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Visit Stafford


TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Eastgate Street | Stafford | ST16 2LT

The TIC is the perfect place for tourists and local residents alike to find out information on local, regional and national events and theatres, holiday information and airport parking as well as buying theatre tokens, National Express tickets, stamps, postcards and much, much more. OPEN

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WWW.

visitstafford.org 01785 619619 tic@staffordbc.gov.uk

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Contents Town & Country Shopping & Eating out Festival Fun A Bit of Culture History Comes to Life s use Historical Ho Gardens & Woodland e Wonderful Wildlif Further Afield Stafford Parking Map Events Questionnaire n Where to Stay In Tow Town of t Ou y Where to Sta Self Catering

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VISIT!

Stafford Town Centre

Stafford & the Surrounding Area Whether a day visitor, staying a weekend or en-route to other destinations, Stafford has much to tempt you to stay and so much more to discover if you do. The area is served by M6 junctions 13 and 14, and is only 12 miles from the M6 Toll. 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. Stafford Railway Station is on the West Coast Main Line with excellent links to London, Birmingham and Scotland. 1


Collegiate Church of St Mary, Stafford

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Market Square, Stone

EXPLORE! Town & Country

Surrounded by thriving market towns, delightful villages and hamlets, the county town of Staffordshire gives you the best the region has to offer. A lively network of waterways links towns and villages, taking cyclists, walkers and boaters through stunning countryside, and the Town’s Nature Reserves and Cannock Chase offer a fantastic stomping ground for all lovers of the outdoors. Stafford’s villages and hamlets are to be found in some of England’s prettiest countryside, their picturesque streets, traditional pubs and welcoming accommodation are waiting to be enjoyed. Try the Stafford or Stone Town Trail, Stafford’s Ghost Trail, The Churches Trail or alternatively, book a tailored Stafford Town Tour for groups of 15 or more by phoning 01785 619131.

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The Soup Kitchen 2 Church Lane Stafford ST16 2AW TEL 01785 254775 This 16th century building is probably Stafford's best known eating house and has justifiably picked up many an award and recommendation. The Soup Kitchen attracts visitors from not only the county town but from all over the world and many have enthused over the home-made food, convivial atmosphere and above all the traditional, old fashioned, friendly service. Duncan and his team look forward to welcoming you very soon. Open during every day (except Sundays).

The Grove 9 St Mary’s Grove Stafford ST16 2HT TEL 01785 252825 If you find yourself in Stafford’s Market Square, follow the little lane that runs to the left of Boots the Chemist. After 20 yards you’ll emerge by St Mary’s Church. Now look to your right. You’ve just discovered… ‘The Grove’. For a coffee and a scone or a home cooked lunch, a warm welcome awaits you.

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Brasserie at the Swan

A TASTE OF STAFFORDSHIRE

INDULGE!

Stafford, the home of a ‘Taste of Staffordshire’ the county’s Good Food Awards, has something of a reputation for gourmet dining. Successful entries in 2008 Awards were Brasserie at the Swan, Weston Hall, The Hand and Cleaver at Ranton Green and Amerton Farm. WWW.

Shopping & Eating Out

enjoystaffordshire.co.uk/ goodfoodawards.asp

Browse through markets, designer outlets, high street names and side streets full of character… break for lunch at one of the many restaurants, bars, cafés or coffee shops. Shop in the ‘piazza-style’ square adjacent to the Shire Hall Gallery and in the modern Guildhall Shopping Centre. Wander away from the main street and discover picturesque streets and lanes with individual designer shops and interesting eateries. The market town of Stone boasts a thriving café culture, market and riverside location whilst Eccleshall offers an alternative to the High Street brands. Choose from the many bars and restaurants waiting to tempt you with awardwinning food and wines.

STONE FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL Stone Food and Drink Festival 2009 will be held from Friday 2nd October to Sunday 4th October 2009. WWW. TEL

stonefooddrink.org.uk 01785 816955

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Teddy Bears Picnic at Izaak Walton's Cottage

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ENJOY!

Stafford Festival

Festival Family Fun

There’s plenty to keep you entertained all year round with a calendar of festivals and events that will appeal to all.

STAFFORD FESTIVAL 4 to 12 July 2009

A series of exciting events for all ages including; Raw Talent music competition, Street Theatre Extravaganza, Party in the Park, Mayor’s Festival Parade, live music and comedy with Live @ the Castle and a Teddy Bear's Picnic at Izaak Walton's Cottage. For details see pages 28 - 31. WWW.

TEL

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festival 01785 619619

Starting with the Music Festival in May, a symphony of music from classical to contemporary. Summer brings the bandstand to life with brass and jazz from May to September. Stafford Festival treats visitors to free family entertainment in July. A series of Summer events sponsored by the Guildhall Shopping Centre will be held in Stafford Market Square culminating in a Childrens Fun Week 24 to 28 August. The year ends with events including a Victorian Market, Christmas Parade and Christmas Lights Switch-on with a Firework extravaganza. Sandon Hall, Shugborough, Weston Park and Stafford Showground all host large-scale events from pop festivals to parrot shows, classic cars to classical music.

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Stafford Gatehouse Theatre and Stafford Borough Council Leisure Services Presents

Stafford Festival Shakespeare Open Air at Stafford Castle

Eastgate Street Stafford ST16 2LT

Thu 25 June to Sat 11 July 2009

Book your tickets NOW! Book 01785 254 653 Online www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.co.uk

Leisure Services

Timewalk A sound and light celebration of 800 years of Stafford and the ancient church of St Chad. Every Saturday 2:30pm or as advertised on our website. Groups by arrangement.

St Chad's Church, Greengate Street, Stafford, ST16 2HP Tel 07922 026 114 Email timewalkatstchads@googlemail.com Web www.stchadsstafford.co.uk 8 www.visitstafford.org


ENJOY!

A bit of culture

SHIRE HALL GALLERY

Market Square | Stafford | ST16 2LD

An exciting and innovative contemporary visual art gallery hosting a diverse programme of lively and family friendly art and craft exhibitions throughout the year with a registered craft shop stocking one-off work by British designer-makers and a coffee shop. Visitors can explore the historic Victorian Crown Court which still stands within this listed building, learn about the fate of the people who stood in the dock and see the holding cells where prisoners would await trial. Admission is free. OPEN

WWW. TEL

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& Wed to Sat 9.30am - 5pm, Tue 10am - 5pm, Sun 1pm - 4pm. Closed Bank Holidays & during exhibition changes.

Photograph by Sam Carpenter

STAFFORD GATEHOUSE THEATRE Eastgate Street | Stafford | ST16 2LT

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre is an accessible, thriving venue, which offers a full and exciting programme of entertainment plus a wide range of modern facitities in the heart of Stafford. From conference facilities to studio theatre, recording space to theatre Coffee Shop, Stafford Gatehouse is one of the bestequipped and most versatile venues in the region. WWW. TEL

staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk 01785 254653 EMAIL gatehouse@staffordbc.gov.uk

staffordshire.gov.uk/sams 01785 278345

Stafford Festival Shakespeare

Open Air at Stafford Castle, