Aside from being a renowned Roman village steeped in history, Caerleon also boasts a community who invest their time and heart into the local area throughout the year. The real highlight of the social calendar though is the annual Summer Festival, which runs from Friday 6th to Monday 16th July.
Originally the arts festival began as a sculpture event, which has since flourished into a celebration of the arts. The festival showcases a variety of local talents as well as inviting artists, bands and exhibitors from across the UK. The programme includes the Schools’ Art Exhibition at the Celtic Manor, Shakespeare in the Amphitheatre, celebrity poetry and a big choir in the church, “Literature on the Lawn” of the Priory Hotel, “The Big Free Weekend” with over 45 bands/performers at the Hanbury Arms and Bell Inn, and crafts, exhibitors and sculptors on the Festival Field.
The Festival joins together the local schools, businesses and volunteers to produce a wealth of community spirit blended with a true celebration of the arts set against the backdrop of the history and legend of the Roman fortress.
Here are just a selection of the events taking place throughout the 11-day festival.
Monmouthshire & Newport Community Choir – Friday 6th July from 6:15pm at the Amphitheatre. Gwent Music set up these community choirs, which now have over 35 members of all ages performing a range of repertoire including pop, classical and traditional songs.
The Winter’s Tale – Friday 6th July from 7:30pm at the Amphitheatre. The Winter’s Tale is described as an intriguing mix of drama and comedy, which will be performed by a premier professional all-male company in the rare open-air setting of the Roman Amphitheatre.
Literature on the Lawn – Saturday 7th July from 11:30am at the Priory Hotel. Enjoy a literary celebration in the grounds of the Priory Hotel, which will include a pop-up bookshop and a feast of discussions.
Murray Lachlan Young – Saturday 7th July from 7:00pm at the Priory Hotel. Acclaimed poet, playwright, broadcaster and writer Murray Lachlan Young will be live on stage bringing his flamboyant punchy wit and brooding subtext with empathetic humour.
Festival Songs of Praise – Sunday 8th July from 4:00pm at St Cadoc’s Church. The church doors will open to everyone to enjoy an afternoon of joining voices to sing the praises of God.
The Big Free Weekend – Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July from 12:00pm at the Hanbury Arms and Bell Inn. For two days there will be live bands covering a variety of musical tastes from pop to rock to acoustic in the grounds of the local pubs.
Are you thinking of making your next move to Caerleon? Or perhaps you have a property to sell in the area? According to Zoopla the average house price in Caerleon in July 2018 was £219,800 – its close proximity to the M4, excellent local schools, and community events like the Caerleon Art Festival make it a popular place to live.
If you’re still unsure whether you’re ready to sell, you may be interested to know that we offer a free, no-obligation valuation service. You can call us in Caerleon on 01633 870777 to arrange for a member of our team to visit your property at a time that suits you.
Located on the banks of the mighty River Usk we are proud to call Caerleon our home. Our branch is situated on Backhall Street; feel free to pop in as you enjoy 11 days of celebration of the ancient city of Caerleon.