Aethelfest @ , Birmingham [from 12 to 15 July]


12 - 15
19:30 - 16:00

A range of special events will be taking place in Tamworth 12-15 July to celebrate our Lady of the Mercians, Aethelflaed:

More information and the brochure can be found at:

The Tamworth Lecture – Tamworth & District Civic Society’s annual Tamworth Lecture will be given by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood on the subject of Aethelflaed. This will be held at St Editha’s Church at 7.30pm on Thursday, July 12. Tickets can be requested through their Facebook page.

Tamworth Literary Festival Martin Carver talk — Tamworth Literary Festival welcomes archaeologist, writer and broadcaster Martin Carver to the Globe in Tamworth on the evening of Friday, July 13. His talk will document the excavation of the fort built by Aethelflaed in Stafford. Further information and tickets are available on the EventBrite website.

Tamworth Literary Festival panel talk — Organisers of Tamworth Literary Festival have also planned a special talk which will see a panel of female historians and authors discussing Aethelflaed as a woman and an Anglo-Saxon. This takes place on Saturday, July 14, from 11am to 3pm. Tickets cost £10 including a buffet lunch. The panel will be chaired by Dr Sara Read, together with Dr Jennifer Evans, Annie Whitehead and Marianne Whiting. More information and ticket details for the Tamworth Literary Festival events are available at

Mercian Mosaic unveiling – A huge and ambitious community arts project, involving hundreds of Tamworth residents, will see 1,400 individual yard square tiles being brought together to form one stunning mosaic. The pieces will be laid out on the lower lawn of Tamworth Castle Grounds for one day only at a grand reveal on Saturday, July 14.

Aethelflaed Family Festival – A range of Anglo-Saxon themed events have been planned to coincide with the Mercian Mosaic unveiling in the Castle Grounds on Saturday, July 14. These will include an Anglo-Saxon encampment and a range of fun themed activities for all the family.
Saxon Living History — Find out what life was like for those living in Tamworth during Saxon times. Tamworth Castle, 14 & 15 July.

Academic conference — Scholars from UK and international universities will descend upon the town for a special weekend conference with a packed programme of lectures inspired by Aethelflaed.

Guided walks — Tamworth Guild of Town Guides are preparing a special guided walk this summer which will focus on the town’s Anglo-Saxon and Norman heritage. 14 July and must be pre-booked from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre.

Aethelflaed Ale — Tamworth Brewing Co in Market Street will be reviving their award-winning Aethelflaed Ale to accompany the many celebrations taking place in the coming months. There will be an Aethel AleFest on 14 July from 1pm.
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