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The county is famous for its Big Cheese Festival during which the streets are lit up with theatrical performances of historical events, funfairs and other entertainment. In the winter months, the streets are set aglow by hundreds of lanterns during the Festival of Light.
For other, year round, activities you can visit Caerphilly Castle which is the second largest in Britain, Windsor Castle being the first. The Castle is situated in the centre of the town and is surrounded by the North Lake and Outer East Moat. Fun fact: it was used to film scenes for the hit television series, Doctor Who and Merlin.
Tourists who enjoy a good walk can take a stroll in the Castle grounds or visit Parc Cwm Darran and Pen Y Fan Pond Country Park, both of which have pathways, nature trails and lakes where children can fly kites and enjoy ball games. For a – cooler – day out (excuse the pun) visit the Hapus Real Dairy Ice Cream Parlour that is part of the family farm in Machen where the whole family can savour ice-cream cones, sundaes and cakes! Later, let your children loose in the play area while you yourself enjoy a good cuppa.
For a bit of cultured countryside activity visit the Rockwood Riding Centre that spreads over 250 acres of land and offers pony rides and trekking packages. The Centre also offers a bit of fantasy infused fun in the form of its ‘Battlefield Live’ game that is a sort of twist on the old paintball, only groups use infra-red guns instead of paint: the game supposedly meets all the standards of safety (and we certainly hope so!). After all the commotion, unwind at the Captiva Spa and Lounge where you can avail a variety of special offers.
Shopping in Blackwood (which is a central town in Caerphilly) is another tourist attraction. There’s plenty of high street shopping for branded wear and outdoor markets for local produce. The Welsh Craft Shop is great for picking up some wacky knick-knacks while Castle Court Shopping Centre is good for the more usual requirements.
Caerphilly also has a selection of pubs and inns steeped in history, some of which even offer karaoke nights. One such very popular venue is the Piccadilly Inn.
Caerphilly is a great destination for some outdoor meditation and relaxation but the city is far from being bereft of activity. It’s also easy to get from city to countryside and vice-versa, whenever the need be, as the county’s got a pretty decent bus service.

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