Lichfield goes back in time for Heritage Weekend

sjm-faceLichfield’s Heritage Weekend is returning with a Georgian theme to help celebrate the 300th birthday of Samuel Johnson.

The event kicks off tomorrow (September 18) with free city tours at 2pm and 3pm where visitors will be able to uncover little-known facts about Lichfield, before the celebrations go off with a bang at the launch of an interactive spectacular.

Johnson at 300 Son et Lumière will begin with a lantern parade from Speakers’ Corner at 7.30pm. The attention will then turn to Market Square at 8pm when live music and a display of photographs taken of Lichfield residents will be beamed onto the side of the Johnson Birthplace Museum.

Market Square again takes centre stage on Saturday when a Johnson birthday ceremony with King Edward VI School band and the Cathedral School girls’ choir at 12noon. Their performance is followed by Intimate Theatre’s A Big Fish in a Little Pond at 1.15pm.

Aspire drama group will be performing Words and Wit at 2pm, followed by Wildfire Folk at from 2.30pm. Then it’s the turn of the City of Lichfield Concert Band at 3.30pm.

Away from Market Square, visitors can explore the delights of Erasmus Darwin’s home with new interactive displays from 11am – 5pm, while at Lichfield Heritage Centre there is the chance to try your hand at traditional Georgian games and craft activities.

Saturday also sees a rare opportunity to glimpse Dr Milley’s Hospital on Beacon Street. Based opposite the entrance to The Close, the property is not usually open to the public, but Heritage Weekend will see guided tours being offered in exchange for a donation from 10am to 4pm.

Green badge guided tours of the city will leave from the Visit Lichfield tent on the
Market Square at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, or you can visit the Guildhall’s spooky cells at 2pm. Cellar tours at Erasmus Darwin House will also take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

The Mellstock Band

The Mellstock Band

Elsewhere on Saturday, the Terry Carter Trio are at Lichfield Heritage Centre from 1.15pm.

The fun continues on Sunday in Market Square with the Lichfield folk dance group at 2pm and The Mellstock Band performing traditional songs and music from rural England at 3pm. If you miss the Mellstock Band’s free session, there’s another chance to catch them at the Guildhall at 6pm (tickets £12 adults, £11 concessions, £10 members and £6 students from 01543 262223 or
Tickets £12 adults, £11 concessions, £10

There will also be a special evensong service at Lichfield Cathedral led by the Bishop of London to celebrate Johnson’s Tercentenary at 3.30pm.

For more information on Lichfield’s Heritage Weekend, Visit Lichfield website.

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