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Photo bmag

World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

Photo thinktank

Award-winning science museum for fun-packed family days out.

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

Photo aston

Explore the splendour of one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style.

Trinity Road, Aston

Birmingham, B6 6JD

0121 348 8100

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Discover a fine Tudor house and beautiful gardens just a few miles from the heart of the city.

Blakesley Road

Birmingham, B25 8RN

0121 348 8120

Photo jewellery

A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

Photo sarehole

A 250 year old working watermill famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien.

Cole Bank Road

Birmingham, B13 0BD

0121 348 8160

Photo soho

Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

Photo weoley

The ruins of an exquisite fortified manor house built 750 years ago.

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160



Local History: The Inspirations of Tolkien

Sarehole Mill

  • Capacity: 30 pupils
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost (per pupil): £4.50
Book Session

Discover the importance of Sarehole Mill and the village of Sarehole to J.R.R. Tolkien and how the people and place inspired his works.

Using maps, photos and quotes from his book we will explore how the area has changed. We will take a walk around the area as we make
our way to the inspiration for Fangorn Forest, Moseley Bog. Using the natural surrounding, pupils will be inspired to create Tolkien style characters.

Using maps, photos and quotes from his books, we will explore how the area has changed and then take a walk to Moseley Bog, the inspiration for Fangorn Forest. Using the natural surroundings, students will be inspired to create Tolkien-esque characters.

Turn this into a full day by booking a Discovery Day and participate in the following afternoon session:

Spend the afternoon exploring the mill with the help of J.R.R. Tolkien’s most beloved characters. Explore some of his favourite childhood stories that inspired his works and take part in a riddle battle.

Please note: the mill is primarily an outdoor venue, and this workshop is designed to be delivered outdoors. This workshop will continue to be delivered outside in any weather, unless extreme conditions drive us inside where pupils can take part in wet weather alternative activities. Pupils must be aware of this and be dressed accordingly in wellies and waterproof coats, with scarves, hats and gloves in cold weather. It is advised children bring a change of socks and shoes with them.

Additional afternoon session costs £4.50 per pupil.

School visits to Sarehole Mill are available Wednesday - Friday.

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