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Stay in STAFFORDSHIRE 2013

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A guide of where to Stay, Play and Enjoy in Staffordshire

• History and Heritage of Staffordshire • Culture at the Heart of the City • • Stafford • Lichfield • Tamworth • The Staffordshire Peak District • • Wildlife and Stately Homes • Local Tourist Information Centres •


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Stay in Contents STAFFORDSHIRE 2013

Welcome to the 2013 edition of Stay in Staffordshire, an independent guide to staying, playing and enjoying our wonderful county. Situated at the heart of England, Staffordshire is a glorious mixture of rural splendour from the rolling hills in the north to the endangered heathland in the south. As well as plenty of Mother Nature’s wonderments to explore, the county is packed with lots to do and see in terms of history, heritage, wildlife, food and drink.

In this edition we guide you through the areas which are best for a little retail therapy, a relaxing break away or the ultimate adventure for the whole family! Filled to the brim with entertainment and events we aim to keep you well and truly satisfied throughout your stay. Come and visit us whether for a day trip, a short weekend break or a longer family holiday and discover the delights of the county. We aim to give you a brief insight into the history of the county whilst also introducing you to the new and intriguing attractions which keep Staffordshire well and truly on the tourism map. From our Staffordshire oatcakes, ceramic ornaments and winding canals to our stately homes, pristine gardens and of course theme parks there is something for everyone.

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Our towns are at the heart of England, and even though getting here is easy, leaving is much more difficult with so much to tempt you to stay.

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LOCAL TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES

Contact information for the county

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History and Heritage

8 FINDING US... How to get here, whether you’re travelling by train, plane, car or coach 13

CULTURE AT THE HEART OF THE CITY

Discover the delights of Lichfield

14 STAFFORD At the heart of England and at the heart of its visitors 18 STOKE-ON-TRENT Make it happen 21 HISTORY AND HERITAGE A brief history into Staffordshire and ways to explore its past

Play 24 EVENTS Keep in the loop of where to be and what to see all year round 31 TRENTHAM ESTATE Trentham awakens as the place to shop, eat and relax 33 NOW BOOKING FOR 2012! Take a look at the new seasons offerings

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A LITTLE STAFFORDSHIRE CULTURE

Museums, galleries and historical attractions. Staffordshire offers it all

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ARTWORK CO-ORDINATOR

ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES

Welcome to the world of food and drink in Staffordshire

Kevin Angel editorial@staffsmedia.com

Tracy Harrison marketing@staffsmedia.com

46 OUT INTO THE WILDERNESS Staffordshire is a nature lover’s paradise. Come explore the great outdoors!

Justine Clegg features@staffsmedia.com

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Tamworth offers a rich and vibrant experience with a superb choice of historical sites as w ell as attractions

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LOCAL TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES BURTON UPON TRENT TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

STAFFORD TOURIST INFORMATION

Customer Services Centre, Market Place, High Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. DE14 1AH.

Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street, Stafford. ST16 2LQ.

Tel: 01283 508111

Tel: 01785 619619

The Customer Service Centre Staff can help to plan your visit and will be happy to assist with accommodation bookings, free brochures and leaflets for the local area, event information, travel & transport.

A friendly and efficient service for National Express bookings and coach holidays, theatre tickets and tokens, local events, Shugborough entrance tickets, County Show details, holiday information, and more.

CANNOCK TOURIST INFORMATION

STAFFORDSHIRE TOURISM

The Valley Heritage Centre, Valley Road, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire. WS12 5TD.

Development Services, Riverway, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 3TJ.

Tel: 01543 877666

Tel: 01785 277397

Visit The Valley Heritage Centre for all the information you need on Cannock Chase to make your stay full of adventure and discovery.

Make the most of your visit; let the well-informed staff at Staffordshire Tourism help, whether it is something to do or somewhere to stay.

LEEK TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE 1 Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands. ST13 5HH.

Tel: 01538 483741 Visit Leek TIC and let their friendly, knowledgeable staff help you plan your visit to the Staffordshire Moorlands. You’ll find free information on accommodation, attractions, events, places to eat, activities, entertainment & more.

Victoria Hall, Bagnall Street, Stoke-on-Trent. ST1 3AD.

Tel: 01782 236000 Make the award-winning Tourist Information Centre your first port of call when planning your visit – let their welcoming staff help you to decide what to see, where to go and how to get there.

LICHFIELD TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

TAMWORTH TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE AND BOX OFFICE

Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6HR.

29 Market Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire. B79 7LR.

Tel: 01543 412112 Pop into our award-winning Tourist Information Centre, crammed full of guides on everything worth seeing and doing, a visit to the team will help you get the most out of your stay.

NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE Newcastle Library, Ironmarket, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. ST5 1RF.

Tel: 01782 297313 In the historic market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, the Tourist Information Centre offers a variety of services; including accommodation and theatre bookings, local publications and tickets for regional events.

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STOKE-ON-TRENT TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

Tel: 01827 709581 Tamworth TIC and Box Office offers information to residents and visitors, visit for ticket sales, souvenirs, maps, parking permits, leisure cards, day trips and more.


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It’s time to discover Staffordshire’s best kept secret!

Enjoy South Staffordshire Moseley Old Hall Kinver Rock Houses

With so much to see and do, come and enjoy South Staffordshire.

RAF Cosford Museum Rodbaston Animal Zone

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Located just 5 minutes’ drive from the M6 motorway both junctions 12 and 13. Situated in the market town of Penkridge, the rail station is only a 5-minute walk away. Free private parking and free Wi-Fi area available. A flat-screen TV with a DVD player, a hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities are included in each room, which also has a private bathroom with a selection of toiletries. Some rooms feature original wooden beams. Full English breakfasts, as well as lunch and evening meals, are served in the dining room. The Bridgehouse serves locally sourced produce on its British menu, as well as homemade chips. Cask ales are available in the traditional bar area. We have a 4 star rating from the South Staffordshire Food and Health Authority. Stafford town centre can be reached after a 10 minute drive and Wolverhampton is within 20 minutes’ drive of The Bridgehouse.


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Visit Lichfield Lichfield District is nestled in the bottom right-hand corner of Staffordshire, just a short drive from England’s second city Birmingham. With a bustling cosmopolitan city and stunning countryside, it is a fantastic destination for a day out, city break or short getaway. Today, culture is at the heart of the city with the Lichfield Garrick Theatre and Studio, The Lichfield Festival and Lichfield Arts taking centre stage. To really discover Lichfield District, why not stay longer? You can base yourself in one of Lichfield’s rural bed and breakfasts or city hotels, before venturing out to discover what Staffordshire has to offer. Places to stay Lichfield has a wide variety of places to stay in the city centre, its surrounding towns and picturesque villages. Choose from cosy farmhouse bed and breakfasts, country manor hotels, and stylish city centre retreats. Sumptuous hotels include The George Hotel, Swinfen Hall Hotel and Drayton Manor Park Hotel. Boutique bed and breakfasts in and around the city include Netherstowe House and the Stables at St John’s House. Points of interest Lichfield Cathedral is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Britain, and the burial place of St Chad, the Anglo-Saxon missionary. Both the St Chad Gospels and Lichfield Angel are on view in a stunning display in the cathedral’s Chapter House, which are enhanced by a small collection of original pieces and replicas from the world famous Staffordshire Hoard.

If you would rather be guided around by experts, there are plenty of guided tours to choose from throughout the year. To book your place or for a full list of tours, please call the Lichfield Tourist Information team on 01543 412112. Shopping, eating and drinking Lichfield is a wonderfully diverse place that it is also a thriving and cosmopolitan city brimming with quality restaurants, bars and café’s together with independent and unique shops. Lichfield’s medieval streets are lined with temptation where you can sample elegant splendour at many of the city’s quaint café’s and enjoy the original boutiques, antique shops, jewellers, booksellers, music shops, and delicatessens as well as high street favourites and much more. As night falls you will be spoilt for choice from country pubs, city centre bars, Thai, Italian, and fusion cuisine restaurants, to live music and quality theatre. Action and adventure Varied leisure activities and facilities ensure Lichfield is a fantastic place to enjoy the great outdoors. Surrounded by stunning countryside, enjoy tranquil walks against the backdrop of beautiful heathland, or calm strolls through the woodlands. If you enjoy wandering along towpaths and stopping off for a bite to eat, head to Barton Marina to soak up the atmosphere and delight in the unique boutiques and delis, or, stop off at Fradley Junction, which is home to a nature reserve.

The National Memorial Arboretum, on the edge of the National Forest, is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance featuring more than 100 memorials of national significance. A living and lasting memorial, the Arboretum is a unique haven of peace, contemplation and hope for the future.

If you love water, locks and canal-side pubs, why not discover the district from a boater’s viewpoint, and hire a narrow boat for a short break or holiday? And, to see working steam and diesel engines don’t miss Chasewater Railway - with festive and fun rides throughout the year for the whole family.

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, in Whittington, is packed full of stories and tales, weaponry and memorabilia dating back over 300 years, and a full scale reproduction World War I trench.

Visit Beacon Park for a leisurely walk, golf, children’s play area, crazy golf, tennis, basketball, bowls and more. Beacon Park is steeped in history and heritage, and information boards around the site give you a glimpse into the area’s rich historical past. Refreshments are available at the Lakeside Bistro and Chandlers Café.

History Travel back in time by exploring the home of Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin’s grandfather and leading doctor, inventor and scientist. Why not spend time enjoying the life and times of Dr Johnson at The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum close to Market Square? In the centre of the Market Square is St Mary’s Church, home to the Lichfield Heritage Centre, the perfect way to find out more about Lichfield’s rich and varied history. Walking tours Led by Minster Duck, children can enjoy a special children’s trail that guides youngsters through the city. By answering questions they will find out fun and interesting facts about Lichfield. For a gentle stroll through Lichfield’s quaint streets, glorious parkland and stunning architecture; visitors can follow The Heritage Trail. It has a clear map that guides explorers past a series of beautifully illustrated interpretation panels, packed full of historical facts and stories to help absorb the city’s sights and sounds. Both trails are on sale at Lichfield Tourist Information Centre in the Lichfield Garrick.

