Chivalry meets Samurai in a great family friendly fundraiser.

We are delighted to have been selected as the chosen charity to benefit from a celebration of two UNESCO World Heritage sites coming together.

Conwy’s historic castle and its Japanese counterpart, Himeji castle were twinned in October 2019, but there has never been an official celebration of the partnership in North Wales.

On Sunday 18th August, Conwy’s castle will be filled with both Medieval and Oriental fun with sword displays from both cultures, live Japanese drummers, have a go sessions, samurai photoshoots and more, all in aid of our hospices.

L-R Rodney Davies and Marc Roberts will be demonstrating their skills and entertaining visitors on the day

The walls will rock

The day is being organised by Marc Roberts assisted by Rodney Davies, both of the Knights Templar and promises to be fun for all the family.

Rodney said: “We’ve never seen anything like this in Conwy, it’s going to be a completely unique event.

“There’ll be different zones inside the castle where people can witness and even try out medieval and Japanese sword skills with safe non-live blades.

“The music zone will feature Tengu Taiko Drummers and there’ll be demonstrations from Fay Goodman, the famous 7th Dan Lady Samurai who is the only woman outside Japan to achieve Samurai status.

“Those walls are going to rock!”

L-R Marc Roberts and Rodney Davies of the Knights Templar

Feast for the eyes

The event promises to be a feast for the eyes and visitors can expect to be regaled by chivalric knights alongside the presence of those who practice Bushido – the moral code of the Samurai.

Organiser Marc Roberts is himself a practitioner of Iaido, (the art of drawing the sword) and looking forward to the event, said: “We’re really proud to be supporting Tŷ Gobaith with this event.

“We will have QR codes available to scan and donate to them in each zone on the day and some collection buckets.

“There’s a lot of people giving their time for free and travelling great distances to be with us as they think it’s such a great cause.

“We’re hoping to take a similar event over to Japan in the future or even create an annual event.”

All the swords will be safety ones with no live blads used on the day

So grateful

Fundraisig team leader for Tŷ Gobaith, Andy Everley said: “We are delighted the Knights Templar have adopted us as their chosen charity for this fantastic event. They have been very kind to us in the past also, which we greatly appreciate.

“We hope the day is a great success and enjoyed by the visitors that come from all over the world to Conwy Castle.

“Every penny raised will help us to keep on providing the best care, respite and counselling services to local families that need us.”

The popular UNESCO World Heritage site will be open as usual on Sunday 18th August and the twinning celebrations will run between 10am – 4pm.