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The day-long We Love Tamworth event was a huge draw this year – with 9,500 visitors flocking to the Castle Grounds.

Even the occasional shower failed to spoil the day, with crowds topping the 8,000 who came along last year.

Highlights included fairground rides, duck race, bouncy castle, water zorbing, dog show, Lenny the land train, Tamworth’s strongest man competition, walkabout characters and stalls.

There was also a Children’s Zone, featuring a petting zoo, Midsummer Magic storyteller, giant games, face painting, balloon modelling and craft activities. The Zone attracted almost 300 children throughout the day.

Amington Band added musical accompaniment, as they performed in the Bandstand throughout the afternoon.

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Heritage Open DayFree entry to Tamworth Castle, a guided walk taking in sites of significance in the First World War, wartime stories of Tamworth families and a look at Saxon life are just some of the events at this year’s Heritage Open Day.

The hugely-popular heritage Open Day takes place on Sunday September 14 this year, and sees a large number of Tamworth buildings throwing open their doors to welcome visitors, as well as a whole host of events to honour Tamworth’s rich history and heritage.

Entry to Tamworth Castle will be free for the day, giving visitors the chance to see some of the new displays and improvements, as well as items from the world-famous Staffordshire Hoard. Look out for the Saxon warriors in and around the Castle and grounds.

Visitors to St Editha’s Church will be able to climb the rare double spiral staircase and take part in guided tours of the building. Outside in St Editha’s Square, the Reliant Motor Club will be showing off their display of Reliant vehicles – and members will be only too happy to talk and answer questions about Del Boy’s favourite mode of transport.

A new addition to the programme this year, which is expected to generate a lot of interest, is the guided walking tour which explores the part that Tamworth and its people played in the First World War.

The one-hour tour is led by a registered Green Badge Guide and starts from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre at 2pm. Tickets are free, but booking is essential as demand is expected to be high. Tickets are available from the TIC by calling 01827 709581 or emailing

The Tamworth Ancestral Rescue Club, which helps local people to discover the part their ancestors played in the Great War, will be mounting a display in Tamworth’s historic Town Hall, which will be open from 11am to 4pm.

The Town Hall will also host exhibitions on the Friends of Tamworth Castle, Second World War hero Colin Grazier and the real Enigma heroes, Samuel Parkes VC and the Tamworth Heritage Trust. Music will be supplied by vintage tribute vocal group The Jays, who will be performing under the Town Hall at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.

The Mayor’s Parlour in the Town Hall will also be open for viewing when the Mayor, Cllr Richard Kingstone, or Deputy Mayor, Cllr Maureen Gant, is in the building.

Other events taking place throughout the day include:
• Town Crier and a Peeler walking about the town
• Tamworth Masonic Rooms in Lichfield Street open for guided tours from 9.45am to 4pm
• Thomas Guy Almshouses open from 10am to 2pm, with history presentations, tombola, bric-a-brac, home-made jam and cake stall
• Free entry to Middleton Hall between 11am and 4pm. Contact 01827 283095 for more details
• Heritage bus tours, picking up from Corporation Street and taking visitors to Middleton Hall. Ticket only, must be booked in advance from TIC on 01827 709581 or email
• St Leonard’s Church in Wigginton open from 1pm to 5pm. Family Communion at 10.30am, all visitors welcome
• Spital Chapel of St James in Wigginton Road open between 11am and 4pm

For more details on the events taking place, please pick up a brochure from the Tamworth Information Centre in Corporation Street or visit

The two-day Taste of Tamworth food festival is coming back for a second year, after last year’s debut event proved to be such a success.

Taste of Tamworth is back by popular demand, taking place on Friday September 5 and Saturday September 6 and is aimed at showcasing the wide variety of choice available to diners in Tamworth.

Keen foodies are being invited to pick up a Taste of Tamworth brochure, plan meals at local pubs and restaurants and take advantage of special offers.

Businesses taking part include Taco Mini Hut, the Aspen Restaurant at the SnowDome, Pizza Express, Roaster’s, U-Bar, Christopher’s, Nando’s and the Vodka Bar at The Bow Street Runner.

To coincide with the opening of Nando’s at Ventura Park, staff from the restaurant will be handing out free food under the Town Hall on the Saturday to give Tamworth a taste of what they have to offer.

And for beer lovers, Taste of Tamworth coincides with the 21st Tamworth Beer festival, which runs from September 4 to September 6 at Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

The Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in the Philip Dix Centre in Corporation Street has put together a special display of businesses which are taking part. The Taste of Tamworth brochure is packed with special offers, price reductions and events to encourage residents to take advantage of local food suppliers, cafes, restaurants and pubs.