If you prefer the thrills and spills, experience some of the UK’s biggest, wettest and scariest rides and come face-to-face with the wonders of nature and conservation at Drayton Manor Theme Park & Zoo. A fantastic family day out not to be missed. Not to be missed… 2013 is set to be another exciting year in Lichfield as we look forward to the annual Proms in Beacon Park on Saturday 7th September, the Lichfield Heritage Weekend on 21th & 22nd September as well as the Christmas Festival on 14th & 15th December. For exclusive discounts on tourist attractions, accommodation and shopping, sign up for a free Special Offers card. Find out more at www.visitlichfield.co.uk/specialoffers For more information on attractions, accommodation, restaurants, shopping, events and much more, go to www.visitlichfield.co.uk

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w w w.vis i ts t af ford.org Whether a day visitor, stopping for the weekend, or en-route to other destinations, Stafford and the surrounding area has so much to discover. Stafford is the perfect destination in the heart of England with all the attributes you’d expect of a County town, history and heritage, parks and gardens, quality shops and a delicious variety of places to eat. Few towns in the UK could claim to be so centrally located, with such good road and rail access, combined with proximity to several major cities and a choice of airports. The area is served by M6 junctions 13 and 14, and is only 12 miles from the M6 Toll, and Stafford railway station is on the West Coast Main Line with excellent links to London, Birmingham, Manchester and Scotland. Wander through the ‘piazza-style’ square adjacent to the Guildhall Shopping Centre, browse through high street stores, designer outlets, markets and picturesque side streets full of character… break for lunch at one of the many restaurants, bars, coffee shops or riverside eateries.

new MET Studio. The annual Stafford Festival Shakespeare, at Stafford Castle, is the perfect setting to enjoy Shakespeare’s plays, with covered seating, a full bar and on-site restaurant.

displays and history exhibitions or buy a gift from the ground floor shop. There is an exciting range of events, activities and workshops that bring added colour and bustle to the house throughout the year. Admission is free (except for some events, workshops and guided tours). Stafford Castle’s impressive motte and bailey defensive system has dominated the local skyline for over 900 years. William the Conqueror first built the Castle as a fortress to subdue the local populace, today visitors can discover the dramatic history behind the Castle walls, take a circular walk along the woodland trail or visit the fragrant herb garden. The Visitor Centre, created to represent a Norman guardhouse, has an audio-visual display and museum exhibits. Have fun trying on reproduction period arms and armour, a hands-on experience for all the family, or buy a souvenir from the shop. There is an exciting range of events throughout the year, including the popular Classic Car Show, plus school and group tours, as well as occasional themed tours, talks and workshops. Admission is free (except for some events, workshops and guided tours).

Stafford is rich in history and heritage, with the magnificent Tudor Ancient High House on the main high street built in 1595, reputed to be the largest surrounding timber framed town house in England. Fully restored with superb period room settings reflecting its fascinating history, step inside and explore the Civil War Room where King Charles I and Prince Rupert stayed during their brief visit to the town; view the Stuart Bedroom with its magnificent four poster bed; admire the elegant splendour of the Wallpaper Room with its Georgian displays; visit Mr. Marson in his Edwardian Shop; and observe the grand comfort of the Victorian Room. Wander through the gallery spaces and enjoy art

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Explore the history, architecture and even ghosts of Stafford with the town trail or ghost tour, alternatively take the Stone town trail or churches trail. Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Information Centre or book a themed Stafford town tour for groups of 15 or more by phoning 01785 619 131. Nestled in the tiny hamlet of Shallowford, between Eccleshall and Stafford is the charming Izaak Walton Cottage, once home to the celebrated author of The Compleat Angler. With its tranquil environment in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it is the perfect place for you to enjoy a calm and relaxing afternoon, wander around fragrant herb garden and scented rose garden or enjoy a soothing a pot of tea from the tea room. The thatched timberframed 17th century cottage is decorated in period style and is home to a small angling museum. Throughout the opening period (May to August) staff are on hand to give an insight into both this unique property and the great man himself. Admission is free. Surrounded by thriving market towns, delightful villages and hamlets, Stafford gives you the best the region has to offer, with picturesque streets, traditional pubs and welcoming accommodation all waiting to be enjoyed. From luxurious hotels to cosy B&Bs, countryside self-

The various parks and open spaces, nature reserves and historic heathland of Cannock Chase, surrounding the County town offer a fantastic stomping ground for all lovers of the outdoors. Stafford town centre Victoria Park is a six-times winner of the prestigious Green Flag Award, with it’s beautiful riverside location, floral displays, lush bowling green, aviary filled with bright colourful birds and refreshment kiosk, it is the perfect spot to get out and enjoy the fresh air. The newly refurbished play facility with sand and water areas, wheeled skate bowl, 7 metre high space net, 5 metre high slide, trampoline and swings are great fun for children of all ages. A short walk from the high street, you can get active in the modern Stafford Leisure Centre complete with a main 25 metre pool and baby pool, sports hall, squash courts, fitness studios, main gym and the new interactive H-Zone children’s gym with dance mats and fun walls. For relaxation and pampering visit the leisure centre’s Bodytonic Beauty salon. There’s plenty to keep you entertained all year round with a calendar of festivals and events in and around Stafford that will appeal to all. The summer Stafford Festival brings the county town to life with live music, street theatre, party in the park and the open air Shakespeare production at Stafford Castle. Venues across the town centre play host to a range of artists, poets, authors, dancers and musicians for the annual Stafford Arts Festival in September and the festive season arrives with the magical Santa

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Parade and Christmas Lights Switch On in November. Full event details are available at www.visitstafford.org There is a lot to do and see in and around Stafford, with fun for all the family at Stafford Castle, Shugborough Estate and Amerton Farm. For sheer wide-eyed excitement visit Alton Towers, Drayton Manor Family Theme Park, Tamworth SnowDome or Waterworld – special Thrill Hopper tickets are available from the Stafford Visitor Information Centre. Other fascinating attractions include the Wedgwood Museum and Visitor Centre, National Memorial Arboretum and RAF Museum at Cosford. For more information on Stafford and the surrounding area go to www.visitstafford.org STAFFORD VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Stafford Gatehouse Theatre | Eastgate Street | Stafford | ST16 2LT TEL 01785 619 619 EMAIL: visitorinfo@staffordbc.gov.uk WEB: www.visitstafford.org FOLLOW ‘Visit Stafford’ on facebook and twitter

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For splashtastic fun for all the family visit the Alton Towers Waterpark and escape to an amazing Caribbean lagoon! Boasting hundreds of fantastic interactive water features, from crazy cannons to the sensational speed of the Master Blaster water rollercoaster! This Caribbean lagoon offers gallons of excitement for kids of all ages, including the wonderfully Wacky Leaks! Plenty of fun for the little ones! Or our relaxing Lazy River and Volcano Spring pool! With on-site food outlets including the Original Sandwich Co. and Ice Cream Parlour, enjoy a fantastic day out and book online at www.altontowers.com

Amber House Homemade bread & preserves accompany eggs from our own chickens, carefully selected local produce & fruits in season. We are happy to cater for special dietary preferences. Ensuite facilities feature selected natural products, with TV’s, Wi-Fi access, & hospitality trays in every room. Amber House is within walking distance of 3 village pubs, 2 restaurants, a fish & chip shop, local shops and very relaxing canal walks. We are ½ mile from the National Memorial Arboretum, 1 mile from Amtrain Training Centre, 2 miles from Fradley South Industrial Park, 5 miles from Lichfield and Burton-on-Trent and 7 miles from Tamworth. There is easy access to the A38 providing links to the Toll Road and all major midlands road networks. Birmingham and East Midlands airports are just 20 miles away. Regular bus and train services operate throughout the area.

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STOKE-ON-TRENT: MAKE IT HAPPEN As the ‘World Capital of Ceramics’, Stoke-on-Trent possesses more than enough history and heritage to entertain around four million visitors a year. Add to this a couple of the biggest, and newest, attractions in the United Kingdom, and it’s easy to see why a city which is affectionately known throughout the world simply as ‘The Potteries’ has become such a popular short-break, and group, destination. World-famous backstamps such as Wedgwood, Moorcroft, Spode, Aynsley and Portmeirion, along with world-class designers, are the obvious reasons why almost everyone in the world will have already heard of ‘(Made in) Stoke-on-Trent’. But even if the behind-the-scenes factory visits, and the opportunity to purchase some of the nation’s finest pottery and bone china remain a key reason for wanting to ‘make it’ to The Potteries in the first place, it is still worthwhile delving a little deeper to discover what else there is on offer. Because these days, Stoke-on-Trent can lay claim to a great deal more than just the fine china which has brought it such international acclaim...

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The history and heritage of the area, of course, is well preserved at numerous locations across the city - most notably of all, perhaps, at the awardwinning Gladstone Pottery Museum, the most complete Victorian pottery factory in the UK, boasting interactive exhibitions and a ‘Flushed with Pride’ tribute to toilets past, present and future! Elsewhere - in a Cultural Quarter which also boasts The Regent Theatre and The Victoria Hall The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is famous for housing the finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics in the world. These days, however, it is also ‘home’ to the Staffordshire Hoard - the largest ever ‘find’ of Anglo-Saxon gold treasure in the UK - valued by the British Museum at £3.285-million. And an all-new, free and familyfriendly exhibition called ‘Staffordshire Hoard: Dark Age Discovery’ will be on show at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, in Stoke-on-Trent, through to September 1st, 2013.

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rb supe s re t thea One of the most obvious reasons for Stoke-on-Trent’s present day popularity amongst families is its proximity to the UK’s No.1 visitor attraction, Alton Towers. Add to that the fact that one of the greatest outdoor playgrounds in Britain - The Peak District can be accessed less than 30 minutes drive from the city centre, and that The Trentham Estate is also located here, and it becomes quite apparent why Stoke-on-Trent is now such a popular choice amongst domestic holiday makers for a vacation, ‘staycation’, or ‘daycation’...! It also helps to explain why this particular corner of Stoke-on-Trent is now ‘home’ to around 140 Barbary Macaques, who are now happily welcoming visitors into their supervised enclosure of The Trentham Monkey Forest. Brought to Trentham from similar forests in France and Germany, which have been run by the de Turkheim family for the past 30 years, the monkeys are part of an endangered species, and are being cared for by a team of 50 workers and volunteers including qualified zoologists. Better still, kids (of all ages!) have the chance to get up-close-and-personal here with some of the most endearing animals on the planet. Drag yourself away from the monkeys, and you’ll be able to then explore the rest of Trentham’s woodland walks, award winning gardens, lake cruises, shopping village, barefoot walk, hide-andspeak maze, and brand new one-million-pound tea room. But the major reason for visiting Stoke-on-Trent are undoubtedly the potteries themselves. The only region of Britain named after its main industry, The Potteries’ very own shopping opportunity - dubbed ‘The China Experience’ these days features a remarkable array of factory shops, selling everything imaginable: from fine china dinner services, intricate figurines, table and cookware, to mugs, tiles, jugs and jewellery. Better still, all of the famous names are featured on the shopping list. Add to this all of the major high street stores you would expect to see in bustling city centre shopping malls, and the retail outlets at Trentham, and it is easy to understand why the City of Stoke-on-Trent has become one of the UK’s leading destinations for shoppers - and their flexible friends!

