Saxons set to invade Tamworth Castle grounds in September for a fun historical event
The Saxons are preparing to invade the castle grounds in September with a weekend full of themed activities for all ages.
The event, scheduled for the weekend of September 18-19, will allow visitors to travel back in time and see what life was like as a Saxon centuries ago; think of fires, battles and armor, pottery, heraldry, myths, legends, stories and archery.
Tamworth, in Saxon times, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mercia. And the city’s rich history will be celebrated through a variety of fun workshops – from embroidery and coin making, to demonstrations of Saxon funeral rites and many spectacular battle reenactments.
Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Head of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “We are really looking forward to this event as it is a fantastic experience for everyone, old and young, to enjoy our modern life as well as ‘learn and understand our past too. and how people then lived their lives.
“These events are extremely popular in Tamworth because they give people the chance to put themselves in the shoes of people who lived centuries ago, and the events are not only educational, but they are full of fun activities and constitute a good day too.
“This is also an opportunity to visit Tamworth Castle and learn about the history and traditions within these walls, as well as take photos of the site. It is an incredible structure that is definitely worth a visit.
Families are invited to participate and join in living history. Come see how people lived in Tamworth during Anglo-Saxon times as you try your hand at exciting activities such as Saxon and Viking games, cooking, acacia and cob building, a pottery-making workshop and a workshop for making handbags for children.
Expand your knowledge of Tamworth’s history and take your Saxon weekend to the next level by seeing the castle’s new Battle & Tribute exhibit.
Supported by lottery players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the new exhibit showcases incredible pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard and offers a fascinating exploration of the town’s Saxon history.
The £ 768,000 exhibit also includes a mead room, an immersive combat movie experience, a tactile tabletop strategy game – giving you the ultimate experience to make you a Saxon expert.
In addition to the Saxon Weekend, Tamworth has a plethora of events taking place in the city over the summer. Visit https://www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/whats-on to see the full entertainment lineup, including the We Love Tamworth Festival and Music at the Bandstand concerts.
The castle grounds are open all year round, with the Saxon weekend event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.