating, appear drunk and disorderly, or under, or suspected to be under the influence of drugs, management have the rights to refuse admission to the ticket holder, and also reserve the right to remove members of the public from the site.

7. 24H CCTV CAMERAS IN OPERATION – CCTV Cameras are in use across the event site including the ice rink and ice surface for safety, insurance and fraudulent claim purposes. All video images and audio, from all cameras are recorded, and kept for a minimum of 6 years.

8. Children between the ages of 3 and 7 years of age inclusive, must be accompanied by a responsible adult when ice skating at this rink. Children under 3 are not permitted on the ice.


Caerphilly By Twilight at Caerphilly Town Centre

The festive season starts with a bang in Caerphilly this year as the CADW, the Town Council and Caerphilly’s largest craft market, join together to bring you this fantastic Caerphilly By Twilight event!

This wonderful evening will be the perfect chance to buy those extra special gifts whilst enjoying the fantastic festive background of local singers and choirs at Castle Court.

Additionally, just by the Twyn Community Centre, you will be able to watch the Christmas lights get switched on by Father Christmas himself! If that is not a highlight enough, you will also get the chance to listen to the beautiful tunes of local choirs (including Only Boys Aloud) and enjoy a lovely mince pie or mulled wine

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The Big Cheese in Caerphilly

This year The Big Cheese is back but with an exciting revamp that is sure to bring in the crowds!

This year’s new look festival will have an exciting more contemporary feel, with a brand-new  layout,  local street food vendors, a giant urban beach, a live lounge bar, THREE huge food halls and live cookery demonstrations too!

Wales’ largest castle will still remain the star of the festival with free entry to Caerphilly Castle all weekend. There will also be an entertainment program that’ll stretch from morning until evening and will include medieval re-enactments, live music and a packed program in The Great Hall.

The Big Cheese Festival brings together local and regional Welsh food and drink producers in three massive food halls, possibly the largest in the country. With a dedicated cheese market (featuring quality cheese producers from all over the country), this really will be the perfect event for any self confessed foodie.

Exciting new street food vendors will be dotted around the site with show cooking and some unusual and exotic tastes. From noodles to crepes, there’s a feast to be had!

The Big Cheese is a FREE event.

The event will  begin on Friday 26th July at 3pm and the spectacular fireworks finale will be at 10pm. Please note that  stalls and food halls will open on Saturday and Sunday only.

The full program will then start at 10am on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July.

Official Opening Times

  • 3pm – 10.15pm Friday
  • 10am – 9pm Saturday
  • 10am – 8pm Sunday

Please note the above times relate to the overall opening times of the festival. Certain activities, events and trading hours will vary within these times.

Whilst visiting The Big Cheese, make sure to check out all the Fringe events on the outskirts of the festival. For more information, please visit

Caerphilly Fringe



For more information visit 

Black Stone Cherry at Caerphilly Castle

American hard rock band Black Stone Cherry are coming to Caerphilly Castle next July as part of their 2019 tour. The excitement is already building and organisers expect this to be a very popular performance in South Wales next summer.

Black Stone Cherry is a four –piece American hard rock group from Edmonton, Kentucky, USA. Their mix of heavy rock, with hints of rockabilly and folk-country, have delighted audiences since 2001 and they name AC/DC and Soundgarden as key influences in the development of their unique sound. Reaching number 1 in the UK Rock Album chart in both 2011 and 2014, their imaginative lyrics give their music a “modern twist on classic rock” (Ents 24) and have led to hits around the world.

Please click here to check out some reviews of their live performances or head here to book tickets (available from 10am Friday 14th December 2018).


What’s a gig like in a Wales’ largest castle? Check out these photos of Thunder and The Levellers last year!

The Zutons at Caerphilly Castle – July 2019

Amazing news for all indie music fans; The Zutons are heading to Caerphilly Castle!

The Zutons are the latest band to be announced at Wales’ largest castle and are part of a busy July line up of live music in South Wales.

This 750 year old castle (with the help of Welsh promoters Orchard Live) has really established itself as a top music venue since 2016. With many popular bands, including Ocean Colour  and The Levellers, playing there in recent years. The magnificent backdrop and excellent acoustics have proved a real hit with music fans around the countr.y. Leading Orchard Live to bring more and more bands to the majestic Caerphilly Castle.

The July gig will see The Zutons perform their iconic, double platinum album ‘Who Killed The Zutons?’ and coincides with the 15th anniversary of its release.