The £10-million Wedgwood Museum, which within months of its opening, three years ago walked off with the prestigious Art Fund prize as the Best Museum in Britain. Bringing the past to life in a highly stylised and modern way, it stands alongside the existing Wedgwood Visitor Centre, where visitors are able to see today’s master craftsmen at work, and - arguably best of all - to ‘have a go’ at throwing a pot themselves. Another, ‘hands-on’ opportunity for visitors to the city is available at both the homes of Royal Stafford and Emma Bridgewater Pottery. Best described as ‘DIY on a plate’, the Royal Stafford Ceramic Café and Emma Bridgwater Pottery Café both allow visitors to paint their own designs on cups, saucers and plates, and to therefore return home with an original souvenir from The Potteries. Elsewhere, some of the newer, smaller, and more contemporary manufacturers combine to give the current day visitor an entirely different reason for wanting to visit The Potteries. Emma Bridgewater, for example, has become a major household name in recent years, and the new free factory tours are already proving to be an incredibly popular draw. Other, highly desirable, ceramics can be found for sale at both Moorcroft, 100 years old in 2013, and Moorland Pottery, in Burslem (birthplace of local novelist Arnold Bennett) Look out, too, for the return of the British Ceramics Biennial in 2013, which will help to raise the city’s profile still further as a centre of contemporary design - where young and local producers are now producing ceramic objects on a par with anything else on offer around the globe. Copies of all tourism literature, listing accommodation, attractions, factory shops and museums in The Potteries, are available free of charge by contacting Stoke-on-Trent’s award winning Tourist Information Centre at Victoria Hall, Cultural Quarter, Stoke-on-Trent City Centre, ST1 3AD. Tel: 01782 236000 Email: stoke.tic@stoke.gov.uk For further details, log on to www.visitstoke.co.uk

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HISTORY AND HERITAGE

Formed in 1889, this landlocked county revolutionised industry by introducing canals and in turn opening up access to the River Trent and Mersey, providing vital transport links to all major UK cities. Stoke-on-Trent is the county’s most well-known city when it comes to talking about pottery. The city of Stoke-on-Trent is divided into six towns (Tunstall, Hanley, Stoke, Burslem, Longton and Fenton) which make up ‘The Potteries’. Covering over 1,000 square miles, Staffordshire consists of eight districts, each carrying their own history and heritage. The eight districts - excluding the county’s largest city, Stoke-on-Trent - are: Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Tamworth.

Stafford The fourth largest settlement in the county, the original settlement of Stafford was situated on an island in the middle of the marshes of the River Sow (one of the tributaries of the River Trent). Although there is still an area of marshland to the north-west of the town, Stafford has transformed from an island to a thriving city centre that hasn’t forgotten times gone by.

Cannock Chase A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the ‘Chase’ is a unique mixture of woodland, plantations and heathland, as well as areas revealing their earlier coal mining roots. The district consists of three towns - Cannock, Rugeley and Hednesford - all of which have ancient origins. Nowadays the district concentrates on conserving the unique heathland it is famed for, as efforts are constantly underway to reintroduce shrubs and preserve the remarkable landscape and wildlife.

Lichfield An area greatly affected by the Civil War, with Lichfield Cathedral being part destroyed in 1643, Lichfield became a royal and religious stronghold and a strategic location between north and south. Later the city became the quarters of some of the country’s greatest minds. Throughout the century, the city of Lichfield was known as the city of

philosophers and many well-known intellects wrote, learned and loved here.

Newcastle-under-Lyme This district’s name comes from a ‘new’ castle built there in the 12th century; the ‘lyme’ comes from the extensive lime forests that covered the area in the medieval period. In the amalgamation of the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle was left separate because despite its close proximity to the city and many of its pottery works, the town had no direct involvement with pottery. Early economy was based on silk and cotton milling and later, coal mining, brick manufacturing and iron casting.

East Staffordshire East Staffordshire is home to some of most breathtaking scenery, picturesque villages and bustling market communities, as well as the county’s brewing capital, Burton-uponTrent. Much of Burton’s growth is associated with its former Abbey, where monks found special qualities in the local well water. This water contained a high concentration of dissolved salts, which meant a greater proportion of hops could be preserved, allowing the beer to be shipped further. These days the town is home to five brewers – Coors Brewers Ltd, Marston’s plc, Burton Bridge Brewery, Tower Brewery and Cottage Brewery.

Staffordshire Moorlands Tranquil, charming and beautiful, the Staffordshire Moorlands is essentially the gateway to the Peak District. The three towns of the Moorlands – Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph – are all historic market towns dating back to Anglo Saxon times and still have great importance in terms of buying and selling goods with markets held there on a weekly basis.

South Staffordshire South Staffordshire is very much the agricultural region of the county, and has been since its Anglo-Saxon days. Not a lot is known about the early days of the county, but a recent discovery has helped historians answer some questions about these lost years. The Staffordshire Hoard is the biggest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, containing around 1,500 items. The hoard is said to be the most significant find in history and has fundamentally changed perceptions surrounding Anglo-Saxon England.

Tamworth The capital of the Mercia Kingdom, Tamworth was an important place for King Offa of Mercia, who built his palace here. However, despite being the capital of this Anglo-Saxon kingdom, Tamworth was still a considerably small market town throughout the ages, but a resilient one at that. Even after a disastrous fire in the 14th century and numerous plague outbreaks throughout the 16th and 17th century, Tamworth’s population recovered and thrived. Today, Tamworth is perfectly positioned for trade and industry at the meeting point of the River Tane and Anker.

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vities and events, fairs, productions, acti e the answer. Full of exciting hav We ? 2013 for e shir sure you e ford mak on in Staf visit the county this year, Want to know what is going whenever you’re planning to So t. men rtain ente ping grip place for shows, Staf fordshire is THE your diar y... into d cille pen ts even e have thes

Thursday 31st Jan Milton Jones Milton Jones brings his latest show to the Victoria Hall. Expect puns, pictures he’s drawn and surreal humour. Victoria Hall www.ambassadortickets.com

Wed 6th Feb Boogie Nights The West End’s original and favourite 70s musical is back on the road! This is the ultimate party show, with a story set to the incidental music of our lives! Victoria Hall www.ambassadortickets.com

JANUARY

Milton Jones Thursday 31st Jan

Fri 11th Jan The Victoria Hall Ghost Hunt Victoria Hall www.ppistoke.co.uk Sun 13th Jan Dolls House Fair Stafford County Showground www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk Fri 25th Jan Burns Night Celebration Celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s best loved bard with an evening that includes pipers, haggis and an authentic ceilidh band. Moor Hall Hotel www.moorhallhotel.co.uk Fri 25th – Sat 26th Jan Hello Kitty Weekend Step into the world of Hello Kitty at the Alton Towers Resort. Enjoy making new friends and have lots of fun with Hello Kitty Activities throughout this great weekend break. Alton Towers www.altontowers.com

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FEBRUARY Fri 1st Feb - Sat 2nd Feb Lichfield Winter Beer and Wine Festival Lichfield Guildhall www.lichfieldarts.org.uk

Sun 27th Jan British Mini Club Show Stafford County Showground www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk

Sat 2nd Feb Vegas Night Join Drayton manor and their team for a night filled of fine food, entertainment and glorious show girls. The night promises red carpet arrival, live entertainment, a casino lounge, dancing and a 4 course meal. Drayton Manor www.draytonmanor.co.uk

Wed 30th Jan The Circus of Horrors Stafford Gatehouse www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Sat 2nd Feb – Sun 3rd Feb Staffs Model Railway Show Stafford County Showground www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk

Fri 8th – Sat 9th Feb The Dance Getaway Alton Towers www.altontowers.com Sun 10th Feb Valentine Craft Event Beacon Park www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/parks Sat 16th Feb Sing-a-long Grease Tamworth Assembly Rooms www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk

MARCH

Tue 5th – Wed 6th Mar Moscow State Circus The Moscow State Circus brings its latest and most spectacular show to the UK with this sensational extravaganza Babushkin


Sekret. A mammoth cast of Russia’s greatest and most talented circus artistes transform the most famous circus in the world, combining contemporary and classical circus. Regent Theatre www.ambassadortickets.com Fri 11th – Sun 10th March Dancing with the Stars Weekend

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Thur 21st Mar Joe Brown Victoria Hall www.ambassadortickets.com Sun 31st Mar – Mon 1st Apr Steaming and open days Engines in steam on site, incorporates fun for all the family - including activities such as: operating a steam engine, handson model making, children’s Victorian dressing-up corner, miniature steam engine rides, woodwork and woodturning demonstrations and learning how metals are made from stone. Claymills Victorian Pumping Station www.claymils.org.uk

Sat 20th Apr La Traviata Based on the Dumas Play, La Dame aux Camerlia it tells of a beautiful courtesan who is dying of consumption. With its beautiful music and tragic story this is an opera that always has audiences diving for their tissues. Lichfield Garrick www.lichfieldgarrick.com La Traviata Sat 20th Apr

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Wed 3rd Apr Richard Herring Stafford Gatehouse www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk Fri 11th – Sun 10th Mar Dancing with the Stars Weekend Spend the weekend mixing and mingling with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, see them perform up close & personal, learn to dance with them, hear all about their Strictly Come Dancing experiences plus grab photograph’s of your favourites. Alton Towers www.altontowers.com Thur 14th – Sat 16th Mar 34th Burton CAMRA Beer Festival Burton Town Hall www.burtoncamra.org.uk

Mon 29th Apr - Sat 4th May Blood Brothers Wolverhampton Grand Theatre www.grandtheatre.info

Sat 16th Mar Betfred Midlands Grand National 2013 The biggest fixture of the Uttoxeter racing calendar, need we say more!?! Uttoxeter Racecourse www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk

Blood Brothers Mon 29th Apr- Sat 4th May

Sun 17th Mar Stafford Half Marathon Stafford Street www.staffordbc.gov.uk

Richard Herring Wed 3rd April

Sun 17th Mar School and Family Fun Run Stafford Market Square www.staffordbc.gov.uk

Sat 6th April National Terrier Club Championship Stafford County Showground www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk

Tue 19th – Sat 30th Mar Cats Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical, adapted from T.S Elliots Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, blends fantasy, drama and romance. This one will be a smash with all the family. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre www.grandtheatre.info

Mon 1st – Sat 6th Apr Derren Brown Regent Theatre www.ambassadortickets.com

Mon 6th May The Elephant Bridesmaid Wolverhampton Grand Theatre www.grandtheatre.info

Sat 13th & Sun 14th Apr Number One Events Antiques Fair Stafford County Showground www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk

Sun 12th May Wildlife and County Fair Stafford Castle www.staffordbc.gov.uk

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Come Into Play is a new indoor play centre with a difference with an aim to bring the outdoors indoors. The difference being that it is not the typical indoor soft play area but rather the opposite- the bespoke equipment is made from timber to reflect the play structures often found in our parks. With the unpredictable British weather, families can still feel like they are outdoors when they visit Come Into Play. The premises are well lit with big windows which let natural light in, reinforcing the feeling of being outdoors. To keep the children entertained there are timber towers to climb, a mega 4 lane slide to whizz down, tunnels to crawl through, rope bridges to navigate and a nest swing to chill out

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Bespoke timber structure designed to bring the outdoors indoors Climb timber towers Cross rope bridges Whizz down the mega 4 lane Astra slide Big fun in the ball blast area Get sporty on the sports court

on. If that isn’t enough there is ‘the gauntlet’ to race up, the ball gun arena for some shooting fun and a sports court to burn off any excess energy. There is a café that serves food where produce is locally sourced and freshly prepared on site. On offer are healthy dishes for children and adults alike from light bites (sandwiches, jacket potatoes and cakes) to more substantial meals (curries, burgers, pasta etc. and a separate children’s menu). It goes without saying that there is also a wide selection of hot and cold beverages on offer. On top of all that, Come Into Play is also a great venue for parties be it birthdays or group

gatherings (brownies, Christmas or just for fun). The excellent value for money 2 hour party package includes play and buffet food. The buffet is a hot and cold selection consisting of chicken and fish goujons, pizza fingers, sausage rolls, chips, sandwhiches (ham, cheese, jam, tuna, egg), crudités, fruit skewers, jelly, biscuits, crisps and unlimited squash. As an extra, there is a choice of adult party platters to choose from for adults coming along to parties. Why not pay us a visit to experience a unique indoor play experience but in the mean time you can find out more about us on our website: www.comeintoplay.co.uk , Facebook and Twitter.

