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Lichfield

discover the top things to see and do in Lichfield 

In the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, Lichfield is an idyllic heritage city just north of Birmingham. With plenty of things to see and do, Lichfield is best known for its historical attractions, beautiful parks, and the famous cathedral. Indulge in some retail therapy at the many shops and boutiques, experience top-class restaurants, or simply stroll through the medieval streets and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. 


Best things to do this week in Lichfield

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1 City Of Sculpture Trail

This two-hour trail round the city's artworks can be downloaded in digital map form to your phone or tablet. Starting at the Cathedral, it takes in ecclesiastical monuments, Victorian statuary, a unique water fountain and tributes to Erasmus Darwin, Dr Johnson and the Titanic's doomed Captain Smith.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, ongoing
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
More Details: www.thecityofsculpture.co.uk

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2 Don't Dribble On The Dragon: The People's Theatre Company (Over 2s)

When young brothers Jack and Tom's friendship falls apart due to Tom's very wet dribbling problem, can a magical dragon help them put it back together again? This fun-filled musical adventure is based on the book by Steven Lee, and has magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels.

When: Feb 23, 2.30pm
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6HR
Contact: +44 (0)1543 412121
More Details: www.ptc.org.uk

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3 Burton

Rhodri Miles portrays the legendary Welsh actor Richard Burton from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom. Written by Gwynne Edwards using Burton's own words, and directed by Gareth Armstrong, this one-man show won Miles a Best Actor Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

When: Feb 24, 7.45pm
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6HR
Contact: +44 (0)1543 412121
More Details: www.rhodrimiles.com

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4 The Orange Circus Band

A footstompin' Americana band which draws its members from Virginia, Wales, Cornwall and England. They perform original songs and contemporary versions of traditional music taken from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia - think bluegrass blended with Celtic roots and a touch of Home Counties decorum.

When: Feb 25, 8pm
Where: The Guildhall, 38 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: 01543262223
More Details: www.theorangecircus.com

General view of bride and groom cake decorations on a wedding cake at Delicious - Dishes, Swadlincote. TICKETED

5 Plan Your Wedding In A Day

The happiest day of your life - or the most stressful? Celebrity wedding planner Jane Dayus-Hinch, host of TV's Wedding SOS, leads a full-day interactive workshop that will put budding Bridezillas back on the right track and keep pre-wedding nerves at bay. She explains what to book and when, and how to make the most of your budget.

When: Feb 26, 10am-4pm
Where: The George Hotel, 12-14 Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6PR
Contact: +44 (0)1543 414822
More Details: www.facebook.com/Jane-Dayus-Hinch-46352364101/

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6 Erasmus Darwin House

The striking red-brick Georgian town house, converted from a medieval half-timbered building in the 18th century, was home to the notable natural philosopher and physiologist, also known as the grandfather of Charles Darwin. The property is occasionally closed for private events so check before you travel.

When: Thu-Sun 11am-4pm, closed Dec 24-26, the house is occasionally closed or has restricted access for private events, check website for details
Where: Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7AD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306260
More Details: www.erasmusdarwin.org

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7 Lichfield Cathedral

Discover over 1300 years of history in the three-spired cathedral, which was extensively renovated in the Victorian era by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Visitors are also invited to take part in library and photography tours to engage with the history of the imposing medieval building.

When: Mon-Fri 7.00am-6.15pm, Sat 8am-6.15pm, Sun 7.30am-6.15pm
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
More Details: www.lichfield-cathedral.org

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. FREE EVENT

8 Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

The impressive Grade I listed building was home to the notable writer and lexicographer for the first 27 years of his life. Displays, reconstructed rooms and audio-visual media combine to offer a rare insight into Johnson's inspirations and environment, as well as documenting his many successes.

When: Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec, Mon-Sun 11am-3.30pm, last adm 3pm, Apr-Sep, Mon-Sun 10.30am-4.30pm, last adm 4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1
Where: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LG
Contact: +44 (0)1543 264972
More Details: www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk

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9 Stowe Pool

Stowe Pool is within easy walking distance from the city centre and provides a relaxing setting for course fishing, roach, perch, carp, pike and tench. The site, designated as a site of special scientific interest, is also home to a variety of birds and waterfowl as well as the rare and endangered species, the white-clawed crayfish.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Stowe Pool, Stowe Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6WA
More Details: www.visitlichfield.co.uk/content/stowe-pool

Chancellor Laws Fountain in Museum Gardens.
Copyright: Lichfield District Council. TICKETED

10 Beacon Park

The park extends over 70 acres, with woodland walks, pond dipping and a community garden. There are floral displays in summer and an avenue of trees leading to the centrepiece fountain, plus statues of Captain Smith of the Titanic, King Edward VII and Erasmus Darwin. Guided walks and children's activities take place throughout the year.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, closed Dec 25
Where: Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QZ
Contact: +44 (0)1543 308000
More Details: www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk/beacon-park/

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