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Food, fun and games in Tamworth this September

Whether you enjoy tucking in to delicious foods, love getting outdoors and being active, or just want to have some good old fashioned fun, Tamworth has it all this September. The Visit Tamworth website is a great place to look for ideas for things to do with the family.

Here are some key dates for your diary this September, taken from the Visit Tamworth website, where businesses, groups and organisations can upload their events free of charge.

Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th

More than 75 real ales from micro-breweries, along with a range of ciders and perries, will be showcased at the 26th Tamworth Beer Festival, held at the Masonic Rooms in Lichfield Street. For the first time ever, the event will also include a Gin Bar hosted by Tamworth Brewing Co. There’s also live music, hot and cold food and soft drinks. The event takes place between 11am and 11pm each day. Admission is £3 and £4 between 5pm and 11pm on Friday.

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th

The Tamworth Food Gusto Festival will be making its annual return to the town this weekend, again promising a whole host of local and regional food and drink to whet your appetite. Locally-reared venison, Melton Mowbray pork pies and farmhouse cheeses will be among the unique artisan produce on offer for a taste of the Midlands, alongside delicacies from across the world. Live music, cooking demonstrations from some of the region’s top chefs and fairground rides for the children will also be on offer, providing a day out sure to delight the whole family.

The festival takes place in Tamworth Castle Pleasure Grounds, with entry costing just £2.

For more information visit www.visittamworth.co.uk/tamworth-food-gusto-festival, or go directly to the Food Gusto webpage at www.foodgusto.com/tamworth-food-gusto-festival/.

Saturday 14th

One of the highlights of the social calendar, the We Love Tamworth extravaganza will be returning to the Castle Pleasure Grounds this September. Presented by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team, this exciting free event is now in its seventh year and promises to be a whole lot of fun.

A wide variety of fairground rides, games, inflatables, and even a dog show, will be on offer to entertain the crowds. Or why not peruse the variety of charity and business stalls which have been booked for the day? Run by Tamworth Lions Club, money raised from the stalls section will be used to fund deserving causes across the borough.

Running alongside We Love Tamworth is the Funtopia fun zone, the perfect place for children to blow off a bit of steam. There will be a dedicated under-5s area which boasts soft play, a ball pool, and bouncy castles. Older children can compete with mum or dad on the high energy bungee runs, don a sumo suit or ride the inflata-bull.Wristbands are £5 for children aged 12 and under, with adult wristbands only costing £1.For more information on We Love Tamworth visit www.visittamworth.co.uk/we-love-tamworth. For more information on Funtopia visit www.visittamworth.co.uk/funtopia

Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th

If you wanted to take a step away from the crowds and learn more about Tamworth’s history, then Victorian Living History at Tamworth Castle has you covered.

Step back in time and join the Victorian governess, housekeeper and servants of the castle for a taste of what life was really like 150 years ago. Visitors are invited to experience the daily activities of a Victorian household by helping the servants with their chores or participating in a lesson from the governess. The castle will be open to visitors from 10.30am until 3pm both days. For more information, visit www.tamworthcastle.co.uk.

Saturday 21st

Bring the family along to the Tamworth Community Games and discover a vast array of sports which you can get involved in and try for free. Fancy trying your hand at golf? Are you a great gymnast and want to show off your skills as a cheerleader? Do you have the discipline to succeed at martial arts? Then get yourself down to the Castle Grounds between 12pm and 5pm for a fun-filled and interactive afternoon for all the family.

For more information about what’s on offer visit http://www.visittamworth.co.uk/tamworth-community-games-0.

Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd

If railway locomotives and antiques are more your thing, then why not head to Statfold Barn Railway’s Antiques & Vintage Weekend. Ride in a carriage pulled by a working steam train to the fair, where a marquee filled with traders are on hand to help you find that special something. Food and drink will be available for visitors, who will also be able to enjoy the 1940s themed entertainment. For more information visit http://www.visittamworth.co.uk/statfold-barn-railway-antiques-vintage-weekend-public

Friday 27th

The month is rounded off nicely by the Tamworth Street Eats & Beats festival held in St. Editha’s Square. Street food traders offering a taste of food from around the world will be there to tantalise your taste buds with their incredible dishes. Meanwhile, pop-up bars offer everything from craft ales, wines, cocktails and spirits, while a DJ and live music will provide the perfect soundtrack to the evening. At £1 entry and everyone welcome, including dogs, it’s the place to be! For more information, visit www.visittamworth.co.uk/street-eats-and-beats.

The fun doesn’t end there either! Check www.visittamworth.co.uk/whats-on for the full list of events in September and beyond as we head in to an exciting and jam-packed autumn and winter season. Businesses and local community groups can register their events on Visit Tamworth free of charge via www.visittamworth.co.uk.

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