The event is taking place in Ruperra Home Farm, which once provided food for the people living in the now ruined 17th century Ruperra Castle. The castle itself is privately owned and CANNOT BE VISITED.
Viewing from the surrounding countryside and footpaths, you will get a stunning perception of the former glory of the Ruperra Estate.
The Home Farm is a working farm, lies within a short distance of the castle and is part of the designated conservation and special landscape area.
The owner of Home Farm allows parking in his farmyard.
On arrival at the Home Farm there is a choice of -
1) a guided walk along the original drive to the castle. To view from the footpath some of the listed buildings, and have their significance pointed out.
2) sitting on the straw bales in the barn, or outside, to watch or join in with the activities of the Marcher Stuart Living History Group. This is the first time for the groups to visit Ruperra. They will let you try your hand at craft work, archery, sword or musket warfare.
Booking required. Attendance at the event is free, but you must book and pay beforehand if you wish to have the tea and cakes. Numbers are not restricted, so please phone 01656 741 622 or email Patjonesjenkins@googlemail.com with your name and contact number. You'll then need to pay £5 for the food: either by cheque to Pat Jones-Jenkins, Areithin, Heol Ton, Ton Kenfig, CF33 4PS, made out to Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust; or online to Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust, sort code details of how to do so will be given upon booking.
Public Transport Directions
Public transport bus stops from the Newport - Caerphilly Road and the Caerphilly - Rudry road are situated about 1 mile from Ruperra Home Farm. Sunday time tables must be checked. Access from the Lisvane / Cefn Mably roads is not recommended.
Ruperra lies between Draethen and Michaelstone y Fedw, in the county of Caerphilly. Coed Graig Ruperra lies to the north of the Castle and Home Farm. Meet for the 2pm start at Ruperra Home Farm. NP10 8GG. Grid Ref. 223 864.
Please use sat nav or the grid ref and approach from the Michaelstone y Fedw or Draethen road from the east. The place to turn off these roads as you approach Ruperra will be sign-posted with Open Doors notices. The surface of the track to the farm once you leave the main road is quite rough.