EXCITEMENT is building with just over a week to go until Tamworth’s popular St George’s Day extravaganza in the Castle and Castle Grounds.
The free outdoor festival attracts thousands of visitors to the town each year with a jam-packed agenda of medieval-themed fun for all the family – and the 2015 event on Saturday, April 25th will be no exception.
Complete with fire knights, jousts, archery, a medieval encampment, have-a-go archery, games, walkabout characters and workshops, the entertainment will be non stop between 10am and 5pm.
Also back by popular demand this year is Sir Aurelious Jones and his breath-taking five-metre long animatronic dragon, which wowed crowds at previous events. The duo will perform three interactive street theatre style shows for a spectacular, theatrical experience that promises to leave audiences awestruck and enchanted.
This year’s celebration also has an extra special element as it has been chosen as the setting for a prestigious ceremony during which Staffordshire Regiment’s four-legged mascot will be rewarded for 18 months of hard work.
Regimental representatives, military officials and civic dignitaries will gather to watch as the bull terrier Corporal Watchman V is officially promoted to the rank of sergeant by Mrs Jane Dudson, consort of Staffordshire’s Lord Lieutenant.
Organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team, the St George’s Day festival continues to grow year-on-year, attracting visitors from both near and far. It was even held up in Parliament as a shining example of how to fly the flag for St George.
The full line-up includes:
|10am||Official opening with medieval music.|
|11.30am||Medieval Mummers play.|
|11.50am||Cpl Watchman promotion.|
|12-1pm||The Grand Medieval Joust.|
|1-1.30pm||Sir Aurelious Jones and the Dragon.|
|2.30-3pm||Arming a knight.|
|2.40-3pm||Sir Aurelious Jones and the Dragon.|
|3-4pm||Medieval Foot Tournament.|
|3.30-4.30pm||The Grand Medieval Joust.|
|4.30-5pm||Sir Aurelious Jones and the Dragon.|
A range of activities will also be taking place throughout the day including children’s workshops, have-a-go archery, Morris dancing, wooden stocks with wet sponge throwing and walkabout entertainers such as ‘Mike the Knight’, dragons, a medieval hunter with ferrets, a wizard demonstrating magic and a jester.
The fun also extends to Tamworth Castle which will be offering reduced admission prices of £5 for adults and £3 for children throughout the day. As well as exploring the landmark, visitors will be able to meet medieval household characters, play medieval games and handle replica weapons and armour.