CAERLEON festival is here for its sixteenth year.

Events will take place throughout the week, in the lead-up to Caerleon's Big Free Weekend.

Today, in the Caerleon Amphitheatre, Monmouthshire Community Choir will perform from 6.15pm before an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at 7pm. Bar and food will be available, courtesy of the Priory with concession tickets costing £15.

Lit on the Lawn returns for another year on Saturday. People will have the opportunity to meet a whole range of Welsh authors and poets at Priory Hotel Marquee from 11am. The evening will feature rock 'n' roll poet, Murray Lachlan, and - winner of Creative Wales Award - Mab Jones - from 7pm. It’s £10 for a day ticket, £15 for an evening ticket or for £20 you can buy an all-inclusive event pass.

Events will continue into next week, with a free critical appreciation of the work of Caerleon architect, Jonathan Adams, at 2pm on Monday. Mr Adams contributed to the Wales Millenium Centre 2004 project and Sherman Theatre refurbishment in 2012. In the evening, starting from 8pm, The Collective will perform. Both events are at Priory Hotel Marquee, and tickets for the latter cost £8.

Other performances include Morriston Orpheus Choir - who will perform 7.30pm on Wednesday in St Cadoc's Church - and The Red Hot Pokers, who will perform from 8.30pm on Friday at Bell Inn. Tickets for the choir are £12, with tickets to see the band costing £8.

Next weekend will be the climax of these events, with the Big Free Caerleon Festival in Festival Field on July 14 and July 15.

The festival will feature live music, dancing, stalls, art exhibitions, children's activities and more.