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A Monster Variety of Shows Await Audiences in Coming Months
An exciting new season of events has been put together to entertain people throughout Tamworth and the surrounding area over the coming months. Vocal and music concerts, murder-mystery-mayhem, monster mash up, fireworks extravaganza and a Christmas lights festival are just some of the highlights lined up in Tamworth's new season of events. Tamworth Borough Council's Arts and Events team have been working hard to create a new and varied line up of shows and acts for Tamworth families and visitors to enjoy. This includes more touring theatre, which brings theatre to local venues, Assembly Rooms on Tour - taking some of the theatre's favourite performers out into community locations - and popular seasonal outdoor events.

What's On in Tamworth
What's On in Tamworth over the coming months

Tamworth Arts and Events will also continue to focus on art activities as part of the Arts in Unusual Spaces project, funded by Arts Council England. Art Attack is part of The Big Draw Festival 2017 which is happening in towns all over the UK. Free arts activities with professional artists and illustrators will be available for all ages on October 7 whether you're a budding artist or a complete novice. The packed programme of art includes chalk drawings in St Editha's Square, land art creations in Tamworth Castle Grounds and, for the more adventurous, Body Draw in Ankerside Shopping Centre; where participants wear hats, shoes, gloves and get 'creative'.

Tamworth Castle Grounds
Tamworth Castle Grounds is one of the community art venues

The rest of the new season begins on October 7, as Tamworth Assembly Rooms continues 'On Tour' at The Coton Centre with an evening of popular songs performed by the Mercian Singers. Special guests 'Cor Curiad' ladies choir from Llanelli, will make a welcome return to Tamworth as they join the mixed choir for a guaranteed evening of talented singing. The next 'On Tour' performance is the hilarious Halloween themed compilation show, Monster Mash Up, on October 28 at Landau Forte Academy. Tamworth Arts Club presents this darkly funny production, including musical theatre favourites from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and Jekyll and Hyde. The show will also include pop hits such as Michael Jackson's Thriller and Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics!

Monster Mash Up
Halloween themed show Monster Mash Up

Tamworth Arts and Events Touring Theatre brings a new production full of murder, mystery and mayhem, as the great Victorian detective, Sherlock Holmes, stalks Jack the Ripper in the streets of London; only to discover that the evidence is pointing to Sherlock's trusted sidekick Dr Watson! Theatre Chipping Norton presents Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles, a witty and fast-paced story at the Sacred Heart Church from 7.30pm. Folk duo James Hickman and Dan Cassidy feature next when Touring Theatre arrives at St Francis Church on November 19, while Christmas cheer will warm everyone's hearts on December 2 at St Editha's Church when Tamworth Assembly Rooms 'On Tour' presents Tamworth Voices, featuring Tamworth Wind Band, for a traditional Christmas concert with a twist of contemporary songs and anthems that will get everyone feeling festive.

St Editha's Church
St Editha's Church is the venue for a Christmas concert

Outdoor entertainment starts this season with the return of the Fireworks Extravaganza on November 4. A breath-taking display of pyrotechnics, accompanied by fire performers, face painting, fun fair and food stalls for the whole family to enjoy. The programme would not be complete without the annual Christmas Lights Festival. A jam-packed day is planned for November 26 with festive fun for families. Activities will include fairground rides, treasure hunt, crafts, live music, Christmas market, walk about characters, dance performances and face painting. The main event will be at 5pm when the lights are switched on; not forgetting Father Christmas who will make an appearance too. More Touring Theatre will be showcased in the New Year. On February 8, 2018, St Francis Church will host a rip-roaring alt-folk band Noble Jacks. A roof raising performance of feel good, upbeat folk tunes that will undoubtedly get your feet stomping along to the rhythms and lyrics. If jazz music is more your style, then don't miss Tantz in Concert on February 9, 2018. Touring Theatre will bring this high spirited and original klezmer dance/gypsy jazz band to the Sacred Heart Church. This remarkable six-piece band will bring great global music with an infectious vibe.

Ankerside shopping centre
Body Draw is on offer in Ankerside shopping centre

Full information on the events, including ticket details, is available online at, or call the Box Office on 01827 709618.
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Why? A Feast Of Fun For All The Family
When: 1 Sep 2017 to 9 Feb 2018
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, The Holloway, Tamworth, B79 7PB
Cost: Prices of events vary
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