ARMIES of soldiers are preparing to invade a 13th century castle in a bid to fly the Welsh flag.

A medieval battle re-enactment will take place at Denbigh Castle as part of Cadw’s Kids’ History Festival, a month-long series of national events aimed at celebrating the history and heritage of Wales.

The Prince’s Retinue re-enactment society will stage the battle using replica weapons and armour.

Denbigh Castle was built after the conquest of Wales by Edward I in 1282. It is believed to have taken nearly three decades to fully build the castle and town walls that still surround Denbigh.

As well as mock medieval combat, there will be living history, while previous activities staged by the society include have-a-go archery and pelting the ‘Knight in the Stocks’ with wet sponges.

Lord Elis-Thomas, deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism, said: “We are always looking at new ways of engaging young people in Welsh history and the Kids’ History Festival has been designed to do just that — with a mix of fun, unusual but most importantly, educational activities on offer for families to enjoy during the school summer holidays.”

Other sites taking part in North Wales include Lego castle building workshops at Caerphilly Castle, a WWII takeover at Blaenavon Ironworks and a medieval extravaganza at Beaumaris Castle.

The Denbigh event takes place from 10am-4pm on Sunday, August 25.

No prior booking is required but normal admission fees apply.

For more information visit the Cade website.