Schedule revealed for this year’s medieval-themed St. George’s Day entertainment
The countdown is on for the popular St George’s Day 2022 extravaganza in Tamworth, with an exciting new line-up of family-friendly entertainment taking over the castle grounds on Saturday 23rd April, from 10am-5pm.
Another FREE and comprehensive entertainment program has been set up in hopes of building on previous record crowds. The lineup will include all of the festival favorites that have made the event famous across the country, such as jousting, archery, a living history camp, a comedy of medieval gravediggers, stalls , fairground rides and activities for children.
Come and meet St George and the incredible new dragon of 2022. Standing at 3.5m long and 2.3m tall, this animatronic dragon will amaze young and old alike with its roars, tail flapping and eye movements ; captivating the crowd as he strolls through the castle grounds.
The Great Medieval Joust is back by popular demand. Festival-goers will be able to see the action unfold as competing knights on horseback take to the main arena to show off their jousting skills. Fun shows are guaranteed, full of laughs and action, horse riding and stunts, with skillful performances from superb horses and knights in shining armour. Throughout the day, the knights will also demonstrate the variety of weapons and fighting methods used in medieval skirmishes.
Throughout the day, medieval and children’s archery activities will take place in the encampments, as well as medieval knights presenting exhibits and children’s exercise on the upper lawn.
Schedule of activities in the Castle Park:
10 a.m.: Official opening hours
10.30 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Mythbusters (jousting arena)
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Arm the Knight (Jousting Arena)
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Dragon Show (Upper Lawn)
11.30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Medieval skirmish (jousting arena)
12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: The Great Medieval Joust (Jousting Arena)
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Display of falconry (jousting arena)
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Dragon (upper lawn)
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Medieval Court of the County (Arena of Jousting)
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Quick Story (Children’s Tales) (Camp)
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Dragon (upper lawn)
3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.: The Great Medieval Joust (Jousting Arena)
4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Display of falconry (jousting arena)
4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Medieval battle (jousting arena)
5 p.m.: Official finish
Other activities include the children’s zone, organized this year by Hamsterzorb, which will provide land zorb, football darts and ninja archery. There will be an admission cost to the children’s area.
This year more than 26 stalls offering food, refreshments and a selection of gift items will be confirmed, curated by Mark Kyte of the Tamworth Lions.
Stalls include an artisan bakery, Everyone Health, Iridescent Jewellery, children’s games and prizes, sweets, We Do Dough, churros, loaded fries, Sona Food and Urban Spice Box, ice cream, Yorkshire pudding wraps , a pork roast, Dogs Trust and more.
Visitors are also invited inside Tamworth Castle to learn about the craft of ‘Dragon Charming’ and ‘Caring for Dragons’. Techniques will include how to track and identify a dragon from its footprints and dragon health care. Additionally, visitors will be invited to spot dragon eggs while exploring the castle and will receive a small prize. Normal admission fees apply for entry to the castle. No pre-booking is necessary but you can book online via the castle website: www.tamworthcastle.co.uk.
Adey Ramsel, Director of Theatre, Arts and Events, said: “We are delighted to be hosting our St. George’s Day show again and look forward to everyone coming together for a day of fun activities.
“The annual free festival is one of the highlights of Tamworth’s impressive outdoor events calendar organized by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team and attracts thousands of visitors from across the country.
“Due to the popularity of this event, we encourage visitors to arrive early and use public transportation if possible.”