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Caernarfon Castle, 11th October - 20th November 2016

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The iconic Weeping Window will be a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, seen pouring from the ramparts of Caernarfon Castle to the ground below. The sculptures, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, are being brought to audiences at venues across the UK as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War Centenary - prompting a new, nationwide dialogue around the legacy of the First World War.

As part of the WCIA's Gwynedd programme of activities for Autumn 2016, the Wales for Peace project are delighted to be working alongside Cadw, Gwynedd Museums and Mantell Gwynedd to support involvement of community groups and volunteers with the Poppies: Weeping Window display - and to bring the Welsh Book of Remembrance to Caernarfon Castle ahead of Remembrance Day 2016.  

Volunteering with the Poppies         Visiting the Poppies         Schools and Group Visits           Community Events

Poppies: Weeping Window is from the installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'. Image credit: Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces

Visiting the Poppies at Caernarfon Castle


Find out more about Poppies: Weeping Window at Caernarfon Castle, and book your free tickets on Eventbrite (please scroll down for group bookings).



The North Tower adjacent to the Poppies provides an intimate space where you can leave your own written reflections of the sculpture and WW1 itself. You can 'plant a poppy' in the Garden of Remembrance outside the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum, or create a peace message in the 'Remembering for Peace' exhibition.


Handicrafts will be available during the display of Poppies: Weeping Window for children to make their own poppy related crafts - from paper plate poppies to pom pom poppies - along with inspiration for poetry or creative writing. Craft activities are free. All children must be accompanied to these sessions, which take place in the Learning Room.


View the iconic Welsh Book of Remembrance alongside a moving photographic display, the 'Faces of the Fusiliers', in WCIA's temporary exhibition in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum at Caernarfon Castle. The Museum tells the story of Wales' largest regiment, with Soldiers' Stories from the First World War to today, including key Gwynedd figures such as Welsh war poet Hedd Wyn.


Planning a School or Group visit to Caernarfon? Find out about Guided Tours, Learning Workshops and Resources, or contact 07498 309779 to discuss your needs and arrange group admission (groups of 8 or more).

Poppies: Weeping Window - Volunteering

14-18NOW PoppiesWales for Peace and Cadw are seeking enthusiastic volunteers from the Gwynedd area to help make the Poppies Tour in Wales a great success.

You will welcome visitors to Caernarfon Castle, assisting with directions and enquiries in a positive and friendly manner, and helping people to get the most out of their visitor experience.  You will promote 14-18 NOW's programme of events, complementary activities and events in Caernarfon, and encourage visitors to explore the surrounding community. 

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Please ring 07498 309779 to discuss further, or call in to the Mantell Gwynedd Volunteering Centre in Caernarfon. 

Community Events in Caernarfon

Poppies_CaernarfonCastleAerial.jpgFind out about community events and activities marking the centenary of the First World War in Caernarfon and Gwynedd through Autumn 2016. View the iconic Welsh Book of Remembrance as part of the 'Remembering for Peace' exhibition; explore the impact of war, the responses of local communities, peace message of Wales' young people from 1922 to now and, through creative activities, community displays and talks, reflect on learnings for today. 


With many thanks to our 'Poppies Partners' in Caernarfon - Mantell Gwynedd Volunteering Centre, Gwynedd Council Museums and the Arts, Storiel and Lloyd George Museums, Oriel Pendeitsch, Galeri, Cymdeithas y Cymod, Moilin Cyf and many local community groups.

Poppies UK Partners

Weeping Window is from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins. Installation designed by Tom Piper. By Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London 2014.

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