Bird Street car park temporary closures

Lichfield city centre car park is to be closed temporarily for maintenance work.  

The Bird Street car park will be closed for three days from Monday 30 March to Wednesday 1 April, and again for two days from Easter Monday to Tuesday 7 April. The car park is being closed to allow essential resurfacing to take place.

Visitors to the city centre during this time, in particular visitors to Lichfield Cathedral on Easter Monday, are advised to use the many other car parks available in the area, including the new Friary multi storey car park and Lombard Street car park. 

 Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “Bird Street is a really popular car park and gets lots of wear and tear, so needs to be resurfaced. We’ve tried to time the works so they will have the least disruption for visitors and traders, and whilst we apologise for any inconvenience the works may cause, we are confident it will be worth it in the long-run. We’d like to thank everyone for their patience, and if you are visiting the city whilst the works are taking place, why not try out the new Friary multi-storey car park, which costs just £4 to park for a full day.”

 For more information on all Lichfield city centre car parks visit

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New Library Tour to launch at Lichfield Cathedral

Library ToursLichfield Cathedral is launching a brand new Cathedral Library Tour this spring. The ‘Mirror of the Age’ Tour explores books and manuscripts which mirror the time in which they were written, spanning the 13th to the 18th century.

The tours, which will launch on Wednesday 11 March, will showcase an incredible selection of items including a 13th century Canon Law manuscript, a Geneva Bible from the time of the Reformation, a manuscript containing signatures of Charles I, and an 18th century book about the history and antiquities of Staffordshire.

The Cathedral Library is not usually accessible to the public, is hidden away at the top of a spiral staircase, and houses an incredible selection of historic literary treasures.

Previous library tour visitors have said of the tours, “Fascinating glimpse of a real treasure house”, “Thank you so much for searching out the books for us to view. Fascinating and very precious” and “Fascinating tour and talk.”

Library Manager, Clare Townsend says: “We’re thrilled to be offering this brand new tour of the library. It gives people the opportunity to view some of our most valued library treasures! Past feedback has always been extremely positive, and we’re hoping we’ll have another successful year with the ‘Mirror of the Age’ tour.

Tickets are priced at £18 per person, and include a free tea or coffee at Chapters, The Café in The Close, and a 10% discount on purchases within the Cathedral Shop on the day of the tour.  Tickets are available at the Cathedral Shop at No.9. Library tour numbers are limited, therefore early booking is advised.


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Lichfield Visitor Guide and What’s On launched at Lichfield Cathedral

guide launchLichfield District Council has launched its new visitor guide for 2015 to help boost tourism numbers to the area.

Tourism providers and representatives from across the district assembled at Lichfield Cathedral on Friday 27 February to celebrate the formal launch of the new Visit Lichfield guide.

Produced by Lichfield District Council’s tourism team, the aim of the guide is to encourage more visitors to the district, by highlighting city and district 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 2015.

At the launch, guests were welcomed by Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, who talked about the importance of tourism for Lichfield District.

Guests also heard from The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, who made a short presentation on the progress of Lichfield Cathedral’s East End Project to restore the Herkenrode stained glass windows.

Colin Bryan, CEO of Drayton Manor Theme Park, also spoke about the 65th anniversary of the theme park and the expansion of Thomas Land, which is set to be unveiled this Easter.

Councillor David Smith, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, said: “The Visitor Guide showcases how much there is to see and do across the district. It is full of beautiful pictures and interesting information and helps us along with our tourism partners to encourage more visitors to the district each year.”

Over 60,000 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

“The Visit Lichfield 2015 and the What’s 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 Smith.

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LDTA Networking Meetings






The next LDTA networking event will take place on:

Monday 2nd March 2015 @ 11am


Chasewater Innovation Centre, Chasewater Country Park, Pool Lane, Brownhills WS8 7NL

Our LDTA meeting will be held in the environmentally friendly visitor centre where Jane Lees will begin by giving a short talk on the background and history of this 90 hectare reservoir and park. While enjoying refreshments members will have the chance to network with other partners before Ranger, Rob Davis tells us about what visitors can experience at Chasewater. The park is an ideal venue for water sports, nature trails, bird watching and cycling, a great day out for the family.

Weather permitting LDTA members will have an opportunity to walk around the site and appreciate the beauty of this location. Chasewater Railway dates back to the 1800’s and is now mainly staffed by volunteers, we are extremely fortunate that the morning will finish with a ride on the vintage steam train.

Once again this is an excellent chance to forge links with other LDTA members and learn about attractions in our area.

Ample free parking is available and directions to the venue can be found on the website

If there is enough interest we will arrange transport which will depart from Lichfield at 10:30. The transport cost will be met from LDTA monies.

Hope you can all make this date, but can you please let me know no later than Monday 23rd February to help with numbers for refreshments and also if you would like to travel on the transport provided.

