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Fun activities to keep the children happy all summer
A fun-filled programme of entertainment is awaiting children in Tamworth this summer.
To coincide with school being out for six long weeks Tamworth Borough Council has a jam-packed summer of fun and entertainment to help keep the boredom at bay for children of all ages.
The programme began a week early with an outdoor production of the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night's Dream on Saturday 11 July in Tamworth Castle Grounds.
Tamworth Castle Grounds, home to some of the summer activities
But next up is the first of two week-long musical workshops taking place at Tamworth Assembly Rooms from Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July for children and young people aged eight to 18.
During the week, budding singers, dancers, actors and designers will be introduced to choreography and music inspired by the hit musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with the workshop led by Tamworth Voices musical director and former X-Factor coach Gladstone Wilson.
Attendance for the five days, which culminates in a performance on Friday, costs £50 , which includes two tickets to the final show. Sessions take place from 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm to 5pm on Friday, with the show starting at 7pm. Additional show tickets can be purchased for £3 each.
Then, on Saturday 1 August, families can be transported back in time to the days of legends and heroes with an exciting and action-packed performance of The Adventures of Robin Hood.
With exciting sword play, fast action, catchy new sing-along songs, puppets and humour, the show is expected to delight families with children aged four to nine. It takes place at Tamworth Assembly Rooms at 11am with tickets priced at £10 or £8 concessions.
The second week-long workshop at Tamworth Assembly Rooms gets underway on Monday 10 August until Friday 14 August. Musical Mash Up will be led by Rachel Smith and Craig Randle and will be packed full of singing, dancing and acting for 8-18 year olds of all abilities.
Based around the famous musicals Shrek, Wicked and Legally Blonde, the week will culminate in a special performance by all participants for their friends and family, starting at 7pm on the Friday evening.
Workshop sessions take place between 10am and 4pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm to 5pm on Friday. It costs £50 , including two free tickets to the final show. Additional tickets can be purchased for £3 each.
There will be another helping of outdoor theatre on Sunday 16 August, this time in Dosthill Park, which will be the setting for The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.
Beatrix Potter's classic characters will be brought to life from 1.30pm in a magical and enchanting production for the whole family, complete with live music.
Tickets are priced £8 and £6 concessions, or £25 for a family ticket, and must be bought in advance.
The highlight of the packed programme will be on Saturday 22 August with the popular We Love Tamworth event. Tamworth Borough Council's Arts and Events team will present a fantastic free day out for the whole family, set in the Castle Grounds and complete with street performers, bouncy castles, inflatables, a petting zoo, fairground rides, land train, a dog show and stalls.
And, although children will be back at school, the fun doesn't end there as CBeebies favourites Chris and Pui present a show at Tamworth Assembly Rooms on September 20, bringing many of the much-loved characters from their hit TV programme Show Me Show Me, together with comedy sketches, magic and plenty of singing, to the stage. Tickets are priced £12 and £10 concessions.
Tickets for all shows and activities are available by visiting www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk, in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.