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Enjoy Historic City As It Opens Its Doors To History Lovers
It is a city steeped in history, including a prominent role during the English Civil War. And now Lichfield in Staffordshire is again throwing more of its doors open to the public as part of a heritage weekend event. The aptly named Lichfield Heritage Weekend is taking place over the course of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September with events going on at a variety of locations and venues across the city. The Lichfield Heritage Weekend takes place every year on Samuel Johnson's birthday to help celebrate the city's rich and varied history. Various heritage attractions will be throwing their doors open for free, together with some historical buildings that aren't usually open to the public. This year the heritage weekend is also celebrating 300 years of David Garrick, actor, theatre manager and playwright, whose name lives on in the guise of the Lichfield Garrick theatre.

Lichfield Heritage Weekend
Step into history during the Lichfield Heritage Weekend

The Lichfield Heritage Weekend will include a poetry trail, a Georgian garden party, open day at Lichfield Record Office, a heritage day at Wade Street Church, a Shakespeare garden trail, a photo exhibition, Samuel Johnson birthday celebrations, face painting and children's crafts. A number of buildings are regularly open to the public, such as Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield Cathedral, and the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, but there will also be a rare chance to see Dr Milley's Hospital, one of the oldest remaining buildings in Lichfield which has been providing a refuge for women in need since the 15th century.

Erasmus Darwin House
Erasmus Darwin House

Programme of events

Thu 21 Sep Lichfield Storytellers: Storywalk at Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Fri 22 - Thu 28 Sep Exhibition of Old Photos and Memorabilia at Lichfield Library
Fri 22 Sep Tour of Lichfield District Council Chamber

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep Garrick300 at Lichfield city centre and heritage attractions
Sat 23 Sep Huddlesford Heritage Gathering at Huddlesford Junction
Sat 23 Sep Heritage Day at Wade Street Church
Sat 23 Sep Lichfield Record Office Open Day
Sat 23 Sep Open Day at Dr Milley's Hospital
Sat 23 Sep Samuel Johnson's 308th Birthday Celebrations at Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep Garrick300 Georgian Garden Party at Erasmus Darwin House
Sat 23 Sep Garrick, Johnson and the English Stage! at Speakers' Corner
Sat 23 Sep Shakespeare garden trail and seed planting in Beacon Park
Sat 23 Sep Highlights tour of Lichfield Cathedral
Sat 23 Sep Secret Gardens Tour at .......

Sun 24 Sep David Garrick - from Close to Castle at city centre streets
Sun 24 Sep Intimate Theatre presents David Garrick at The George Hotel

Dr Milley's Hospital
A rare chance to visit Dr Milley's Hospital

Admission to the various heritage buildings is free during the course of the heritage weekend, but there may be a small charge for some ticketed events. Further information is available online here, by calling 01543 308924 or by emailing
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Why? Step Back In Time During Lichfield's Heritage Weekend
When: 23 and 24 September 2017
Phone: 01543 308924
Where: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield WS13 6LQ
Cost: Free Admission But A Charge For Some Ticketed Events
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