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Published July 26th 2019
From tea with the Mayor to high speed rides - enjoy summer
As the school summer holidays get underway, now is a great time to get out and about with the children over the course of the next few weeks. And, with that in mind, Tamworth Borough Council has produced a list of the top 10 things to do in and around the Staffordshire town between now and the beginning of September when pupils of all ages across the country trudge back to the classroom. A spokesperson for the local authority, in promoting the attractions of Tamworth, commented that it was a "brilliant place" to visit and experience. She added: "The town boasts a range of activities that will be perfect for occupying children over the summer and, with that in mind, here are our top 10 things to do around Tamworth this summer holiday."
1. Visit Tamworth Castle Tamworth Castle is holding a variety of events over the summer. As well as general admission visits, it is hosting special events on selected dates such as 'Castle Storytelling', in which children are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite storybook characters. For those with keen historical interest, the castle is also hosting a 'Saxons at the Castle' event and 'WW2 in the Castle' with hands-on activities and often featuring costumed actors. www.tamworthcastle.co.uk
Visit Tamworth Castle and enjoy a concert in the bandstand
Tamworth Castle Grounds provide the perfect setting for a summer picnic and this is set to be made even more special with live performances from the Victorian bandstand almost every weekend throughout the summer. A full list of dates and performers, ranging from Tamworth Musical Theatre Company to the 58s Blues Band, can be found on the Tamworth Arts and Events webpage.
3. Explore nature in Tamworth's parks and nature reserves
Tamworth is home to an array of beautiful parks and nature reserves which can be enjoyed and explored free of charge. There are 14 wildlife sites, six of which are Local Nature Reserves. The Visit Tamworth website offers a handy guide of what wildlife to look out for in the range of parks around the area, as well as advice for wheelchair and pushchair friendly routes and access.
Nature is close at hand throughout Tamworth
4. Complete the Dosthill Park sculpture trail and Wigginton Park tree trail Another great way to get the children outdoors is to complete the Dosthill Park Sculpture Trail comprising four sculptures of the classic characters from Wind in the Willows. Similarly, Wigginton Park has a tree trail, designed to get children interested in nature, through a downloadable trail guide which involves them taking tree rubbings while also learning about the nine types of coniferous and broadleaved trees found along the trail. Download the guide at www.tamworth.gov.uk/treetrail.
5. Have tea in the Town Hall with the Mayor of Tamworth For those interested in local history, the Town Hall will be open for tours and refreshments on August 10 and 24 from 11am to 2pm. Members of the public are invited to join the Mayor, Richard Kingstone, for a tour around the iconic building in the town centre, together with a cup of tea and slice of cake.
Have a cup of tea with the Mayor at Tamworth Town Hall
6. Free fun activities at Summer Playscheme and Space Scheme Tamworth Community Safety Partnership has launched a range of free activities over the summer for 8 to 17 year olds. It includes boxing lessons, Jump Xtreme sessions and multi-sports activities happening around the borough. Visit staffordshirespace.uk to find and book activities.
7. Visit Ankerside Kids Zone Ankerside Shopping Centre is launching a new kids' club this summer, hosting a variety of activities including funfair games, superhero training and sand arts and crafts. Events take place on August 3 and 17.
8. Get active in the Castle Grounds For those who fancy an active day out, Tamworth Castle Grounds Activity Centre is open daily from 9am to 5pm. The centre has bikes, skateboards and helmets available to hire, as well as golf clubs and balls for adventure golf and tennis court hire and equipment. Call 07896 504141, or go to www.tamworth.gov.uk/castle-grounds
Stormforce 10 at Drayton Manor Theme Park. Photo by Tony Charnock
9. Award-winning local attractions Tamworth is home to a number of award-winning local attractions such as Drayton Manor Theme Park which offers a fun-filled day out for thrill-seekers. Indoor activities include bowling at Namco Funscape or trampolining at Jump Xtreme in Wilnecote.
10. Watch Beetlejuice at the Late Night Outdoor Cinema A late night out with a difference is provided by the outdoor cinema showing of Beetlejuice on August 10. The cult classic film is being shown on a large screen in Tamworth Castle Grounds with everyone attending provided with wireless headphones upon arrival. The event is for 18 only and tickets must be bought in advance. www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/whats-on