There’s plenty to keep families entertained in Tamworth during the summer holidays, from castle living history and outdoor cinema, to live music, free activities and sports.
If you’re looking for things to keep the children entertained during the next six weeks, the Visit Tamworth website is a great place to start. It’s full of ideas and has a busy What’s On section, as well as highlighting some of the fantastic attractions the area has to offer.
For family fun, head to Tamworth Castle for the special Living History events between July 23 and August 22, including Storytelling, WW2 workshops and Saxons. If you are a fan of murder mysteries and are good at investigating and cracking clues, then you won’t want to miss the Murder at the Castle event from August 20 to August 22. Children of all ages will enjoy becoming a sleuth for the day and help the castle staff solve the case.
Enjoy an evening of movies under the stars, as the popular Outdoor Cinema returns to the picturesque Castle Grounds on August 10. This year, audiences can enjoy a showing of Bohemian Rhapsody, at 9pm, to be followed by a showing of Beetlejuice at 11.55pm. A few tickets are still available online at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk, in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Marmion House on weekdays, or at Tamworth Castle on Saturdays, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.
For FREE sporting activities, Tamworth Community Safety Partnership is offering a free programme of summer sports activities across venues in the borough during the school holidays.
The activity programme - Space - is aimed at 8 to17 year-olds and runs from Monday, July 22 until Friday, August 30.
Activities include boxing, mulit-sports and Jump Xtreme. Full details and timetable can be found at: www.safertamworth.org/events
This is in addition to the programme of activities being organised as part of Tamworth Borough Council’s annual Summer Playscheme.
Get ready for Tamworth’s ‘Streets Eats and Beats’ event to hit St Editha’s Square on August 30, and Wigginton Park Streets Eats and Beats on August 16, from 5.30pm. Both events will be hosting world street food traders, bars, local acoustic musicians and DJs.
Tamworth Castle Grounds Bandstand programme of FREE entertainment continues on weekends throughout the summer, so bring your picnic baskets and blankets down to the grounds for an afternoon of music. Performances take place at intervals between 1pm and 4pm (subject to weather conditions).
The remaining 2019 Bandstand line-up is as follows:
- Saturday July 27 – Tamworth Musical Theatre Company
- Saturday August 3 – The Tones
- Saturday August 10 – Phil England and Friends
- Saturday August 17 - 58s Blues Band
- Saturday August 31 – Amington Band
The bandstand concerts are part of a great calendar of outdoor events organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team. For the full 2019 line-up please visit: http://www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/outdoor-events.
Tamworth Fake Festivals are back for 2019 on Saturday, August 24, from 11.45am. Returning for the third year to Tamworth is another jaw-dropping line-up of SIX pro-level ‘Fake Bands’ that are almost the real deal. Tickets are available online via: www.fakefestivals.co.uk
Summer Fun Days at Statfold Barn will be taking place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in August between 10am – 4pm. Children and parents are welcome to browse the museum, partake in some educational activities and ride the old Burton to Ashby Tram & Train. For more information and to book online: www.statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk/events/schools-out-for-summer
An exciting new Family Festival comes to the beautiful Statfold Barn Railway on August 9 to August 11. Music, comedy, street food, bars, camping, kids entertainment, stalls, toys, sweets, jewellery, face painting and so much more is on offer as part of the Statfold Barn Festival.
Book your tickets now: www.StatfoldBarnFestival.co.uk
Other activities listed on Visit Tamworth include cycle hire, activities at Middleton Hall and a packed programme at Ash End Children’s Farm - including unicorn and JCB days.
There’s also plenty on offer at the wide variety of Tamworth attractions including Tamworth Snowdome, Drayton Manor, Jump Xtreme, Namco Funscape and Monty’s Indoor Adventure.
When the sun is shining, Tamworth is a great place to get back to nature with an abundance of nature reserves and country parks to explore; perfect for a sunny walk.
Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, 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 summer is an exceptional time to enjoy the great outdoors and beauty that Tamworth has to offer. We would encourage people to visit some of our great local attractions, or take advantage of the free activities such as the Space programme, Bandstand music, and not forgetting the picnic and play areas in the stunning Castle Grounds.”
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.