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5 Reasons to Visit Lichfield

28/08/2017

Ask most people what they know about Lichfield and they'll probably mention the majestic 8th Century cathedral and famous sons Dr Samuel Johnson and David Garrick.

But did you know it's also home to England's largest reindeer herd, the UK's Centre of Remembrance, Staffordshire's only restaurant with three AA Rosettes, and loads more?

Here are five reasons to visit the wonderful Lichfield District...

 

Get into the festive spirit

If you want to get into the festive mood there's nowhere better to visit than Blithbury Reindeer Lodge!

Home to more than 150 reindeer - the largest working reindeer herd in the country - the 30 acre site is transformed at Christmas time.

Enjoy roaring log fires, sleigh rides, Santa's Grotto, and the Elf School, where you can write your letter to Santa and find out why Mr Claus left his reindeer in rural Staffordshire!

There are events throughout the year too including the Junior Reindeer Handling Experience, where you can hear from the reindeer handlers and help feed the animals.

 

Meet Rudolph and friends at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge, pictured
 
Explore the replica World War One trench, pictured, at the National Memorial Arboretum

Remember our fallen heroes

There are more than 300 memorials to explore at the National Memorial Arboretum, the UK's Centre for Remembrance.

It's a thought-provoking place which honours those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, while also celebrating life with thousands of trees and wild plants.

The wetlands are a haven for wildlife including otters, skylarks and brown hares.

It's a great spot for a stroll or a picnic and dogs are welcome on the designated dog walking paths too. Download the special dog walking map for more information.

 

 

Savour the possibilities at the Four Seasons

With fruit, herbs and veg from their own garden, and venison, lamb and hogget from the estate, the fayre at Swinfen Hall Hotel could not be any more local.

Not only does the hotel offer a real taste of the county at its Four Seasons Restaurant, they can boast award-winning menus too.

It's the only Staffordshire restaurant with three AA Rosettes, and a regular winner at the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards and the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.

And with crisp linen tablecloths, crystal glass and the finest Wedgwood tableware, lunch or dinner at the Four Seasons is always an occasion to savour.

 

Get a real taste of Staffordshire at Swinfen Hall Hotel's Four Seasons Restaurant, pictured
 
Meet legendary characters like Thomas the Tank Engine, pictured here, at Drayton Manor Park

Meet well-loved children's TV characters

Lichfield District is also home to Europe's only Thomas Land, the star attraction at one of the UK's top theme parks, Drayton Manor Park.

Meet legendary children's TV characters like Thomas and The Fat Controller, before some breath-taking fun on rides like Troublesome Trucks and James and the Red Balloon.

For something more extreme, why not try a firm favourite like Shockwave, Europe's first stand-up rollercoaster?

Make a day of it by exploring the 15 acre zoo, with exotic species from around the world, or get into the festive spirit at Drayton's Magical Christmas. 

 

 

A captivating country park

With a stunning reservoir and wide open spaces, Chasewater Country Park is one of Staffordshire's top beauty spots.

It's the perfect place to unwind, exploring a nature trail on foot or on two wheels, or taking a nostalgic look at the area's coal mining heritage on the steam railway.

There's also plenty to get the adrenaline pumping, with watersports drawing in the braver visitors and the annual Ironman 70.3 triathlon attracting thousands of swimmers.

Perhaps the best time to visit is at sunset though - sights like this are pretty hard to beat!

 

Take in a stunning sunset at Chasewater Country Park, pictured (image courtesy @zort70)
 

Other things to see and do in Lichfield

Take in a touring West End show or a great night of stand-up comedy at Lichfield Garrick, named after the pioneering 17th Century actor David Garrick, who grew up in the city.

Find out about the life and times of the man behind the first and most comprehensive English Dictionary at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum.

Sample some local produce and see demonstrations from famous chefs and stars of Great British Bake Off at the Lichfield Food Festival

And the Lichfield Festival is a cultural extravaganza which has been drawing top class performers to the city for over 35 years.

 

How to get here

Lichfield is close to the M6 Toll, the M6 and M42, and easily accessible from the A51 and A38.

The city also has two train stations and offers direct services to London and Birmingham.

 

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