Under normal circumstances, this page would be full to brim with all of our amazing summer events; however, as we are all very aware, we are not in ‘normal’ circumstances and the Covid19 global pandemic has meant we have had to cancel all our original plans.
However, in true Visit Tamworth spirit, we have turned this situation into a positive. Usually, with all the events that are taking place, our fantastic nature reserves, walking trails and parks can often get missed. Under government guidelines, we have been encouraged to get out into open spaces and enjoy the great outdoors – all whilst adhering to the social distancing policies which are extremely important for keeping ourselves, families and friends as safe as possible.
As such, it’s time to dig out those walking boots and immerse ourselves in the beauty of our countryside. We are very lucky here in Tamworth as we have 14 stunning nature reserves for you to explore, which have been kindly supported by our Wild about Tamworth project. You can check out the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s leaflet for full details of each nature reserve. Why not ‘walk’ your way through all 14 and let us know which one you liked best?
Whether you are interested in biological importance and floodplain grassland (a rarity in Staffordshire), or if watercourses, woodland, canal tow paths and cute picnic spots are more your thing, we have an adventure for everyone. For those amongst us who are avid bird watchers, you will be spoilt for choice. Why not print off or screen-shot a list of popular UK wildflowers and wildlife and see how many you can spot?
For young families, we highly recommend Wigginton Park Tree Trial, which has more than 20 hectares of open space. Along the pathways you can discover mythical stories and tales, as well as reading more about our local history. A fun part to this walk is identifying all 9 trees. Why not create a family challenge? Who can find all 9 the fastest? Each of the 9 trees has a name and a back story, so there are lots of opportunity to learn more about each tree - a great way to take home schooling outdoors.
For those who prefer cycling, now is a great time to get out on your bike and feel the wind in your hair! Our stunning Tamworth Castle Grounds offer a great place to cycle around – also check out Staffordshire Council's Cycle Map of Tamworth for lots of easy access routes. Just please be aware, whether you are cycling or walking, all public toilets are still currently closed.
We hope this has helped to provide you with some inspiration for things to do whilst we are still in these unprecedented times. Please remember to stay safe, keep hydrated and to take lots of photos; we can assure you, there is some seriously stunning beauty out there! Enjoy!
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