William Marshal Festival (25th May to 2nd June)

On the 800th anniversary of the death of one of history's most significant figures, we will be celebrating the life of William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke 'The Greatest Knight'.

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AThe week will include:         

  • The unveiling of a unique tapestry created for display in Pembroke Castle depicting the extraordinary life and achievements of Earl Marshal. This will take place at 11:00am on Tuesday 28th May.    
  • A brand new exhibition highlighting the significant locations where the Marshal influence was felt, from the tournament fields to the creation of the Magna Carta.  
  • An author talk from leading Marshal biographer Thomas Asbridge, authour of the bestselling 'The Greatest Knight'.  Please note that this is a ticketed event.  this will be at 7:00pm on Tuesday 28th May.  
  • A floral tribute to Earl Marshal, placed in various locations around the castle grounds.
  • Marshal focussed free to attend guided tours throughout the week.
  • A presentation on Marshal's castle design by renowned Pembroke Castle historian Neil Ludlow.  This will take place at 7:00pm on Wednesday 29th May and is a ticketed event.  
  • Historical re-enactments and family fun activities such as regular castle favourites, Knight School, Falconry Displays, Keepers of the Castle and Dragon Days.  
Guided Tours

Free Guided Tours 25 May - 2 June

10:30 Standard Guided Tour   11:30 William Marshal Tour

12:30 Standard Guided Tour   13:30 William Marshal Tour

14:30 Standard Guided Tour   15:30 William Marshal Tour

Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 May

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Living History

William Marshal era re-enactment from Conquest Living History Society from 11:00 to 16:00.

Included in castle admission. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

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Flower Festival

See floral displays around the castle commemorating William Marshal from 9:30 - 17:30.

Included in castle admissions. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

 

Monday 27 May

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Keepers of the Castle

Hysterical outdoor performances of the castle's history at 11:30 & 15:00.

Included in castle admission. No need to book. Click here for more info

 

 

 

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Flower Festival

See floral displays around the castle commemorating William Marshal from 9:30 - 17:30.

Included in castle admissions. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 28 May

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Knight School

Learn sword skills and how to siege a castle with Knight School at 11:00, 12:15, 13:45 & 15:00.

Included in castle admission. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

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Flower Festival

See floral displays around the castle commemorating William Marshal from 9:30 - 17:30.

Included in castle admissions. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

 

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Tapestry Unveiling

See the unveiling of our new tapestry at 11:00, which documents the achievements of William Marshal.

Included in castle admission. No need to book.

 

 

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'William Marshal: The Greatest Knight' Talk & Booksigning

Dr Thomas Asbridge, historian and author, will be giving a talk at Pembroke Castle on William Marshal, followed by a booksigning.

Tickets are £5 and available online and in our shop. Click here for more info.

 

 

Wednesday 29 May

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Dragon Day

Meet baby dragons, hear dragon tales, and take part in a dragon parade!

Included in castle admission. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

 

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Flower Festival

See floral displays around the castle commemorating William Marshal from 9:30 - 17:30.

Included in castle admissions. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

 

Thursday 30 May

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Black Mountains Falconry

See magnificent falcons, hawks, buzzards and owls, as their expert handlers fly them in the perfect setting of Pembroke Castle at 12:30 and 15:30.

Included in castle admission. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

flower festival

Flower Festival

See floral displays around the castle commemorating William Marshal from 9:30 - 17:30.

Included in castle admissions. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

 

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Ghostly Tales

An after-hours family ghost tour for ages 7+ at 18:00.

Tickets are £5 and available online and in our shop. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

Friday 31 May

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Tournamental

Your quest, should you choose to accept it, is to discover a giant, trickster and witch to defeat the beastly Baron in the tournament at 11:30 or 15:00.

Included in castle admission. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

flower festival

Flower Festival

See floral displays around the castle commemorating William Marshal from 9:30 - 17:30.

Included in castle admissions. No need to book. Click here for more info.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 June

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Flower Festival

See floral displays around the castle commemorating William Marshal from 9:30 - 17:30.

Included in castle admissions. No need to book. Click here for more info.