A HISTORIC site is hosting an event to celebrate its 200th birthday.

Gwrych Castle, which overlooks Abergele, will also be marking the purchase of the estate one year ago.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 between 11am and 4pm.

There will be acoustic music, being played both days in the newly cleared outdoor theatre space.

There will also be a variety of stalls as well as facepainting and crafts.

A Castle Trail will excite young visitors; a chocolate surprise will be rewarded on completion.

Mark Baker, chair of the castle's preservation trust, said: "We are remembering our past and looking forward to our future.

"Eric and Friends will be attending with their exotic animal display, and our resident magician will be performing up close tricks.

"Visitors will be able to handle a display of unique artefacts from the First World War and try the game that the troops played to get them fit for service."

On Sunday, traditional morris dancers will performing and a Victorian houskeeper will be in the chapel to discuss how Charlotte Randles used to keep Gwrych in order in 1891.

There will be writing workshops in the Countess' writing room and a pop up cafe will be available.

Standard admission fees apply - £5 per adult and £2.50 per child (those under aged three are free).

Some activities will require a small additional charge.