Castle Summer Fest - Countdown on to the biggest event in Tamworth’s history

Tamworth Castle Grounds flower beds24.06.22

Get ready for a summer of fun, games, sports, music and entertainment.

The countdown is on to the biggest event ever organised by Tamworth Borough Council which will bring three weeks of non-stop entertainment to Tamworth Castle Grounds, including live coverage of the Commonwealth Games, world famous pop stars, the UK’s largest inflatable obstacle course, sports, a world record attempt, 5k festival run, a ‘bingo rave’, silent disco, tribute shows, open air cinema and much more.

Castle Summer Fest will kick off in just four weeks, on July 22, when the Castle Grounds will become a large festival-style venue for a huge programme of fun and varied activities for all the family.

This will include free to watch live coverage throughout the 10 days of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on a large screen, after it was confirmed that Tamworth has been chosen as an official Festival Site for the competition – one of only two outside Birmingham and the only one in Staffordshire.

Castle Summer Fest will run from July 22 to August 13 with the aim that there will be something taking place every day in the park for people from Tamworth and beyond to enjoy. Coverage of the Games and many of the daytime activities will be free of charge, supported by a programme of ticketed events which it is hoped will attract audiences from a large area.

The highlight of Castle Summer Fest will be three large-scale open-air summer concerts. The first will be on Saturday, July 23, with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing ‘Music from the Movies’, alongside special guests Russell Watson and The Overtones.

Singer, songwriter and musician Jack Savoretti will take to the stage on Friday, August 12, supported by Melanie C, also known as ‘Sporty Spice’ of Spice Girls fame.

Summer Fest will close on Saturday, August 13, with a huge party in the park celebration of the 1980s featuring the real deal singing sensations from one of the best musical eras.

Here and Now, the Very Best of the 80s will see Belinda Carlisle, Howard Jones, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Boney M, The Fizz, Toyah and Katrina of The Waves all performing on the Tamworth stage, after the crowds have been suitably warmed up by well-known Greatest Hits DJ Pat Sharp – also fondly remembered for hosting the Fun House TV show.

Programme headlines include:

  • 22nd July – Bingo Lingo (stage battles, weird rounds, club atmosphere)
  • 23rd July - Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, plus Russell Watson and The Overtones
  • 24th July – Outdoor cinema, Encanto and the Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • 28th July - August 8 - Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games live broadcasts
  • 29th July – Silent Disco (choose the tunes from three channels, outside)
  • 30th July – Community ‘have a go’ day, 5k festival fun run + children’s 1k run, world piggyback record attempt
  • 3rd August – Tribute show Absolute Reggae and Madness
  • 2nd-4th August – Mini athletics and free inflatables sessions for youngsters
  • 6th + 7th August - The Labyrinth Challenge inflatable obstacle course
  • 10th August – Outdoor cinema, West Side Story
  • 12th August - Jack Savoretti with special guest Melanie C
  • 13th August - Here and Now The Very Best of the 80s with Belinda Carlisle, Howard Jones, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Boney M, The Fizz, Toyah and Katrina of The Waves and DJ Pat Sharp.

In addition to the main events above, there will also be sports demonstrations, group exercise classes, inflatable fun and games, community acts and more taking place on a daily basis.

Tickets to all events are available from the Tamworth Arts and Events website, where people will also soon be able to download the full festival programme.

The Festival Site announcement follows news revealed last month that Tamworth is also to host a leg of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay, with the Queen’s Baton to tour through the town on Wednesday, July 20, ending in the Castle Grounds where there will be a free evening of live music and entertainment.

‘Tamworth is the place to be this summer’

Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “There’s just one month to go now until the biggest event ever organised by Tamworth Borough Council, and probably one of the biggest events in the town’s history. It’s ambitious, but we think Tamworth deserves a huge celebration after the last few years.

“We’re delighted to be putting this event on for the people of Tamworth and beyond, and we hope it will be a fantastic boost to the local economy.

“It’s also a huge coup to be confirmed as an official Festival Site for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as it gives people across the region the chance to experience the buzz of the games with their friends and family in a festival setting, but without having to travel into the city.

“There’s so much taking place over the three weeks and we’d really encourage people to come along and take part in what will surely go down as one of the town’s best ever summers.”

  • Any sports clubs or organisations interested in taking part can contact Karen Moss for more information at Karen-Moss@tamworth.gov.uk.

About the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games   

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held from 28 July until 8 August 2022, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to put the city, the region, and its people on the global stage.      

The Games is already proving to be a catalyst for transformation across the West Midlands, attracting new investment and funding, creating jobs and apprenticeships for local people and new opportunities for local businesses, as well as accelerating projects that will ensure the region is ready to host a fantastic sports and cultural celebration.      

Birmingham 2022 will be the Games for everyone, bringing people together from across Birmingham and the region, to provide a warm welcome to millions of visitors during the summer of 2022. 

Find out more at www.birmingham2022.com.