Families are being invited to take part in an egg-stra special Easter egg hunt around the great halls and corridors of Tamworth Castle this April.

Ruby the Castle dragon has hidden her eggs from the dastardly dragon hunter. However, she disguised them so well that she can’t find them again! Visitors will be asked to scour every corner of the ancient building to find Ruby’s lost eggs.

Egg hunters can record their findings on a quiz sheet and will be given a small reward upon completion.

The annual egg hunt is a great activity to enjoy with children during the Easter school holidays. It takes place daily between 11.30am and 4pm, starting from Saturday, April 8 and running until Friday, April 21.

On Saturday, April 22, the Castle will switch to a medieval theme in support of the St George’s Day Festival which will take over the Castle Grounds for a programme of family fun.

Visitors to the Castle on that day will be invited to play historic games with Lady Freville, help the laundress clean clothes using medieval techniques and learn about weapons and armour from the period.

Normal admission prices apply for the Easter egg hunt and St George’s Day activities. Entry is priced at £7.50 for adults, £6.50 concessions, £5 for children over five and £3 for children aged between two and four. Under-twos get in free of charge. Family tickets are also available for £23, based on two adults and two children. No pre-booking necessary.

More information is available on the Tamworth Castle website at www.tamworthcastle.co.uk, or by calling Tamworth Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street, on 01827 709618.


The Staffordshire County Council Election is now less than two months away – and Tamworth residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote.

Tamworth will go to the polls on May 4th, when all six of Tamworth’s County Council seats will be contested. But unless you are on the electoral register, you won’t be able to have your say through the ballot box.

Tamworth Borough Council is supporting the campaign launched by the Electoral Commission to make sure that everyone who wants to vote is registered.

Only those people whose names are on the electoral register will be able to vote on May 4. The deadline to register is Thursday 13 April, so there is still time. It only takes five minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need your National Insurance number in order to register.

Anyone who is already registered to vote but who will be away on May 4 can apply for a postal vote completed applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April. Anyone who misses this deadline may be able to apply to vote by proxy. The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.

Applications for postal and proxy votes can be made on Tamworth Borough Council’s website at www.tamworth.gov.uk. More information is available from the Elections Office on 01827 709262 or 709264.


Tamworth’s popular St George’s Day extravaganza is back for 2017 and will take over the Castle Grounds with medieval-themed fun for the whole family on Saturday, April 22.

Last year’s event was a huge success, attracting record-breaking crowds of more than 13,000 people. Another jam-packed line-up of entertainment has been put together in the hope of building on that success this year.

The St George’s Day extravaganza will include all the festival favourites that have led to the event becoming well-known up and down the country, such as jousting, archery, a living history camp, stalls, fairground rides and children’s activities.

There’s also a new interactive dragon for 2017, which people are encouraged to stroke, while animal-lovers will be sought to help incubate the dragon’s large egg.

The Grand Medieval Joust is back by popular demand. Festival-goers will be able to watch the action unfold as competing knights on horseback take to the main arena to show off their jousting skills. Throughout the day knights will also demonstrate the variety of weapons and combat methods used during medieval skirmishes.

Other entertainment and activities for the whole family include a medieval fashion show, children’s pottery-making workshops, Beowulf – A Storytelling of Puppets, a Medieval Grave Diggers Comedy, walkabout characters, Morris dancing, water and land zorbing, bungee trampolines and food stalls.

The dedicated Children’s Zone will feature face painting, stocks, circus skills, magical dress up, knight classes, bouncy castles and inflatable slides, a Robin Hood Nerf shootout and an 8ft inflatable jester. Admission to the Children’s Zone is priced at £3 per child (adults get in free of charge) and youngsters can come and go as they please throughout the day.

Tamworth Scouts will again march through the town centre in a St George’s Day parade, before renewing their promise in the Castle Grounds.

The free annual festival is one of the highlights of Tamworth’s impressive calendar of outdoor events organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team and draws thousands of visitors from across the country.

Activities in the grounds will be supported by more medieval-themed fun inside Tamworth Castle which will be inviting visitors to play historic games with Lady Freville, help the laundress clean clothes using medieval techniques and learn about weapons and armour from the period.

The event in Tamworth Castle on Saturday, April 22, is from 11.30am to 4pm and admission is priced at £7.50 for adults, £6.50 concessions, £5 for children over five and £3 for children aged between two and four. Under-twos get in free of charge. Family tickets are also available for £23, based on two adults and two children.