Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival Great Success

Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival has been highly praised by both musicians and customers after a great week-end of music to suit all tastes. Of the many highlights were  Lichfield’s Community Band ‘Blast Off ‘ entertaining the crowds outside Lichfield Guildhall ( J-peg attached], and the inspiring South Staffs Primary Schools...

Ragdolls line up for 2016 Lichfield Festival

Over 150 ragdolls are lined up and ready to form a trail through the city of Lichfield as part of the 35th Lichfield Festival which starts on Friday (1 July).   The dolls have been made and donated by local crafters of all ages and abilities across Lichfield and further afield, with St Michael's Primary School, Pathway Project, Erasmus...

Fascinating discovery at Lichfield Cathedral Library

Staff at Lichfield Cathedral have discovered an exciting inscription in the Cathedral Library. The inscription was found in a book belonging to the Earl of Hertford and dated 1553. It was written in Latin by ‘RA’, believed to be Roger Ascham. The inscription runs to over three pages and is dated 1554.

Drayton Manor Hotel Earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Drayton Manor Hotel is proud to announce that it is a recipient of the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The hotel, which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, has been awarded with this recognition based on consistently great reviews that it earned on the travel website. 

Celebrations take place as London Midland names train Lichfield Festival

Performers and patrons of the Lichfield Festival gathered at Euston Station on Tuesday 14 June to celebrate the official naming of one of London Midland’s newest class 350 trains. The train naming event took place to mark the train operator’s ongoing support of the Lichfield Festival, which this year celebrates its 35th anniversary. During...

Chasewater Railway, in Burntwood recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary

The volunteers of Chasewater Railway who work in the community operating a Heritage Railway and Museum have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Chasewater Railway operates throughout the year on a two mile standard gauge line through a former colliery site which is...

The return of the famous Lichfield Dash

After a break of 4 years the famous Lichfield Dash, the Chariots of Fire inspired race against the 12 noon chimes of Lichfield Cathedral is back on Saturday August 20th from 10am onwards round Cathedral Close.

Erasmus Darwin, Samuel Johnson & the BBC!

May saw an influx of publicity for Lichfield, the Lunar Society and Erasmus Darwin in the most unusual way! The daytime soap Doctors saw one of its key characters, Al, take a pilgrimage to Lichfield and there is a wonderful scene at Darwin House, where he professes to smell a ‘distinct whiff of genius in the air’! View on BBC iPlayer.

Could you be Drayton Manor's 50 millionth visitor this month?

Drayton Manor Park set to welcome 50 millionth visitor! The calculations are in and the preparations are in place, as Drayton Manor Park is expecting to welcome its 50 millionth visitor within the first two weeks of June and the lucky visitor who marks the occasion will win a package of a lifetime!

One-handed Pianist Nicholas McCarthy to perform at Lichfield Cathedral

Born without his right hand, piano star Nicholas McCarthy is at the forefront of British music talent and champions accessibility to music for all. He will perform at Lichfield Cathedral on 31st May to help raise funds for the Chapter House Appeal.