LDTA discount for Lichfield Business Connect Show

Lichfield Business Connect Show will be held on 10th June in the special marquee at Lichfield Rugby Club.

The organisers of this event are kindly offering LDTA members a 15% discount on all stands booked by 30th April.
For more information please click on the link below and contact the organisers direct -

David Bassett 07956149221 or Barry Gwilt 01543 481055.

Click on the following link to view the promotional flyer Lichfield Business Connect Leaflet 2014

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National Paintball Fields are our next networking hosts

001Our next LDTA networking event will take place on Friday 23rd May at 2pm at The National Paintball Fields & Laser Games, Trickley Coppice, London Road, Bassetts Pole, Nr Sutton Coldfield B75 5SA.
As well as paintballing this venue offers many other exciting and exhilarating activities and we are sure you will be amazed by what you will discover.
After a short presentation about some of the activities and services the team provide, we can take a look at the inflatable assault course, quad bikes and laser games. Gazebos are going to be erected in our honor and delicious refreshments served.
Activities are available at the centre from 6 years upwards and is great for family fun days and adult adrenaline days out. This will be the perfect occasion to support another of our LDTA partners and learn about something a little different in the area.
Transport will be provided for anyone not wishing to drive and this will leave Lichfield at 1:30pm.
For further information about the venue please visit www.npfbassettspole.com or call 0121 232 1000.

We hope you can all make this date,  please let Rachael know no later than Friday 16th May to help with numbers for refreshments and also if you would like to travel on the mini bus rachael.evans@lichfielddc.gov.uk


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Onesie world record countdown has begun

BRITAIN - DRAYTON MANORThere’s only 4 days to go until Drayton Manor Theme Park attempts its double-whammy Guinness World Record attempt, aiming to set two in just one day on Saturday 12th April!

If you have a love of onesies and screaming on theme park rides then these Guinness World Records are for you. As a real treat, the park has also reduced its entry price by 86%, so it’s just £5* for the day!

Participants are encouraged to arrive bright and early, with on-site entertainment provided by Free Radio from 9.30am to keep the crowd energised before the first record attempt that will kick off at 10.15am.

In April 2013, Drayton Manor Theme Park, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, entered the Guinness World Records for the most number of people wearing onesies gathered in any one place, when 700 people donned the all-in-one pyjamas. However, that record has since been beaten, so now Drayton Manor is eager to get its world record title back and needs over 1,184 of you to reclaim the title.

Onesie wearers will then aim for a second record attempt at 10.30am – the longest scream by a crowd of people. According to Guinness World Records, the existing record was set in November 2013 in California. The record saw the crowd maintain a minimum of 80 decibels for a period of two minutes and five seconds. This scream record is being targeted as this year Drayton Manor will be the only UK theme park to unveil a new thrill ride, with the stomach-churning Air Race due to open in June.

After the record attempts, people will be free to spend the rest of the day in the park enjoying all the rides and attractions on offer.

Colin Bryan, CEO and Group Managing Director, said: “We’ve never dropped our prices this low but we really want to give something back to our visitors and encourage them to come along on the day and make history with us.

“Saturday 12th April really could be one of the best days we have ever had!”

The 2014 main season runs from Saturday 29th March 2014 to Sunday 2nd November. The Fireworks Spectacular weekend is 1st and 2nd November. Please note: the park will be closed to the general public on Sunday 14th September.

*Participants must arrive before 10.10am to qualify for reduced entry price. Admission after this time will be at standard gate price.

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Tower Tours are back!

Have you got TowewTour_image_LichfieldCathedralPhotographers_exta head for heights? Would you like to be one of the first members of the public since 2010 to make the steep climb up the steps of the Great Central Tower at Lichfield Cathedral?

If so, our famous Tower Tours are back at Lichfield Cathedral from Monday 21st April 2014 (Easter Monday).

Bring along the family for an amazing ‘white knuckle’ experience and once you make it to the top you can enjoy a spectacular birds-eye view of the city of Lichfield and beyond!

As you make your ascent you can marvel at the internal architecture of the Cathedral, and participate in the interactive ‘Tower Education Zone’ located high above the floor of the Cathedral, half way up the Central Tower.