• Just under 14,000 sq ft of exciting indoor play! • Crawl through tunnels • Chill out in the nest swing • Run ‘The Gauntlet’ • Bounce on the trampoline

A great venue for children’s birthday parties • 2 hour party package • A hot and cold buffet in private rooms

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• A cafe serving healthy freshly prepared food, hot and cold beverages and free Wi-Fi access, newspapers and magazines. Contact us for more information

T. 01785 286882 / E. info@comeintoplay.co.uk

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Play Wed 15th May Al Murray The legendary pub landlord is back with another hilarious live show, This monumental new live stand-up show from the multi-award-winning comedian, directly follows the nationwide success of the Guv's twice extended Barrel of Fun tour, and is sure to sell-out fast. Victoria Hall www.ambassadortickets.com Thur 16th May Damnbusters 70th Anniversary Royal Air Force Museum www.rafmuseum.org Sat 18th May Ladies Night featuring Cherry Darling Drayton Manor Hotel www.draytonmanor.co.uk

Sun 16th June Toy Fair Stafford County Showground www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk Thu 27th June – Sat 13th July A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Stafford Festival Shakespeare One of the Bards best known farcial comedies makes its way to Stafford castle. Featuring the festivals much loved combination of original music, celebration and unique setting, this magical comedy is set once again to be a highlight in Staffordshire’s cultural calendar. Stafford Castle www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Sun 4th Aug Classic Car Show Classic, vintage and collectors cars on display, with trophies awarded for best car in class. Stafford Castle www.staffordbc.gov.uk Mon 19th- Sat 31st Aug Evita Wolverhampton Grand Theatre www.grandtheatre.info Sat 17th – Sun 18th Aug V Festival Weston Park www.vfestival.com

Live at The Castle Sun 14th July

Mon 20th – Sat 25th May The Rocky Horror Show Now in its 40th incredible year, the sexiest show on stage is touring UK theatres with an all new party production. Be warned, this show has rude bits! Regent Theatre www.ambassadortickets.com Wed 29th – Thu 30th May The Staffordshire County Show Stafford County Showground www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk Fri 31st May – Sun 2nd June The Acoustic Festival of Great Britain The Acoustic Festival of Britain is a 3 Day music festival with camping and an eclectic programme of Unplugged and Acoustic music from the genres of Folk, Roots, Celtic, Blues, Pop, Rock, Ska, Burlesque and much more. Uttoxeter Racecourse www.acousticfestival.co.uk

JUNE

Sat 1st June The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Shugborough Estate www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk Sun 9th June Jethro Tamworth Assembly Rooms www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk

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Sun 9th June RAF Cosford Air Show Royal Air Force Museum www.rafmuseum.org

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Sun 14th July Live at The Castle Stafford Castle www.staffordbc.gov.uk

Fri 6th – 7th Sept Jason Manford Victoria Hall www.ambassadortickets.com

Sat 18th – Sun 19th July Lichfield Festival A summer celebration of classical music, dance, film, jazz, literature, poetry, visual arts and world music. Venues across Lichfield city centre. www.lichfieldfestival.org

Sun 8th Sept Lichfield 10K and family run Kings Hill Road www.lichfield-running-club.co.uk

Mon 22nd Jul – Fri 30th July Summer Holiday Activities Stafford Borough Council’s Leisure and Culture team host a wide range of activities, sports courses and events for children during the school holidays. www.staffordbc.gov.uk AUGUST

Sat 3rd Aug Drayton Dinner & Disco Drayton Manor Resort www.draytonmanorhospitality.co.uk

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The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Sat 1st June

Sat 7th – Sun 8th Sept Lichfield Food Festival Now a yearly treat in the town’s calendar, thousands flock every year to this event. Expect celebrity chefs, the best of local talent and an array of local merchants selling the best in local produce. Lichfield Garrick and across the city www.lichfieldfood.co.uk

Sat 26th Oct Drayton’s Murder Mystery Ball Drayton Manor Resort www.draytonmanorhospitality.co.uk

Sun 28th Sept Roy Orbison & Friends Stafford Gatehouse Theatre www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

OCTOBER

Fri 4th – 6th Oct Stone Food & Drink Festival Find the biggest gourmet food marquee ever, as well as countless cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, brewing opportunities, real ale, rides and some famous faces from the cooking world. Stone Town Centre www.stonefooddrink.org.uk Mon 21st- Friday 25th Oct October Half Term Children’s Activities Royal Air Force Museum www.rafmuseum.org

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Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd Nov Firework spectacular Now a yearly treat and like no other firework show you will have seen before. This display is incredibly grand and is all set to music complimented by a frantic laser show. Alton Towers www.altontowers.com Sun 10th Nov Remembrance Service Royal Air Force Museum www.rafmusuem.org

DECEMBER Fri 6th Dec Mayor’s Christmas Charity Ball www.staffordbc.gov.uk Sat 7th Dec Christmas at the Ancient High House Meet the Christmas characters, sing carols in the Victorian Room, learn about Christmas past, visit Santa in his grotto, and enjoy Tudor dancing. Spend a Yuletide penny at our traditional craft stalls and taste mince pies, mulled fruit punch and hot roasted chestnuts. Ancient High House www.staffordbc.gov.uk/heritage Sat 7th Dec- Sun Jan 2014 Sleeping Beauty Although details at time of writing are limited, Wolverhampton’s Grand theatre always pulls in a star-studded line=up and delivers some of the best traditional panto the area has to offer. ‘Jungle King’ Joe Pasquale stars this year. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre www.grandtheatre.info Sat 14th Dec – Sun 15th Dec Lichfield Christmas Festival Lichfield Market Square www.lichfield.gov.uk

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Play The 725-acre site has undergone a massive regeneration programme over the last eight years and at its heart is the award winning and lovingly restored Trentham Gardens. While the historic Italian Gardens are the jewel in the crown of The Trentham Estate and one of the most impressive and important garden projects in Europe – there’s plenty more to tempt keen gardeners as well as those who just enjoy beautiful outdoor spaces. The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain, to be called by Alan Titchmarsh – no less – as one of the “UK’s must-see gardens”. They have also won one of the most prestigious European gardening awards, for the “Restoration, Enhancement or Development of a Historic Park or Garden”.

TRENTHAM ESTATE For a great family day out, look no further than The Trentham Estate! With stunning gardens, amazing children’s adventure playground, the UK’s first Barefoot Walk, exhilarating treetop high rope adventure at Aerial Extreme, and the unique Monkey Forest, home to 140 endangered Barbary macaques, there’s plenty to tempt.

“Today the gardens are

just part of the story – and Trentham continues to offer a host of sights sounds and activities to keep the whole family happy.”

Add in Trentham Shopping Village - with shops, cafes and restaurants housed in timber lodges - plus a huge garden centre, and you’ll simply be spoilt for choice. Highly Commended in the VisitEngland Large Visitor Attraction Awards 2012, The Trentham Estate offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out. And new for 2013, you can now even see fairies at the bottom of the garden! A new Fairies at Trentham Trail offers a chance to discover beautiful fairy sculptures dotted around the lakeside woodlands at the bottom of the gardens, adding a little more magic to a lakeside walk.

As well as the historic Italian Gardens, there is also a great line-up of show gardens providing inspiration on a domestic scale, woodland walks, nature trails and bird hides, while the children’s play area - close to the striking Italian Gardens Tearoom – will keep both youngsters and grown-ups happy. Located in the greenest corner of Stoke-on-Trent, The Trentham Estate boasts a long and colourful history. The original Tudor house was rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry – the architect of our House of Commons - in the 19th century, at which time the waste of meadow lands were transformed into Italian gardens “with no rival outside of Italy”. Once the pleasure ground of royals and nobles (Benjamin Disraeli called it ‘Brentham’ in his novel Lothair, and the Shah of Persia was one of the countless guests to stay in the now-demolished Trentham Hall), it became a playground of the people in the early 20th century, during which time the name ‘Trentham Gardens’ became so famous.

The latest chapter in the estate’s history is now being written by St Modwen’s, who took over the dilapidated and overgrown site at the end of the 20th Century, to transform it into one of Europe’s leading 21st Century £100-million visitor destinations. Today the gardens are just part of the story – and Trentham continues to offer a host of sights sounds and activities to keep the whole family happy. Take a break from walking with a lake cruise on board the Miss Elizabeth passenger boat - an electrically-powered, ecologically friendly 42-seat catamaran - or sitaside the ‘Trentham Fern’ miniature railway along the side of the lake.

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And for a family experience with a difference, try Trentham Monkey Forest, an exciting walk amongst the free roaming Barbary macaques in this ancient Staffordshire woodland with no bars or cages to hinder your view. The three-quarter mile winding forest path takes you through the monkeys home and gives you an insight into how they live in their native Morocco or Algeria. Guides along the path offer information on the monkeys and what they are getting up to - and don’t miss the hourly feeding talks to see some more monkey antics! At the same time, the log cabin Shopping Village – comprised of a massive Garden & Lifestyle Centre and scores of individually run shops and outlet stores – means that visitors (and their flexible friends!) can also enjoy a distinctly different retail experience.

“ The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain, to be called by Alan Titchmarsh – no less – as one of the “UK’s must-see gardens””

Add to that Britain’s only Barefoot experience, restaurants, bars and cafes, and you’re getting close to understanding why somewhere in the region of 3 million-plus visitors now head for The Trentham Estate every year. It has even been able to establish itself as one of Stoke-on-Trent’s leading events venues with an everchanging line-up of entertainment. For full details, visit http://www.trentham.co.uk/

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IF YOU’RE looking for a high-octane fix of motorsport in 2013, then look no further than the high-speed quarter mile oval of Hednesford Hills Raceway. The 50-year old venue has something for everyone during the upcoming season, from the crunch and crash of Banger racing to the high speed howl of Hot Rods and the clang and clatter of metal bumpers in the Stock Cars, and plenty of other events in between. This year promises to be one of the busiest in the long and proud history of the Raceway, with meetings from March right through to November across a huge variety of different racing classes. The highlights will include the 50th annual National Championship weekend for Hot Rods at the start of August, the 2 Litre Banger World Championship in May with over 50 cars on track in a single race, and the Veterans meeting at the end of June with many stars of the past set to compete. Bank Holiday Mondays always feature something different and this year is no exception, with Van Banger racing, a Caravan Demolition Derby and hilarious Reliant Robin racing among other family attractions. The famous Hednesford Figure of Eight course is also brought back to life for additional thrills for the top Banger stars. The circuit was built in the 1950s utilising the site of a former reservoir. The track is a full quarter mile length oval, with banked turns and a tarmac track surface surrounded by an armco safety fence. With the track built at the base of the reservoir, it has the advantage of being at the bottom of a large “bowl” and means that viewing is superb all around the track from its grass banks and two covered grandstands, and there are excellent facilities to ensure a great day out for all the family. The track is situated high on Cannock Chase just one mile from Hednesford town centre and is easily accessible from the M6, M6 Toll and A5. Whether you are a dedicated ‘petrol head’ or just looking for a family day out, you are guaranteed fantastic entertainment, just choose your meeting and come and see the finest motorsport in the UK.

For more details, up to date news and fixtures, visit the website of promoters Incarace at www.incarace.co.uk or call 0121-357 7328.

