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It's back to the 1980s as classic drive-in movies return
Let's all go to the movies this summer. And what better way to enjoy a long-awaited, post-COVID trip to the cinema than in the grounds of a medieval castle. Drive-in movies will be returning to Tamworth Castle Grounds in Staffordshire for a second year following the cancellation of the traditional annual open air cinema event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing restrictions meant that the picnic-style open air cinema event could not go ahead in August last year. So Tamworth Borough Council's arts and events team replaced it with a drive-in cinema experience, which followed all the Government guidelines around gatherings and social distancing.
Tamworth Castle Grounds
The event was so successful that it is now being repeated this summer, despite Covid restrictions gradually being eased as part of the Government's Roadmap to normality. So the drive-in movie screenings will be back on Friday 6 August and Saturday 7 August, with the main field at the bottom of the Castle Grounds being opened up to cars. While full plans are still being finalised, August 6, will be a showing of the iconic Back to the Future, starring Michael J Fox as Marty, while August 7 will be the 80s classic shark thriller, Jaws. Both movies will start at 9pm – this is to allow the sun to set enough for the screen to be visible. The events will also be weather permitting. Tickets are priced at £30 per car, with space for 200 cars each evening. Audiences will be watching from within their vehicles. Children are invited to attend with adults for the showing of Back to the Future and over 12-year olds for Jaws. There will be vendors offering refreshments and snacks on site.
Sarah McGrandle, Tamworth Borough Council's Assistant Director for Operations and Leisure, said: "We are delighted to invite audiences for another year of outdoor cinema in our beautiful Castle Grounds. Arts, leisure and events completely came to a stop during the pandemic with so many shows and entertainment forced to cancel, but last August we were able to put on our first drive-in cinema event, giving families an enjoyable night of entertainment during very uncertain times. This y ear we are offering two evenings of retro 80s films, perfect for families, couples or a night out with mates. On the Friday we will screen the action-packed Back to the Future, a favourite with people of all ages, followed by Jaws on Saturday evening for the braver audience."