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Lichfield

discover the top things to see and do in Lichfield 

In the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, Lichfield is an idyllic heritage city just north of Birmingham. With plenty of things to see and do, Lichfield is best known for its historical attractions, beautiful parks, and the famous cathedral. Indulge in some retail therapy at the many shops and boutiques, experience top-class restaurants, or simply stroll through the medieval streets and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. 


Best things to do this week in Lichfield

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1 Josh Schofield Quartet

Born into a family of musicians, Josh has been surrounded by music for his entire life. He first picked up the saxophone aged nine and what started as a hobby has turned into a career. He is now in his fourth year studying at Birmingham Conservatoire and runs his own quartet.

When: Oct 18, 8pm-10.30pm
Where: George IV, 34 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: 01543264640
More Details: www.nickdewhurst.com

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2 Cellar Tour

This beautiful Georgian town house was where Charles Darwin's grandfather, the polymath and all-round brainbox Erasmus Darwin, lived, studied and entertained many 18th-century intellectual giants. But the cellars reveal the hidden history of 13th-century Lichfield, and of the original medieval building that Erasmus Darwin purchased and swept away.

When: Oct 21, 2.30pm-3.20pm
Where: Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7AD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306260
More Details: www.erasmusdarwin.org

A man drinks real ale during the first day of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) Great British Beer Festival at Earl's Court, London. TICKETED

3 Autumn Beer Festival

Tuck into a fine selection real ales and ciders from local and regional breweries - and, of course, the famous pork pies - in the medieval surroundings of Lichfield's historic Guildhall. Friday night's live music comes from rock'n'roll tribute band Back In Time. On Saturday Downshift take to the stage supplying semi-acoustic rock and pop.

When: Oct 20 & 21, 12noon-late
Where: The Guildhall, 38 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1543 262223
More Details: www.lichfieldarts.org.uk/event/autumn-beer-festival-2/

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4 Lichfield Cathedral Highlights Tour

Trained guides offer a glimpse into the vast history of the Cathedral from Anglo-Saxon times, its unique architecture and stained glass, and the many treasures it has accumulated along the way. The free tour lasts 45-minutes with a voluntary collection at the end.

When: Mon-Sat 11am & 2pm, subject to other events in the Cathedral's calendar
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
More Details: www.lichfield-cathedral.org/visit-the-cathedral/tours

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5 The Old Guildhall Prison Cells

Immerse yourself in Lichfield's gritty history and tour the city's old prison including the original holding cells, which date back to 1548. As you step back in time, discover the stories of various inmates and gain a wider perspective on law and order in Lichfield through myriad exhibits and displays.

When: From Apr 1, Sat 10am-4pm, closed Aug 5, 12, 19, ends Oct 21
Where: The Guildhall, 38 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1543 262223
More Details: www.lichfield.gov.uk

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6 City Of Sculpture Trail

This two-hour trail round the city's artworks can be downloaded in digital map form to your phone or tablet. Starting at the Cathedral, it takes in ecclesiastical monuments, Victorian statuary, a unique water fountain and tributes to Erasmus Darwin, Dr Johnson and the Titanic's doomed Captain Smith.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, ongoing
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
More Details: www.thecityofsculpture.co.uk

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. FREE EVENT

7 Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

The impressive Grade I listed building was home to the notable writer and lexicographer for the first 27 years of his life. Displays, reconstructed rooms and audio-visual media combine to offer a rare insight into Johnson's inspirations and environment, as well as documenting his many successes.

When: Jan & Feb, Nov & Dec, Mon-Sun 11am-3.30pm, last adm 3pm, Mar-Oct, Mon-Sun 10.30am-4.30pm, last adm 4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1
Where: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LG
Contact: +44 (0)1543 264972
More Details: www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk

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8 Curborough Hall Farm & Countryside Centre

An idyllic day out for the whole family, this 700-acre family-run working farm - located on the outskirts of Lichfield - is home to the Countryside Centre with a variety of shops and independent retailers plus a vibrant programme of activities for young and old to enjoy, which makes it the ideal location for a fun family day trip.

When: Tue-Sun, Bank Hol Mons 10am-4pm, closed Dec 25
Where: Curborough Hall Farm, Curborough, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 8ES
Contact: +44 (0)1543 262595
More Details: www.curboroughcountrysidecentre.com

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9 Minster Pool & Walk

This ancient and mysterious pool of water has existed since medieval times, and has had uses that ranged from part of the Cathedral's defences to prosaic mill pond. In the late 18th century the poet Anna Seward was instrumental in landscaping the Pool to give it a curving snake-like shape. She also developed Minster Pool Walk, an illuminated path.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Minster Pool & Walk, Minster Pool Walk, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QT
More Details: www.visitlichfield.co.uk/content/minster-pool-walk-including-speakers-corner

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10 Stowe Pool

Stowe Pool is within easy walking distance from the city centre and provides a relaxing setting for course fishing, roach, perch, carp, pike and tench. The site, designated as a site of special scientific interest, is also home to a variety of birds and waterfowl as well as the rare and endangered species, the white-clawed crayfish.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Stowe Pool, Stowe Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6WA
More Details: www.visitlichfield.co.uk/content/stowe-pool

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