The jousting demonstrations performed by the Knights of Royal England left many children awestruck; many children were fully clad in medieval garb. Others heard grizzly medical tales from the medieval surgeon while others attended juggling and diablo lessons. As well as the jousting there were a host of other historic activities on show, from a giant catapult demonstration, jesters telling stories, battle re-enactments, historic cooking displays, falconry shows and roaming minstrels. “It is fantastic to hear everyone had fun with the amount of entertainment that was provided. It is always a good thing if the event peaks people’s interests in history,” said a source for A Vision Network.
Families also got the chance to explore the castle’s imposing keep and venture into the castle walls, which had been transformed back into World War Two air raid shelters. New for this year was the appearance of a huge dragon, with children were invited to join the dragon procession through the castle. Hundreds of people were also allowed to use their tickets from Saturday on Sunday due to the bad weather on the previous day. Castle manager Kevin Burt has said that there had been more than 5,000 people attending the event during the weekend. A Vision Network has said, “This festival was definitely a highlight for Cardiff and it is great to hear that so many people turned out for the event. We at A Vision Network hope that everyone enjoyed themselves during the two day event and can’t wait for next year’s festival.”