The Middle Earth Weekend has activities for everyone.
Here is just a selection.
To find out more you will just have to come along.
Saturday May 11thSees a flying visit from
Agent Green of The Midnight Storytellers
who will be giving a Master-class in
the care and Training of Dragons in the morning
and walking hither and yon during the day
as well as storytelling in the afternoon.
Sunday May 12Sees the return of the ever popular
baby dragons in the care of
The Theatre of Alchemy
who will storytelling in the Performance Tent,
co-ordinating their wonderful dragon parade during the day as well as
introducing their rambunctious dragon youngsters out and about.
Do not wear your best gold!
- Medieval Re-enactments
- Face Painting
- Archery – See if you've got what it takes to be like Legolas
- Craft demonstrations
- Guided Walks – Our excellent local guides will take you on walking tours to places you never knew existed.
- Sarehole Mill – After recent renovations and repairs the mill will be in full working order and grinding its own flour and baking bread on site. The gardens will also have progressed since last year and the mill pool has been dredged to allow a greater flow of water to the mill wheel.
- Drama Production – Local drama group, Shire Productions, will be presenting excerpts from Tolkien’s works in the wonderful setting of Moseley Bog (Booking required)
- Poetry reading and music
- Costume Competition – A very popular activity with prizes for the best costumes. Open to children and adults alike. Every year the entries are more impressive. Check out our costumes pages for ideas on making your own from items you may already have in the wardrobe.
- Barrel Racing along the River Cole – like duck racing but with 3” mini wooden barrels. If you are not sure about the significance of this, read ‘The Hobbit’ or wait until the second film comes out.
- Follow the Inkling Quest – The Inklings was the name given to a group of academics and writers who were friends of J.R.R. Tolkien. They met together to discuss their work and interests. Inklings is an old word meaning an idea, a notion, a clue as in the old saying hereabouts ‘I haven’t an Inkling’. Early 16th century, from an obsolete verb of unknown origin meaning to utter in an undertone, i.e. to hint. (Taken from the Encarta World English Dictionary). We use to to impart nuggets of knowledge about J.R. Tolkien and his work.
- Shire Country Park Rangers – Find out about their work with the volunteers who help care for The Shire Country Park.
Details and timetable for all activities will be in the programme, available at the gate for just £1.