Please contact Rachael on 01543 308215 or email if you would like to attend.

 To view the list of LDTA networking meetings for 2015 please click on the following link List of Networking Meetings 2015.

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Free Entry at Lichfield’s Fabulous Four

2 four for free_editedFascinating History Four Free!

Lichfield City is a great place to visit any time of year and now if you are lover of history and heritage, there’s even morereason to visit as four of the city’s top heritage attractions are now free to enter.

Erasmus Darwin House – Home of Dr Erasmus Darwin – scientist, inventor, poet botanist and grandfather of Charles Darwin. For opening times and more information go to

Lichfield Cathedral – One of the oldest places of Christian worship in Britain and home of the Lichfield Angel, St Chad Gospels and Staffordshire Hoard. For opening times and more information go to

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum – Step back in time and experience the family home that inspired Samuel Johnson, writer of the Dictionary of the English Language. For opening times and more information go to

Lichfield Museum at St Mary’s in the Market Square – from Romans and ruins to battles and bloodshed, find out about 2,000 years of Lichfield’s fascinating history. For opening times and more information go to

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New plans for Friarsgate

Changes to Lichfield District Council’s flagship city retail and leisure development, Friarsgate, announced.

At a meeting on Tuesday 3 February 2015, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet reviewed a number of proposed changes to the Friarsgate scheme, and has given the developer, Development Securities PLC, the go ahead to progress the revised plans.

Cabinet Members were presented with a number of changes to the plans for the flagship retail and leisure development. These include phasing the development, with the first phase featuring 18 shops, up to 11 cafes, bars and restaurants, a cinema, 65 apartments, a new bus station and a 500 plus space multi storey car park.

The second phase would see further retail units developed, including a department store, as part of the scheme.

Following the presentation, Cabinet agreed to extend the developer agreement with Development Securities PLC, who will continue to shape the plans, which will be submitted to Lichfield District Council’s Planning Committee later this year.

Councillor Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “The economic climate has changed radically since we first started planning Friarsgate. However, the need to revitalise the Birmingham Road area in a way that will link up to and complement the rest of the city centre still remains. This is why we believe a phased development is more achievable and sustainable and will bring forward the development and regeneration sooner.

“If approved by our Planning Committee, the scheme promises to deliver a wide range of shops, eateries, city centre apartments and the eagerly anticipated cinema. We are also hopeful to have further retail units as part of the second phase of the scheme. If there is a gap between the phases, the area set aside for phase two will be landscaped as a temporary public space, which could be used for community activities. Development Securities PLC will be asking for local people’s views on how best this new city space could be used and set out as part of a public consultation later this year.
“Overall, the planned development will have a huge impact on our local economy, and projections are that it will create up to 750 jobs and contribute £211 million into the local economy over a ten-year period.”
The next stage will see Development Securities PLC submit a planning application later this year, at which point local residents and businesses will be invited to view the draft plans and designs.

Speaking on behalf of Development Securities PLC, Richard Upton, said: “We’re delighted that members of the Cabinet have chosen to extend the development agreement, and remain committed to delivering a landmark development for Lichfield.

“We have an exciting opportunity to redevelop Friarsgate, delivering a project that creates new jobs, adds to the life and economy of Lichfield and places the city firmly on the map as a shopping, leisure and food destination.

“We are confident that our revised scheme is the best fit for Lichfield and we look forward to progressing our plans alongside Lichfield District Council and the local community.”


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Launch of Visit Lichfield’s 2015 Visitor Guide & What’s On spring & summer

Front coverWe are delighted to invite you to the launch of the 2015 Lichfield District Visitor Guide and What’s On brochure which will be held in the South Transept of Lichfield Cathedral.

Friday 27 February 2015 at 2pm

Lichfield Cathedral, South Transept

At the event Councillor Ian Pritchard will provide an overview of what’s coming up in Tourism for 2015, the Lichfield Cathedral team will speak about the return of Lichfield Cathedral’s Herkenrode Glass, and the team of Drayton Manor will give an update on Drayton Manor’s 65th Anniversary and the launch of the Thomas Land expansion.

The launch event is a great way to meet the tourism team, network with other tourism businesses, and we do hope you are able to join us.

To help us make preparations, could you please complete and return the form below, or email to let us know whether you can attend by Friday 21 February.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

The Visit Lichfield team

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Lichfield and Tamworth Swap Shop 2015

 DSCN3716This free to attend annual event will be held on:

 Friday 13 March 2015

10am – 1pm in the Tower Suite at Drayton Manor Theme Park

 Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council tourism departments are very pleased to invite you to the 2015 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. This event is kindly hosted by Drayton Manor Theme Park, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year.

