Flying the flag for St George with Castle Grounds extravaganza

April 12, 2015

TAMWORTH is continuing to lead the way when it comes to celebrating England’s patron saint in style, with the return of the town’s hugely popular St George’s Day spectacular.

One of the highlights in Tamworth’s packed calendar of events, the free outdoor extravaganza attracts thousands of visitors to the Castle and Castle Grounds each year for a day of medieval-themed fun for all the family.

The 2015 event takes place on Saturday, April 25th, between 10am and 5pm, and sees the return of many family favourites including knights, the grand joust, archery, a medieval encampment, games and workshops.

Also back by popular demand is Sir Aurelious Jones and his breath-taking five-metre long animatronic dragon, which wowed crowds at previous events. The duo will perform three 30-minute 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.

Tamworth has a close bond with the beloved bull terrier, which was awarded Freedom of the Borough in 2013, together with his handler WO2 Greg Hedges and all their successors.

Sir Aurelious Jones and his breath-taking five-metre long animatronic dragon

Sir Aurelious Jones and his breath-taking five-metre long animatronic dragon

Displays and activities confirmed for the 2015 St George’s Day festival include:

  • Live medieval jousts
  • ‘Fire knights’ fighting with swords and shields ablaze
  • Medieval games
  • Archery
  • Pottery making
  • Living history encampment
  • Claret Band performing live folk music under the Town Hall
  • Wooden stocks and sponge throwing sessions.

Several walkabout characters will also be having fun with visitors during the day, including ‘Mike the Knight’, dragons, a medieval hunter with ferrets, a wizard demonstrating magic and a jester.

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.

News of its success has also been spreading to other parts of the country since it was held up in Parliament last March as a shining example of how to fly the flag for St George.

Rob Mitchell, Tamworth Borough Council’s Director of Communities, Planning and Partnerships, said: “The St George’s Day spectacular is one of our biggest and best events and it continues to grow every year. It is a great day out for the whole family and is completely free of charge.

“We would urge everyone to come along to the Castle Grounds on April 25th to experience the sights and sounds of medieval England.”