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Dirty Dancing

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When: Sunday 17 Feb 2013 Wh er e : Clonter Oper a Price: £16

When:Tue 12 Mar– Sat 30 Mar 2013 Where: The Regent Theatre Price: from £10.00

When: Tue 19 Mar 2013 Where: Victoria Hall Price: from £26.00

The Cheshire opera house is delighted to welcome back the Demon Barbers with their new show, which has already received rave reviews across the country. This enthralling combination of some of the UK’s oldest forms of dance collides with some of the youngest in a fusion of new folk and hip-hop. The Lock In promises to do for folk dancing, what River Dance did for Irish dance and Diversity did for street dance, bringing less known dance slap bang into the mainstream.

Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Get your tickets ASAP because this unforgettable evening of theatre is bound to be popular.

Making one of his regular stops at The Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, Jimmy Carr presents his brand new show Gagging Order. The show will be packed with one-liners, stories and jokes, Some clever, some rude and a few so close to the mark they verge on unacceptable. Jimmy has sold over a million DVDs and has hosted countless TV shows but live comedy is what he does best, so go see him for yourself.

The Mousetrap When:Mon 18 Feb – Sat Feb 23 2013 Where: Regent Theatre Price: from £12.50 A true theatre classic and world famous as being the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre, having clocked up almost 25,000 performances. The Mousetrap is embarking on its first ever UK tour to celebrate its 60 incredible years on stage.

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

More Shows for 2013…. Wed 30th Jan - Circus of Horrors. Stafford Gatehouse Wed 6th Feb - Boogie Nights. Victoria Hall 28th Feb- Sat 2nd Mar - The Blue Brothers….Approved. Regent Theatre Sat 2nd Mar - Russell Kane, Stafford Gatehouse Tue 19th Mar – Sat 30th March - Losing the Plot. New Vic Theatre Wed 3 Apr – Sat 13 Apr - The Importance of Being Earnest, New Vic Theatre Wednesday 3rd April - Richard Herring. Stafford Gatehouse Tues 9th Apr – Sun 14th Apr - The Russian Ice Stars Cinderella on Ice. Lichfield Garrick Fri 19th Apr – Sat 11th May - Around the World in Eighty Days. New Vic Theatre Wed 24th Apr – Thur 25th April - That’ll Be The Day, Stafford Gatehouse 2nd May - Rent 20th Anniversary Concert. Regent Theatre Mon 20th May – Sat 25th May - The Rocky Horror Show. Regent Theatre Wed 29th May - Billy Ocean. Lichfield Garrick Wed 19th June - The Lady Boys of Bangkok. Lichfield Garrick

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EXPERIENCE A LITTLE STAFFORDSHIRE CULTURE Staffordshire is a region that allows residents and visitors alike to truly delve into its deep rooted history and heritage. Visit our range of museums, galleries and estates for a taste of the county’s past and learn about the trading towns and lives of our ancestors. Stafford is renowned internationally for its pottery heritage and its Anglo Saxon roots, so get stuck into the majestic past of this county and experience a little of Staffordshire’s vibrant and varied culture. The county’s most iconic symbols are the bottle kilns and pottery factories which showcase hundreds of years in the ceramic industry. Although the production in the factories has long since ceased in business, the legends and the stories live on through the many museums….. THE WEDGWOOD MUSEUM

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The Wedgwood Museum is home to one of the most interesting ceramic collections in the world. However, the museum doesn’t just include a fantastic array

of ceramics, it also features a huge range of manuscripts, documentation, correspondence, factory equipment, trials and original models as well as fine art. The Museum’s on site galleries tell the story of Josiah Wedgwood, his family, and the company he founded two and a half centuries ago, while the manuscript collection offers resources on a wide range of topics far beyond the world of ceramics. The sheer breadth of the collection means that there is something for everyone from students and families to collectors and local historians. If you are looking to visit the Museum as a family, specially created guide packs are available at reception, containing a number of fun projects for youngsters to complete on their way to the galleries. The Museum is also more than happy to facilitate visits from groups of any size, however do ask that you call and confirm prior to visiting as a courtesy. Furthermore, the Wedgwood Museum has been designed to be fully family friendly offering a

number of workshops for young and old throughout the year, although it’s worth ringing ahead to see if any events are on if this appeals to you. The museum is conveniently located just 10 minutes off junction 15 of the M6 in Barlaston, Staffordshire. Its opening hours are 10.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

the world’s finest bone china. Stoke-on-Trent is world famous for its pottery and no visit to the city would be complete without experiencing this unique Museum.

Admission into the Wedgwood Museum and Wedgwood Visitor Centre is priced from £8 for a child aged 5-16 years and £10 for adults (£8 for concessions including over 60s and students). Entry is free for children under five and family tickets are available priced at £32 for two adults and up to four children or £23 for one adult and up to four children. Those purchasing a family ticket also receive a free Family Guide Pack.

As well as the opportunity to explore the factory the site also offers a gift shop and tea room which are both open seven days a week to museum visitors as well as the general public. Sandwiches and afternoon teas are served In the tea room with views overlooking Gladstone’s famous cobbled courtyard.

For more information visit www.wedgwoodmusuem.org.uk GLADSTONE POTTERY MUSEUM Gladstone is the only Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal-burning ovens made

Discover how bone china tableware was made in the original workshops and giant bottle kilns of the former Gladstone China Works, now preserved as the last complete Victorian Pottery in the country.

The Museum is open every day from 10.00am – 4.00pm and entry is £7.25 for adults, £5 for children and concessions are £5. Family tickets are £21 and include two adults plus two children.


MUSUEM OF CANNOCK CHASE The Museum of Cannock Chase site was once home to the Valley Colliery, the training pit for thousands of young men beginning their working lives in the local coal industry. The pit has since gone and in its place are over 30 acres of green space on the edge of Cannock Chase. Today the hills form one of the last remaining areas of heathland in Britain. The museum is situated in the former colliery corn store, where the food for the pit ponies was once kept. From Exploring the Chase’s military past to discovering how we used to spend our leisure time; the local history gallery, onsite, shows the many aspects of Cannock Chase’s rich heritage. One highlight for many visitors whatever their age is the 1940’s room, a brilliant exhibtion that shows how a house might have looked at the end of the Second World War. Many of the items on display are from the local area, including the enamelled range originally from a house in Chadsmoor, Staffordshire. As well as the 1940’s room, the museum features a coal mining gallery allowing you to discover more about local coal mining, as Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley were once home to many mines, none of which exist today. The gallery features objects, photographs, models and short films associated with coal mining. You can even put on a miner’s helmet and enter the coal face to find out what life was like underground. You can also discover the history of toys and games in this a gallery devoted to the popular past time. Find out when popular and games were invented, some of these are older than you might think. As well as all of this, if it wasn’t enough, temporary exhibitions run throughout the year, including local art exhibitions, touring shows and historical displays. In addition, the on-site coffee shop also showcases a changing programme This fantastic museum is open all year round, except for two weeks at Christmas and New Year. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Admission to the museum is free all year round. Stafford Castle Stafford Castle is one of the county’s most inspiring and remarkable heritage sites and dates from the period following the Norman Conquest in 1066. As such Stafford Castle has dominated the local skyline for over 900 years. Whilst once a derelict site, recent restoration work and a programme of archaeological investigation Stafford Castle is considered one of the best surviving examples of Norman earthworks in the country. Visitors can follow an informative trail of interpretation panels to discover the castle’s history. Today, the stunning remains of the castle, together with the surrounding grounds give visitors a fascinating insight to the 900 years of this important heritage site. The site is the host of the hugely popular annual Stafford festival Shakespeare event that sees thousands of people flock to the site yearly for a fantastic open-air performance. Stafford Castle is open from April through to October, Wednesday to Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays, 11:00am- 4:00pm

and from November through to March, Saturday and Sunday only 11:00am to 4:00pm. Admission is free except for pre-advertised pay events.

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Ford Green Hall Ford Green Hall is a 17th century timberframed farmhouse complete with period garden. An award-winning museum, the hall offers visitors a fascinating insight into the life of the 17th century. The rooms are beautifully furnished with an outstanding collection of textiles, ceramics and furniture. The museum previously ran by Stoke-on-Trent City Council is now a charitable organisation, and the opening hours are Sunday- Thursday 1pm-5pm, and admission is £6.50 for a family ticket (based on two adults and two children)or £3 for adults, and £2 for concessions. The hall also offers a shop and team which are open to non-museum visitors. THE ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSUEM The Royal Air Force Musuem Cosford in Shifnal, Shropshire houses one of the largest aviation collections in the UK. Over 70 historic aircraft are displayed in three wartime hangars and within the National Cold War exhibition. This incredible landmark building contains 18 aircraft, military transport, memorabilia, missiles and interactive kiosks and hotspots of information. The exhibition reflects the social, cultural and political history of the Cold War era, in a fun, innovative and educational way. A major feature of this unique and remarkable exhibition is the site of Britain’s three postwar V-Bombers the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant. The museum also hosts a number of aircraft in suspended flight including a Dakota, Meteor, Canberra, Lightening and Javelin. RAF Museum Cosford is a fun-filled day out that everyone will enjoy whatever the weather. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by its educational facility, fun ‘n’ flight. Packed with hands on thrills, it’s the easy way to answer all those questions we all have about how plans stay up in the air. The advanced flight simulator is also a great way to get an instant flying experience – soar into the sky with the Red Arrows or ride in a Eurofighter, the most advanced aircraft ever built. The museum also boasts the inclusion of an exciting new 4D cinema experience, located in the test flight hangar. Visitors can experience 3D animated visuals with an added dimension of dynamic seat movements, water spray, leg ticklers and smoke effects in a purpose built theatre. Tickets for this unique experience can be purchased on arrival in the visitor centre, at the Museum gift shop or at the site the 4D experience is based. The Visitor Centre is home to Refuel Restaurant serving hot and cold meals and snacks. The Checkpoint Charlie Café serving light snacks and drinks and the well-stocked Museum shop are both located within The National Cold War Exhibition. Throughout the year there is a wide range of exciting events taking place at the Museum. For further information on forthcoming events taking place in 2013, contact the Museum on 01902 376200 or visit www.rafmuseum.org. The Museum is open daily from 10.00am – 6.00pm. Entry to the Museum is FREE.

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Vb Graded 2-8 berth quality narrowboats for hire. Choice of excellent routes. E.g. Four Countries Ring, Cauldon, Cheshire Ring. Beginners and experienced crews welcome. Please ring for a brochure or visit the above website. Weekly or short breaks available. Crown Street, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8QN Tel: 01785 813982 Fax: 01785 819041 fuel inclusive prices

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The Coffee Shop serves a selection of home-baked scones and mouthwatering cakes. The Gatehouse Bar opens at 6pm on show nights serving a range of beers, wines and spirits.

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre offers an outstanding selection of function rooms, ranging from large theatre formats to more intimate spaces for conferences and special occasions.

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A wide variety of touring productions are on offer throughout the year – including comedy, drama, music and dance – in the all-new 563 seat main auditorium and 110 seat MET Studio.

