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Enter the castle keep for a series of fun, family activities
People in Staffordshire are being invited to celebrate, explore and enjoy a series of special events taking place at medieval Tamworth Castle over the forthcoming spring season. Visitors are being given the chance to step back in time and learn about the past, solve some castle mysteries, watch some amazing jousting, and even hunt for dragon eggs. The historic building will be the setting for a variety of fun-packed family activities over the next few weeks. The castle's resident dragon, Ruby, has disguised her eggs so that the dragon charmer will be unable to detect them. On top of that, Ruby's brother Hafgrim, hidden the eggs and now cannot find them.
Medieval jousting forms part of the St George's Day event
New for this year's programme of events is Green Matthews presenting six of the best-loved tales, told in a variety of styles and visual inspirations. Admission for this event is £15 and includes a drink. The following day, Saturday 25 April, sees the castle celebrate the patron saint of England by holding its annual St George's Day event. The medieval experience, which attracts thousands of visitors, brings together a host of activities for all the family. The day of fun includes living history at the castle, where visitors can help the laundress, learn about medieval weaponry and armour and join in with some traditional games with the castle's own Lady Freville. At the same time, the Castle Grounds will host a spectacular medieval joust and encampment, offer visitors the chance to try archery, and introduce a five-metre animatronic dragon. There will also be various children's activities on offer. Normal admission prices apply to the castle, with admission to the Castle Grounds free.
Castle Quest throws up a series of puzzles to solve
Further events include the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day in a special three-day event from Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May during which visitors can try their hand at war-time firefighting, learn about communications and have a go at decoding secret messages. The Castle Quest then returns from Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May when people are welcome to test their wits to solve the puzzles from clues around the castle. Questers will encounter characters on their journey before walking the quest grid blindfolded. Entry to the castle is priced at £7.50 for adults, £6.50 concessions, £5 for children over five and £3 for children aged between two and four. Family tickets are also available for £23, based on two adults and two children. More information is available on the Tamworth Castle website at www.tamworthcastle.co.uk, or by calling the Tamworth Information Centre on 01827 709618.
Councillor John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Culture and Operational Services, said: "Tamworth Castle has so much to offer when it comes to family and child-friendly activities to keep the boredom at bay during the school holidays. These events offer the ideal opportunity to explore our amazing castle and unveil the rich history and also enjoy some mythical fun."