SCHOOL may almost be out for a long six weeks, but Tamworth Borough Council has a jam-packed summer of entertainment lined up to help keep the boredom at bay for children of all ages.
The programme gets underway a week early with an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Quantum Theatre on Saturday, July 11. Shakespeare’s popular play of love and intrigue will be performed in the picturesque setting of Tamworth Castle Grounds at 6.30pm.
Audiences are invited to relax on their own seats or picnic blankets and watch the wonderfully funny tale of magical fancy unfold, as real life becomes unexpectedly tangled with the supernatural.
Tickets are priced at £8 and £6 concessions, or £25 for a family ticket, and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available on the gate.
Young people aged eight to 18 can be kept busy for a whole week from Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31, in the first of two week-long musical workshops taking place at Tamworth Assembly Rooms this summer.
A world of sweet heavenly delights await in the energetic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical Workshop led by Tamworth Voices musical director and former X-Factor coach Gladstone Wilson.
During the week, budding singers, dancers, actors and designers will be introduced to choreography and music inspired by the hit musical. The workshop culminates with a special performance by the participants on the Friday night.
Attendance for the five days costs £50, which includes two tickets to the final show. Sessions take place from 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm to 5pm on Friday, with the show starting at 7pm. Additional show tickets can be purchased for £3 each.
On Saturday, August 1, families can be transported back in time to the days of legends and heroes with an exciting and action-packed performance of The Adventures of Robin Hood.
In Sherwood Forest, Robin must team up with Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett and Little John to defeat his enemy the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. He steals from the rich, gives to the poor and wins the heart of Maid Marion.
With exciting sword play, fast action, catchy new sing-along songs, puppets and humour, the show will delight families with children aged between four and nine. It takes place at Tamworth Assembly Rooms at 11am and tickets are priced at £10/£8 concessions.
The second week-long workshop at Tamworth Assembly Rooms gets underway on Monday, August 10 until Friday, August 14. Musical Mash Up will be led by Rachel Smith and Craig Randle and will be packed full of singing, dancing and acting for eight to 18-year-olds of all abilities.
Based around the famous musicals Shrek, Wicked and Legally Blonde, the week will culminate in a special performance by all participants for their friends and family, starting at 7pm on the Friday evening.
Workshop sessions take place between 10am and 4pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm to 5pm on Friday. It costs £50, including two free tickets to the final show. Additional tickets can be purchased at the price of £3 each.
There will be another helping of outdoor theatre on Sunday, August 16, this time in the new location of Dosthill Park which will provide the perfect setting for The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.
Beatrix Potter’s classic characters will be brought to life by Quantum Theatre from 1.30pm in a magical and enchanting production for the whole family, complete with live music.
Gates open 45 minutes prior to the 1.30pm performance and audiences are invited to take their own seating and picnics, but are asked not to take any glass items or gazebos. No alcohol is to be taken on site. There is a short walk across the grass to the performance area which may be restrictive for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Tickets are priced at £8 and £6 concessions, or £25 for a family ticket, and must be bought in advance. No tickets will be available on the gate.
The highlight of the packed programme will be on Saturday, August 22, with the return of the popular We Love Tamworth event. Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team will again present a fantastic free day out for the whole family, set in the Castle Grounds and complete with street performers, bouncy castles, inflatables, a petting zoo, fairground rides, land train, zorbing, a dog show, stalls and much more.
Although it will then soon be back to school, the fun doesn’t end quite there as CBeebies favourites Chris and Pui return with a brand new show in September to help ease the post summer holiday blues.
Appearing at Tamworth Assembly Rooms on September 20, the popular double act will bring many of the much-loved characters from their hit TV programme Show Me Show Me, together with comedy sketches, magic and plenty of singing.
Tickets are priced at £12 and £10 concessions. Tickets for this and all shows/activities are available online at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk, in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.