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Published September 13th 2018
Packed programme of fun and entertainment unveiled
An exciting new season of events has been revealed for Tamworth in Staffordshire, all the way up to the turning on of the town's Christmas lights. The varied programme of events, put together by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts and Events team, ranges from a special visit from Peter Rabbit to Remembrance parades, an attack of art, and music concerts. The new and varied line up of shows and acts over the coming months also includes more Touring Theatre; Assembly Rooms on Tour; and popular seasonal outdoor events. Tamworth Arts and Events also continue to focus on art activities as part of the Arts in Unusual Spaces project, funded by Arts Council England. Art Attack is part of The Big Draw Festival 2018, which is returning to towns all over the UK. The world's biggest drawing festival returns to Tamworth on October 6 with free arts activities with professional artists and illustrators, for all ages and abilities. This year's theme - 'Play' - will be taken to the extreme with electrical car printmaking and hand painting.
The rest of the new season begins on October 13, as Tamworth Assembly Rooms continues 'On Tour' at Landau Forte Academy with an evening of popular songs performed by the Mercian Singers Concert. Special guests Aimee Louise School of Dance will join the mixed choir. Next on the programme is a 'Touring Theatre' performance by The Bookshop Band which visits St Francis Church, Leyfields, on October 27. New to this season's programme is multi-winning theatre company TACT, who will perform the play Teechers on November 9 and 10 at Birch Coppice Club. Audiences will be served a school-style packed lunch during the interval. Outdoor entertainment starts with the return of the Fireworks Extravaganza on November 3. A breathtaking display of pyrotechnics, accompanied by fire performers, face painting, fun fair and food stalls for the whole family to enjoy. A special 'We Will Remember' service takes place on November 11 at the War Memorial, St Editha's Church and Tamworth Castle Grounds. The parade will start at 10.45am from the Ladybridge, followed by the service and wreath laying at 11am. The parade will then continue to the Castle Grounds where visitors can see a stunning display of more than 2,000 poppies cascading down the castle wall.
The Mercian Singers will provide a festive Christmas concert
The popular annual Christmas Lights Festival is planned for November 25, with activities including fairground rides, treasure hunt, crafts, live music, Christmas market, walkabout characters, dance performances and face painting. The festival, sponsored by Ankerside Shopping Centre, will also have a special guest - Peter Rabbit™ - making appearances at intervals throughout the day and during the main event at 5pm when the lights are switched on. Christmas cheer will further warm everyone's hearts on December 5 at St Editha's Church when Tamworth Assembly Rooms 'On Tour' presents Tamworth Voices, in aid of The Mayor's Charity, performing a traditional Christmas concert with a twist on contemporary songs and anthems. This will be followed by the return of The Mercian Singers on December 15 at Wilnecote Parish Hall, for an evening of seasonal festive songs. And the programme would not be complete without Tamworth Pantomime Company presenting Dick Whittington from December 13 to 23 at Landau Forte Academy QEMS.
Father Christmas pays a special visit to Tamworth Castle Grounds