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Let's do the time warp all weekend with films and fun at the castle!

August 8, 2013


THE time has come for the We Love Tamworth festival to take over the Castle Grounds for two days of music, movies and entertaining festivities.

The expansive grounds will first be transformed into a giant outdoor cinema when it plays host to the town's firstever open-air film showing on Saturday (August 10).

Early evening audiences can transport themselves to the picturesque Greek islands with feelgood family favourite Mamma Mia, while late night crowds are invited to don their best basques, stockings and suspenders for cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The Mamma Mia screening starts at 8.45pm and The Rocky Horror Picture Show will begin at 11.15pm.

Audiences will be issued with headphones to ensure neighbours aren't disturbed.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 15 certificate so nobody under that age will be admitted or allowed to stay on after Mamma Mia.

Audiences are invited to bring picnics and warm blankets to both screenings and gates will open 15 minutes before each screening.

Entrance to both screenings is by ticket only. All tickets must be bought in advance, as none will be on the gate.

Following 'Saturday night at the movies', family fun with something for everyone is promised on Sunday August 11, when the Grounds will again come to life.

Between 10am and 4pm fairground rides, a bouncy castle, climbing wall, water zorbing, inflatables, duck race, dog show, land train, and walkabout character stalls will be available. A children's zone featuring circus skills workshop, face painting, balloon modelling, storytelling and craft activities will also be on offer, for which a Pounds 3 charge will be in place per child.

Visitors of all ages can also get up close and personal with all sorts of animals, including skunks, meerkats, large exotic mammals and domestic mammals when the petting zoo returns to the Grounds.

The Tamworth Spartans Volleyball Club will also be providing eye- catching entertainment for visitors, showcasing their skills and encouraging others to have a go this weekend.

And for animal lovers among the crowds a tail-waggingly entertaining dog show is also taking place on Sunday. Running from 11am-3.45pm, the show will feature contests such as scruffiest scamps and cutest puppy.

Entry is Pounds 1.50 per class and all dogs must be kept on leads.

The day's activities will be set against a backdrop of musical accompaniment provided by The Central England Brass Band, who will be performing in the bandstand between 1pm and 4pm. Tickets for both open-air film screenings cost Pounds 10 and are available from or from the Tamworth Information Centre.

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