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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 Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Led by the ex-Steeleye Span fiddle player, this trio has a growing reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk-roots scene. English folk music forms the bedrock of the repertoire but the outfit flirts audaciously with French, Cajun, Cuban and even Eastern European traditions.

When: Mar 26, 8pm-10.30pm
Where: The Guildhall, 38 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1543 262223
More Details: www.gigspanner.com

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2 Ann Wilkinson: Momma

A charming body of work in which the artist celebrates maternal moments and family, creating a warm and delightful narrative of everyday human lives. Her paintings have interesting surface patterns and compositions, using a limited pallet of pastels with strong tonal variations.

When: From Mar 21, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, ends Apr 1
Where: Emporium Gallery, 32 Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6PR
Contact: 01543256624
More Details: www.emporium-gallery.co.uk

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3 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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4 Lichfield Cathedral

Discover over 1,300 years of history in the unique three-spired cathedral, which was extensively renovated in the Victorian era by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Points of interest include a medieval wall painting, the Herkenrode stained glass and the Lichfield Angel. The adjacent Close is one of the best preserved and most picturesque in the country.

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

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5 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: Jan 1-Apr 2, Thu-Sun 11am-4pm, Apr 3-Oct 29, Mon-Sun 11am-5pm, closed Apr 14, Dec 24-26, the house is occasionally closed or has restricted access for private events, check website for details, ongoing
Where: Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7AD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306260
More Details: www.erasmusdarwin.org

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. FREE EVENT

6 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

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

7 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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8 Easter Trail (Over 4s)

Parental time, patience and spare cash can all take a beating during school holidays. A self-guided puzzle trail around Beacon Park costs just one pound and is aimed at over fours working with adult assistance. If you can successfully complete the trail there is a small prize at the end.

When: From Apr 1, Mon-Sun 9am-4pm, ends Apr 23
Where: Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QZ
Contact: +44 (0)1543 308000
More Details: www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk/whats-on

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9 Lichfield Cathedral Chorus: Mendelssohn's Elijah

Ben Lamb conducts Mendelssohn's great oratorio, which was premiered in Birmingham in 1846 and is based on the biblical account of the prophet Elijah. The choir, which has been making music in Lichfield since 1959, performs in association with the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra.

When: Apr 1, 7.30pm
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 412121
More Details: www.lichfieldcathedralchorus.co.uk

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10 Cymbeline: Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre

No, not quite as Shakespeare wrote it but Emma Rice's adaption of the Bard's rarely performed play. Rice, you will recall, had a brief but exciting tenure at The Globe in London before coming to a parting of the ways. This production is based on Carl Grose's script and is directed by Tim Ford.

When: Mar 30 & 31, Apr 1, 7.45pm
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6HR
Contact: +44 (0)1543 412121
More Details: www.lichfieldyouththeatre.co.uk

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