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Silk Museums Home to the UK’s premier silk attraction, Macclesfield Silk Museum tells the story of silk from cocoon to catwalk. 26 early jacquard handlooms at our working museum in Paradise Mill (guided tours available)

Extensive pattern book collection, library and archive, Costume, textile and machinery displays, Hands on interactives and video shows, Temporary exhibitions, Tea Room and restaurant, Well-stocked gift shops Please contact us to arrange your group visit: T: 01625 613210 E: bookings@silkmacclesfield.org.uk W: silkmacclesfield.org.uk Open: 1st April to 31st October Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm 1st November to 31st March Monday – Saturday 10am – 3pm The Silk Museum and Paradise Mill, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6PT

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Churnet Valley Railway, Near Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands Telephone 01538 750755 Kingsley & Froghall Station ST10 2HA Cheddleton Station ST13 7EE enquiries@churnet-valley-railway.co.uk www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

The Abbey Inn The Abbey Inn is a spacious 18th century inn with rural charm and character and is the top destination for that special occasion. · Ideal for weddings, birthday parties and group bookings. · Childrens adventure playground · Walkers and dogs welcome in the snug · Caravan & Camping Club and Caravan Club members get 5% off on production of membership card. · Ample parking OPEN ALL DAY WEDS TO SUN • FOOD SERVED 12 NOON - 9PM

Join Jones the Boats for a trip across the PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT aboard the narrowboat Eirlys. Enjoy a relaxing journey across this UNESCO World Heritage structure. Public trips run daily from Easter to October at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm. There’s tea, coffee and a bar on board. A live commentary brings history to life. Longer trips are available for groups of 20+ and meals can be booked in advance. Our restaurant boat “Tommy” can accommodate up to 20 guests. There will be a varied menu and a selection of destinations. Sunday lunches are very popular. Booking is essential. A table for two is waiting for you…

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Donington Sunday Market One of the biggest markets in the Midlands You wake up on a Sunday and wonder what to do...come over to Donington Sunday market where there is something for everyone! Browse a huge variety of stalls including fashion, electronics, meat and grocery, flowers,  homeware, mobile phones & accessories, toys, and a host of other gifts for all occasions providing a great day out for all the family. It is adjacent to the World famous Donington Park Motor Racing Circuit which is home to the Grand Prix Collection – the largest collection of single seater racing cars on view to the general public On April 2012 the Platt Group, a company with specialist ‘Market’ knowledge took over and has some exciting plans for the market in 2013.

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Staffordshire is synonymous with the infamous oatcake, not to be confused with the Scottish oatcake of a similar name (which is rich and crumbly in texture- like a biscuit), the Staffordshire oatcake takes on more of a pancake style than a biscuit with the fillings being wrapped like you would a tortilla or fajita. This delight can be eaten as a sweet or savory treat, but is most commonly enjoyed at breakfast with melted cheese accompanied with a whole array of other ‘brekkie’ items of your choice, such as bacon, sausage, mushrooms etc. Staffordshire Oatcakes are simply put, the original potteries fast food, whoever you speak to will have a different idea on the best fillings or the best recipe to make the perfect oatcakes. Although the history behind the beloved snack is less known, it is thought that they date back to the 18th century when farmers grew oats rather than wheat and their wives used to make them oat mixes and cook them on a bake stone for the family or farm workers. More recently, into the 20th century it became common for successful bakers to open up their own shops from their front rooms (commonly referred to as ‘holes in the wall’), using their sash windows as a selling hatchet and cooking the produce in brick rooms in their yards.

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As well as having its own culinary phenomenon in the oatcake, Staffordshire is lucky enough to have a very successful brewery to its name as well. From its humble beginnings Titanic Brewery has grown beyond all expectations and is without a doubt Staffordshire’s premiere craft brewer. The Brewery established in 1985 was founded in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent with a simple goal to produce great beer. Owned by Brothers Dave and Keith Bott who have overseen the steady rise in production, the brewery now produces 2.3 million pints of fine ale every year. In nearby Eutruria, Captain Edward John Smith was born. He would go on to command the world’s most famous liner- The Titanic, which is where the brewery derives its name from.

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If ale isn’t your thing and you are looking to sample something more refined, why not consider a tea break? With plenty of tea rooms and hotels offering the complete afternoon tea experience, you should never be far from a quality cup of tea, or coffee. Our towns are brimming full of cute little coffee shops and wonderful tea rooms from major well known recognizable brands to quirky independent cafes. You will find that many venues in the area have cottoned onto the traditional and blossoming afternoon tea market, if this is your thing, the sheer variety on offer means you will definitely find something to suit your budget. We think this tradition is best enjoyed on a lazy afternoon with a good group of friends and a decent glass of champagne to start, a bonus often offered at the more luxury high-tea-experiences available. Traditionally, afternoon-tea was a ladies leisurely activity taken around 3pm, whereas things are not as strict now, as everyone who’s anyone can find themselves sipping from china cups and nibbling on scrumptious cakes in the afternoon. When it comes to talking about dining options in our county, we are pleased to say Staffordshire can cater for everyone’s palate, whether it’s a good hearty pub meal you desire, something a bit more multicultural or the option of fine dining. Italian, Indian and Chinese are by far the most popular of continental restaurant choices with constant trade throughout the week, offering a range of diverse menus and various approaches to the cultures. If you are after a truly authentic Italian restaurant complete with check tablecloths and a pizza oven, or fancy a modern take on Indian cuisine in decadent surroundings coupled with a rich and satisfying menu- Staffordshire can cater! If you are looking to indulge in a spot of fine dining, are looking to celebrate a certain occasion or simply want to treat yourself then Staffordshire offers some stunning fine dining restaurants throughout the whole of the county as well. Whether in one of our quaint little towns, out in the beautiful countryside or even in a manor house or hotel, there are a variety of options for you to choose from.

As for pub food, we challenge you to find better…. THINK LOCAL, EAT LOCAL So you have decided you want to find the very best of Staffordshire’s local produce? All over the region in farm shops, markets, food festivals and increasingly now on supermarket shelves you can find the county’s fantastic produce. Alternatively pop down to one of the county’s many farmer’s markets where you will find stalls overflowing with regional delights, the chance to talk with the producers and maybe even sample before you buy. Week 1 Lichfield 1st Thursday in the month 9am – 3pm, Market Square Stone 1st Saturday in the month 9.30am – 4pm, Market Square Week 2 Stafford 2nd Saturday in the month 9am – 4pm, Market Square Tamworth 2nd Tuesday or Thursday in the month 9am – 2pm, Saint Editha’s Square Cheadle 2nd Sunday in the month 10am – 2pm, High Street, Cheadle Week 3 Cannock 3rd Friday in the month 9am- 3pm, The Market Place Leek 3rd Saturday and 3rd Wednesday in the month 9am – 4pm, Market Square Newcastle-Under-Lyme 3rd Friday in the month 9am – 3pm, On ‘The Stones’ (outdoor market area) Penkridge 3rd Saturday in the month 9am – 4pm, Penkridge Market Week 4 Eccleshall Last Saturday in the month 9am – 1pm, ‘Under the arches’, High Street. Burton Upon Trent Last Friday in the month 8.30am – 3pm, Market Place


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2012 Good Food Awards Winners The Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards recognizes quality, excellence and the use of local produce in the county’s food and drink industry, as well as many of Staffordshire’s restaurants, tea-rooms, brasseries, banqueting caterers, local food retails and local food producers, who all hope they are going to be crowned the winner of their category. More than 250 guests attended the gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Best Western Moat House, Stoke-on-Trent, back in October 2012, compered by regional broadcast journalist Janine Machin.

2012 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Award winners: Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year 1st Swinfen Hall Hotel, Lichfield 2nd The Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell, near Stafford 3rd The Three Horseshoes Inn, Blackshaw Moor, near Leek Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Churchill China 1st Netherstowe House, Lichfield 2nd Sanjeev’s, Stoke-on-Trent 3rd Delhi 6 Restaurant, Little Aston, near Lichfield Brasserie/Contemporary Pub/Bar of the Year 1st The Wayfarer, Stone 2nd The Swan Hotel, Stafford 3rd The Shropshire Inn, Haughton, near Stafford

Traditional Pub/Inn of the Year 1st The Middle Bell, Barton under Needwood 2nd The Red Lion, Bradley, near Stafford 3rd The Waterfront, Barton Marina, Barton under Needwood Tea Room/Coffee Shop of the Year 1st Springslade Lodge, Cannock Chase 2nd Denstone Hall Farm Tea Room, Denstone, Uttoxeter 3rd Packington Moor Farm Café, near Lichfield Banqueting Award 1st Weston Park, Westonunder-Lizard 2nd Galloping Gourmet Packington Moor, Lichfield 3rd The Ashes (Jenkinsons Caterers), Endon, Stoke-on-Trent Local Food/Drink Producer of the Year - Grower 1st Denstone Hall Farm Shop, Denstone, Uttoxeter 2nd Buzzard Valley Wines, Tamworth 3rd Packington Free Range (Pork and Poultry), Barton under Needwood Local Food/Drink Producer of the Year - Manufacturer 1st Bertelin Farmhouse Cheese, Eccleshall 2nd Lymestone Brewery, Stone 3rd Marston’s Brewery, Burton upon Trent Local Food/Drink Retailer of the Year – Farm Shop 1st Packington Moor Farm Shop, Lichfield 2nd Denstone Hall Farm Shop, Denstone, Uttoxeter 3rd Canalside Farm, Great Haywood, Stafford Local Food/Drink Retailer of the Year – Other Retailer 1st Brown and Green, Trentham Shopping Village 2nd Peter Coates Alrewas Ltd, Alrewas, Burton upon Trent 3rd The Butcher, The Baker and The Ice Cream Maker, Barton under Needwood

Best Breakfast Award 1st Colton House, near Rugeley 2nd The Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell, near Stafford 3rd The Swan Hotel, Stafford Visitor Attraction of the Year 1st Wedgwood Visitor Centre, Barlaston 2nd Ladywalk Tea Room, Shugborough Estate, near Stafford 3rd Denstone Art Gallery and Tea Room, Denstone, Uttoxeter NFU Award: Local Food Champion 2012 1st Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell, Stafford. 2nd Galloping Gourmet Packington Moor, Lichfield 3rd Sandon Hall - (Jenkinsons Caterers), Sandon, Stafford Service Science Personal Award for Outstanding Service Marc Hodgson – Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent Taste of Staffordshire Young Chef of Tomorrow 2012 Ruby Rainey – The Terrace Restaurant, Keele University Taste of Staffordshire Master Chef 2012 Matthew Warburton – Rouge Recruitment Special Award – British Heritage Pub The Roebuck, Leek – an award to honour an establishment that embodies all that is best about the simple British pub. More information about the award winners and joining the accreditation scheme can be found at http://www. enjoystaffordshire.com/ taste-of-staffordshire/

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The beautiful countryside of Staffordshire and its surrounding counties continually attracts people from near and far, as the county offers so much for lovers of the outdoors. From luxury stately homes with picture perfect landscaped gardens to far stretching lakes and long and winding canals, all set across a series of areas outstanding natural beauty and nature reserves. Whether you are an avid animal lover or just enjoy frollicking in wonderful countryside there is bound to be something you will love in our beautiful Staffordshire countryside. Come with us….

