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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 13:43 UK time, Thursday, 28 April 2011

If you're looking for a history inspired activity to do this holiday weekend, the former quarrying village of Nant Gwrtheyrn on the Llyn Peninsula is holding its first ever Victorian Festival on Sunday 1 and Monday 2 May.

Nant Gwrtheyrn

Nant Gwrtheyrn

Having undergone an extensive refurbishment programme, including a new exhibition area on the unique history of Nant Gwrtheyrn and a period quarryman's cottage, the centre was recently opened by the Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales.

The chief executive of Nant Gwrtheyrn, Jim O'Rourke, said:

"During the May bank holiday weekend, the Nant will come alive with a full two day programme offering something for everyone. From jugglers to magicians, from granite sett craftsmen to puppet shows and from Welsh language games to folk musicians, the aim of the festival is to have a lot of fun and to show the unique facilities that we have on offer here."

There will also be drama class for 8-12 year olds and a photography class for budding photographers of all ages. Their website has specific details.

The highlight of the weekend will be a Cymanfa Ganu, which is to be held in the original Seilo Chapel at 6.30pm on Sunday 1 May with Gwilym Griffith, Plas.

If you'd like to find out more about what was like for a quarrymen and their families, take a look at Snowdonia 1890.


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