More Fun in The Shire Park
13th-14th May 2006. Some pictures from Saturday 13th.
There are reports and pictures from the event on several other sites:
- The mill itself,which will have a miller demonstrating his craft with the mill's greater wheel
- Displays from The Tolkien Society and Birmingham Libraries about Tolkien's life and works
- Shire Productions will perform excerpts from The Hobbit
- Re-enactment Societies
- Morris Dancers
- Farmers Market
- The Unexpected Party Café is opens to serve teas, refreshments and entertainment from:
the Green Man Storyteller;
- folk musicians; Stuart Estell and Allan Recardo (former Birmingham Poets
- Chris Adderley reading from Beowulf
- "Open Mic" sessions with Paul Woodward
- Write Fantastic, a group of SF writers including Stan Nicholls, Chaz Brenchley, and Mark Chadbourn
will be interviewed about how J.R.R. Tolkien has influenced their work.
- The Tolkien Tent featuring:
- Birmingham Central Library's new exhibition "Tolkien's Boyhood in Birmingham"
- Elvish lessons (speaking Sindarin and writing Tengwar)
- Games Workshop games
- Philip Coker reading The Scouring of the Shire
- The Ent on the green behind the Mill is the starting point for the many popular themed walks,
each with their own expert guide, around The Shire Country Park, taking in Moseley Bog, the River
Cole, Moseley School, around themes of wildlife, Tolkien's childhood haunts, nature or archaeology.
- Discover the Birmingham's Two Towers, Perrott's Folly and the Water Board Chimney by vinatge bus
plus there are two new locations to visit on the Tolkien Trail:
- On Saturday the destination is The
Oratory where the Tolkiens attended Mass (as well as the magnificent church, there's a tour of Cardinal
- On Sunday there is a rare opportunity to visit King Edward's School and see their
Tolkien archive display, his name on the Honours Board and the chapel built from the stones of
the old school that he attended in central Birmingham.
- Wythall Amateur Radio Club
- Craft Marquees
- Children's' Activity
Tent with a wand workshop, henna/temporary tattoos and a willow workshop
- Out on the field there
are amusements for younger children including train rides, treasure trails, and a coconut shy.
- Ranger Encampment.
- A model railway that people could ride on
- A gypsy caravan
- Woodland craft demonstrations
- Re-enactment societies