The whopping one tonne creature, which has been scaring visitors to Caerphilly since it first appeared on St David’s Day, will invade towns across North, South and West Wales during the tour, put on as part of Cadw’s Historic Adventures season.
Following a flying visit to Flint Castle earlier this month, the dragon will make its final appearance at home stomping ground Caerphilly Castle between the 19 July and 31 July, before setting off to Chepstow Castle from the 02 August.
A visit to North Wales comes next, with stops at Beaumaris Castle (15 August – 25 August) and Rhuddlan Castle (27 August – 01 September), followed by a spell at Kidwelly Castle (03 September – 15 September).
While later in September, the dragon will make a final one-day appearance outside Caernarfon Castle (17 September), before eventually arriving at new home Harlech Castle from the 18th.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, said: “The reception that the dragon received at Caerphilly Castle was overwhelming – not only having a positive impact on the site, but on the town’s wider economy too. We’re keen to build on this success at numerous towns across Wales this summer.”
The creature, which comes complete with reptile-like black and red scales, smoke-flaring nostrils, and an outreached claw ready to capture passers-by was sculpted and moulded before being built out of fibreglass, by prop design specialists, Wild Creations.
It took six weeks, 374kgs of silicon and a team of 15 talented sculptors to create the dragon. Since its launch it has attracted thousands of visitors to Caerphilly Castle and helped raise the profile of monument throughout Wales.
Families following the dragon’s movements can also enjoy various dragon-related activities as part of their visit – from dragon quest trails to dragon-themed storytelling sessions.
Plus, visitors meeting the dragon can access bonus content by opening the Cadw app in-front of the beast’s enormous snout, thanks to the latest iBeacon technology.
Other summer highlights include the return of Cadw’s hugely popular ‘Create with Cadw’ Lego and Minecraft workshops, offering visitors the chance to create 3D Lego dragons at Caerphilly Castle and Caernarfon Castle during July and August. Tickets will be available here.
Earlier this month, the dragon was also brought to life through high-quality CGI animation in a video created in partnership with 11 students from the University of South Wales’s Computer Animation Course.
The stunning film shows the dragon on the move across Wales in a nod to the tour announcement, and is the latest addition to Cadw’s catalogue of ambitious video projects – ranging from Lego time-lapse footage to CGI site reconstructions.
Visitors to Cadw sites this summer are being encouraged to share their adventurous experiences on social media by using the hashtag #HistoricAdventures.
To find out more about Cadw’s Historic Adventures and to discover where the dragon will next appear, visit www.cadw.gov.wales/fun/historicadventures. To access a full list of summer events, click here.