The ‘Tower Education Zone’ provides an opportunity for learning about the design and architecture of the building, its location, geography and history from Anglo-Saxon times, through the Middle Ages right up to the present day. Of particular interest will be the information describing the Cathedral’s role during the English Civil War, Lichfield is unique in being the only Cathedral in the country to have had a moat –the outline of this and other fortifications can be best seen from the top of the tower. Activity tables and displays will help children and adults to identify fascinating and sometimes hidden aspects of the Cathedral building and its life.

Anthony Moore, Canon Chancellor at Lichfield Cathedral commented:

“We are absolutely delighted to be re-opening the Great Central Tower of the Cathedral. We hope that our many visitors will enjoy the Gothic white-knuckle experience of climbing the medieval tower and standing under the famous Spire whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the city and surrounding countryside”

Each Tower Tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours, tickets are priced at adults £6.50 and a family tickets for 2 adults and 2 children is £20.00.

Ticket price also includes a free tea or coffee at Chapters ‘the Café in the Close’ plus a 10% discount on purchases at the Cathedral Shop on the day of the Tour**

Towers Tours launch on Easter Monday 21st April. Tours will take place every Saturday from 26th April to 25th October at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00.

To book your ticket please visit the Shop No.9 The Close or call 01543 306150

Due to the nature of this Tour, it is only suitable for adults and children aged 8 years old and over, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. It is important to note that you should only participate in this Tour if you are in good health and are not suffering from any medical conditions (including pregnancy). The Tower Tour passes through restricted and narrow spaces, baggage must be left at ground level and sensible footwear must be worn. You will be asked to complete a disclaimer form by your Tour Leader in advance of your climb.

For more information please visit www.lichfield-cathedral.org

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Lichfield Visitor Guide and What’s On is out now!

Visitor guide launch 2014The Visit Lichfield 2014 guide was formally launched at a special reception at St Mary’s in the Market Square on Friday 28 February.

Tourism providers and representatives from city venues assembled in Lichfield Museum, housed at St Mary’s in the Market Square, to celebrate the launch of the new Visit Lichfield 2014 guide.

Produced by Lichfield District Council’s tourism team, the aim of the guide is to encourage more visitors to the district, by highlighting the city and district’s attractions, events, tours, shops, eateries, visitor accommodation and much more.

The event was also a chance to unveil the council’s spring and summer What’s On brochure, which lists events taking place across the district from March through to August 2014.

At the launch, guests heard from The Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, who made a short presentation on the progress of Lichfield Cathedral’s East End Project and on future developments to the cathedral.

Joanne Wilson, Museums and Heritage Officer for Lichfield City Council, also spoke on the day about the achievements of The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in 2013 and upcoming events planned for 2014.

Councillor David Leytham, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, said: “The Visit Lichfield 2014 guide really showcases all that we have to offer visitors. It will help to encourage more people to come to the district, which is vital if we want to boost our local economy – from the shops visited to the restaurants dined in. It is fully funded by the businesses that advertise in it, who we thank for their support.”

More than 50,000 copies of the visitor guide have already been distributed nationwide to tourism providers. The What’s On brochures have been sent to local homes and both publications are available from Tourist Information at St Mary’s in the Market Square or can be accessed online at www.visitlichfield.co.uk/download

“Both Visit Lichfield 2014 and the Whats On guides are valuable resources for local people as they are  packed with exciting and interesting things to do, right on their doorstep,” continued Cllr Leytham.

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New Seasalt Shop Opens at the Heart Of The Country Village

Seasalt started on a wet August day in 1981 when othe Chadwick family went to
Penzance looking for waterproof jackets. They walked into a little shop
in Adelaide Street, and 45 minutes later, they hadn’t just bought waterproof jackets, but bought the business as well.
At the time the family were living in Walsall, hence the attachment to the
Midlands, and their choice of choosing The Heart of the Country for the first sale shop outside of Cornwall.
In the beginning, Seasalt’s customers were farmers, fishermen & artists, selling traditional garments like smocks, guernsey pullovers and wellington boots. You can still see the influence of those early days in everything that is designed today…high quality, useful garments.

