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Music And Fun Awaits During Tamworth's October Programme
The darker evenings may soon be drawing in but that is no excuse to take to the comfort of your own home, as a feast of fun and entertainment awaits this Autumn.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms has a packed programme of concerts and shows throughout the month of October featuring everything from music to drama and with a bit of wrestling thrown in for good measure.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms
A feast of entertainment at Tamworth Assembly Rooms

As October is also the month of Halloween, the entertainment starts in spooky style with a Ghost Hunt involving local paranormal events group Eerie Evenings on October 2, from 9pm to 3am.

The event includes readings from psychic mediums and late-night vigils with tickets costing 45 per person. Bookings must be made through Eerie Evenings on 0845 201 3994 or by visiting

For something a little less chilling, the musical entertainment kicks off on Saturday 3 October with The Kast off Kinks involving former members of the legendary band getting back together to re-live the good times.

The line-up features original drummer Mick Avory, John Dalton (Kinks 60s and 70s) on bass/vocals and Ian Gibbons (Kinks 80s and 90s) on keyboards/vocals, with Dave Clarke of The Beach Boys' fame on guitar/vocals.

Kast off Kinks, Tamworth Assembly Rooms
The Kast off Kinks to roll off the hits

Tickets for the show, which features all The Kinks' favourites, cost 20 and 18 concessions.

Some of Tamworth's top bands will be hoping for similar success when they line up for Rocktoberfest on Friday 9 October. For just 4, fans can get to see Structures, This Sun No More, Twin Cities and Sopwith Snipe all on the same bill.

Next up is the rip-roaring comedy musical Calamity Jane with an Oscar-nominated score that will delight audiences from Wednesday 14 October to Saturday 17 October.

The hit musical is being performed by Tamworth Arts Club including two shows on Saturday, with the evening performance British Sign Language interpreted. Tickets to see Calamity Jane are priced at 14.50, 12.50 concessions and 50 for a family of four, made up of two adults and two children.

A number of sensational tribute acts also feature in the October programme, starting on October 23 when The ELO Experience comes to town.

Formed less than ten years ago, The ELO Experience is the world's foremost tribute to this great band with hit songs including Mr Blue Sky, Living Thing, Telephone Line and Sweet Talking Woman. Tickets are priced at 21.

Wrestling fun at the Monster Mash

For something completely different, WrestleForce brings an action-packed show to Tamworth on Saturday 24 October with its Monster Mash Halloween extravaganza.

The WrestleForce contestants will face frightening creatures for one night only in this special show for the whole family. Tickets are priced at 12/10 concessions.

The classic children's fairytale Hansel and Gretel will be brought to life on Sunday 25 October by LP Creatives, with performances at 12pm and 4pm. The production brings together amazing magic, comedy and impressive sets and costumes, as well as dragons, illusions and maybe even a custard pie or two.

Tickets are priced at 12, 10 concessions, or 40 for a family ticket.

Roy Orbison and Friends, Tamworth Assembly Rooms
Roy Orbison and Friends, Tamworth Assembly Rooms

Another great tribute act sees Roy Orbison & Friends come to Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Friday 30 October. Performer Barry Steele is widely recognised as one of the world's leading tributes to The Big O, but the show also uses original film footage.

Barry will be joined by Paul Molloy as a young Elvis, Boogie Williams as Jerry Lee Lewis, and Stars in Their Eyes winner Maxine Maxumber as Dusty Springfield. Tickets are priced at 19.

Finally, the month's entertainment ends on Saturday, 31 October when Cornish comedian Jethro returns to Tamworth with his stand-up show costing 20 a ticket.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased via, from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street, or the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of 1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.

Full list:
Eerie Evenings - October 2
The Kast off Kinks - October 3
Rocktoberfest - October 9
Calamity Jane - October 13-17
The ELO Experience - October 23
Monster Mash - October 24
Hansel and Gretel - October 25
Roy Orbison and Friends - October 30
Jethro - October 31
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Why? Musical Treats To Spooky Fun
When: 2 October - 31 October 2015
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Corporation Street, Tamworth B79 7DN
Cost: Tickets up to 45
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