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Big name stars coming to Tamworth this summer
A bumper three-week line-up of entertainment, live music and sport is being planned for Tamworth Castle Grounds in Staffordshire this summer. The programme, called 'Castle Summer Fest', will take place from July 22 to August 13 and will include three large concerts by leading artists including Melanie C, smaller live music shows, screenings, broadcasts, a range of sports events, the UK's largest inflatable obstacle course, a silent disco, mass bingo, a 5K fun run, and an attempt to break the world piggyback record. The aim is to have something taking place every single day in the castle grounds during the three-week period for families to enjoy. Many of the daytime activities will be free of charge, supported by a programme of ticketed events which it is hoped will attract audiences from a large area. As well as the family entertainment, there will be a sporting theme to tie in with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Organisers, Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team, are inviting local sports groups and organisations to get involved during the festival by hosting classes and demonstrations.

Castle Summer Fest, Tamworth Castle Grounds
Castle Summer Fest coming to Tamworth Castle Grounds

The highlight of Castle Summer Fest will be three large-scale open-air summer concerts, starting on Saturday 23 July with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing 'Music from the Movies', alongside special guests Russell Watson and The Overtones. Singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti will take to the stage on Friday 12 August supported by Mel C, also known as 'Sporty Spice' of Spice Girls fame. Finally, Summer Fest will close on Saturday 13 August with a huge party in the park in celebration of the 80s music scene. Here and Now, the Very Best of the 80s will see Belinda Carlisle, Howard Jones, Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey, Boney M, The Fizz, Toyah and Katrina of The Waves all performing on the Tamworth stage, with the crowds having been warmed up by Greatest Hits DJ Pat Sharp.

Melanie C
Mel C is one of the stars of the event. Credit Philip Sinden

Councillor Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: "After the last couple of years with the pandemic and not being able to carry out the town's usual popular programme of events, it seemed fitting to go all out this summer with a big celebration and link into the Commonwealth Games coming to the region. Castle Summer Fest will be huge, with a real mix of events, offering something for everyone, including well-known artists performing in the town as well as demonstrations from the local sporting community. We hope lots of groups will come forward to take part and showcase what they have to offer. The idea is there will be something on every day throughout that three-week period in what we hope will be a real boost to the local economy in bringing visitors to the area. Tamworth is definitely the place to be for a summer of fun this year."

Castle Summer Fest, Tamworth Castle Grounds
Younger visitors can try their hand at the labrynth

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Why? Something for everyone during three-week summer festival
When: July 22 to August 13
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
Cost: Price of events vary
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