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THE WOLSELEY CENTRE Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s award-winning visitor centre, the Wolseley Centre, is set in 26 acres of beautiful wildlife-friendly grounds, containing three lakes, tranquil woodland and a river. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful stroll on one of the easily accessible walks, which weave around the picturesque grounds taking in a variety of wildlife habitats – including a boardwalk through a lush wetland area. Walkers can watch birds feeding and dragonflies swooping over the pond in the wildlife and sensory gardens, and drop into the visitor centre for a drink and a snack. There is also a shop selling nature-inspired gifts, plus an interpretation room, conference facilities and an education venue. The centre is an ideal day out for families. The play trail includes 10 imaginative play features that encourage children to climb, jump, splash and make music. There is also a picnic area and lots of space for children to play in. Admission to The Wolseley Centre and grounds is free, and there is ample car parking. It is located on the A51 between Stafford and Rugeley, next to the Wolseley Bridge Garden Centre. The Wolseley Centre is open from 9am – 5pm on Monday – Friday, and 11am – 4pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. For more info, call the centre on 01889 880100, visit www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk or email info@staffs-wildlife. org.uk

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The Dorothy Clive Garden was created in 1940 by the late colonel Harry for the enjoyment of his wife Dorothy who was battling parkinson’s disease at the time. The garden is delightfully woven into the magnificent tapestry of the

Shropshire and Staffordshire borders and has fine views over the surrounding countryside. The garden became the focus of the Colonel’s life and in 1958 he set up the Willoughbridge Garden Trust’ to preserve Dorothy’s memory and promote the garden as a place of rest and recreation for the public. During the open season, a selection of delicious homemade scones, light lunches and a selection of delicious cakes are available in the garden tearooms. A range of plants and gifts are also available for purchase onsite. The garden is open every weekend throughout February and March 2013 and then opens seven days a week from April 1st to 30th September 2013.

THE WESTPORT LAKE VISITOR CENTRE Westport Lake is well known for its water birds and is very popular with walkers and anglers. The site was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 2004 and is an important overwintering site for many water birds, with more unusual birds often stopping off at the lake during migration. For families, there is also a popular play area. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s eco-friendly visitor centre offers stunning views over the lake from its cafe, which sells hot and cold food and drinks. The centre also features displays about the building and its surrounding environment, and visitors can stock up on bird food and nature-inspired gifts while there. The centre also houses conference facilities and an education room, which is used by local schools and groups who want to learn about the environment with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s education team. Admission to the Westport Lake Visitor Centre is free, and there is ample parking. It is situated off Westport Lake Road, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent. The centre is open from 10am – 4pm seven days a week. For more info, call the centre on 01782 454193, visit www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk or email info@staffs-wildlife.org.uk


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COTTON DELL If you fancy a tranquil treat of true natural beauty, a visit to Cotton Dell, one of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves. It is a 160 acre reserve with ancient woodlands and flower rich grassland, located within a secluded river valley. The beautiful Cotton Brook flows through the heart of Cotton Dell, fringed by delicate woodland wildflowers. Wildlife to look out for includes birds such as woodpeckers, a variety of native trees including hazel, oak, and bird cherry, and a variety of fungus in Autumn. The woodland at Cotton Dell is located on an ancient woodland site, meaning the area has been continuously wooded for over 400 years. However, the previous management of the site resulted in most of the oldest trees being removed. Whilst this is a shame, as you go around you will see a variety of contrasting habitats, including spring carpets of wildflowers and a wide range of conifers. This site is also ideal for those who enjoy the splendour of a chorus of birdsong.

RODE HALL At Rode Hall you’ll find a stunning red-brick mansion and a garden designed by the much-applauded Humprhy Repton, with a huge lake, mature trees and parkland. It’s a true credit to the classical style, complemented perfectly by later additions from William Nesfield, including a terraced rock garden, a grotto and an achingly pretty two-acre walled kitchen garden by the big house. The site is internationally renowned for its head gardener’s world record giant gooseberries, which always prove to be a highlight of any persons visit .

Ash End House Children’s Farm

Kingsley Bird Falcony Centre

Amerton Farm

RSPB Coombes Valley

British Wildlife Rescue Centre

Trentham Monkey Forest

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www.britishwildliferescue.co.uk Tel: 01889 271 308

www.kingsleyfalconry.co.uk Tel: 01538 754 784 www.rspb.org.uk Tel: 01538 384 017

www.trentham-monkey-forest.com Tel: 01782 659 845

Blackbrook Zoological Park www.blackbrookzoo.co.uk Tel: 01538 308 293

Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk 01889 880 100

Drayton Manor Park Zoo

www.draytonmanor.co.uk/zoo Tel: 0844 472 1950

Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre

www.gentleshawildlife.co.uk Tel: 01785 850 379

The gardens are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Bank Holidays from 1st April to 30th September12.00pm- 5.00pm. The House is open on Wednesday and Bank Holidays only. Access to the houses and gardens is £6, senior citizens are £5, whilst garden access is £4 for adults and £3 for senior citizens. Children over 4 are £1. For more information, visit: www.rodehall.co.uk or contact 01270 873237/882961.

NATURE RESERVES IN STAFFORDSHIRE Staffordshire Wildlife Trust looks after 25 reserves around the county, from peaceful woodland to flower-rich grasslands and lush wetlands. For more information on your nearest Trust nature reserve, visit http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/page/reserves. By becoming a member of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust you’ll be donating towards the cost of looking after nature reserves, as well as funding local conservation projects and helping children learn about the environment. To join the trust, call 01889 880100 or visit www.staffs-wildlife. org.uk/page/membership.

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Pasta Di Piazza La Favourita “Live to eat, not eat to live”

Welcome to Staffordshire’s premier Italian restaurants, situated in the heart of the Country. We aim to bring you traditional Italian home cooking and a relaxing atmosphere. Choose from our extensive menu and specially selected wine list. We are open during lunch and evening dining.

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Tamworth has something for absolutely everyone

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Tamworth has a unique place in the historical landscape of the UK as the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mercia. Today it offers visitors the opportunity to discover this rich past, as well as enjoy the attractions of a thriving and busy town set in southern Staffordshire. From day visits to longer stays, the town offers a rich and vibrant experience with a superb choice of historical sites as well as attractions such as Drayton Manor Family Theme Park, Twycross Zoo, the PGA Golf HQ at The Belfry and the unique real snow experience at the SnowDome, to name but a few. With easy access by air, rail and road, Tamworth is a great centre from which to explore the tourism heartland of the UK, including Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Lichfield, Warwick and the Peak District. Tamworth was the Ancient Capital of Mercia, one of several powerful kingdoms that rules England during Saxon times. The recent discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard is a wonderful physical link between our rich Anglo-Saxon heritage and the ancient kingdoms that have helped shape our lives and our landscape. See various, never before seen items of Staffordshire Hoard in the new Saxon display in Tamworth Castle, discover the significant importance Tamworth was as a military centre and home to the King of Mercia’s Palace. Visit Tamworth Castle, one of the most popular visitor attractions in Tamworth, the Castle offers a unique experience of history through the ages. As you explore the Castle you can see for yourself the maze of intact rooms, halls and chambers that still echo with events from Saxon beginnings, Norman dynasties, Tudor grandeur and great family influences. www.tamworthcastle.gov.uk Come and enjoy the all year round events and activities that keep families of all ages entertained and enthralled both inside the Castle and outside in the wonderful landscaped grounds alongside the River Tame. Here you can enjoy picnics in the park, listen to a band in the bandstand, see nature at play along the river walk, and for all those

Tamworth Castle

adventurous under 14’s the outdoor play park with its giant pirate ship is a must. You can enjoy the skate and BMX park, play tennis, crazy golf, or just run around the park and kick a ball. Tamworth has one of the best shopping destinations in Staffordshire with 3 retail parks sitting on the edge of the town, its just a 10 minute walk between the town centre and the retails parks. Here you will find those quality high street names such as M&S, Next, River Islands and Staffordshire’s only John Lewis at Home store. With masses of parking AND plenty of places to have a drink or a snack, it’s a shopaholics paradise. The town centre has a great mix of those unique, individual shops as well as Ankerside Shopping centre, 60 High Street names all under one roof. There is a huge variety of places to eat and drink within the town centre. 2012 saw The Range move to Tamworth and Lidl joins the superb choice of supermarkets, along with Sainsburys’, Asda, Aldi, Morrisons and the Co-op. Tamworth boasts all those brand named accommodation providers such as Travelodge, Premier Inn and Holiday Inn Express as well as a great selection of independent accommodation providers, all offering super quality and excellent customer service. For more information on all that Tamworth has to offer, visit Tamworth Information Centre, right in the heart of the town, tic@tamworth.gov.uk or call 01827 709 581/618. Tamworth has a very unique historical theatre, Tamworth Assembly Rooms which boasts a regular and wide events programme. With a selection of both local and professional events in its 350 seat auditorium. With modern theatrical equipment, it provides a first class theatrical experience in a beautiful heritage building. There is a fully licences bar and the venue is available for private bookings such as parties and conferences. its well worth a visit. www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk For more information on Tamworth, view www.visittamworth.co.uk or download the free App (both –phone and android) Tamworth Town Guide App. If you are interested in Tamworth’s heritage, download Tamworth’s Heritage Trail App (only available on iPhone).

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Peak District so much more than just hills and hiking boots! Come stay, play and enjoy Staffordshire Peak District’s many picturesque, historical towns, villages, shops and events, all set in beautiful Staffordshire countryside. Enjoy calming canal-side strolls or meandering paths through deep limestone dales. Travel into the past on a beautiful old steam train lose yourself in a Chinese garden or explore a working flint mill. Find miles of quiet, undisturbed cycle ways and leafy routes, or share the delights of a tearoom with one of England’s finest views. Discover invigorating moorland hikes that leave your cheeks tingling. Marvel at the beauty of the Leek Embroideries. Follow an ecclesiastical trail. Or get high on rugged gritstone crags that test your rope skills in the Peak District National Park. All this and much more is waiting for you in the Staffordshire Peak District. Leek Set in the heart of the beautiful Staffordshire Peak District, Leek is one of England’s finest undiscovered market towns – and a shopper’s delight! Inspired by Arts & Crafts designer William Morris, it is home to the remarkable Leek Embroidery Society and has also been described as ‘a small piece of France in a foreign land’. Leek continues to amaze visitors with its breathtaking landscape, stunning architecture and splendid eateries.

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Come along and enjoy the bustle of Leek’s traditional markets. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the ancient cobbled Market Place and indoor Victorian Butter Market; discover the hidden jewel of Getliffe’s

Yard; walk away with a bargain, or savour, sample and enjoy some delicious fresh farm produce. Visit the website at www.staffsmoorlands.gov. uk, or contact the Leek Tourist Information Centre on telephone 01538 483741, to discover Leek’s hidden gems and ask for a free copy of ‘The Leek Experience’ booklet. Leek Arts Festival Leek Arts festival is for music lovers and artists alike. Don’t miss the annual Festival held throughout the town every May. Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery (free admission)

built in 1752, is now a working water-powered corn-mill and museum dedicated to his life and achievements. Historic Market Place With a Market Charter dating back over 800 years, Leek’s Market Place is home to one of England’s oldest markets and is steeped in history and tradition. The Market Place combines fabulous shops; an attractive outdoor market, vibrant indoor Butter Market and a bustling table top Trestle Market, offering something for everyone. For more information on Market Days and special events please visit: www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/markets The Nicholson War Memorial The Nicholson Memorial proudly stands at the top of Derby Street. It was given to the town by Sir Arthur Nicholson and his wife in memory of their son, who was killed in action in WW1. The Nicholson Memorial is believed to be one of the tallest war memorials in the country. Tucked Away Treasures Tucked away is the historic, cobbled Getliffe’s Yard, where you can discover some of Leek’s best hidden secrets. Here you can step back in time to another era and enjoy shopping Victorian style. Getliffe’s Yard, built in the early 19th century, was originally home to lodging houses, cottages and stables for the poor. Biddulph

Dating back to the 1880s, The Nicholson Institute building dominates the skyline of Leek and today is home to a unique collection of oil paintings, ceramics, local history and a fine selection of the famous Leek Embroideries.

