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Lichfield District Events and Festivals
From music, comedy, drama and jazz, to lectures, fayres, festivals and more - you are never more than a day away from a top event when you visit Lichfield.
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Sunday 14th August 2016 - Sunday 14th August 2016
Motown legends Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Lichfield’s own Tony Christie and a host of other fantastic artists will be playing a special charity gig for 500 people at Lichfield Rugby Club on Sunday 14 August, to raise money for 17-month-old Isla Elizabeth Hufton.
Isla was born with Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, a progressive disease which causes debilitating physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities. In March Isla’s parents, Stephanie and Josh, were given the devastating news that Isla had months to live and is not expected to survive until her second birthday.
Grammy-nominated Martha Reeves and The Vandellas are hailed as the true heart and sound of Motown and will pack their set with timeless hits such as ‘Dancing In The Street’, ‘Heat Wave’ and ‘Jimmy Mack’.
Martha and her sisters Lois and Delphine – the original Vandellas – will be flying in from Detroit for the show, ready to wow the Lichfield crowd with a full band and brass section in tow. The group will meet and greet the crowd and sign autographs after their performance.
Concert promoters tinyCOW are also bringing the fantastic Tony Christie, fresh from his stand-out performance at their Lichfield Tom Jones concert last month, when he performed hits including Is This The Way to Amarillo, Avenues and Alleyways and I Did What I Did for Maria.
Funds raised will be split between The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, Newlife, Promise Dreams and Be Brave Bears.
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The event will run from 5-10pm, with two stages – a main stage where Martha, Tony, The Beatless (Beatles tribute), Keshia and more will perform – and an acoustic stage with singer/songwriters including Joe Crookall, who recently wowed the crowds at the Tom Jones gig.
The family-friendly event will include fun activities for kids. Concert-goers are welcome to bring their own picnic chairs and blankets but all food and drink must be purchased at the concert, where there will be bars and food including a hog roast.
Monday 15th August 2016
Join us at Staffordshire Regiment Museum for a Discovery Day. Let one of the museum’s WWI personnel take you on a guided tour of our extraordinary WWI trench system, complete with its’ Regimental Aid Post (RAP) and learn how an injured ‘Tommy’ would receive medical treatment.
See the ‘funk holes’, stand on the ‘fire step’, visit the officers dugout and learn of the tunnelers deadly underground war. Keep an eye out for any sign of a gas attack. YOU may be the one required to sound the alarm. Move to the German trench with its ‘pillbox’ and hear of their war.
Friday 16th September 2016 - Friday 16th September 2016
Heritage Weekend takes place every year on Samuel Johnson's Birthday to celebrate Lichfield's rich and varied history. Heritage attractions throw their doors open for free, together with some historical buildings that aren't usually open to the public. This year we're celebrating 250 years of the Lunar Society with a Georgian Festival!
- Free craft activities and trails for children
- Free guided tours and walks
- Free face painting
- Free entry to local heritage attractions
- An Erasmus Darwin Gin Trail and Samuel Johnson Tea Trail
- A Georgian encampment in Lichfield's historic Beacon Park
- A Georgian Fashion Show in the Lichfield Guildhall
- A Gin Parlour with tastings at Erasmus Darwin House
- Free entertainment on Lichfield Market Square, including the Lichfield Lighthouse Company and Wildfire Folk
- Samuel Johnson Birthday Celebrations
- Mini Town Crier Competition
A leaflet is now availlable from the Tourist Information Centre, pop in Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 3.30pm, ring 01543 256611 or email email@example.com. Also keep up to date on our Heritage 'Georgian Festival' Weekend Facebook page.