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Take a trip back in time to live like an Anglo Saxon
The Saxons are set to invade Tamworth in Staffordshire later this year for a fun historical event. They will be taking over the grounds of medieval Tamworth Castle, which once lay in the heart of ancient Anglo Saxon Mercia. The castle grounds will be hosting a packed weekend of themed activities on September 18 and 19 for all ages to enjoy. The event will allow visitors to travel back in time and see what life was like as a Saxon centuries ago; from battle and armour to pottery, heraldry, and legends. Tamworth, during Saxon times, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mercian and the town's rich history will be celebrated through various fun workshops in topics such as embroidery, coin making, demonstrations of Saxon burial rites and battle re-enactments. Families are also invited to see how people lived in Tamworth during Anglo-Saxon times by trying their hand at exciting activities such as Saxon and Viking games, cooking, wattle & daub construction, a pottery making workshop and a purse making workshop for children.
Councillor Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: "We're really looking forward to this event as it's a fantastic experience for everyone, old and young, to appreciate our modern life as well as learn and understand about our past too and how people lived their lives then. These events are extremely popular in Tamworth as it gives people the chance to put themselves in the shoes of people that lived centuries ago, and the events aren't only educational but they're filled with loads of fun activities and it makes for a great day out, too. It's also an opportunity to visit Tamworth Castle and take in the history and traditions inside these walls. It's an incredible structure which is definitely worth a visit."
Visitors are invited to expand their knowledge of Tamworth during Anglo Saxon times by checking out the castle's new Battle & Tribute Exhibition. The newly opened display showcases pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard and provides a fascinating exploration of the town's Saxon history. The £768,000 exhibition also features a mead hall, an immersive combat film experience, and a touch-table strategy game. The Castle Grounds are open all year round, with the Saxon weekend event running from 10am-5pm on both days.