Celebrating Lichfield’s talents on Staffordshire Day

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 09:57

Bank Holiday Monday 1st May is Staffordshire Day, the second of the now annual event celebrating our county and all that makes it special. For 2017, Lichfield is celebrating the creativity and heritage of our part of the region with a giant party named after one of the city’s most famous inhabitants, David Garrick. The Garrick 300 Community Party will see the Market Square, Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum brought to life with performance, activities and events for all ages throughout the day.

The main stage on the market square will host talented local groups including Wildfire Folk and Lichfield Lighthouse Company, as well as community theatre from The Upstagers, Lichfield Garrick and more. The Samuel Johnson Birthplace will be taking a trip down memory lane with a local history exhibition and hands-on activities, and a display of local primary school’s printmaking inspired by Garrick will be on show at the Guildhall. Young visitors can create and style their own crazy Georgian Wigs in the craft area, and Lichfield’s poetry groups will have some inspiring activities on offer. The community market on the square will celebrate local arts and heritage organisations and give the chance to find out about all the things to get involved with in the area such as Erasmus Darwin House and Lichfield Arts, local charities and many more. Reflecting on the rich history of our city, re-enactment group the Prince Rupert’s Bluecoats will also be on the square and around the streets throughout the day, looking for new recruits.

The event will run from 10.30am-4.30pm on Monday 1st May. For more details contact the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum on 01543 264 972. If you are part of a local group or charity and would like to perform or book a free space at the community market please contact Jo Wilson on sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk.