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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 Mr Turner Comes To Lichfield: Exhibition

Turner's celebrated 1832 painting of Lichfield Cathedral goes on public display for the first time in many years alongside Turner's sketches for the painting, loaned by Tate Britain. The unmissable Turner exhibits are joined by recent photographs and 17 pictures showing how artists have portrayed the Cathedral over five centuries.

When: From Apr 24, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12.30pm-2.30pm, ends Jun 11
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
More Details: www.lichfield-cathedral.org/what-s-on/mr-turner-comes-to-lichfield

A thatched cottage in Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire, England. TICKETED

2 The Work Of A Master Thatcher: Talk

David Wood, who is based in Handsacre, near Rugeley in Staffordshire, presents a talk to Lichfield Civic Society about his life as a skilled craftsman. David has been thatching for 41 years, including a seven-year apprenticeship with Derbyshire Master Thatcher George Mellor, and still works with traditional methods and materials.

When: May 25, 7.45pm
Where: Wade Street Church Community Hall, Wade Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6HL
More Details: www.lichfieldcivicsociety.org.uk

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3 El Baldiniho

The Great El Baldiniho, also known as comedy sketch actor Jason Jared, enlivens Bank Holiday Weekend with daft magic and spoof mind-reading, all presented with charismatic charm. Support comes from close-up magician and comedian Damon Conlan, well known for his slight of hand and irreverent humour.

When: May 26, 9pm-12midnight
Where: George IV, 34 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1543 523025
More Details: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/el-baldiniho-support-damon-conlan-tickets-34118120216

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4 Mister Maker & The Shapes Live!

The CBeebies arts and crafts hero, also known as Phil Gallagher, brings his TV show to life with a supporting cast and lots of singing and dancing. There's a big 'make' to take part in on stage, and Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle will be there too joining in the fun.

When: May 27, 10am, 1pm & 4pm
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6HR
Contact: +44 (0)1543 412121
More Details: www.mistermaker.com

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5 Lichfield Real Ale Trail

"There is nothing that has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good inn or tavern," said Lichfield local boy Dr Samuel Johnson. This trail identifies 10 attractive city centre pubs offering interesting ales and, in many cases, good-quality food and snacks. You can pick up a map from the tourist office or download it here.

When: tourist office Mon-Fri 9.30am-3.45pm, Sat 9.30am-3.30pm, pub opening times may vary
Where: Lichfield Central Library, The Friary, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QG
Contact: +44 (0)1543 510700
More Details: www.visitlichfield.co.uk/sites/default/files/files/LRAT-4ppA5-Jan17-2.pdf

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6 Lichfield Cathedral Highlights Tour

Trained guides offer a glimpse into the vast history of the Cathedral from Anglo-Saxon times, its unique architecture and stained glass, and the many treasures it has accumulated along the way. The free tour lasts 45-minutes with a voluntary collection at the end.

When: Mon-Sat 11am & 2pm, subject to other events in the Cathedral's calendar
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
More Details: www.lichfield-cathedral.org/visit-the-cathedral/tours

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7 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: Apr 3-Oct 29, Mon-Sun 11am-5pm, closed Jun 3, 17, 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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8 Minster Pool & Walk

This ancient and magical pool of water has existed since medieval times, and has had uses that ranged from part of the Cathedral's defences to prosaic mill pond. In the late 18th century the poet Anna Seward was instrumental in landscaping the Pool to give it a curving snake-like shape. She also developed Minster Pool Walk, an illuminated path.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Minster Pool & Walk, Minster Pool Walk, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QT
More Details: www.visitlichfield.co.uk/content/minster-pool-walk-including-speakers-corner

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. FREE EVENT

9 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 & Feb, Nov & Dec, Mon-Sun 11am-3.30pm, last adm 3pm, Mar-Oct, 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

Children enjoy one of the rides at the fairground on York racecourse. TICKETED

10 The Lichfield Greenhill Bower

This street carnival has its origins in the 12th century, and still features the ancient Court Of Arraye in which men-at-arms are mustered in front of the Mayor. A procession through the town culminates at Beacon Park where attractions include Ridgeside Falconry, lurcher and terrier racing, Broke FMX, Atkinson Action Horses and a large fun fair.

When: May 29, 11am-5pm, procession starts 11.45am from town centre
Where: Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QZ
Contact: +44 (0)1543 308000
More Details: www.lichfieldbower.co.uk

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