Lichfield Heritage Weekend 2012

Wed, 26/09/2012 - 16:28

More than one-thousand people swarmed to Lichfield for ‘a right royal occasion’ as part of Lichfield Heritage Weekend on 22 and 23 September

Lichfield District Council’s tourism team, Visit Lichfield, that helps to organise Lichfield Heritage Weekend, estimate that more than 1,000 people came to Lichfield City to enjoy all the festivities over the two days.

This year’s Heritage Weekend celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with royal-themed activities taking place across the city.

Heritage venues opened their doors to visitors for free, including the 17th century Dr Milley’s Hospital on Beacon Street, Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield Heritage Centre, and Lichfield Record Office in the Library.

Lichfield Cathedral, the City Cells in the Guildhall, The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and St John’s Hospital were also open to visitors and ran special royal events over the two days.  

Eighty people enjoyed a range of guided tours for just £1, including Erasmus Darwin House’s cellar, Lichfield Cathedral and a city tour.

A packed programme of free activities and entertainment took place on Lichfield’s Market Square on Saturday 22 September, including the Samuel Johnson birthday celebrations, face painting, sword and princess wand making, a ‘Royal Quest’ market trail, a young town crier competition and entertainment by Go Ukulele Crazy and Intimate Theatre.

Ten children donned their costumes and entered the princess and knight competition on Saturday. The winner was Ruby Wallis dressed as a princess, who won a family ticket to see Alice in Wonderland at the Lichfield Garrick this Christmas. Hannah Keane took second place also dressed as a princess, and won a day trip to Conkers in Leicestershire.

The Young Town Crier competition also took place on Saturday, with eight children belting out their best cries to see who would win the top title. Eight-year-old Emily Bennett was picked as the winner. She won a special mini town crier’s bell and certificate.

Councillor Louise Flowith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: “The sun shone on Saturday and the Market Square was full of people who came to enjoy the entertainment and to take part in all the free activities.

“The costumes looked brilliant so well done to everyone who made such an effort and entered the competition, and to all the young town criers who were in fine voice on the day.

“Visitor attractions from across the city have told us they were really busy over the whole weekend, so we’re delighted this year’s Heritage Weekend was such a success.”