Inspirational Ye Olde Games

Thursday June 30 2011

Lichfield Heritage Weekend, Ye Olde Games, has been ‘inspired by London 2012’

This year's Heritage Weekend will celebrate Olympics past and present. Ye Olde Games is set to take place in and around Lichfield City centre on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September.    

As part of the weekend, tourist attractions across the city will throw open their doors for free, and a range of Olympic-inspired activities will take place on Lichfield's Market Square and beyond.  

Highlights of the two-day event will include a family Olympic torch hunt, hobby horse racing, dressing up in togas, bow and arrow making, as well as performances by the Lichfield Mysteries & Aspire Drama Group.  

The Heritage Weekend Working Group, which includes Lichfield District Council and many tourism providers across the city, is celebrating the news that Ye Olde Games has been granted the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme.  

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, said: "We want to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The Inspire programme is recognising the work our partners are doing all round the UK to help us achieve this vision. I congratulate everyone involved in Lichfield's Heritage Weekend for securing the Inspire mark and wish you every success with your event."  

Councillor Louise Flowith, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: "We were thrilled to be awarded the Inspire mark. It is a coveted badge of the 2012 Games, and it is great that Lichfield 's Heritage Weekend has been recognised in this way. Excitement is mounting as the September event draws nearer, and we hope lots of people will put the date in their diary and join us for Ye Olde Games."

The Inspire mark is awarded to specific projects and events which are:

  • Genuinely inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 
  • Well planned and managed.
  • Fully funded from non-commercial sources and with no commercial association.
  • Innovative and inspiring.
  • Likely to achieve at least one of our key outcomes. For example, increased participation in grass roots sports.
Pictured Alison Wallis, Curator of Erasmus Darwin House and Emily Robinson, Tourism Officer for Lichfield District Council.