The Caerphilly Victorian Christmas Fayre typically takes place in December in the South Wales valley town, just a few miles north of Cardiff.
Set within the grounds of Caerphilly Castle, the fayre has many stalls offering authentic crafts and experiences for the whole family to enjoy, including puppet shows and Victorian-inspired board games.
Related: Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre
The festive atmosphere was elevated by a traditional harmonipan (below left) that was playing festive jingles as a machine spouted out artificial snow from above.
The main hall was a hive of the activity where most of the craft stalls were located, plus Santa and his sleigh. In the castle grounds, one stall offered samples of delicious and unique foods like beer chilli nuts and cherry brandy marzipan. Another stall invited guests to pet a rescued hedgehog and learn about the work of The Wildlife Trusts.
Climbing a narrow spiral staircase in Caerphilly Castle’s keep is a room where people were making their own Christmas wreaths. I was told at certain times visitors can sit and hear ghost tales in the dimly lit room nearby.
The castle rooftop offers great views over the fortress and Caerphilly town centre which is lined with dozens of food, craft and gift stalls for the Caerphilly Castle Market.
If you’re unable to visit Caerphilly at Christmas time, the town is certainly worth exploring anytime of year. Caerphilly Castle is over 700 years old and is the second largest fortress in Britain, the first being Windsor Castle.
Post updated: 10/2020