What are the dates and times of this year’s festival?

The next festival is on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd September 2018. The festival is open from 11am – 5pm each day.

Where does it take place?

The festival is held at Sarehole Mill, Colebank Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B13 0BD. For more information about travel to the festival, visit our getting here page.

What ages is it appropriate for?

Middle Earth Festival is an all-ages event with activities for both children and grown ups.

Do I need to have read the books?

The festival is a wonderful chance for fans of the books to meet up and discuss them, but it’s also a great opportunity for those who have only seen the films or who are entirely new to the series to find out more. The activities and events on offer extend far beyond the contents of the books and anybody with an interest in sports, history, crafts or nature will also find plenty at the festival to keep them entertained!

What happens if it rains?

The majority of activities take place in large tents and gazebos, so that we can hold the event as usual whatever the weather. There will also be activities in the Sarehole Mill museum building.

What should I wear?

Many of our visitors come in costume. This always helps to create a great atmosphere and there are prizes for the best outfits. If you’d rather just come as yourself, remember that the festival takes place in the field to the rear of the museum and dress for the weather, which could mean wellies or sun cream or – this being Britain – both!

What should I bring?

Please remember to bring cash with you as not all traders are able to accept card payments.

Are dogs welcome?

Yes, dogs are welcome at the festival so long as their owners are well behaved! Messes should be disposed of promptly and water bowls will be provided for the comfort of our canine chums.

Is disabled parking available?

Yes, a limited amount of disabled parking is available at the festival. If you need accessible parking, please let one of our stewards know and they will be able to direct you to the most appropriate location.

Is there an entry fee?

Admission is free for children under 14, there is a £1 entry fee for those age 14+ to help cover the costs of the festival.

What will be happening at the festival?

The line-up is slightly different every year and the programme for 2018 has not yet been confirmed. However to give you an idea of what to expect, here are a few examples of our past activities…

  • Live music
  • Axe-throwing
  • Readings from Tolkien’s works
  • Jousting
  • Costume competitions
  • Archery
  • Jewellery-making demonstrations
  • Morris dancing
  • Displays of props from the films
  • Displays of medieval weaponry
  • Children’s art workshops
  • Battle re-enactments
  • Classes on how to write in Elvish Tengwar and Dwarvish runes
  • Treasure hunts
  • Birds of prey
  • Face-painting
  • Board game demonstrations

To see more of what went on at previous events, you can check out the pictures on our Facebook page.

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