IMG_5200Tamworth’s FREE fireworks spectacular returns to the Castle Grounds on Saturday November 7 for another breathtaking event not to be missed.

Since its return eight years ago, the magical extravaganza has become a firm family favourite on the Tamworth events calendar and continues to grow each year, drawing more and more visitors from across the country.

In 2014 it attracted record crowds of 28,000 people – a rise of 8,000 on the previous year.

Despite its huge success, Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team is committed to making it bigger and better all the time.

The whole family can enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment, starting at 6pm and including fire performers, face painting, a sparkler zone, family activities, food stalls and the fair.

The climax of the event – sponsored by Ankerside Shopping Centre – will of course be the impressive 20-minute pyrotechnic display set to music, which will light up the sky from 8pm.

So come along for a sparkling night out!

Heritage Open Day_2598A new interactive and family friendly gallery at Tamworth Castle – devoted to Tamworth’s Saxon history and the Staffordshire Hoard – has moved a step closer following the awarding of grant funding.

The first stage in the creation of the new gallery on the top floor of the Castle is to go ahead following the awarding of a development phase grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund of £55,500, matched by Tamworth Borough Council funding of £13,900.

This funding will by used to research and develop the new Staffordshire Hoard and Saxon Tamworth Gallery, updating the current Tamworth Story display. The gallery will include an impressive display of Staffordshire Hoard items, accompanied by interpretation exploring the Hoard’s importance.

Tamworth’s illustrious Anglo-Saxon history will be celebrated and visitors will be able to learn about the archaeology of Tamworth through fun and engaging exhibits.

The detailed plans developed with this funding will inform a delivery stage application, to be submitted to HLF in June 2016. This will provide a grant to support the project through to completion in summer 2017, at an estimated cost of £600,000.

The project will not only see the creation of brand-new displays but will also involve Castle staff working in partnership with the University of Birmingham’s Digital Humanities Hub to develop a state-of-the-art multi-user digital game to bring visitors together to explore the gallery. 

The Castle will also work in partnership with Tamworth Town Guides and Tamworth schools to develop accompanying activities including a Saxon town tour, education workshops, living history characters and a Saxon festival to launch the new gallery.

The new gallery will allow Tamworth Castle to fulfil its role as a key venue on the Staffordshire Hoard Trail, along with partners Birmingham Museums Trust, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and Lichfield Cathedral.

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A hugely successful business summit attracted delegates from more than 90 businesses of all sizes, from across Tamworth and Lichfield.

The Your Business, Your Voice event was organised by Tamworth and Lichfield For Business – the shared economic development service for Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council – at Drayton Manor’s Tower Suite.

The event was TLforB’s first business summit and was designed to give businesses the opportunity to speak to politicians about issues affecting them, to let the politicians share their priorities and views on business growth and to launch the wide-ranging business survey for Tamworth and Lichfield.

High-profile speakers at the summit included Tamworth MP Chris Pincher, Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant, Lichfield District Council Leader Cllr Mike Wilcox, Tamworth Borough Council Chief Executive Tony Goodwin and Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams. The event was chaired by BBC Home Editor Mark Easton.

A total of 108 delegates attended the event, where items under discussion included the proposals for a West Midlands Combined Authority, growth hubs, Local Enterprise Partnerships and business support. Feedback from businesses, delegates and speakers was hugely positive and the event is being hailed as a big success.

The Your Business, Your Voice summit also saw the launch the Business Survey for Tamworth and Lichfield.

The survey is open to every business in the Tamworth and Lichfield areas, of any size and type. It aims to capture the opinions and needs of businesses across the two areas, with the results being used to create strong, long-lasting relationships between the two local authorities and businesses. Results will also be used to tailor business support where there are gaps in the existing provision.

The survey covers topics including staffing and skills, location, plans for future growth and business support.

The survey can be found online at where it will be open until early November. A number of telephone interviews will also be carried out with some of the key businesses in the two areas. The results of the survey will be published in the New Year.