Lichfield Heritage Weekend 19 and 20 September

Friday September 11 2015

Lichfield Heritage Weekend is set to delight history lovers of all ages. This year's theme is 'Making History’, with activities celebrating Lichfield’s creative past and present.

Heritage venues will throw open their doors for free over the weekend, including St John’s Hospital, the City Cells, The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, St Mary’s in the Market Square, Lichfield Cathedral and Erasmus Darwin House.

At St Mary’s in the Market Square costumed historical characters will give talks with the aid of hands-on artefacts. A children’s craft activity using quill pens will also be available. The historic church is also hosting the fascinating 200 Years of the Lichfield Mercury exhibition as well as a collection of Lichfield Waterworks Trust’s photographs and posters.

Over at Erasmus Darwin House there will be children’s activities for £1 each, including making a flying bird, designing a racing carriage and following the Lunar Inventor’s trail. The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum will also be offering hands-on activities such as bookbinding, trails and displays.

Samuel Johnson’s 306th birthday celebrations will take place in the Market Square on Saturday at 12noon. A wreath will be placed on the statue and birthday cake will be given away (while stocks last).

The Market Square will also offer plenty of free activities and entertainment on Saturday, including free face painting and trails, a craft tent where children can make their own mini well dressing, a performance by Intimate Theatre, a Mini Town Crier Competition and music from the City of Lichfield Concert Band.

On Saturday Cruck House will open from 11am to 3pm when Friends2Friends history and drama groups will tell the tale of the historic house over the years. Saturday will also see activities running at Lichfield Library and the Record Office, and the 17 century Dr Milley’s Hospital on Beacon Street will open for tours between 10am and 4pm. 

A number of guided tours are being offered on Saturday, including Green Badge Guided Tours. The Routes and Roots of Lichfield will set off at 11am and will give people an insight into the origins of the city. The Boobies and Blockheads tour at 2pm will give tour goers and insight into Lichfield’s most famous son, Samuel Johnson. These tours are free but must be booked in advance by calling Tourist Information on 01543 256611 or by emailing info@visitlichfield.com

Lichfield Waterway Trust is also offering a series of Saturday walks at 10.30am from Speakers’ Corner, 12.30pm from St Mary’s in the Market Square, and at 2.30pm at the Beacon Street/Anson Avenue junction. All three walks are free and do not need to be booked.

At Beacon Park on Sunday everyone’s invited to find out about Martyrs’ Plaque, the city’s historic seal, and to create their own family seal and turn their paper designs into clay plaques.

Councillor Helen Fisher, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism & Communications, said:

Every year more and more people join us to celebrate Lichfield’s rich history, and to enjoy visiting attractions and getting a glimpse of the city’s treasures. Many of the venues are running special events, tours and exhibitions over the two days, so make sure you join us for Lichfield Heritage Weekend on 19 and 20 September.

A full programme is available from Tourist Information at St Mary’s in the Market Square and from heritage venues across the city.

For more information, please visit www.visitlichfield.co.uk/heritageweekend or contact 01543 256611 or email info@visitlichfield.com