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Visit Tamworth for half-term holiday fun

There’s plenty to keep families entertained in Tamworth during the half-term, from castle questing and outdoor theatre, to free craft activities and sports.

If you’re looking for things to keep the children entertained next week, the Visit Tamworth website is a great place to start. It’s full of ideas and has a busy What’s On section, as well as highlighting some of the fantastic attractions the area has to offer.

‘Our Aethel’ due to come home this week as statue is installed

More than a year of consultations, designing, planning and back-breaking labour will come to an end this week when Tamworth’s brand new warrior queen sculpture finally returns home to be revealed to the public for the first time.
Although pictures shared throughout the design process have provided glimpses of the huge sculpture of Tamworth’s Lady of the Mercians, Aethelflaed, only a couple of people have seen the six-metre tall steel figure put together in its entirety – and the overall effect promises to be ‘surprising and unique’.

Touring theatre continues for the summer season

Theatre is continuing on tour in Tamworth, bringing a variety of professional productions to venues across the borough.

The project - Touring Theatre - has produced a range of high-quality shows that started from April this year. All performances have been staged in familiar but unusual community locations in a bid to increase opportunities for people to experience the arts.

Celebrity chef among the latest to ‘Do the Aethel’

A social media campaign encouraging people to #DotheAethel is gathering pace, attracting its first celebrity, an award-winning author and reaching across the world as we prepare to welcome our brand new Aethelflaed statue home to Tamworth next week.
Celebrity TV chef Rosemary Shrager joined the fun by taking a break from a busy day at the Ely Food and Drink Festival to #DotheAethel, making her the first celebrity to get involved in the campaign to raise awareness of the Anglo-Saxon warrior queen who died in Tamworth 1,100 years ago this June.

Let there be light! Original windows uncovered as part of Tamworth Assembly Rooms refurbishment

Original windows of the main auditorium at Tamworth Assembly Rooms are being uncovered and restored as part of a major project to transform the historic theatre into a modern venue fit for 21st century audiences.
Work to refurbish the building is progressing well with many noticeable changes taking place since principal contractors, Novus Property Solutions, started on site at the end of last year.

Come rain or shine thousands attend St George’s Day festivities in Tamworth

Tamworth’s Castle Grounds were packed with people on Saturday, April 21, for another fantastic St George’s Day extravaganza.

The sun shone for most of the day as estimated crowds of around 11,000 people enjoyed the medieval-themed fun and festivities on offer and not even the rain shower in the afternoon stopped the crowds cheering on St George and his knights.

‘Do the Aethel’ with us and celebrate Tamworth’s history

This year Tamworth is going all out to celebrate the life of one of the most powerful and influential women in Anglo-Saxon England – and we want you to help spread the word about this great local legend.
It was on June 12, 918, that the warrior queen Aethelflaed, Tamworth’s Lady of the Mercians, took her last breath in the town before being finally laid to rest in St Oswald’s Priory in Gloucester, alongside her husband Aethelred.

More to celebrate at the St George’s Day event with a roaring 20% discount off tickets to the Reluctant Dragon

There is more to shout and cheer about at the celebrations for the St George’s Day event on April 21, with a roaring bargain of 20% off all tickets to the Reluctant Dragon performance coming to Dosthill Park this June.

Popular touring theatre group, Quantum Theatre, will be performing a classic retelling of ‘St George and the Dragon’ from the author of The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame. The Reluctant Dragon is a funny, touching and enchanting story of bravery and friendship and will be live in Dosthill Park on Saturday, June 23.

Mercian Mosaic workshops take project another step further

An ambitious community arts project to create a huge Mercian Mosaic has taken a big step forward thanks to the efforts of enthusiastic and creative members of the public who took part in a series of workshops during the Easter school holidays.
It is estimated that around 150 volunteers from Tamworth and further afield dropped in and got creative during three days of workshops held at the project’s base of operations in a unit in Ankerside Shopping Centre.

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