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Learn Morse code and how to build an Anderson shelter
Families in Staffordshire are being invited to experience life during World War Two as part of a special event at Tamworth Castle during the school summer holidays. Visitors will be able to experience life during the war through a variety of different tasks set up around the medieval castle over the course of three days from July 30th to August 1st. The informative and entertaining event is also designed to commemorate this year's 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France in June 1944. Older members of the public will be invited to share their stories of the war by contributing to a display, bringing together the important role of Tamworth and its citizens during World War Two when the town took in more than 1000 child evacuees and also lost hundreds of local soldiers.
Children will be able to try out World War Two fire hoses and stirrup pumps in the castle courtyard, decode secret messages using a Morse key, and meet the Billeting Officer. At the same time, visitors will be invited to help build an Anderson shelter, which were used to protect against air raids during the war, and learn about the preparation that was needed for D-Day. There will also be various items of authentic kit for people to try on. Every room within the castle will have activities to try, including spy skills and make-do and mend tasks. Visitors will be guided through the building using a quiz and small prizes will be given out to those who complete it.
Entry to the castle is currently being offered at a reduced price of £6.50 for adults, £5.50 concessions, £4 for children over five and £2 for children aged between two and four. Under-twos get in free of charge. This is while the work to create the new Battle and Tribute Staffordshire Hoard takes place. Admission times are from 10:30am to 3pm and the building will close at 3:45pm. No pre-booking is necessary, but tickets can be booked in advance to avoid disappointment via the Tamworth Castle website at www.tamworthcastle.co.uk, or by calling Tamworth Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street, on 01827 709618.