Oystermouth Castle was rocking to jokes old and new as scores of junior court jesters took control of the legendary attraction last weekend.
The whole family was given the opportunity to learn some proper circus skills at the Saturday May Bank Holiday event which was just the start of a summer season of fun and games at the Castle.
Thousands of visitors are set to make the trip to the Castle which is open every day until September 30.
Later this month the Castle will be playing host to a whole set of new events including Gower Artisans Craft Fayre on May 28, children’s crafty fun on May 30 and a Creepy Creatures extravaganza on June 2.
Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: “Junior Jesters is always a popular and colourful event with our hand-picked expert on hand to give youngsters the inside track on the tricks of the circus trade.
“The council works hard alongside the Friends of Oystermouth Castle not just to maintain the historic attraction but also to arrange a number of family-friendly events every summer.
“Many thousands of people visited Oystermouth Castle last summer to enjoy a selection of activities, so we’re hopeful a similar figure will follow suit this year. The Castle offers a first class visitor experience that’s as fun as it is educational and boosts tourism in Swansea too.”
The Castle is open every day between 11am and 5pm and features include ancient artwork from the 14th Century, a 30-foot high glass bridge and private staircases leading from vaults to rooms once used as banqueting halls.
Oystermouth Castle was originally built in 1106 after Gower was captured by the Normans and has cut an imposing figure over the local landscape ever since. King Edward I, also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots, briefly visited the landmark in December, 1284.
Other events coming later in the year include an Archaeology Fun Day on July 21, Dungeons and Dragons Day on July 28, Prince and Princesses Day on August 11 and a Traditional Skills and Crafts Day on August 27.
A major conservation scheme was completed at Oystermouth Castle in recent years with funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Welsh Government through Cadw and the European Regional Development Fund. The scheme was supported by the Friends of Oystermouth Castle.
Have a look at swansea.gov.uk/oystermouthcastle for more information on the Castle and upcoming events.
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