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Enjoy a special look and insight into Tamworth's heritage
Take a trip into history when Tamworth throws open the doors of its most historic buildings to visitors on Sunday 13 September.

The Staffordshire market town is hosting a Heritage Open Day with the aim of honouring Tamworth's rich history and heritage.

Tamworth Castle, Tamworth Heritage Open Day
Enjoy free entry to Tamworth Castle during the Heritage Open Day

The event will feature free entry to Tamworth Castle, an 80th anniversary display of Reliant cars made famous by TV comedy Only Fools and Horses, and a collection of wartime stories of Tamworth families which are revealed in a newly-published book.

Tamworth Castle is among the attractions that can be visited free of charge as part of the Heritage Open Day, but entry is by pre-booked tickets only, available from the Tamworth Information Centre in Corporation Street. Call 01827 709581 or email

This is a great chance for visitors to see some of the new displays and improvements, as well as items from the world-famous Staffordshire Hoard.

St Editha's Church, Tamworth Heritage Open Day
St Editha's Church during the recent Trotter's Trail arts project

Also, as part of Heritage Open Day, visitors to St Editha's Church in the town centre will be able to climb the rare double spiral staircase and take part in guided tours of the building.

And just outside the church, in St Editha's Square, the Reliant Motor Club will be displaying its collection of Reliant vehicles – with members only too happy to talk and answer questions about Del Boy's favourite mode of transport.

This is a special year for the club, as 2015 marks the 80th anniversary of the Reliant Motor Company which was formed in Tamworth in 1935.

Reliant Motor Company, Tamworth Heritage Open Day
Reliant cars will be on display to mark 80th anniversary of the company

The Tamworth Ancestral Rescue Club has spent the past three years working to help local people discover the part their ancestors played in the First World War. The project is now ready to reveal the stories they have uncovered in an exhibition, on show in its entirety for the first time in the Town Hall.

The club has also published a book detailing its findings, and copies will be on sale.

The Town Hall will also host exhibitions on Tamworth Heritage Trust, the Town Twinning Association and Second World War hero Colin Grazier and the real Enigma heroes.

Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth Heritage Open Day
Tamworth Town Hall to be the venue for a special play

Meanwhile, visitors to the Heritage Open Day will also be able to watch Tales of Tamworth – a brand new live theatre performance which has been put together by those taking part, reflecting their own stories about the town.

It will be staged under the Town Hall at midday, with an earlier performance at the same time and place the previous day - Saturday 12 September.

Other events taking place throughout the Heritage Open Day include:
•Town Crier, Thomas Guy, medieval gravediggers and a Peeler walking about the town.

•Green Badge guided tour of Tamworth. Places must be booked in advance from Tamworth Information Centre in Corporation Street. Call 01827 709581 or email

•Thomas Guy Almshouses in Gungate open from 10am to 2pm. Meet the residents, admire the gardens, have a cup of tea and buy home-made goodies, including cake and jam.

•Free entry to Middleton Hall and the Peel Museum between 11am and 4pm. Contact 01827 283095 for more details.

For more details on Heritage Open Day brochures are available from the Tamworth Information Centre in Corporation Street or visit or
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Why? History To Come Alive During Heritage Open Day
When: Sunday 13 September 2015
Phone: 01827 709581
Where: Tamworth Information Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7DN
Cost: Free
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