Grand Opening of the Jester’s Tower Coffee Shop

A selfie of Jay Gatling, the wizard of Conwy. He is dressed in wizard robes of green and gold. In the background is Conwy castle, and people dressed as knights.

My double act partner, Erwyd, has just opened a coffee shop in one of the towers of Conwy walls! It was brilliant to take part in the small opening event, which also included the reopening of the Knight Shop after a re-fit.

The mayor of Conwy with Erwyd Le Fol at the grand opening of the Jester's Tower coffee shop

Great to share some magic with folk and help celebrate the grand opening of The Jester’s Tower coffee shop!

A selfie of Jay Gatling, the wizard of Conwy. He is dressed in wizard robes of green and gold, and holds a wizard's staff. He is inside the Jester's Tower coffee shop, and in the background is a person serving customers at the counter. One customer is dressed as a knight.

Their food and drink is delicious, so why not head on down and grab a fab sarnie and cup of coffee.

A view of the medieval quarter in Conwy. There are people dressed as knights, and Conwy castle is in the background.

Blue Acre Wedding Open Day

On Sunday the 27th of June you can find me at the Blue Acre Wedding Open Day – my first in-person wedding fayre for over 12 months!

Magician performing for a bride and groom at a wedding
Photo by Martin Vaughan Photography

The open day will showcase the unique wedding venue of Erw Glas Campsite and offer the chance to meet lots of great local wedding suppliers. From dresses, cakes, flowers and cars, to live music, casino tables, photo booths and more.

I’ll be there from 1pm to 5pm, sharing some of my magic, and chatting with excited couples about how I can bring high quality, memorable entertainment to your big day.

Free tickets are available via Eventbrite, and you can keep up to date with all the latest news on the Blue Acre Wedding Open Day Facebook page.

Gwrych Castle to host “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!”

There are exciting things on the horizon for one of my favourite venues! Before the recent pandemic I had the privilege of working at some of the most beautiful venues across the country, bringing magic and entertainment to young and old alike.

Some places I only got the chance to visit once or twice, others I’d make a regular trip to once a year. Some venues I found myself at multiple times every year, so much so that I got associated with them.

Gwrych Castle is one such place – a gorgeous venue where I am happy to be called their resident wizard/magician.

A crowd watching a magician perform at Gwrych Castle; a long rainbow streamer is held between the magician and a child, billowing in the wind

Over the years I have performed at this beautiful faux castle and grounds as part of their medieval events, Christmas events and much more aside. I have roamed the grounds and gardens showing off some mind bending trickery and performing shows that will stick with me for years to come. It is always a pleasure to work there as the group of volunteers that run the place are lovely people, and dedicated to preserving and restoring the castle. 

So, I was excited to hear of the huge news for Gwrych Castle that they are to host the upcoming series of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!

"I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!" text

Normally filmed in Australia in previous years, due to the world changing events of Covid 19, they were forced to find a new location for this year’s series. After “hunting the countryside” they found the extraordinary location of Gwrych Castle, described by Kevin Lygo, Director of television at ITV, as a ‘“Walt Disney drawn castle”. I can safely say that it is definitely a place that has been full of magic!

It’s sure to be a new challenge for the producers, hosts Ant and Dec and of course the team at Gwrych, who have been busy preparing the site for when the telly crews arrive. But I am sure it is a challenge that all involved will rise to. This is a fantastic opportunity for Gwrych Castle and its team, one that will bring the site much deserved recognition. 

So when 2020s series of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! airs later this year I will definitely be tuning in to see how the celebrities fare at this most characterful location.

Oh and did we mention that the castle is haunted….mwhahahahaaaaa!

Erwyd & Gatling’s Magical Matinee

Erwyd & Gatling

Erwyd and Gatling’s Magical Matinee is a family friendly magic show packed full of comedy, audience participation, juggling, and mild hysteria… There will be some magic in there too, we promise.

The Magical Matinee is part of the North Wales Burlesque and Cabaret Festival that happens every year on the last weekend of January at Theatr Colwyn in Colwyn Bay.

This show is 100% family friendly.

Why have a family show at a burlesque and cabaret festival?

It’s a good question. Basically, over the years the festival has been asked if there was anything people could bring their kids to and until now they’ve had to say no. But thanks to phenomenal support from Colwyn Bay Town Council and Theatr Colwyn, we’re now able to provide a fantastic family show at this fabulous event.

For more information about the North Wales Burlesque & Cabaret festival, visit their website www.northwalesburlesque.com

You can keep up to date with all the latest news on the festival on their official Facebook page.

What you need to know about Erwyd and Gatling’s Magical Matinee

The show will take place on Saturday the 25th of January at Theatr Colwyn, and starts at 2pm.

Tickets for this event cost just £5 for adults and only £1.50 for children and can be bought on the Theatr Colwyn website here.

Read more about Erwyd & Gatling here.

For more information on our family shows, click here.

Gwrych Castle Christmas Fair 2019

Gwrych Castle in snow

In the words of the immortal Slade… “It’s Christmas!” Well, it’s definitely on the way. The nights are drawing in; shopping lists are growing with gifts and food galore; and the time has come to drag the tree down from the attic, and the annual tradition of decorating it whilst watching your favourite Christmas film. (Which we all know is Die Hard!) At least, that’s how it goes down in the Gatling household.

But also for us it is a time to share a lot of magic, Jay will be busy performing at many a seasonal party across December, bringing magic and Christmas cheer to all.

This all kicks off on November 30th and December 1st as we once again return to the magical and mysterious Gwrych Castle as part of the Gwrych Castle Christmas Fair 2019.

This also marks the start of Gwrych’s Christmas season, which runs every weekend until Christmas Eve, with the opening of their Santa’s Grotto! The big man himself will be arriving on the Saturday to begin the festivities and open the grotto ready to greet all the good boys and girls, with the addition of a plethora of stalls bulging with lots of goodies to help get the perfect gift for that certain someone.

And of course the Wizard of Conwy will be in attendance to entertain all as well: Jay will be there both days meeting and greeting one and all, sharing some magic and perhaps performing a show or two, so be sure to keep an eye out for the castle’s resident Wizard and partake in some Christmas magic!

We look forward to meeting you all there, and sharing in the joy of this wonderful holiday season.

Now if you’ll excuse us, it’s not truly christmas until Bruce Willis defeats Alan Rickman… again.

What you need to know about Gwrych Castle Christmas Fair 2019

The event takes place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of November.

For full details visit Gwrych Castle’s website

There is also more information on the events page on Facebook

To find out more about the history of the castle and the work being done to restore it, visit their website.

For more details on our outdoor entertainment, visit our outdoor entertainment page.