Image shows the approach to Tamworth Castle, on a sunny dayIt’s Enjoy Tamworth Week this week (4th-10th Sept), so here’s our round-up of the very best days out in the borough.

At just 12 square miles, it’s the smallest borough in Staffordshire, and one of the smallest in the country, but don’t underestimate its significance – Tamworth was once, effectively, the capital of England!

In the 8th Century, England was divided up into kingdoms, of which Mercia was the largest and most significant, and King Offa (757-796), established Tamworth as the seat of royal power – a position it retained for almost 200 years.

This history is evident across the borough to this day, and provides one of the most compelling reasons to visit – read on to find out more.

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Tamworth Castle

Image shows two boys, wearing chainmail and holding swords, pretending to be Anglo-Saxon soldiers in the grounds of Tamworth CastleWhile Tamworth was the seat of power, and there was a palace in the town in King Offa’s day, it wasn’t until the 11th Century that Tamworth Castle was built, by Robert Despenser, steward of William the Conqueror.

Almost 1000 years later, you can explore the castle’s incredible history, hear tales of ghostly goings-on, try on Anglo-Saxon armour and weaponry, and climb the tower for panoramic views.

You can also immerse yourself in the fascinating Battle & Tribute exhibition, which houses pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard, and tells the story of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians.

Find out more about the exhibition at

The castle also has events all-year round, while the beautiful Pleasure Grounds which surround it host St George’s Day celebrations, food festivals, outdoor cinema and much more.


Image shows a novice skier in a skiing lesson at the SnowdomeFor a more contemporary and equally thrilling day out, the Snowdome has to be on your bucket list!

The first full-sized indoor ski slope in the UK, and home to the only ice track in the UK, the Snowdome offers an exhilarating adventure on real snow.

Whether you’re a total novice, or passionate about snowsports, there’s something for you, from beginner skiing and snowboarding lessons to weekly Tamlands Freestyle sessions for seasoned riders.

Read our blog on the beginner Learn to Ski in a Day sessions at

Every Christmas, it’s transformed into a Winter Wonderland, with the Snow Trail – fun displays, snowball fights, enchanted forest – and the magic of the All-New Santa Show and Santa’s Christmas Village.

Statfold Country Park

Image shows a steam train on the track at Statfold Railway, chugging past the tall trees on a sunny dayIf you’re looking for a great day out for railway enthusiasts and families alike, which won’t break the bank, Statfold Country Park is the place for you.

Explore the heritage museum, home to 30 locomotives – one of the most significant collections in the UK – and enjoy a journey on the narrow gauge railway, which offers a host of driver experiences.

Take a trip to Statfold Wood and spot the mysterious Fellumpas, a family of cute and cheeky characters which look after the forest.

Finish off your visit with an evening on your skates, dancing to the biggest 80s hits at the Retro Roller Disco (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Or let off some steam on the soft play equipment and climbing wall at Toby’s Barn.

Prices for all-inclusive tickets range from £3 for the under 2s, to £35 for a family of four. Additional charges apply for the Retro Roller Disco.

Tamworth Tap

Image shows the beer garden of The Tamworth Tap, packed with drinkers enjoying a pint in the sunshine as Tamworth Castle towers over themIt’s official! The Tamworth Tap is the best pub in the country!

That’s according to real ale afficionados CAMRA, who declared this town centre hostelry the Pub of the Year for 2022.

And with its great selection of ales – many brewed at the micro-brewery next door – friendly and knowledgeable staff, and the stunning beer garden in the shadow of Tamworth Castle, who can blame them?

The Tap draws beer enthusiasts from across the country and pages of five-star reviews on TripAdvisor.

With a packed programme of events, including live music and comedy, film nights, art workshops, and even Bat Watch, you’ll have reason to visit again and again.

Tamworth Food & Drink Trail

Image shows the logo for the Tamworth Food & Drink TrailExplore some of Tamworth’s other hostelries, eateries and cafes with the brilliant Tamworth Food & Drink Trail.

There are 64 fine establishments to try, from restaurants like Christopher’s, a bistro serving delicious British cuisine, to The Moat House, an ex-stately home which is now one of the town’s top pubs.

