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About the project

In June 2012, organisers staged a pilgrimage following the route of medieval pilgrims, kings, saints, madmen and paupers.  It passed through castles, holy wells and ancient sites including Blaenavon, Caerphilly and St David’s, where special events were held.

Visitors to Laugharne Castle were enchanted by stories hidden within its walls and gardens. Caerphilly Castle held a three-day festival of sculpture, film, drama, music and dance. Exhibitions included Elemental at Blaenavon Ironworks and Denbigh Castle’s project Mantell, celebrating the Bronze Age.

The children of Flintshire put on a pageant at Flint Castle- a journey from mythic beginnings through to the Roman, Norman and English invasions.  And Caernarfon Castle, staged Cipio’r Castell to awaken the spirit of Owain Glyndwr!

Inspired by the Harlech Pageant of 1922, the young people of south Gwynedd told the story of Harlech Castle in seven historic epochs through twenty-first century eyes.

A truly memorable experience for all involved to cap an incredible summer.

This truly memorable experience for all ensured that Welsh heritage was recognised as part of an incredible summer of celebrations.

Cauldrons and Furnaces was funded by Legacy Trust UK.


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