St. George’s Day festivities return after two years of restrictions

The grounds of Tamworth Castle were packed with enthusiastic visitors on Saturday April 23 for an incredible St George’s Day event, after being absent for two years due to the pandemic.

Growing numbers came on a windy but dry day as crowds estimated at more than 10,000 people enjoyed medieval-themed entertainment and festivities.

Families enjoyed free festival highlights during the extravaganza which included all of the favorite events such as jousting, falconry displays, a living history camp, stalls, fairground rides and children’s activities .

Crowds were thrilled to meet St George and the incredible new dragon of 2022. Standing at 3.5m long and 2.3m tall, the dragon entertained children and adults alike with its roar, swing of the tail and its eye movements; captivating the crowd as he strolled through the castle grounds.

The popular Great Medieval Joust has also made a spectacular comeback. The audience watched in awe as the action unfolded as the competing knights on horseback took to the main arena to show off their jousting skills. Throughout the day, the knights demonstrated the variety of weapons and fighting methods used in medieval skirmishes.

Other activities include fairground rides, ‘dragon charm’ sessions at Tamworth Castle, a dedicated children’s zone organized this year by Hamsterzorb who provided a land zorb and football dartboard; as well as over 26 stalls offering food, refreshments and a selection of gift items, curated by Mark Kyte of the Tamworth Lions.

Visitors took to social media throughout the day and afterwards to share their photos and praise the event:

Emma Victoria said: “Thank you, that was great.”

Karen Pegg said: “We had a fabulous day. Thank you to all participants.

Clare Louise said: “Excellent day. I will definitely go back next year.”

Joshua Harrison commented: “It was excellent, loved being back here, good to see the full crowd back after a tough few years, I still come here every year.”

The free annual St George’s Day Festival is one of the highlights of Tamworth’s impressive calendar of outdoor events organized by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team.

Andrew Barratt, chief executive of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “We have been delighted to be able to bring back the long-awaited St George’s Festival, which has proven to always be one of our most popular events.

“The Arts & Events team works hard to ensure that it continues to meet and even exceed expectations every year. It was great to see so many people enjoying the activities and entertainment offered by this beautiful dry weather.

“A big thank you to Mark Kyte of the Tamworth Lions, who organized over 26 stalls offering food, refreshments and a selection of gift items, and everyone who attended and supported the event.

“The large number of visitors is great news and will hopefully help attract more visitors to Tamworth town center in the future.

“Our next big outdoor event in the castle grounds will take place this summer with the Here and now, the best of the 80s tour planned to take over the field with a big party in the park concert. Definitely something not to miss!”

Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team are delighted to announce that a host of 1980s music stars will be performing on the Here and Now Tour, including singing sensations Belinda Carlisle, Howard Jones , Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins, Boney M, The Fizz, Toyah and Katrina of the Waves.

The live music festival takes place on August 13, call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1726 or book your tickets online: www.Ticketmaster.co.uk/here-and-now-festival.

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