Creative Weekend at Tamworth Castle

Creative Weekend at Tamworth Castle


Posted 2023-03-01 by Tony Collinsfollow

Fri 10 Mar 2023 - Sun 12 Mar 2023

Hidden stories are waiting to be discovered behind the walls of a medieval castle in Staffordshire as part of a creative weekend of activities. Visitors of all ages are being invited to visit ancient Tamworth Castle over the weekend of Friday 10 March to Sunday 12 March by the local Tamworth Borough Council. Awaiting castle visitors is a festival weekend of diverse performances, workshops and celebrations, along with a light projection that will interpret the theme ‘If these walls could talk’, exploring Tamworth’s heritage and historical landmarks.

The event at Tamworth Castle involves a packed weekend of entertainment with award-winning authors, poets, dancers, theatre groups, storytellers, re-enactors and visual artists. From family-friendly storytelling to adult-only performances, there is certain to be something for everyone to enjoy. A range of creative workshops plus a group debate with established writers and poets will give visitors the opportunity to find out more about Tamworth’s rich heritage and the events the castle walls have overseen through the centuries. These workshops are ideal for students or people interested in improving their skills and knowledge of creative writing and history.

Enjoy a weekend of creative workshops at Tamworth Castle

A special light projection will celebrate the unique motte and bailey castle ahead of major restoration works to the curtain wall which will commence in March. During the weekend all admission tickets are half price and many workshops and performances are included in the admission price. Evening performances are charged at a reduced rate. Writers and special guests will include Staffordshire Poet Laureate Dawn Jutton with a performance of a bespoke poem; storyteller Maria Credali, whose recent work includes commissions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and storytelling festivals across the UK, Marrakech, Ireland and Canada; Rosa Brown, artist, presenting work through visual art; Shoebox Theatre; Kerry Featherstone; Sarah Reed; storyteller Sophie Draper, plus Fired Up Theatre and Ami Radcliffe.

Castle visitors are invited to join professional storytellers for two special evenings to experience a performance of storytelling and folklore in an atmospheric space. The first adult-only evening is on Friday 10 March from 7pm -9pm and involves renowned storyteller Maria Credali as she explores the story of ‘Seven Years a Wolf’ - a tale of witchcraft, wonder and wolves from the days of King Arthur.

The second adult-only performance evening is on Saturday 11 March, when another award-winning author, Sophie Draper will perform her storytelling of Dead Man's Knock - a tale about Tom, a rash young thief, as he languishes deep within the walls of Tamworth Castle, scratching each day into the stone. Guests are invited to visit the castle from 6pm on both evenings to enjoy a self-guided tour at dusk. From 7pm guests will enjoy storytelling in the Great Hall. Tickets are priced at £5 each and refreshments will be available to purchase.

Writers and poets form part of the special weekend

Anna Miller, Assistant Director of Growth and Regeneration at Tamworth Borough Council, said: “Tamworth has a rich history as the ancient capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia and we are very lucky to have so many stories to share."

For further information about any of the activities, please contact the castle on 01827 709626 or visit:



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