Here’s the latest from the Tolkien Society about this years Tolkien Weekend at Sarehole Mill:
Fun at ‘Hobbiton’ Mill
19th & 20th May 2007
The Sarehole Mill pondThe eighth Tolkien Weekend’s theme is “70 years of Hobbiton” celebrating 70 years since the publication of The Hobbit. There is some similarity between Hobbiton and Sarehole which is one of the reasons why The Shire Country Park was given that name. Sarehole Mill itself was the original for the mill at Hobbiton, near Bag End in the heart of The Shire, and the Mill is central to Birmingham’s Shire Country Park. The park covers the River Cole, Chinn Brook, the Dingles and Moseley Bog & the Dell, places JRR Tolkien knew as a child when he lived just across from the mill pool. The hobbits of The Shire were essentially rural; they farmed and had smallholdings, very similar to Sarehole 100 years ago.
So we are emphasising traditional rural crafts and care for the environment at this year’s event, come to Sarehole Mill and see:
- Sarehole Mill in action, flint-knappers and a blacksmith demonstrating their crafts, woodland crafts
- Displays from The Tolkien Society and Birmingham Libraries about Tolkien’s life and works in the mill buildings, and the Mill now has its own tea-room!
- Discover Tolkien’s Birmingham by vintage bus with guided rides to Perrott’s Folly, The Oratory, and King Edward’s School.
- Shire Productions performing excerpts from Farmer Giles of Ham in the Performance Pavillion, plus folk musicians Allan Recardo, Shan Basil & Pritpal Rai, Spoz the Birmingham Poet Laureate and Chris Adderley reading from Beowulf
The Tolkien Tent features displays or stalls: on the Birmingham Tolkien Strategy; Codemaster’s Shadows of Angmar game; Borders bookshop; Isengard the Birmingham Tolkien Society smial;
Tim Tolkien’s Treebeard statue model for Moseley village; storytelling for children; Daerons Books; roleplaying games; Birmingham Central Library’s “Tolkien’s Boyhood in Birmingham” exhibition; Elvish lessons (speaking Sindarin and writing Tengwar) and readings from Children of Húrin.
Take Guided walks in the footsteps of Tolkien and showing off the local wildlife and flora. All starting from the Ent on the green behind the Mill, each with their own expert guide, around The Shire Country Park, taking in Moseley Bog, Joy’s Wood, the River Cole and Dingles, and ‘Hobbiton’.
You can shop and have a bite to eat in the Craft & Café Marquees or at the award winning Moseley Farmers’ Market, thus refreshed you can learn from the Viking re-enactors, or watch Lupine The Travelling Illusionist. Active kids may want to have a go at the Bowmen of Swanshurst’s archery butts. There will also be Wythall Radio Society and a Ranger Encampment.
Costume Parade – at 1:30 on Saturday or 12:45 on Sunday. Register at the Information Tent for the Parade around the Ent. Competitors may enter the parade on one day only.
This unique event now attracts 10,000 visitors and offers a weekend of fun for all the family.
11 am – 5 pm Admission free both days.
Any queries regarding this Press Release should be addressed to:
Ian Collier, Publicity Officer, 22 Oaklands Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 0DS, e-mail publicity AT tolkiensociety DOT org