Download the map at, collect the printed version at the Tamworth Tourist Information Centre (in the Assembly Rooms theatre).

Or if you’re more tech-savvy, there’s an app version for your smartphone too!

It’s one of many town centre trails available in Tamworth.

The Historic Tamworth AR Trails use augmented reality to bring the story of Tamworth to life, with the help of famous figures like Sir Robert Peel (the former Prime Minister, and founder of the Metropolitan Police).

And the Tamworth AR Explorer guides you through the fascinating history of Tamworth Castle, while Love Tamworth offers a host of mini games and challenges for families.

More things to do in Tamworth

Image shows a stand serving tasty burgers at the Tamworth Food Gusto FestivalLooking for more things to do in Tamworth?

Sample the finest British produce, watch top chefs in action, and have a go yourself at the Tamworth Food Gusto Festival, or take a tour of the vineyard and enjoy a spot of fishing at Buzzard Valley.

See top comedians and musical acts at the beautiful Assembly Rooms theatre.

There's paintball, quad biking, archery and tons more at NPF Bassetts Pole Adventure Park, and indoor family fun at Namco Funscape, including ten pin bowling, adventure mini golf, arcades, and soft play.

Discover beautiful backdrops at Middleton Lakes, and one of the Borough’s 14 nature reserves and country parks, many of which are home to scavenger hunts and other self-led trails.

Our blog on walks in Tamworth has details of a few of them:

For other great ideas, visit our Lichfield and Tamworth section at:


Tamworth Castle & Pleasure Grounds
Tamworth Castle Pleasure Grounds, Tamworth, Staffordshire. Boys role playing knights in the grounds.

A visit to Tamworth Castle takes you back in time and offers a perfect blend of fascinating history, regular live events and a stunningly complete building.

Ski Slope
Skiing at SnowDome

Whether it’s a fun packed day on the real snow, sliding and gliding about on the ice or relaxing in the seriously luxurious spa, the SnowDome in Tamworth is the ultimate snow, ice and leisure experience.

Statfold Country Park & Railway
Narrow Gauge Railway
Statfold Country Park & Railway

Statfold is a unique family attraction and railway with a world-renowned collection of narrow-gauge locomotives, Toby’s Barn Play and Climb, Retro Roller Disco and much more to explore! Statfold hosts a variety of events ranging from corporate functions, weddings, private functions, family events including our Halloween Spooktacular and Magical Santa Express, and of course, not forgetting our enthusiasts' days out.

NPF Bassetts Pole Adventure Park
Outdoor Pursuits Centre
Graphic showing all the different activities that take place at NFP Bassetts Pole

Join the action at NPF Bassetts Pole Adventure Park, for a truly exhilarating outdoor experience. A family friendly adventure centre, conveniently located off the Bassetts Pole Island, near Sutton Coldfield, with activities available from 5 years upwards.

Namco Funscape Tamworth
Ten Pin Bowling
Outside view of Namco Funscape Tamworth

Namco Funscape is Tamworth's most unique entertainment venue. With 26 professional Bowling Lanes, cutting edge Arcade entertainment, an Indoor Soft Play Area plus an 18 hole Adventure Mini Golf course and a stylish Bar & Grill Restaurant.

Tamworth Tourist Information Centre
Information Centre
Tamworth Tourist Information Centre

Tamworth TIC and Box Office offers information to residents and visitors, bed booking, tickets sales, souvenirs, maps, parking permits, leisure cards, day trips and more.

Buzzard Valley Wines, Vineyard & Fishery
Buzzard Valley Wines, Vineyard & Fishery

Buzzard Valley is foremost a Vineyard including tours. It has a shop selling wine, brandies, whiskey's, jams, chutney, olive, oils, vinegars, a Bistro including a licenced bar and the fisheries including trout lake.

Tamworth Food Gusto Festival 2023
Food / Drink Festival
Stall holder cooking burgers at Tamworth Food Gusto Festival

The Tamworth Food Gusto Festival is back for 2023, bringing together local food & drink producers and combining them with high quality musical performances that promote up and coming acts from the area. There is a great range of hot food for brunch, lunch or dinner along with shopping opportunities and family entertainment all together making up the perfect day out.