Visit Lichfield Guide 2012

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A glossy full colour guide to Lichfield District Heritage attractions, events, hotels, restaurants and more ...



    Lichfield District is nestled in the beautifulcounty of Staffordshire, just a short drivefrom Englands second city - Birmingham.With a bustling cosmopolitan city, andstunning countryside, its a fantasticdestination for a day out, city break orlonger stay.

    With a history spanning back to Anglo Saxon times,featuring tales of saints, gospels, playwrights,dictionaries and poets, Lichfield is a history loversdelight.

    Whether youre after excitement and adventure, or acalm contemplative break, youve picked the rightdestination. From seeing Lichfield Cathedrals treasuresthrough to the breathtaking National MemorialArboretum and the thrills and spills of Drayton ManorTheme Park, theres so much to see and do.

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    Welcome ContentsTen facts about Lichfield . . . . . 2Our hidden treasures . . . . . . . . 4Whats on - events calendar . 6Our heritage, culture & tours. 18Shopping and eating out . . . . 26City centre map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40Fun time for all the family . . . . . 42Our places to stay . . . . . . . . . . . 52Our wedding venues . . . . . . . . 70Our conference venues . . . . . . 72Out & about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75District Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

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    As archaeologists excavated piece afterprecious piece, they realised that theStaffordshire Hoard would transform ourunderstanding of Anglo-Saxon history andculture. Comprising of more than 3,500objects and fragments, the hoard containsstunning examples of Anglo-Saxoncraftsmanship - golden and jewelleddecorations from battle weaponry andexquisite religious artefacts.

    To celebrate the region's proud Anglo Saxonhistory, permanent displays of theStaffordshire Hoard are planned across theregion, as part of the Staffordshire HoardMercian Trail from as early as 2012:

    Lichfield Cathedral: The cathedral is theburial place of St Chad, the Anglo-Saxonmissionary and is the only medieval cathedralin the country with three spires. In 2010,

    Lichfield Cathedral unveiled a new display inthe Chapter House of the St Chad Gospelsand the Lichfield Angel. Dating from around730AD, the St Chad Gospels are older thanthe famous Book of Kells. The Lichfield Angelis an 8th century sculpted panel of theArchangel Gabriel that was discovered underthe nave of the cathedral in 2003. Tocompliment these exquisite Anglo-Saxontreasures, a small display of StaffordshireHoard items and replicas is planned for asearly as 2012. Keep up to date or call thecathedral on 01543 306100.

    The Staffordshire Hoard a short history Visit Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery:

    The exhibition charts the history of Anglo-Saxon Britain, and includes StaffordshireHoard items and interactive displays. Find outmore at

    Visit the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery:Around 80 artefacts from the StaffordshireHoard are on permanent display. A new fea-ture display is planned to coincide with theOlympics.

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    In the summer of 2009, a farmer's field in Hammerwich Parish, just outside LichfieldCity, caught the world's attention. An amateur metal detectorist had discovered theworld's largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold.

    Now world famous, the Staffordshire Hoard ismuch more than a collection of Anglo-Saxonwar booty. Its the legacy of craftsmen whoseartistry fashioned precious metals andgemstones into incredibly detailed sword hiltfittings, helmet parts and other items. Its alsothe story of kings, religious men and theirwarriors, who carried these pieces into battle,who fell, and were later stripped of theirfinery.

    Visit the Staffordshire Hoard Mercian Trail in 2012

  • With music, drama, dance,lectures, festivals, evensong andexhibitions, we like to think youare never more than a day awayfrom a top event when you visitLichfield.

    Spring kicks off with pancake racesand a chance to see the stunningBluebell Woods of Yoxall Lodge.Summer highlights include thenationally acclaimed Lichfield Festivaland our spectacular Lichfield Proms inBeacon Park.

    Autumn goes off with a bang withfireworks at Drayton Manor ThemePark, and the festive season getsstarted with the citys Christmas lightsswitch on.


    Our calendar of events

    To keep up to date on all ourevents, pick up the latestcopy of Whats On guidefrom our Tourist InformationCentre.

    Heres some events foryour diary:

    The Lichfield Festival takesplace for two weeks in July and is an eventnot to be missed.

    A statue of the captain of the doomedTitanic stands in Beacon Park. Well beholding a series of events to mark theone-hundredth year of the sinking of theTitanic in 2012.

    The London 2012 Olympic Torch will bepassing through Lichfield on Saturday 30June.


