IT'S THE WEEKEND: Family Fun - Things to do this Bank Holiday weekend

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There's plenty to do to entertain the family this weekend and help you make the most of the final bank holiday of the year. BECKY CARR finds out more.

From historical re-enactments to superhero fun days there's plenty on offer this weekend to keep the children entertained.

At Caerphilly Castle, visitors can step back in time and watch history come alive on both Bank Holiday Sunday, August 24 and Monday, August 25.

Meet medieval characters and see the sights, sounds and smells of the period throughout the castle.

There will also be hands-on activities, living history, talks and displays from 11am to 4pm both days.

The archers at White Castle near Abergavenny will be challenging visitors to hit the target during their Archers and Arrows Bank Holiday fun weekend.

From the woods of Wales to the fields of France, the longbow was the ultimate medieval weapon.

Find out from the castle archers what it was like to fight for Henry V and to survive in the medieval world.

To try and keep up with the hardened professional medieval soldiers visit the castle on Bank Holiday Sunday or Monday from 11am to 4pm.

A weekend of Roman re-enactment awaits you at Caerleon Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24.

The amphitheatre will echo to the sound of marching feet as the soldier’s display the weapons that made the Roman army the best fighting force in the world.

Enjoy a modern twist on ancient entertainment as the amphitheatre welcomes free runners to the arena as well as fire eaters, jugglers and dancers

Visitors will be able to talk to the Romans and find out what life was like as a soldier, a doctor or as a Roman lady.

Food and activities are included with the entrance fee. The amphitheatre is open from 10am to 5pm both days.

For something a little more poignant, visit St Mary's Church in Nash, in Newport which is holding a free Great War Centenary Exhibition throughout the weekend.

The exhibition is in memory of those who fell from the villages of Whitson, Nash and Goldcliff and will be open from Saturday, August 23 to Bank Holiday Monday from 11am to 5pm each day.

If vintage vehicles is your thing then head to the 12th Grand Transport Rally at Blaenavon Railway on August 24 and 25.

A huge variety of vintage and classic vehicles will be on display at Furnace Sidings and steam engines Rosyth No1 and 71515 will be on duty during the weekend operating a two train timetable.

Alternatively if you fancy becoming a superhero for the day then why not go along to the Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge's superhero fun day on Bank Holiday Monday.

Take your little heroes along from 10am and there are prizes available for the best dressed child under 11-years-old.

A summer garden fun weekend is being held at Tredegar House with traditional garden games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am to 4pm each day.

Families can take each other on in skipping competitions, quoits, skittles and croquet. There will also be a tombola and ice cream on the lawn.

To raise money for a good cause while having fun with the family, visit the Three Horseshoes Inn in Newport from 12pm to 6pm on Sunday, August 24.

There will be a barbecue, bouncy castle, face painting and fundraising stalls in aid of Ieuen the Lion Memorial Fund.

The fund raises money for disabled children and their families.

Further afield, Pembroke Castle will be hosting a Merrymakers pint sized pirate day on Sunday, August 24.

A pirate show with puppets will be held featuring Pembrokeshire pirate Black Bart and his pint-sized crew sailing up the Cleddau in search of the treasure of the Black Snake of the Preseli Mountains.

Children can join the pirate crew to help find where Black Bart has hidden the pirate passes with the help of compasses and clues.

First mate Will and ship's cook Bonnyann will also be teaching children how to behave on board in a Sea Rovers Rules game.

Performance times for the pirate show are 11.15am, 1.15pm and 2.45pm.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Pembroke Castle will be holding an energy-packed and hysterical performance about the castle's history.

As you explore the castle, you will meet some colourful characters going about their daily business within the castle walls.

Visitors will also be able to join the Merrymakers procession for a performance of Keepers of the Castle.

This event takes place throughout the day from 11am until 4.15pm and is suitable for all ages.

The Merrymakers Show takes place at 11.45am, 1.45pm and 3pm and lasts for around 40 minutes.

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