VISITORS to Tamworth Castle are being invited to take a trip back through time to the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mercia, rules by the Saxons.
The Saxons at the Castle event runs from Tuesday July 21 to Thursday July 23, to give visitors a taste of what Tamworth was like during Saxon times.
Although the present Tamworth Castles Norman, it was built on the site of an earlier Saxon fortification. Visitors will get the chance to find out what life was like in Tamworth during Saxon times, learn about the warrior princess Ethelflaeda, hear about Saxon battle tactics and have a go at making Saxon jewellery or solving a runic puzzle.
The Saxon days are the first in a series of living history events, aimed at the whole family, which are being run throughout July and August.
The others are:
Medieval history, July 28-30 – Meet the medieval characters as they carry out their duties. Hear from the Armourer about how chain mail was made and have a go at handling some replica weapons. The Laundress will talk about how the washing and dyeing was done in medieval times and the Lady will display some children’s board games.
Tudor history, August 4-6 – Join in with the servants’ daily duties as they prepare for a banquet for visiting guests, try out some Tudor children’s games and learn Tudor dances.
Georgian history, August 11-13 – In Georgian times, Tamworth Castle was owned by the prominent Townshend family and was host to many affluent guests. Learn more about them, as well as the lives of the servants.
Victorian history, August 18-20 – This was the last era in which the Castle was used as a family residence. Get a taste of life both upstairs and downstairs, from servants including the Maid, Housekeeper, Governess, Butler and Stablehand.
All the living history events run from 11.30am to 4pm. Admission costs £7 for adults, £6 for OAPs and other concessions, £4.50 for children ages five and above, £2.50 for children aged 2-4 and under twos go free. A family ticket for two adults and two children is also available for £21.
There is no need to pre-book for the events – just turn up and step back in time!
More information is available at www.tamworthcastle.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01827 709581 or 01827 709618.