Lots more exciting outdoor events still to come this year

Friday, 5th September 2014

Summer might be coming to an end, but there are still lots more exciting outdoor events taking place right up until the end of the year.

Following on from the huge success of this year’s We Love Tamworth celebration, which saw more than 9,500 people flock to the Castle Grounds, the Arts & Events team is hard at work planning more exciting experiences for the rest of the year, including some old favourites and new additions to the programme.

The hugely popular Stars & Stripes line dancing day returns to the Castle Grounds on Saturday September 13, when hundreds of line dancing fans are set to pull on their cowboy boots and Stetsons and turn the Lower Lawn a sea of all-American red, white and blue.

Tamworth’s Maxine Beck will lead the way at the event, which starts at 12noon and runs through to 5pm on the Lower Lawn.

All profits raised by the event will be donated to the charities Macmillan Cancer Support and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Then in October, the undead will stalk the living through the streets of Tamworth in a blood-curdling new addition to the outdoor events programme – Zombie Apocalypse.

Participants will be instructed to negotiate their way around Tamworth, visiting checkpoints while avoiding the infected zombie hordes. Only when they are back in the safe zone at the end and have been scanned will they know whether they have been infected and have managed to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

A ticket to the Zombie Apocalypse – which takes place on Friday October 24 – includes admission to the Halloween Ball at Tamworth Assembly Rooms. The Ball is open to infected and non-infected alike.

If the undead aren’t your thing and you prefer a more tradition event, the hugely-popular Firework Spectacular will once again light up the skies of Tamworth on Saturday November 1.

Last year, around 20,000 visitors came along to the free firework display – which was hailed as the biggest and best yet held in Tamworth.

There will be a funfair, fire performers and free face painting to entertain the crowds, as well as food stalls, family activities, workshops and a sparkler zone. Entry to the event is free.

The climax of the night will be a stunning 20-minute firework display set to music, starting at 8pm.

And on Sunday November 23, the centre of Tamworth will be transformed into a festive wonderland for the Christmas lights switch-on –  always one of the highlights of the year.

Tamworth Borough Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Rob Pritchard, said: “There is something for everyone in our outdoor events programme, and there are still plenty of exciting things to come this year.

“It’s great to see a mixture of familiar favourites and exciting new events and we hope that the people of Tamworth will come and support them.”

More information on all the outdoor events is available online at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk, in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling 01827 709618.