14 December 2010>
Christmas cheer was the order of the day this weekend, as thousands of visitors from far and wide descended upon the town to sample the festive delights on offer at the annual Medieval Christmas Fayre.
Visitors from as far afield as Lancashire, Wiltshire and the West Midlands flocked to the town, which saw more than 150 traders showcasing their wares, adorning the castle walls and town centre, as well as a feast of entertainment and family fun.
Cllr Ron Davies, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning said, "As we approach the end of another exciting year, I hope the Medieval Christmas Fayre helped bring a weekend of festive cheer not only to the thousands of visitors to our town, but I also hope it provided our retailers in the town with an additional boost to their trade".
He continued, "The very fact that visitors from far and wide flocked to Caerphilly for this special event just goes to show how we are helping to put Caerphilly county borough on the map as one of the main tourism destinations in Wales".
Attractions throughout the weekend included medieval 'beggars' attempting to sneak a kiss from passers by, as well as fire jugglers who amazed the crowds, and Father Christmas was the star of the show as he arrived by horse and carriage on Saturday to make his grand appearance at the castle.
The smells of mulled wine, hog roasts and cooked sausages filled the air, as visitors browsed the stalls, filled the shops and cafes and relaxed in the streets, absorbing the festive atmosphere.
The attention now turns to Bargoed, as it gets ready to host its Christmas Market this weekend.
The town will host a traditional on-street market with local craft, charity and seasonal food stalls. The event will include various street entertainers, children's entertainment and a Santa's Grotto.
New to the event this year will also be a fabulous outdoor ice rink for all the family to enjoy. A lantern parade will also take place in the evening.
For further information, please call 02920 880011 or visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/christmas.
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