Lichfield Heritage Weekend success

Thursday September 24 2015

 The city centre was packed with people who explored interesting buildings and enjoyed a range of entertainment at this year’s Lichfield Heritage Weekend.

Attractions across Lichfield City threw open their doors as part Lichfield Heritage Weekend, which took place on 20 and 21 September. The theme was ‘Making History’, which was an opportunity to celebrate Lichfield’s creative past and present.

Heritage venues that took part included The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Erasmus Darwin House, St John’s Hospital, St Mary’s in the Market Square and Lichfield Cathedral.

Also open were the 17th century Dr Milley’s Hospital on Beacon Street, Lichfield Record Office, Lichfield Library, Cruck House, Wade Street Church and the City Cells in the Guildhall, where visitors could meet characters dressed as police officers through the ages.

Samuel Johnson’s 306th birthday celebrations took place in the Market Square on Saturday. A wreath was placed on the statue and birthday cake was enjoyed by many.

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

The city council’s Mini Town Crier Competition was won by seven-year-old Freya Watson.

A range of guided tours also took place over the weekend, including two led by Green Badge Guides on the theme of the origin of the city and Dr Samuel Johnson, which were both fully booked. Lichfield Waterways Trust also ran a number of popular tours.

On Sunday Beacon Park ran a workshop, inviting visitors 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:

"Lichfield was packed over the weekend with people enjoying the many activities on offer. Thank you to all the heritage attractions that were involved in making it such a success, opening up your fascinating buildings and being a part of this annual event."