Enjoy Tamworth heritage and history – for free

Aug 31, 2012 by Warren


Tamworth rich history and heritage – from Anglo Saxon bloody battles to more genteellook at William MacGregor and the Almshouses – will all be under the microscope at the forthcoming Heritage Festival.

The festival, which takes place on the weekend of September 1, will celebrate Tamworth’s history and heritage with a range of free events across the weekend.

As well as many buildings throwing open their doors free of charge, a Saxon encampment will move into the Castle Grounds to give a taste of what life was like.

Re-enactments, boats, games and pottery making are just some of the activities taking place. Children will also be able to try their luck and take part in battles with Saxon warriors.

St Editha’s Church will be running guided tours and opening the double spiral staircase for visitors to enjoy panoramic views of Tamworth from the rooftop.

Tickets for various events are available from the Tourist Information Centre.

There will also be a special talk about ‘the real Enigma Heroes’ by Phil Shanahan to mark the 70th anniversary of the Colin Grazier story. This will take place at the Town Hall on Friday August 31st. This is priced at 6.50.

A new Staffordshire Hoard exhibition will also be open to the public at Tamworth Castle, made up of more than 20 new items. Please note, entry to the Castle is not free of charge.

Activities taking place include:

Bloxwich Research and Metal Detector Club

St Editha’s Church guided tours and William MacGregor paintings

Tamworth’s busy street market

Folk music in St Editha’s Square and under the town Hall

A chance to look around the Mayor’s Parlour

Colin Grazier exhibition and book signing at the Town Hall

Tamworth Assembly Rooms through the ages

Tamworth Heritage Trail

William MacGregor display at Tamworth Library

See Thomas Guy at the Almshouses

Reliant Motor Club, Aldergate carpark

Events are also taking place at Middleton Hall, Spital Chapel, Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Tamworth Football Club, the Colin Grazier Hotel and the Market Vaults.

For a brochure, visit Tamworth’s Information Centre in Corporation Street, or visitwww.tamworth.gov.uk.

In addition, there is a free Tamworth Heritage app which can be downloaded at the itunes store. This will guide you around all Tamworth’s fascinating buildings and other interesting features at the touch of a button.

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