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From the Anglo-Saxons to WW2 via the Victorians
A packed and varied programme of events has been lined up for people of all ages to enjoy at Tamworth Castle in Staffordshire this summer. Visitors to the medieval fortress will be variously called upon to use their investigation skills to solve a murder, step back in time and learn about the Victorians and Saxons, listen to magical storytelling or decode secret war messages. Tamworth Castle has a variety of fun-packed family activities coming up this summer season. The summer holiday fun at the castle begins on July 23 with Castle Storytelling, when children are invited to help find the lost magical stories. To add to the fun the children can go along to the storyteller's sessions dressed as their favourite story-themed character.
The programme of events begins with children's storytelling
In contrast, the castle is also inviting people to learn about life during the Second World War with a special event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D Day Landings which began on 6 June 1944. Entitled WW2 in the Castle, the event takes place from July 30 to August 1, and involves visitors trying their hand at firefighting, meeting the billeting officer, and having a go at trying to decode secret messages. Stepping much further back in time is the opportunity to experience a taste of Anglo-Saxon life. The Saxons will be coming from August 6 to August 8 and again from August 13 to August 15 during which visitors will have the chance to solve runic puzzles, learn about the warrior princess Aethlflaed, daughter of King Alfred the Great, and her battle tactics, and have a go at archaeology.
Anyone who is a fan of murder mysteries and are good at investigating and cracking clues, then a Murder at the Castle event is one not to miss from August 20 to August 22. Can you find the culprit and receive a reward from the sheriff? Children of all ages will enjoy becoming a sleuth for the day and help the castle staff solve the case. Finally, summer would not be complete without celebrating Tamworth's Victorian heritage at the castle. Step back in time on September 14 and 15 and join the governess, housekeeper and servants as they go about their daily duties. Visitors to Castle Victorian Living History will experience the tasks of a Victorian household, including lessons, cleaning chores and observing a traditional afternoon tea. All visitors are also welcome to purchase light refreshments, including tea and cake, at the castle shop.
All of the events take place daily between 10.30am and 3pm, (building closes at 3.45pm) during the summer months. Normal admission prices apply for all the events which are £7.50 for adults, £6.50 concessions, £5 for children over five and £3 for children aged between two and four. Under-twos get in free of charge. Family tickets are also available for £23, based on two adults and two children. Tickets can be booked in advance online via www.tamworthcastle.co.uk but require printing at home. They can also be purchased on the door. For further information go online or call 01827 709618.