St George’s Day extravaganza returned with great success

St George’s Day extravaganza returned with great success

Tamworth’s Castle Grounds was packed with excited visitors on Saturday 20 April, for the amazing St George’s Day event.

The FREE annual festival is one of the highlights of Tamworth Borough Council’s impressive calendar of outdoor events.

Soaring numbers came on a lovely dry day, as estimated crowds of over 12,000 people enjoyed the medieval-themed fun and festivities on offer.

Families enjoyed free event favourites such as jousting, a living history camp, stalls and children’s activities. 

The Grand Medieval Joust was back by popular demand. Festival-goers watched the action unfold as St George competed with knights on horseback as they took to the main arena to show off their jousting skills. For the second year running, to accommodate the crowds the event was held in the main Castle Grounds arena by the playground. 

A first for this event was the Community Games, offering everyone opportunities to try new sporting activities from local providers, in a fun and safe environment. 

Other entertainment and activities for the whole family included displays, a medieval encampment, living history demonstrations evident during the period, a large array of traditional children’s games, plus refreshment and gift stalls. 

Stephen Gabriel, Chief Executive for Tamworth Borough Council, said: “What an amazing day in the Castle Grounds. While still ‘big coat’ weather, we were delighted that the sun was shining. As new Chief Executive, this was my first St George’s Day in Tamworth, and what an event it was! It was amazing to see so many people enjoying themselves.

“Staff from across the council work hard to make sure this free event continues to delight visitors every year. The teamwork that goes into the St George’s Day event, really helps make it a tremendous success. I’m proud we partnered with the Community Games, showcasing local sporting opportunities for everyone to increase their activity.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making our St George’s Day celebration a success and to all visitors who came to join in the fun.”

Tamworth Borough Council has a full programme of activities and events, both indoors and outdoors at Tamworth Castle, Tamworth Assembly Rooms, and Tamworth Castle Grounds. Visit Tamworth’s Arts and Events website here Home | Tamworth Arts and Events to have a look at what other events are coming up this summer. 

One unmissable event coming up, led by Tamworth Borough Council’s market provider, is the Dine ‘N’ Devour Food and Artisan festival. It’s returning to Tamworth on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May, and everybody is welcome to come to the Upper and Lower Lawns of the Castle Grounds and enjoy the amazing selection of international street food and drink from around the world.

Summer outdoor theatre is now available to book, with the first of four plays being the classic Julius Caesar on 9 June. Book your tickets and come and watch remembering to bring your picnic!Tamworth’s Castle Grounds was packed with excited visitors on Saturday 20 April, for the amazing St George’s Day event.