Garrison have had a busy summer with events at Cardiff, Chepstow and Caerphilly Castles. Please see below for details and galleries for each show!
Chepstow Castle May Show – 30th and 31st May
We took part in a late-May show in Chepstow Castle, offering fourteenth-century cooking, armour, clothing and crafting displays. Photos are below, and for more information about our cookery please see our ‘Salt Dough Salmon’ post.
Joust! at Cardiff Castle – 19th, 20th and 21st June
One of Garrison’s largest annual events took place at Cardiff Castle’s Joust!. We provided displays and demonstrations of fourteenth-century armour, crafts, clothing, cookery, and blacksmithing. The event also featured an incredible jousting display from The Knights of Royal England, along with storytellers, falconry, a children’s dragon parade, and various traders. See Garrison’s pictures from this event below.
The Big Cheese Festival – 25th and 26th July
This was the first year the group attended Caerphilly’s long-running Big Cheese cultural celebration event. Set in and around Caerphilly Castle, one of South Wales’ largest medieval castles, it featured huge numbers of stalls, street entertainers, a traditional funfair, falconry, and dancing, along with Living History encampments from ourselves and many other re-enactment groups.
Cardiff Castle Garrison provided our own Living History camp with weapons and armour, blacksmithing, cookery and craft displays. See below for our pictures.
Medieval Melee at Cardiff Castle – 15th and 16th August
Another of Garrison’s biggest annual events took place at Cardiff Castle’s Medieval Melee show. This featured Living History encampments and archery displays from fifteenth-century re-enactment groups, circus skill demonstrations, plus appearances from many traders.
We provided a cookery, weapons and armour, and craft display along with have-a-go archery for the public.
We’re still taking part in Beaumaris Castle medieval festival on Anglesey over the August bank holiday weekend (29th, 30th and 31st August), and will be pottering along to Caldicot Castle show on 5th and 6th September.
We’ve been busy booking some shows for next year (2015) and are please to announce the following events:
Joust! at Cardiff Castle
Date: 19th – 21st June 2015
Detail: Weekend long show at Cardiff Castle, with a special opening on Friday 19th for local schools. Garrison will be providing a full living history camp with cooking, weapons and armour, and craft displays, and there will be a jousting display by the Knights of Royal England and various other attractions provided by Cardiff Castle.
Detail: Weekend long show at Cardiff Castle. Garrison will be providing a full living history camp with cooking, weapons and armour, and craft displays, and there will be various other attractions provided by Cardiff Castle.
Wonderful turnout at one of the Garrison’s major annual events, Joust! Photos below of our various demonstrations and talks, along with the events other groups and societies taking part in the show. Thanks very much to both the members and the public who attended, we’re really pleased that everyone had such a lovely time.
Cardiff Castle Garrison are thrilled to be part of Cardiff Castle’s medieval Joust event this weekend. We will be showcasing a large living history camp with craft, blacksmith, weaponry, armour and clothing displays. We will also be giving scheduled living history talks throughout the weekend, including ones on medieval crafts, archery, and cookery and herbalism.
We will be providing all this amongst the Knights of Royal England’s period jousting display, children’s storytelling, falconry, a dragon procession, juggling and junior jousting skills. If you’d like to join in what promises to be a lovely event for all the family, pop along and see us at Cardiff Castle this weekend!