Swap Shop attracts a wide variety of tourism businesses and attractions from across the Heart of England region. It is an ideal opportunity to swap literature, network and learn about what’s new for 2015 with over 60 key businesses and attractions.

The event is entirely free to attend but you need to book in advance – whether you require a display table or would just like to network. Free car parking is available and refreshments are provided during the morning.

If you book a display table you can bring one pull-up banner display and also electrical equipment spaces can be requested (DVD, PC etc). There are limited tables allowing electrical equipment so please specify when you complete your booking form.

 A map showing the location of Drayton Manor can be found on the website: but if you would like a copy sent to you please contact

Rachael Evans on 01543 308216. Free car parking is available, adjacent to the Tower Suite, which is just inside the main entrance of the park.


 Registration starts at 9am allowing 45 minutes to set up if you have booked a display table in the Tower Suite. Please make sure that you have set up your table or arrived for networking by no later than 9.45am, so that the opening speeches can start promptly at 10am. The event will close officially at 1pm.

 Please complete the booking form attached and return by no later than Monday 2 March 2015. Booking is essential to guarantee a place.

Download the booking form by clicking on the following link Swap Shop Invite letter 2015

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First Restaurant In Staffordshire To Win 3 AA Rosettes Since 2002

Close up Chef with PlateThe Four Seasons Restaurant at Swinfen Hall Hotel, just outside Lichfield, has been awarded 3 rosettes in the AA’s “New Year Honours List” and becomes the only restaurant to attain this accolade in Staffordshire since 2002.   Of the 22 restaurants awarded 3 rosettes or above by the AA on 15th January, 11 are in London, 3 are in Scotland making Swinfen Hall one of the 8 recipients in England outside the capital.  
The AA has over 2,000 restaurants listed in it’s 2015 UK restaurant guide but less than 10%  have 3 rosettes or above so this is no mean feat.
Head Chef at Swinfen Hall Paul Proffitt, who was born in Staffordshire and trained at Birmingham College of Food and in France, was absolutely delighted with the news.  It is his first Head Chef position and he has attained this remarkable achievement within his first 15 months in the role.
The Four Seasons Restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner and offers a Tasting Menu and Vegetarian Tasting Menu in addition to the 3-course prix fixe a la carte menu.  Much of the produce for the kitchens is grown in a half-acre Victorian walled garden.  There is also a herd of sika deer which contribute venison in the winter and they have recently taken delivery of a small herd of rare breed Manx sheep to provide estate-reared lamb in 2016.  What they can’t grow or rear themselves, they source locally.
Good news for Staffordshire foodies….
Swinfen Hall Hotel, Swinfen, Nr Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9RE.

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Lichfield Christmas Festival Weekend success

 Father Christmas at Minster PoolLichfield Christmas shoppers and visitors were treated to plenty of festive fun at the Christmas Festival Weekend on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December 2014.

Lichfield District Council’s tourism team, Visit Lichfield, is full of Christmas cheer after thousands of people got in the seasonal spirit at this year’s festival.

The fun-packed weekend saw lots of people get involved in festive activities that took place across the city, including events at The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Georgian Festivities at Erasmus Darwin House and a First World War Christmas show, Men, Mud & Merriment, at St Mary’s in the Market Square.

There was a great atmosphere on Saturday as people shopped for presents at the Festive Food & Gift Fair at Lichfield Cathedral and at the Twinkly Christmas Market along Minster Pool Walk. The Twinkly Market returned on Sunday when Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s Christmas Fayre also took place in the city’s Market Square. Saturday also saw a number of local traders taking part in Small Business Saturday, presenting shoppers with seasonal offers and encouraging them to support independent businesses.

Little ones were not left disappointed as they got to meet Santa in his grotto at Three Spires Shopping Centre, at Beacon Park and at St Mary’s Chapel. Lots of fun was also had as many children stopped off to get their faces painted for free at the Visit Lichfield tent.

Beacon Park also offered festive craft activities for all the family on Saturday. Visitors got involved making pinecone and clay reindeers, festive bunting and hand-sewed Christmas tree decorations.

The weekend also kicked off the Twinkly Trail, where families can hunt for 11 Christmas trees and figures on display in shop windows across the city centre, solving clues to claim a sweet reward. 

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “The Christmas festival weekend was a great success, with thousands of people getting into the festive spirit in Lichfield. The weekend was crammed with seasonal activities for all the family and fantastic markets to bring even more shoppers and visitors into the city. It was the perfect way to start the countdown to Christmas.

“Small Business Saturday, which celebrates and aims to support independent businesses, also took place on 6 December. Shops across the city took part in the event, including the Lichfield Antiques Centre, The Kitchen Shop, Emporium Art Gallery, Friary Shoes, Cure and more, and offered shoppers some fantastic festive offers to tempt them.”


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