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From hunting dragons to adventure golf during school break
There will be plenty to keep children and families entertained in Tamworth during the February half-term holiday, from dragon hunting and adventure golf, to free craft activities and sports. For dragon-hunting adventure, visitors are advised to head to Tamworth Castle for the Dragon Hunt which takes place between Sunday 18 February and Saturday 24 February to track down the resident dragon, Ruby, and her brother Hafgrim, who have gone missing. Visitors are invited to help find the pair, decorate the dragons' den, find the eggs and take part in dragon-themed crafts. More crafting opportunities are available on February 21, 22 and 23 as part of Tamworth Borough Council's largest ever community arts projects. A total of 1,400 individual square-yard tiles are being decorated to form part of a huge Mercian Mosaic that will be laid out in Tamworth Castle Grounds this summer. Artist Maggie Carney is hoping people will join her during free drop-in sessions in the former Argos store unit in the Ankerside Shopping Centre.
Plenty of half term activities taking place at Tamworth Castle and grounds
For physical activity in the great outdoors, Tamworth Borough Council's Sports Development Team has unveiled a brand new free programme of sporting events called 'Street Sport' which will be coming to parks across the borough during the half-term holiday. Sports include football, basketball, tennis, handball and zone hockey with sessions predominantly aimed at 13-18-year olds, although younger children can take part. The full programme of activities and attractions to help keep children entertained during half term can be found on the Visit Tamworth website under its busy What's On section. Among the activities listed on Visit Tamworth include cycle hire, golf, trampolining and tennis in Tamworth Castle Grounds, a big bounce at Wilnecote Leisure Centre and a packed programme at Ash End Children's Farm. There is also plenty on offer at the wide variety of Tamworth attractions including Tamworth Snowdome, Thomas Land, Jump Xtreme, Namco Funscape and Monty's Indoor Adventure.
People invited to decorate a tile as part of the giant Mercian Mosaic
The deputy leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Councillor Robert Pritchard, said: "Tamworth has so much to offer when it comes to family and child-friendly activities to keep the boredom at bay during the school holidays. The February half-term is no exception and we'd encourage people to visit some of our great local attractions, or take advantage of the free activities we've put on as part of the Street Sport and Mercian Mosaic projects." People are invited to log onto www.visittamworth.co.uk for more information, including dates, times and prices where applicable, or they can visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/VisitTamworth or Twitter @VisitTamworth. Groups, bands, organisations, attractions and businesses are invited to advertise their events free of charge on the Visit Tamworth website. Visit the 'What's On' page for more information.