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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Celebrating the Festival of British Archaeology at Aberystwyth Castle and Ceredigion Museum : 28-29 July, 2012

Aberystwyth Castle
 The Festival of British Archaeology celebrates the best of British archaeology. This Council of British Archaeology extravaganza includes hundreds of events being held across Britain from the 14 – 29 of July 2012 celebrating archaeology for all.  Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and Ceredigion Museum are working together to hold the event at Aberystwyth Castle with the support of Cynnal y Cardi.  The festival will be held on the weekend of the 28 and 29 of July and will celebrate the Medieval spirit of the castle as well as the Victorian and Edwardian seaside resort of Aberystwyth.

This will be the first festival of its kind held in Ceredigion and will enable everyone to discover more about their local heritage and showcase Aberystwyth’s rich past.  Held in Aberystwyth Castle grounds the event will provide an opportunity for people to have a hands-on experience of archaeological techniques, have a go at heritage crafts and to find out how they can get involved in exploring their own heritage. During the weekend there will be numerous opportunities for visitors to try their hands at activities such as basket weaving, woodturning and plenty of chances for the kids (or adults!) to dress up and make crafts which they can take home and keep.

There will also be the opportunity to taste Victorian foods as well as listen to magical tales from storytellers.  Tours and trails will also run throughout the day with tales from the Castle’s rich past.  As part of the festival Ceredigion Museum will also be running an archaeology treasure trail for children at the museum on Saturday 28.   Discover more about local heritage at this iconic location in a fun festival atmosphere! 

  The festival looks set to be a fun-filled family event with FREE admission to the festival, the castle and the museum. The festival will open at10.30am and activities will run throughout both days until around 4.30pm.

For further information about attending the festival or to become involved with the event please contact Sarah Rees at the Dyfed Archaeological Trust on or 01558 823121.

For further information about the Council of British Archaeology and the Festival of British Archaeology please visit

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