Lichfield’s Anglo-Saxon links to be celebrated in midsummer festival

The Anglo-Saxon link to Lichfield and the surrounding area is being celebrated at a festival in the city.

Lichfield Cathedral will be the venue for the midsummer event that will celebrate Lichfield’s Anglo-Saxon History and the Staffordshire Hoard on July 24.

Aerra Lida – which means midsummer in Anglo-Saxon – will take place from 10am to 4pm and feature:

  • an Anglo-Saxon encampment
  • traditional music
  • battle skirmishes
  • Anglo-Saxon themed craft workshops for children
  • fire making, food preparation and leather working
  • story telling and music workshops for children
  • a treasure hunt with a £100 prize
  • guided tours of Lichfield Cathedral.

Reverend Dr Pete Wilcox, Canon Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral, said:

“Aerra Lida is set to be alive with activity – from displays of Anglo-Saxon crafts and battle skirmishes to craft workshops and more. We hope it will be a fun and fitting way to celebrate Lichfield’s Anglo-Saxon history and the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in Hammerwich a year ago.

“We’re grateful to the Arts Council who gave us the money to host the event, and we hope lots of people will join us to discover more about their Anglo-Saxon roots, and experience just a taster of what life was like in the age of the Staffordshire Hoard.”

For more information on the event visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/anglosaxonfestival or pick up a leaflet from the Cathedral Bookshop, Cathedral Gift Shop, or the Tourist Information Centre in the Lichfield Garrick.

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