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Castell Henllys scoops fourth Sandford Award

by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority on 10-Aug-2015
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A popular Pembrokeshire heritage attraction which brings the Iron Age to life for thousands of children each year has been awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for the fourth time in recognition of its education programme.

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, which is owned and managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, welcomes children from across Wales and beyond each year, helping them learn about Pembrokeshire’s prehistoric past with role play and hands on experiences.

Around 6,000 children have visited Castell Henllys annually to see, smell and touch life in an Iron Age village through role play and activities for more than 20 years.

Castell Henllys Manager, Rhonwen Owen said: “We are very proud to have once again won this award, which is a testament to the hard-working staff who bring the Iron Age to life for children and families all year round.

“The recent developments at Castell Henllys include an outdoor classroom and children’s play area, as well as interactive games and interpretation, which have all added to the visitor experience and helped create an even more exciting day out for children and young people.”

The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles.

More than 350 sites - including Hampton Court Palace and Edinburgh Castle - have received an Award since the scheme began in 1978.

Castell Henllys is also open to the public and has a packed schedule of fun family events throughout the summer holidays and beyond.

The Iron Age Village will come alive with ancient arts and crafts on Wednesday 12 August with A Village Fair 300BC, a have-a-go day for all the family with activities galore, from face painting to using a sling to bushcraft.

Local folk musicians Sandwitch will also be in attendance and Ben Everson will be on hand demonstrating primitive firelighting and bushcraft techniques.

The fun doesn’t stop there, however, with costumed guided tours and opportunities to see how the tribe lived with events such as Totally Tribal and Druid School.

For more information and for full event details visit