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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 Andy Bennett

The former guitarist from Ocean Colour Scene split amicably from the band a couple of years ago and has since pursed a solo career as a singer-songwriter. In 2016 he released a positively reviewed album 'thinkin', drinkin', singin,'. See him here at a small-scale, relaxed gig on his Midlands home turf.

When: Aug 25, 9pm
Where: George IV, 34 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1543 523025
More Details: www.andybennettmusic.com

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2 Murder In Bloodford Village

The tranquillity of an English village is shattered by the discovery of a body. Now the audience must turn detective and solve the crime. With an Agatha Christie-style plot and characters, it's clear the dinner menu (a buffet created by Masterchef Simon Smith) is a more serious affair than the drama. But who cares? It's all delicious summer fun.

When: Aug 25-28, 7.30pm
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6HR
Contact: +44 (0)1543 412121
More Details: www.lichfieldgarrick.com

FREE EVENT

3 Lichfield Food Festival

A free cookery school forms the centrepiece of this year's festival, a celebration of artisan food from around the United Kingdom and Europe. Celebrity chefs range from Armapal Harrar of iCook Indian to Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, and we're also promised 225 market stalls, live music and children's activities.

When: Aug 26-28, times vary
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
More Details: www.lichfieldfoodfestival.com

A land Iguana on the North Seymour Island, on the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. FREE EVENT

4 The Galapagos Experience: Dive Into The Story Of The Islands

Charles Darwin, the grandson of Erasmus, visited the Archipelago during his round-the-world voyage on The Beagle, and what he found there helped form his theory of natural selection. The Galapagos Conservation Trust presents an exhibition, suitable for all ages, exploring how scientific research is helping to preserve the islands' iconic species.

When: From Jul 29, Mon-Sun 11am-5pm, ends Sep 3
Where: Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7AD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306260
More Details: www.galapagosconservation.org.uk

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5 The Great Exhibition 2017: Earth, What A Wonderful World?

Through light and sound the internal spaces of the Cathedral become the earth, the sea and the sky. Brought to you by Luxmuralis, the team behind the award-winning 'A Cathedral Illuminated', this is a stunning visual journey made possible by spectacular light and sound projections and installation artwork.

When: From Aug 19, Aug 19-28, 7pm-11pm, ends Aug 28
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: 01543306100
More Details: www.lichfield-cathedral.org/what-s-on/the-great-exhibition-2017

FREE EVENT

6 Johnson And Garrick: A Friendship In Constant Repair

Lichfield schoolboy David Garrick transformed 18th-century theatre and his tutor Dr Johnson became a distinguished man of letters. The intersecting lives of the two men are tracked through paintings, prints and personal items from the Birthplace collection, the Garrick Club, the Potteries Museum and Dr Johnson's House in London.

When: From Jun 17, Mon-Sun 10.30am-4.30pm, ends Sep 24
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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7 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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8 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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9 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/

FREE EVENT

10 The Old Guildhall Prison Cells

Immerse yourself in Lichfield's gritty history and tour the city's old prison including the original holding cells, which date back to 1548. As you step back in time, discover the stories of various inmates and gain a wider perspective on law and order in Lichfield through myriad exhibits and displays.

When: From Apr 1, Sat 10am-4pm, closed Aug 5, 12, 19, ends Oct 21
Where: The Guildhall, 38 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1543 262223
More Details: www.lichfield.gov.uk

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