Pokemon Card Swap Event at Abertridwr Library – February Half Term 2020

After the success of January’s event, Abertridwr Library are back this half term with another fun crafting event.

Children will get the chance to make their own Pokemon cards, take part in a Treasure Hunt, create their own Poke balls and play some Pokemon games on the computers too. There will of course also be the opportunity to trade cards with other Pokemon fans and borrow lots of Pokemon themed books too!

Please note that although children over the age of eight (with a library card) are allowed in on their own, parents and guardians are advised to attend the trading session to ensure that all trades are fair.  


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

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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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The Big Cheese at Caerphilly Castle

Set in the shadows of Wales’ largest castle, the The Big Cheese is an extravaganza of street entertainers, fantastic food, living history encampments, live music, dance, traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels and much more.

This fun event attracts over 80,000 people annually and delights audiences; both young and old. Entrance to Caerphilly Castle, with its amazing leaning tower and beautiful grounds, is completely free for the weekend too!

“Entertainment is the life and soul of the festival with live music acts, choirs and dancers. Caerphilly Castle is transformed into a medieval encampment with re-enactment displays and battles. See what medieval life was like within the Castle walls and watch the villagers as they go about their daily tasks.

A huge traditional funfair is open throughout the festival along with many craft stalls lining the Castle’s moat. Children’s activities are plentiful with animal encounters, crafts, educational experiences and much more.

The Big Cheese is a ‘must see’ attraction for all visitors, celebrating its 21st year in 2018. Portraying the history, heritage and culture of Caerphilly. Families from all over the country flocked to Caerphilly to experience this fun filled programme of activities and entertainment.”


For further information about this event, please visit the Big Cheese website here.

Please click here for information on how to get there.


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Free Activity Session at Van Community Centre

Van Community Centre invite you to an activity morning for children of any age.

During the morning, the following things will be available;
– arts and crafts
– soft play
– healthy snack and drink

This event is free, however the venue kindly ask for a small donation, in order to help them keep these free activities going.

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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Ffiliffest at Caerphilly Castle!

 Caerphilly Castle and Menter Caerffili invite you to join them for their 2018 Ffiliffest this June!

A fantastic way to celebrate the Welsh language in the beautiful setting of Wales’ largest castle.

This exciting Welsh language festival of arts, language and music, is FREE to attend!

Activities include live music, entertainment, food and drink, a video gaming area and a new beach area. There will be Dawnsio Gwerin, arts and crafts and sports Urdd activities too.

Entertainment will include  folk dancing, community performances and brilliant live performances from Martyn Geraint, Allan yn y Fan, Y Sybs, Ragsy, Nantgarw, Mabli Tudur and John Nicholas.

 The entertainment will begin from 11am to 1pm, with live music from 2pm to 5pm.  Ffiliffest has also been extended this year and will  include live music in the evening from 7pm. Please go here for more details.


There will be free entry to Caerphilly Castle for the festival.