Join Us

Ever wanted to shoot a longbow or swing a sword? How about learning some traditional crafts or come camping in historic locations around the UK? With the Garrison you can!

The Cardiff Castle Garrison primarily re-enact the military and social life of the garrison of the Lord Despenser, who lived in Cardiff Castle in 1370. We teach archery and how to fight with swords, spears and axes, training in leisure centres and a scenic medieval village. We also learn how to make period clothing and do medieval crafts such as spinning, tablet weaving, leatherworking and armour making.

From Easter until September, we attend re-enactment events around the UK, often sleeping in medieval tents, eating medieval food and fighting in pitched battles against armoured knights, archers, handgunners and cannon!

Throughout the rest of the year we hold lots of social events, both medieval and non-medieval, including trips to castles, parties, kit-making and crafting sessions, and bi-annual trips to the re-enactors’ market at Coventry.

To contact us you can …

  • Fill in the form below.
  • Contact us at
  • Check us out on Facebook – Cardiff Castle Garrison (it’s a closed group, but it’s easy to get accepted, committee members usually add people within 24 hours).
  • Come along to one of our training sessions and meet us – they’re held on the last Sunday of each month (except December or if this would clash with one of our events) at the YMCA, The Walk, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3AG. Training is free for your first session, basic equipment is provided and all are welcome irrespective of age, gender, ability, etc.
  • Come along to one of our events (as a member of public) and meet us.

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