Secret Britain - Tamworth

Take a stroll!

Visit the Grade I listed St Editha’s Church. It boasts a double helix spiral staircase, which is something to behold. Look out for the legendary underground passage between the church and the castle, which was unearthed during the 18th Century. It’s not open to the public, but I like to look down into it and imagine where it might lead.

Visit in the late spring…

You’ll see (and smell) the bluebells blooming in Hopwas Wood. Running alongside are fields of lovely pigs, and close by is Packington Moor Farm Shop and Café. You may not see the famous ‘Tamworth Two’ – the sandy-backed pigs that made the headlines after escaping on the way to the abattoir – but you will get a taste of the countryside on the doorstep of town.

Overnight breaks

I’d recommend the Peel Hotel, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre. It’s family-run and has a lovely atmosphere. The whole building looks so cosy, with lights around the outdoor seating area, where you can have a glass of wine or coffee and cake.

Stay to eat

Christopher’s Restaurant in the hotel is worth a try; both my husband and I have dietary needs that can make eating out awkward, but the waitresses there are very patient and thoughtful. I’d recommend the lamb tagine, which is very tender.

For the little ones...

Take a trip to the Snowdome, where there’s real snow to ski or toboggan on – plus a café/bar where less adventurous visitors can sit and watch the action!

Have a day out

I love Middleton Hall, where buildings date from the 13th Century. Elizabeth I is rumoured to have stayed there, and it’s where the first-ever catalogue of British plants was written. It has regular food and craft markets, classic car shows and antiques fairs.