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Middle-earth Weekend to return in Birmingham

Middle-earth Festival, previously known as both “Middle-earth Weekend” and “Tolkien Weekend”, will return this September after a two-and-half-year hiatus.

Having taken place annually at Sarehole Mill since 2001, Middle-earth Weekend was closed in 2013 following a shortage of volunteers and increasingly difficult finances. The Weekend emphasises J.R.R. Tolkien’s links to Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog and the surrounding areas within the City of Birmingham. It is estimated that as many as 12,000 people came to attend the Middle-earth Weekend.

Now reborn as the Middle-earth Festival, the event will return to Sarehole Mill on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September 2015. Organiser Bob Hawtin said families can expect “a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend with music, arts and crafts, historical re-enactments, costume pageants, children’s activities, market stalls and food”.

To find out more about the Middle-earth Festival visit their website.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner

Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.