This news of the first Zutons tour in nine years has delighted fans everywhere.

Dave McCabe, The Zutons frontman, has said: “We’ve all been off doing  for a little while, and it’s only with hindsight and a bit of space that you see how special something really is.. It’s easy to take things for granted when you’re younger, but now it’s just amazing to think of those songs still having a place in the world, and for people to come and hear us play them again.”

The Stranglers and Ruts DC will play Caerphilly Castle a week prior to The Zutons as this July proves to be heating up in this friendly Welsh town. The  US rockers, Black Stone Cherry, will then be performing the day after The Zutons on Saturday 13th July.

Tickets will go on general sale at 10am on Friday 15th February at 10am. To book online, please head to: :

Alternatively, book locally through Blackwood Miners’ Institute or by calling 0844 844 0444.

The Stranglers and Special Guests at Caerphilly Castle

The Strangler kick off a summer of live music at Caerphilly Castle, when they play Wales’ largest Castle on Friday the 5th of July 2019, with support from fellow punk rockers Ruts DC, the popular reggae-influenced punk rock band.

After acoustics at this stunning historic site wowed audiences of Ocean Colour Scene and The Levellers, the award winning Orchard Entertainment have decided to return yet again to Wales’ largest castle to delight even  people.

During 2018, The Stranglers delighted fans around the world with their tour of the Southern Hemisphere, Europe and the UK (including an amazing sell out performance at Tramshed Cardiff). The Stranglers have also been busy writing and rehearsing new material for their upcoming tour. Audiences at this famous castle can expect to experience some of these new cuts, alongside classic favourites ( as well as lesser performed numbers) from their eloquent and extensive music catalogue.

“First formed in 1974, the band’s attitude was embraced by the punk movement of the late 70s, with their first three albums – Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black And White – being released within an astonishing 13 months of each other, scoring hit singles such as Peaches, No More Heroes and Walk On By. Further success was to follow with Always The Sun, Strange Little Girl and the mercurial Golden Brown, amongst many others, earning the group 24 Top 40 singles and 18 Top 40 albums.

Masters of their own highly original sound that combines a brilliant melodic touch with dark aggression and effortless cool. The Stranglers are now recognised as one of the most credible and influential bands to have emerged from the punk era.

Special guests Ruts DC are a reggae-influenced British punk rock band, formed in 1977 at the height of the Punk revolution. They released their first single In A Rut in early 1979 on the People Unite label, which was championed by the legendary John Peel. From then on and over the years, the record rightly became what can be considered to be a Punk anthem.
There were more to follow, with the singles Babylon’s Burning, Something That I Said, Jah War (all from the debut album The Crack) and Staring at the Rude Boys, West One (both featured on the album Grin And Bear It).”

This amazing concert at one of the largest castles in Europe is sure to be a sell-out so why not book soon to avoid disappointment.

Please click here to book tickets.

SALT Kitchen – A Fine Dining Experience at Caerphilly Castle – Review

Like most of us, I love food. So, when I first heard that three MasterChef contestants were holding a fine dining experience at Wales’ largest castle, I was instantly intrigued and determined to find out more about this event and the exciting new catering business – SALT Kitchen.

SALT  Kitchen is run by three food loving chefs called Stephen, Alex and Thomas, who recently met on BBC1’s MasterChef. With a strong desire to cook top restaurant quality food (using the abundance of rich, local ingredients available in our beautiful part of the world), these three chefs are looking forward to hosting an arrange of exciting dining events around the UK; starting with the beautiful Caerphilly Castle.

It was therefore with great excitement that I headed over to this much anticipated event last week.


The pop-up fine dining evening was organised in The Great Hall of Caerphilly Castle, which had been beautifully arranged for the evening. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco and were directed expertly to our table. Here we had the opportunity to meet with our friends and some fellow foodies before we all headed up to try some of the scrumptious canapes on offer. It was here that I started to relax. I had been a little worried that with such great cuisine on offer that this might be a stuffy affair, however I was delighted to see that this was going to be a fun evening as well.

Shortly before the food began to arrive, the friendly and efficient waiting staff filled our glasses with the appropriate glass of wine to accompany our first course of fillet of hake on pearl barley risotto Nero and herb emulsion.  I was a little bit nervous about this dish. I had eaten pearl barley risotto before and as I didn’t overly enjoy it, I was unsure what to expect. However, as soon as I tasted a mouthful of the delicious hake with the risotto, I was a complete convert; it was absolutely delicious. The fish had been seasoned perfectly and the pearl barley nero (squid ink) risotto was exquisite. The hardest part here was not to look too greedy and eat it all too quickly, particularly as there was a glass of beautiful dry white wine to enjoy alongside it. This was definitely one of my favourite dishes of the evening.

