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Top 10 things to do in Tamworth this summer

The summer holidays are a great time to get out and about with the children and Tamworth is a brilliant place to do it. 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.

Tamworth Castle1. Visit Tamworth Castle

Tamworth Castle is holding a variety of events over the summer period. As well as the general admission visits to the castle, special events such as ‘Castle Storytelling’, in which children are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite storybook characters, are taking place on selected dates that can be found on the Tamworth Castle website.

For those with keen historical interest, the castle is also hosting a ‘Saxons at the Castle’ event and ‘WW2 in the Castle’ for a more educational but still entertaining family day out. All of these events offer hands on activities for children to participate in, often featuring costumed actors for the children to interact with. An unmissable day out! www.tamworthcastle.co.uk

2. Watch a summer concert at 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 bandstand almost every weekend throughout the summer. Take the children and family down to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine, watching some of Tamworth’s talent bring the Victorian bandstand overlooking the bright flowerbeds to life. The performances vary from Tamworth Musical Theatre Company to the 58s Blues Band as well as many more. A full list of performers and dates can be found on the Tamworth Arts and Events webpage. www.tamworth.gov.uk/summer-bandstand-music-returns-fantastic-new-line.

3. Explore nature in Tamworth’s parks and nature reserves  

Warwickshire MoorTamworth 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. This is a great way to explore nature. www.visittamworth.co.uk/nature-reserves-country-parks.

4. Complete the Dosthill Park sculpture trail and Wigginton Park tree trail

Another great way to get the children outdoors this summer is to complete the Dosthill Park Sculpture Trail. Four sculptures of the classic characters from the Wind in the Willows are situated around the park and make a walk around the already beautiful location even more interesting.

There is also a brilliant playground for the children, so why not take a picnic down to Dosthill Park and explore the sculptures?

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 that are found along the trail. There is also a play park for children to enjoy here. The guide to the trail can be downloaded at http://www.tamworth.gov.uk/treetrail.

5. Have tea in the Town Hall with the Mayor of Tamworth

Tamworth Town HallFor those interested in local history, the Town Hall will be open for tours and refreshments on August 10th and August 24th   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. Richard said: “There may be people in the town who have never been in the Town Hall, so as much as I can, I’ll be throwing the doors open for anyone who wants to pop by for a cup of tea, a slice of cake and to get a deeper insight into our town’s heritage.” www.tamworth.gov.uk/open-town-hall

6. Attend Summer Playscheme and Space Scheme for Free Fun Activities

Tamworth Community Safety Partnership, which includes Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service and Staffordshire County Council, 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 https://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 3rd August and 17th August.  More information can be found on the Ankerside Shopping Centre Facebook page. Or online at https://www.ankerside.co.uk/events/kids-zone-at-ankerside-2/

8. Get active in the Castle Grounds

For those who fancy an active day out in the town centre, the Tamworth Castle Grounds Activity Centre is the place to go. Based in the Castle Grounds and 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. The centre can be contacted on 07896 504141, or on the Facebook page Tamworth Castle Grounds Activity Centre.

www.tamworth.gov.uk/castle-grounds

9. Award-winning local attractions

Tamworth is also home to a large number of award-winning local attractions that vary greatly so you will be able to find a day out to suit any mood or weather. Drayton Manor Theme Park is open all summer and is a fun-filled day out for the thrill-seekers amongst you. If an indoor activity is preferred, the town offers bowling at Namco Funscape or trampolining fun at Jump Xtreme in Wilnecote, so there will be an activity for everyone in all weathers. For those with younger children looking for an activity, Monty’s Indoor Adventure will be perfect for you. A full list of major local attractions can be found on the Visit Tamworth website.

10. Watch Beetlejuice at the Late Night Outdoor Cinema  

Here’s one for the adults wanting a night out with a difference - the outdoor cinema late night showing of Beetlejuice on August 10 is for you! The cult classic film is being shown on a large screen in Tamworth Castle Grounds in a silent cinema experience, for which everyone attending will be provided with wireless headphones upon arrival. Blankets, chairs and food can be brought to the event and alcohol, but there will be a licensed bar and food stalls on site (no alcohol to be taken on site). The event is for 18+ only and tickets must be bought in advance. Watching this classic film to the backdrop of Tamworth Castle Grounds is unmissable so book your tickets now! www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/whats-on