In 1507, for five days, Carew Castle played host to knights and their retinues from all over Wales. Over 1,000 people were present to honour Sir Rhys ap Thomas and to celebrate his admission to the Order of the Garter
It was the last time that a grand jousting tournament was held on Welsh soil........until now
In May 2007, the events of 500 years ago were faithfully recreated in all their medieval spleandour
Once again, the fields opposide the castle were populated with knight and their squires, minstrels, heralds and bowmen
Once again, medieval music and song filled the air and ladies and gentlemennin all their finery performed the courtly dances of the time
With the help of historical re-enactment groups, ousters, musicians, storytellers, falconers & craftmakers, Carew 500 recreated the Great Tournament in all its colour and spectacle
The celebrations including hunting with hawk and hound, music and dancing, and the highlight of the celebrations was a grand jousting tournament
The tournament field was also populated by a host of re-enactment companies, members of which also joined the costumed cavalcade to Lamphey..
These re-enactors came from all over the country but were united in their enthusiasm and committment to acurately portraying life as it was at about the time of "The Great Tournement"