After the first course, as everyone relaxed we had the opportunity to talk a little more to the other guests on our table. Like us, they loved food and lived locally. They had also eaten in many great restaurants so I was interested in hearing their views on the food. They were also bowled over by the first course and we all agreed how wonderful it would be to see more events like this in Caerphilly.

Therefore, it was with high expectations, that we all looked on as the waiting staff brought over our second course with the accompanying red wine. This dish looked simply beautiful. There was the panko hen yolk (which ran out perfectly when cut into), the delicious fondant potato, the succulent pan-seared duck breast and the tasty surprise of a filo parcel of crispy duck. This meal was delectable and was my husband’s firm favourite.


There was a little gap in service between the second and third course, which was perfect to help our first two courses settle. We ordered a bottle of prosecco and I was surprised (and very happy) to discover that it was only £18. With many venues of this stature using events like this to place a ‘mark up’ on alcohol, it was great to see that this was not the case here.

We then quickly moved on to the third course. Although this was the smallest dish of the evening, I have to say that I absolutely loved it. The rhubarb sorbet with the ginger crumb just took me back to my favourite childhood desert. Matched with a beautiful rhubarb flavoured sweet wine this was delicious but still light enough not to ruin our fourth and final dish that  evening; a cocoa bean bombe filled with chocolate mouse and a raspberry core.

When I think back to this course, the only word that comes to mind is ‘Wow!’. Created by Alex (who I later found out was aptly named the Queen of Puddings), every spoonful of this desert was perfect. The crunch of the chocolate, the texture of the mousse, the sharpness of the raspberry… I could wax lyrical about this desert for eternity. The flavours were also enhanced by the sweet, red wine (to my surprise as I always thought I hated desert wines) that was paired with the course.

The evening ended with a fun question and answer session with the three chefs, where it was clear how passionate they were about food and cooking. It was also exciting to find out that I had eaten food prepared by experts, who had not only cooked for some of Britain’s best chefs but pop stars too. I was feeling rather spoiled.

As the evening drew to a close, I had the opportunity of meeting and talking to all three chefs. This had been their first pop-up kitchen and they (quite rightly) were very satisfied with how it had turned out. They have many events planned but are hoping to return to Caerphilly Castle in the future. Stephen Ford, who lives in Caerphilly and does a lot of local charity work (including headlining the infamous Megaday in August), commenting on how much he loved the experience of cooking in such an iconic building and how he longed to bring more fine dining experience to the area.

To find out more about SALT Kitchen and their future events, please head here to follow their page online.

Disclosure: We received a 35% discount to in exchange for the review and the promotion. However, our friends (who are amazing amateur chefs themselves), who paid full price said they felt that the experience was definitely worth the full amount.

Please note that whilst I did not personally try the vegetarian and vegan options, I spoke to another guest later on in the evening, who was  incredibly impressed with the food and said that the creamed asparagus risotto was one of her all time favourite meals.

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A Medieval Weekend at Caerphilly Castle

The fun continues at Caerphilly Castle this April, with this weekend of medieval mayhem with the good people of Bowlore!

Spend the weekend with Bowlore at Caerphilly Castle learning archery and sword skills, as well as watching weapons displays and demonstrations. Plus see Caerphilly Castle’s mighty Siege Engines being fired twice during the day.

Two archery shows; a weapons show; have-a-go archery; Sword School; and hands-on weapons and armour display throughout the day.

Heart-stopping moments guaranteed to make this a weekend you will never forget!

Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
CADW 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

Little Warrior Day at Caerphilly Castle

Give your little warriors the adventure they deserve with this funtastic day filled with hands on experiences and activities at this majestic 750 year old castle

Swing, jump and discover your way through Caerphilly Castle and discover your inner warrior this Easter.

 Caerphilly Castle invite you to test your strength on the striker and your agility on their inflatable assault course. Why not head along and join their knight school and learn how to slay a dragon?

Additionally, as a true warrior also tests their nerves (as well as their fighting skills), you’ll also get the chance to hold snakes, spiders and birds of prey toon As well as getting the chance to meet some fabulous foxes and meerkats!

Please note that we have  just been informed that Gilbert’s Maze will be closed for maintenance at this time

Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
CADW 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