The Seasalt design team now includes fashion and textile designers, illustrators, even a fine artist, and our studios overlook St. Anthony’s Lighthouse and Falmouth Bay. A mix of contemporary design and Cornish heritage gives the unique Seasalt look.
Seasalt Sale Shop is open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm at Heart Of The Country Shopping Village, Swinfen, Nr Lichfield WS14 9QR
01543 484325 www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk

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Don’t forget to book for Swap Shop at Drayton Manor Theme Park on Friday 14 March 2014, 10am – 1pm

026Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council tourism departments are very pleased to invite you to the 2014 Swap Shop. This very popular event is now firmly established in the tourism calendar and last year produced a record number of display stands and attendees. Tables are FREE to book or you can come along to the event to network.

Lichfield and Tamworth Swap Shop takes place in the impressive Tower Suite at Drayton Manor Theme Park and at036tracts a wide variety of tourism businesses and attractions from across the Heart of England region.  By working together we can ensure all of the regions events, attractions and accommodation venues attract visitors from all over the UK, thus raising the profile of our region as a premier tourist destination.

Click on the link below to download a booking form, the deadline for bookings is the 7 March.

Swap Shop Booking Form and Letter 2014


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LDTA Networking Meeting – Monday 3 March

Man with cameraDon’t forget our next networking meeting will be held on Monday 3rd March, 2pm at Tworld Studio, Unit 3 Weeford Workshops, Hungry Lane, Weeford WS14 0PR.

We have the ideal opportunity to learn how to take the perfect photograph at our next LDTA networking meeting. Tworld are not only a photography studio but also a model agency, photography and make up training academy too. Events and courses are offered from beginners to the more experienced photographer.
If you would like more information about Tworld Studio the web address is www.tworldstudio.co.uk

There is limited parking available at the venue so we have arranged transport which will depart from the bus station in Lichfield at 1:30pm and return home by 4pm. The transport cost will be met from LDTA monies.
Please let Rachael Evans know if you would like to attend by Monday 24th February to help with numbers for refreshments and also if you would like to travel on the mini bus. Email rachael.evans@lichfielddc.gov.uk 01543 308216.

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Nine days of yuletide events across Lichfield got underway on Saturday 7 December 2013

Lichfield Christmas Festival kicked off over the weekend with Christmas-themed events, activities and performances taking place across the city.

The Market Square hosted a Festive Fun event on Saturday alongside the popular general market. The day saw children having their faces painted, craft activities taking place, mulled wine offered and music from Cannock Salvation Army Band and Lichfield 1st Scouts. Santa even stopped by to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Saturday also saw a Festive Fair held in Dyott Chapel in St Mary’s Church and a Christmas City Tour took in the landmarks of the city.
Sunday 8 December was busy with Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s Christmas Fayre on the Market Square, the chance to see Santa in his grotto in the Guildhall, and children were also invited to make lanterns at Lichfield Cathedral.

A Christmas Corner and Vintage Street Market on Tamworth Street took place over the festive weekend, and the City Cells in the Guildhall were open to visitors.

The weekend also saw the launch of a number of exhibitions and events that will run each day until Sunday 15 December.

These include the Christmas Tree and Nativity Scenes exhibitions in Lichfield Cathedral, as well as the Lichfield City Advent Window Trail, which can be downloaded from www.lichfield-cathedral.org

Festive trails and activities are available at The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum every day from 11am to 3.30pm.

Families can also go on the Christmas Trail at Lichfield Heritage Centre from 9.30am to 3pm each day.

Still to come, as part of Lichfield Christmas Festival, are the Georgian Festivities at Erasmus Darwin House and a Festive Food and Gift Fair at Lichfield Cathedral. Both are taking place on Saturday 14 December from 10am to 4pm and are free entry events.
A lantern procession from the Christmas Tree in The Close is also taking place on Saturday at 4pm. This is a chance to see the lanterns made by children at the lantern making workshop.

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member Tourism, said: “What a fantastic start to the run up to Christmas. If anyone hadn’t quite got into the Christmas mood, I am sure they will be now with all that Lichfield has to offer over the nine-day festival. I hope plenty of people enjoy all the events and activities that are still taking place across the city.”

A full programme of all the events included Lichfield Christmas Festival is available from the Tourist Information at St Mary’s in the Market Square and online at www.visitlichfield.co.uk/christmasfestival2013

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Halloween and half-term campaign

Dear LDTA member,

Our half term campaign has been advertised on the home page of our website for the past week, however there’s still time to have your event listed. If you have event taking place at half term, particularly with a Halloween theme or fireworks please email me directly. You can view what’s on by going to www.visitlichfield.co.uk/holidayfun



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