    Yoxall Lodge, Scotch HillsNewchurch, Burton upon TrentStaffordshire DE13 8RL

    t: 01283 575237m: 07891

    What could be more delightful than anEnglish woodlands in Spring?

    Meander through the carpets of nativebluebells that flourish in the beautifulold woodlands at Yoxall Lodge, oncepart of the ancient Needwood Forest.

    Six stunning walks to suit everyone insome of Staffordshires finest unspoiltcountryside.

    Open: 14 April -13 May 2012from 10.30am-6pmAdults4, children(5-16 years)1, under5s FREE.Directions: Follow AA signs from A515at Newchurch, and from A38 atBarton-under-Needwood.Facilities: Homemade cakes and creamteas. Picnic sites, toilets and freeparking. No dogs.

    The Bluebell Woods of Yoxall Lodge Saturday 14 April - Sunday 13 May 2012

    Lichfield City Council53 Wade Street, LichfieldStaffordshire WS13

    t: 01543 309854f: 01543 258441e:

    Venue: Outside Guildhall, Bore Streetand Market Square, Lichfield.

    Pancake races followed by civicprocession and the opening of theShrovetide Fair.

    Time: From 12 noon

    Admission: FREE for spectators.

    Shrovetide Fair and Pancake Races Tuesday 21 February 2012

    Lichfield City Council53 Wade Street, LichfieldStaffordshire WS13

    t: 01543 309854f: 01543 258441e:

    Venue: Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield.

    Ancient manorial court now held in alight-hearted manner.

    Time: 12 noonAdmission: FREE, but seating space islimited.

    St Georges Court Monday 23 April 2012

    Spring ConcertBernstein : Chichester PsalmsJanek : OtenKodly : Missa Brevis

    For tickets please call01543 490194

    Venue: Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield.Time: 7.30pmAdmission:

    17.50, 15, 12.50, 10, 7.50Special deals for under 19s

    On site parking for disabledbadge holders only.

    Lichfield Cathedral Chorus Saturday 31 March 2012

    t: 01543 250944



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    Gerry Arthur, 39 Giles RoadLichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7JY

    t: 01543

    Venue: Curborough Sprint Course,Fradley, nr Lichfield, Staffordshire.

    It is full speed ahead at this freeintroduction to the motor sport of speedsprinting. An all you need to know

    session includes on track instructionwith an experienced competitor.

    Time: From 10am onwards.Admission: FREETickets: Available on the day only.

    Curborough Sprint Course Open Day Sunday 15 April 2012


    Come and sing the MessiahRehearsal 1.30pm - 4pm

    For tickets please call01543 490194

    Venue: Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield.Time: 7.30pmAdmission:

    Singers including score 10Audience 7

    On site parking for disabledbadge holders only.

    Lichfield Cathedral Chorus Saturday 21 April 2012

    t: 01543 250944



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    t: 01543 254808e:

    A Midsummer Nights DreamVenue: Maple Hayes Hall, Abnalls Lane,Lichfield WS13 8BL

    Outdoor production of A MidsummerNights Dream. Audience seating onstraw bales. Proceeds to charity.

    Time: 20 to 23 June 7.45pm,23 June 2pm.

    Admission: 12Advance booking: Via website or LichfieldGarrick office 01543 412121

    Shakespeare in the Park Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 June 2012

    A weekend of music, song and dancedisplays throughout the city. Dance andmusic workshops, display teams comealong and join in the fun.

    Admission: Season tickets and Saturdaytickets available in advance. Ticketsalso available on the door. Prices onapplication. FREE street events.

    Lichfield Folk Festival Friday 15 - Sunday 17 June 2012

    Venues: King Edward VI LeisureCentre, King Edward School, BaderHall & Gym

    t: Booking Secretary 01543 424292f: 01543

    Festival Office, 7 The CloseLichfield, Staffordshire WS13

    t: 01543 306270f: 01543 306274e:

    The 31st Lichfield Festival centresaround Lichfield Cathedral, but will takein venues elsewhere in the city andbeyond. It runs from 5 to 15 July. Thefull festival programme will be

    announced in April. To receive abrochure, call 01543 306270 orrequest one on the

    The Lichfield Festival

    FESTIVAL EVENTSLichfield CathedralTwenty lunchtime, evening andlate-night concerts.

    Lichfield GarrickA rich programme of music, drama,dance and spoken word.

    Plus visual arts exhibitions, music incountry churches and educationprojects.

    FREE COMMUNITY EVENTFestival MarketSaturday 7 July

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