Middle Earth Festival
The Middle-earth Festival (formerly the Middle-earth Weekend) is a family-friendly festival celebrating the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien where Sarehole Mill in Birmingham is transformed into the the land of the Hobbits and Middle Earth.
JRR Tolkien was born 3rd January 1892 in South Africa, his parents, Arthur and Mabel were originally from Birmingham but had emigrated to South Africa. In 1895 Mabel brought Ronald and his younger brother Hilary to Birmingham to meet the Grandparents for the first time. Whilst here, Mabel received news that Arthur had contracted rheumatic fever, sadly, he died before she was able to return to South Africa. With no desire to return to South Africa, Mabel and the 2 boys settled in the hamlet of Sarehole, at 5 Gracewell Cottages (now 264 Wake Green Road, a private residence), they lived here for 4 years from 1896 until 1900. He said that his years here were the happiest years of his youth.
This years Middle Earth Festival is to be held on Saturday and Sunday 3rd and 4th September 2016 and will be held at Sarehole Mill, Colebank Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B13 0BD
Car Parking Charges :- £2 per vehicle
Nearest Rail Station :- Hall Green is the nearest train station and then a 20 minute walk down Colebank Road
Buss Service :- Number 11 bus route
Admission Cost :- FREE although some activities do charge
Costume :- Many people use the festival as a chance to dress up in middle earth costume (not compulsory), there is even a costume pageant every day, so why not try your hand at making your own costume for this year!!