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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 Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.