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Restored Edwardian Garden Plays Host To A Musical Treat
Tamworth's arts and events team is going out on the road when a special end of summer garden party takes place in the delightful village of Elford. Tamworth Borough Council has been staging a variety of events in and around the Staffordshire market town while the Assembly Rooms in the centre of Tamworth has been undergoing major refurbishment work. But the season of outdoor events will end in style when a host of talented local performers take centre stage within the historic and picturesque Elford Hall Garden on Saturday 17 September.

Upbeat Dance School
Upbeat Dance School is one of the acts performing in the walled garden

Artists across a variety of genres have been lined up to entertain the crowds in the setting of the once abandoned Edwardian walled garden at Elford which has been restored by an army of volunteers over recent years as part of a massive community project.
More than 20 groups, singers, musicians, dancers and actors have taken up the opportunity to showcase their talents in the first Tamworth Borough Council event to be held at the Elford Hall Garden. Entertainment will be split across a main outdoor stage within the walled garden itself and an acoustic stage in the marquee next door. Audiences can expect everything from tap dancing to a murder mystery, with plenty of singing, music and drama in between.

Elford Walled Garden
The restored Edwardian garden will ring to the sound of music

Acts confirmed for the main stage include Tamworth Voices, Tamworth Male Voice Choir, TACT, Brindley-Hunt, Elise Kane, Tamworth Arts Club, Just Perform, Tamworth Wind Band, William MacGregor Primary School and Upbeat Dance School.
The acoustic tent will feature performances from teenage singer/songwriter Matilda Pratt, guitar soloist Drew Jackson and guitarist James Foster, as well as emerging young talent Nathan Brookes, Cara Britton and Jude Britton. The acoustic tent will also play host to Staffordshire's first ever Poet Laureate, Mal Dewhirst, who will be reading extracts from his short stories and poetry repertoire, and Tamworth Rep Company, which will be performing a one-hour murder mystery based on a horticultural society's annual show which unearths more than a prize-winning marrow. Further slots are available by calling 01827 709314, or by emailing

Matilda Pratt
Singer/songwriter Matilda Pratt performs on the acoustic stage

As well as the line-up of entertainment, Elford Garden Party will also feature a variety of refreshments including Pimms and lemonade, a hog roast, cake, and a licensed bar, plus various lawn games in keeping with the summer picnic atmosphere.
Elford Garden Party aims to celebrate the countryside setting while providing performers with an alternative stage during the closure of Tamworth Assembly Rooms for refurbishment. Councillor Joy Goodall , Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: "Elford Garden Party is an exciting new event being organised in a new location for Tamworth Borough Council's Arts and Events team. It has all the makings of a great afternoon of entertainment and will give people the opportunity to see many well-established and popular acts, as well as some up and coming new talent, on the same bill and for one ticket price."

Elford Walled Garden
Elford Walled Garden has been transformed entirely by volunteers

Elford Garden Party takes place on Saturday 17 September between 12noon and 6pm. Tickets are priced at 10 and 8 concessions and are available online, in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in CorporationStreet, or from the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of 1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings. Half of the ticket sales will be donated to Elford Parish Council to spend on Elford village activities.
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Why? A Great Chance To See Local Talent In Delightful Garden Setting
When: Saturday 17 September 2016
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Elford Hall Garden, Church Road, Elford, Staffordshire B79 9BZ
Cost: 10 a ticket or 8 concessions
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