Known as the ‘Garden Town of Staffordshire’, Biddulph is an excellent base from which to explore both the Staffordshire Moorlands and The Potteries. Situated on the eastern corner of the Staffordshire Moorlands, Biddulph boasts an assortment of activities from cycling, walking, fishing, horse riding and exploring.

In days gone by many distinguished figures passed through the doors of the Nicholson Institute, including renowned Arts & Crafts designer William Morris and D.H. Lawrence, along with other celebrity artists and writers.

Home to the Biddulph Grange Garden which is owned by the National Trust, a walk in this fascinating garden will take you on a journey around the world to view rare and exotic plants and is a must when visiting Biddulph.

Today the Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery is host to a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events that not only portray Leek’s history, but also showcases the talents of local, regional and national artists. For more information and full programme of events, please visit: www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/nicholson

Biddulph Grange Country Park

Brindley Mill James Brindley, the great canal engineer, spent his formative years in Leek and it was here that he developed the skills that made him one of the greatest engineers of his age. Brindley Mill,

Discover different habitats - meadows, woodlands, a lake and a wildlife garden. The Staffordshire Way The Staffordshire Way is a long distance footpath which begins at Mow Cop on the Cheshire border and traverses the whole county to Kniver Edge, a total of some 92 miles. The first section is in the Staffordshire Moorlands and is fairly easy going, passing through delightful and varied countryside by Rudyard Lake and on into the Churnet Valley.


Rudyard Lake

Tittesworth © Angela Lilley

Thor’s Cave

Biddulph Festival

Ramble on the Roaches

Every July, Biddulph holds a Festival with a wide range of events to keep everyone entertained.

A really great walk is one so beautiful and varied that you will want to do it again and again. It’s one you want to experience in different seasons, and enjoy at different times of day. The 7.5 mile (12km) walk from the Roaches to Lud’s Church is an all-time favourite.

Cheadle Nestling on the edge of the Staffordshire Peak District, Cheadle is a great place to visit. Whether you are visiting Alton Towers with the kids, walking in the Staffordshire Peak District or visiting the potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, Cheadle is a must see attraction to include in your itinerary. Don’t miss the magic of St Giles’ Roman Catholic Church, lovingly known as Pugin’s Gem, regarded as one of the finest churches in Britain. Designed in the 19th Century by A.W.N. Pugin, one of the foremost architects of the Victorian age, it is a masterpiece of gothic splendour. Pick up or download a free copy from the Staffs Moorlands website of the Pugin Trail to enjoy a guide to St Giles’ and other Pugin architecture in the area. To fully enjoy this trail you may want to also download a free walk, ‘Woods & Ways’, giving you spectacular views of Cotton College. Once in Cheadle you can follow the History Trail created to guide you around the town. When you’re ready for a break, enjoy a cup of tea in one of the many delightful tea rooms. Cheadle is also within easy reach of the beautiful Churnet Valley. The Churnet Valley Peaceful and unspoilt, the valley of the River Churnet is dotted with small villages and nature reserves, along with some particularly picturesque sections of the Caldon Canal. This is an area rich in natural beauty where you can enjoy lovely walks or cycle along an easy off-road route between Oakamoor and Denstone. This former railway line runs through pleasant woodland at the southwest edge of the Peak District. For lovers of trains, the Churnet Valley Railway runs historic steam and diesel trains between Leekbrook Junction and Froghall. The Roaches The Roaches is the name given to a dramatic, rocky outcrop that rises above the tranquil waters of Tittesworth Reservoir, located between Leek and Buxton. Its impressive gritstone edges and craggy rocks are loved by walkers and climbers alike. From a certain angle it looks like the spiny back of a giant lizard and for stunning panoramic views, go to Hen Cloud.

Starting from Upper Hulme, there’s an exhilarating climb to the top, where you’re rewarded with panoramic views. A good track then leads you along the ridge, past huge boulders fashioned into strange shapes by the weather, and past the mysterious Doxey Pool (where a mermaid is said to lure people into its chill waters). Eventually you swing down into an ancient forest to reach Lud’s Church, a mossy chasm dotted with ferns. It was caused by a landslip, but it’s so magical that it’s easy to see why some say this was the Green Chapel of Arthurian legend, where Sir Gawain met the Green Knight.

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prominent spur high in the limestone crags, providing wonderful views of the valley. The total distance of the Manifold Track is a distance of 8 1/2 miles. For all but 2 miles the track is carfree and shared by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The track is surfaced and fairly level throughout its length, making it ideal for wheelchair users, those with buggies or prams and people with limited mobility. Car parking is available at both ends of the track. Dovedale Discover some of the White Peak’s best known and attractive dales. At Dovedale you can cross the River Dove on the picturesque stepping stones. This beauty spot has been the backdrop for many feature films, most recently hand-picked by location scouts belonging to Universal Pictures to shoot an epic battle scene for the multi-million pound film Robin Hood.

Tittesworth Reservoir

Ilam

Tittesworth Water, located near Leek, is an ideal place to visit as part of a day out in the Staffordshire Peak District. There’s something very special about a reservoir hidden away on the edges of one of England’s most spectacular National Parks.

The picturesque English village of Ilam (pronounced eye-lamb), nestles beside the River Manifold in the Staffordshire Peak District among spectacular hills. It sits in the Peak District National Park right on the Staffordshire border with Derbyshire, close to the famous Dovedale Gorge. It has Alpine style cottages, a mansion and an eccentric river and is set against the soft green backdrop of Bunster Hill, Thorpe Cloud and the steep and tumbling pastures. Ilam is a village with a long history.

Open all year round except for Christmas Day, Tittesworth offers a myriad of attractions for those who love the open air. With a Visitor Centre and restaurant, as well as a number of enjoyable walks including views of The Roaches and strolls across the top of the dam, there’s plenty to be excited about. Rudyard Lake This beautiful stretch of water was built as a feeder reservoir for the Caldon Canal. Once a popular Victorian resort, with hundreds of people arriving by train, today it caters for visitors who come to walk, fish, sail, row, canoe, bird watch and ride the miniature train. Rudyard Kipling’s parents loved this area so much that they named their son after the lake. There is an Activity and Information Centre providing first class facilities. Manifold Valley The track running through the Manifold Valley winds its way through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Peak District National Park. The peaceful River Manifold meanders gently through this beautiful gorge where the Manifold Track, a tarmac trail, closely follows the river. There are full facilities at Hulme End, and nearby is Thor’s Cave, a huge hollow in a

Further Information For more information on any of the above places or activities, please contact the Leek Tourist Information Centre. You will find friendly, knowledgeable staff keen to help you with timely information on all aspects of the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak District, to make your stay with us memorable. Here you can make bookings for local and national quality-assured accommodation, buy local books, maps, walking and cycling guides, souvenirs and craftwork. You can book tickets for local theatres, shows, events, guided walks and Leek Tourist Information is an accredited National Express Booking Agent. For more information and free downloads please contact: Leek Tourist Information Centre 1 Market Place, LEEK, Staffordshire ST13 5HH. Tel: 01538 483741 Email: tourism@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk Web: www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/tourism

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Where our Nation remembers

THE UK’S YEAR-ROUND CENTRE OF REMEMBRANCE A spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country.

Sited in the heart of the Nation, with 50,000 maturing trees and over 200 memorials, it is a beautiful and lasting tribute to those who serve their country or who have died in conflict. The Arboretum is home to the iconic Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Come to the Arboretum all year round to enjoy, learn and experience this special place. You will find us at Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffs DE13 7AR Plan your visit: www.thenma.org.uk or 01283 792 333 Part of The Royal British Legion family of charities

Charity No. 1043992.

Ancient Market Town Leek’s historic cobbled Market Place – surrounded by picturesque, independent shops and eateries – is also home to our bustling markets. Every weekend discover Leek’s national reputation for its antiques and enjoy rummaging through many interesting stalls and nearby shops.

Leek offers everyone a great day out. Enjoy a different shopping experience strolling through our Arts & Crafts influenced market town, where you’ll find something tempting around every corner.

A warm welcome awaits and Leek is, of course, a great base from which you can put on your boots and explore the many beautiful aspects of the Staffordshire Peak District!

Contact: Tourist Information Centre 1 Market Place, Leek Staffordshire ST13 5HH t: 01538 483741 e: tourism@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/markets

Cosy tea rooms, inviting eateries and real-ale pubs all offering tempting fine fare, along with a great mix of independent shops and boutiques. Explore our historic markets as well, find a bargain and enjoy some real local country character. Don’t forget our unique art galleries and museum, then discover our rich local history and heritage with a self-guided tour.

Discover and enjoy one of Leek’s best kept secrets – visit the boutique shops and restaurants tucked away in a Victorian cobbled courtyard setting – at Getliffe’s Yard.

Whether you’re looking to buy, browse, or just enjoy finding an unusual collectable, Leek is a treasure trove of fascinating antique shops, famous throughout the country.

Enjoy and delight in events throughout the year at the Foxlowe Arts Centre. Visit the café for a warm welcome and delicious dishes, from homemade cakes to light lunches.

Indoor Market: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in our restored Victorian Butter Market. Outdoor Market: Wednesdays, for bargains and local produce. Fine Foods: every third Saturday of the month in Market Place.

Indulge in some retail therapy in Leek’s independent, thriving shops offering everything from fashion to food, home to beauty and all within a beautifully compact town.

Art lovers will find a rolling programme of inspirational exhibitions and events. Don’t miss a glimpse into the past and find why William Morris frequently visited Leek. Free Admission.


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Pictured, clockwise from top left: Wightwick Manor & Gardens Biddulph Grange Garden Moseley Old Hall Downs Banks

From the hidden wilderness of Downs Banks, with its stunning views; to the Arts and Crafts interiors at Wightwick Manor & Gardens; there is something for everyone to enjoy in Staffordshire. In the north, Biddulph Grange Garden invites you to explore the world in one day with exotic planting from China and Italy, upside down trees, and the fascinating Geological Gallery. Take a step back to the 17th century at atmospheric Moseley Old Hall and discover the story of Charles II's dramatic escape. Experience a taste of domestic farmhouse life and explore the striking knot garden. Wightwick Manor & Gardens is a delight for the senses with richly decorated William Morris interiors and Pre Raphaelite art. The Tudor inspired manor is surrounded by acres of Arts and Crafts gardens. So, whether you prefer the great outdoors or the great indoors, experience it all in Staffordshire.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/staffordshire Photos Š National Trust/NTPL/Natalie Washbrook/Derek Wilbraham The National Trust is a registered charity, no. 205846


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