What are the dates and times of this year’s festival?
Unfortunately, we have cancelled the festival for 2019, so the next one will be in 2020.
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 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.
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 a field. 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.
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?
We charge a small admission fee to help cover the costs of the festival.
What will be happening at the festival?
The line-up is slightly different every year, but here are a few examples of our past activities…
- Live music
- Readings from Tolkien’s works
- Costume competitions
- Morris dancing
- Displays of props from the films
- Displays of medieval weaponry
- Children’s art activities
- Battle re-enactments
- Birds of prey
- Board game demonstrations