Summer holiday fun in Tamworth

Summer of fun



  • Summer family cinema showcasing big movies
  • Castle quest
  • Outdoor cinema and concerts in the Castle Grounds

School’s out for summer and 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 this Friday, with an outdoor production of Doctor Dolittle by Tethered Wits Theatre Company on Friday 28 July at 2.30pm.

Tethered Wits brings this beloved story of the extraordinary animal doctor to life using stunning puppetry. This fun show makes for the paw-fect day out for all the family.

Audiences are invited to relax on their own seats or picnic blankets and watch the wonderfully funny tale of how Doctor Dolittle can talk to animals and they talk back!

Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £10 for children.

In addition, Tethered Wits are also bringing an evening outdoor theatre performance of The Great Gatsby at 7pm.

Featuring the music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin live on stage, get suited and booted in your best Roaring 20s finery for an unforgettable night.

Tickets are priced at £16 for adults and £14 for concessions.

Book online at or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618.                                                              

Tamworth Borough Council and MRC Presents have joined forces to bring Open Air Concerts to Tamworth Castle Grounds from Friday 4 August to Sunday 6 August.

The exciting weekend will see six top-quality tribute acts perform across three great value double header shows. From ABBA to Meat Loaf there’s an eclectic choice of acts, each celebrating an iconic artist or band. The full line-up includes:

●          Friday 4 August: Believe - The Cher Songbook and Back Into Hell - A Tribute To Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman

●          Saturday 5 August: ELO Again and Bowie Experience

●          Sunday 6 August: Waterloo A Tribute To ABBA and Michael Starring Ben

Tickets are £25 per concert with no booking fees and inclusive of ticket refund protection, with multi tickets - giving access to all three concerts priced at £55. Booking via: What's On | Tamworth Arts and Events

And there’s more! If you’re looking for things to keep the children entertained over the coming weeks, the Visit Tamworth website is a great place to start. It’s full of ideas and has a busy What’s On section, as well as highlighting some of the fantastic attractions the area has to offer.

For family fun, head to Tamworth Castle for the special Time Travellers’ Challenge, from Sunday 30 July – Sunday 3 September.

An inexperience and mischievous time traveller has recently visited the castle and has created a series of historical blunders within the castle.


The challenge is included in the normal admission price as part of the castle self-led tour.

Admission prices: Adults £9.95, OAP £8.95, Children aged between 2 - 15 years old: £7.50, children under 2 years old are free. No Pre-booking necessary, but online booking is available via the castle website:

Enjoy an evening of movies under the stars, as the popular Outdoor Cinema returns to the picturesque Castle Grounds on 18 August. This year, audiences can enjoy a showing of Top Gun - Maverick, at 9pm. Tickets are available for just £12. Booking online at

This summer, Tamworth Assembly Rooms is bringing some of the biggest and best films to their full-size cinema screen in. All tickets JUST £4 and there is something to entertain all ages.

Summer cinema kicks off on Tuesday 8 August with The Lego Movie and Batman Begins. The packed programme of matinees and evening films continues all week with films including The Dark Knight, Dungeons and Dragons – Honour Amongst Thieves and the Super Mario Brothers.

Tamworth Castle Grounds Bandstand programme of FREE entertainment is back on Saturdays throughout the summer, so bring your picnic baskets and blankets down to the grounds for an afternoon of music. Performances take place at intervals between 12.30pm and 4pm (subject to weather conditions).

The 2023 Bandstand line-up is as follows:

  • Saturday 29 July: Kerry Smyth: 12.30pm – 1.50pm
  • Saturday 29 July: Fine and Dandy: 2.10pm – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 12 August: The Dudes: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 19 August: Matin Reynolds: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
  • Saturday 19 August: Sheena Vultaggio: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 26 August: Bryan Brindley:12.30pm – 1.50pm
  • Saturday 26 August: Davy Thom:2.10pm – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 2 September: The Lost Notes:12.30pm – 3.30pm

The bandstand concerts are part of a great calendar of outdoor events organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team. For the full 2023 line-up please visit:

More shows are now on sale at the Assembly Rooms, including David Walliams Bad Dad on Sunday 13 August. Join Heartbreak Productions for this warm-hearted tale that follows the highs and lows of a father-son relationship. This adaptation of David Walliams Bad Dad is the perfect summer family entertainment. So, join Frank and Gilbert as they navigate their way through car chases and convicts in the struggle to escape the clutches of the local crime lord and clear Gilbert’s name.  

Come along and join Jacqui McShee’s PENTANGLE on Thursday 17 August, for the definitive modern folk band. Rooted in the ethos of the original PENTANGLE, the modern incarnation features the best musicians playing Pentangle's original and new songs.

Known for their brilliantly successful combination of traditional and non-traditional, PENTANGLE forged a whole new era in folk. Jacqui McShee and the band continue to do so, and over the decades have further refined the music and performance, constantly amazing and delighting audiences at gigs and festivals.

And for something different, come rain or shine  Tamworth is a great place to get back to nature with an abundance of nature reserves and country parks to explore; perfect for a sunny walk.

Councillor Andrew Cooper, Tamworth Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Entertainment and Leisure, said: “Tamworth has so much to offer when it comes to family and child-friendly activities to keep the boredom at bay during the school holidays. The summer is an exceptional time to enjoy the great outdoors and beauty that Tamworth has to offer.

“We would encourage people to visit our stunning castle, Assembly Rooms and picturesque Castle Grounds and take advantage of the shows and events Tamworth Borough Council have planned; including our free activities such as the bandstand music, Castle Grounds playground and not forgetting the picnic and play areas in the stunning Castle Grounds.”