9 Sep 2019
Last weekend, Pembroke Castle threw open its iron gates each afternoon for free, welcoming all into the castle grounds to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the formation of Pembroke Castle Trust. On Saturday, visitors poured in through the gates and were greeted by giant jesters in the gateway, before taking in jester shows, circus skills workshops, and live performances from The Numbers Racket, a local 6-piece jive and swing band. The castle dragon roamed around the grounds, and eagle-eyed visitors may have seen him dancing along to the music. Giant Board Games kept the children entertained, and the braver visitors attempted to abseil down the castle’s 80 foot Great Keep with Overhang Abseil.
The Pembrokeshire Beachfood Company had a fire burning all day to cook fire-roasted lamb and medieval buttered worts, and C?lbox’s selection of seafood all proved extremely popular. The event was also attended by local producers Pembrokeshire Cider, Pembrokeshire Chilli Farm, Bee in the Bonnet, Hannah Elizabeth Design, and Anna’s Cupcakes, and stalls from Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society and Pembroke Town Walls Trust, which all drew a crowd.
On Sunday, almost 1000 visitors attended the free Picnic, Prayer and Praise event, organised by Pembroke Castle Trustee Roger Baker and Pastor Rob James. This event included scripture, prayer, music from Bethel Baptist Church, Grace Church Narberth, Mount Pleasant, and Sound of Wales, as well as a puppet theatre, and children’s activities from the Messy Church. Trustee Roger Baker commented, ‘We asked for support, and support arrived. Everyone enjoyed picnicking, praying and praising! I would like to thank everyone who helped and supported the event, and all who attended.’
Pembroke Castle Trust was formed in 1959 and has remained a charity dedicated to preserving and maintaining the 900 year old monument, as well as making the castle available to visitors from all over the world.