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As the weather hots up and gardens continue to burst into life, green-fingered gardeners and pub landlords are being reminded to enter our two great Tamworth in Bloom competitions.

As part of the 2016 Tamworth in Bloom campaign, we are once again holding two separate competitions – one for gardeners and one for pubs.

A prize of £100 worth of gardening vouchers is up for grabs in both competitions.

The gardens competition is open to everyone living in the borough, whether you’re an experienced gardener, a complete beginner or somewhere in between. Entries are welcome from all types of gardens – huge plots with a rolling lawn and endless flower beds, a small square of grass, a hanging basket or a window box.

Last year’s winners were Barbara and Jack Sippetts of Glascote, who took the top prize for their stunning garden at their home in Clifford Street.

The pubs competition is open to every pub in the borough. Last year, the top prize was won by Olivers in Lower Gungate, which took top prize for its beautiful hanging baskets at the front of the pub and in the courtyard.

To enter either of the competitions, this year’s garden competition, just take a picture of your garden or pub displays and either email it to Garden Competition on or drop a copy in to reception at Marmion House.

The closing date for entries for both competitions is 5pm on Monday August 1st, with entries being judged during the following week.

This year’s Tamworth in Bloom theme is Be Prepared to Bloom, as we team up with Tamworth Cubs to help them celebrate the 100th birthday of the national organisation.

We’re aiming to scoop gold in the Small City category for the seventh year running – and want gardeners and publicans throughout the borough to get involved in the campaign.


Elford GardenIf you’re a performer – whether a singer, dancer, musician, actor, comedian or a group – then we’re offering you the opportunity to showcase your talents in beautiful surroundings at an end of summer garden party event being organised by our Arts & Events team.

The Garden Party takes place in the historic and picturesque setting of Elford Hall Garden in the village of Elford on September 17, where families will be invited to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of entertainment while Tamworth artists are given the chance to perform in an unusual space.

The event also aims to provide groups with an alternative stage while Tamworth Assembly Rooms is closed for refurbishment.

Some popular Assembly Rooms’ regulars have already been lined up for the Garden Party including TACT, Tamworth Arts Club, Fired Up Theatre, Tamworth Voices, Tamworth Wind Band and Just Perform, but the invitation is being extended to all singers, dancers, musicians, bands, drama groups, school groups and comedians who would like the opportunity to perform in the countryside setting.

Entertainment will be split across a main outdoor stage within the attractive walled garden itself and an acoustic stage in the marquee next door.

The Arts & Events team will be working hard with the volunteers to create a summer afternoon to remember.

Half of the money raised from the sale of tickets will be donated to Elford village activities and administered by Elford Parish Council.

The Garden Party takes place between 12noon and 6pm. It aims to create the atmosphere of a relaxed summer picnic and will include Pimms and lemonade, a hog roast, bar, cake and lawn games to complement the entertainment.

The Elford Garden Project is a multi award-winning community project which has restored the abandoned Edwardian walled garden and surrounding land and made it into a community park.

Work began in 2009 and since then volunteers have transformed the walled garden into a free and accessible place for all visitors, offering a variety of bulbs and blooms to view all year round, as well as a sensory garden, a new boat house overlooking the river, an orchard, allotments, boules pitches, marquee and wedding facilities, picnic areas and disabled access. More information is available online at

Tickets to the Garden Party, priced at £10 and £8 concessions, are already on sale at, in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street or from the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.

Any artists/acts who would like to perform on the day are asked to register their interest by contacting Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team on 01827 709314 or by emailing before Friday June 17.

hand typing at a computerNow there’s a new way for you to stay up to date with news and information from us here at Tamworth Borough Council, with the launch of a new email alert service.

As part of our commitment to improve the service we give you and to make it easier for you to stay in touch with us, we’ve just launched the new Click & Connect service on our website – allowing you to sign up to regular email and newsletters about a range of council services.

You can sign up to a range of subjects including council news, what’s on, local bin arrangements and Castle events.

Signing up is easy – just click here to go to our website.

Once signed up, you will receive regular updates on the areas you are interested in.

Give it a go and stay connected with us!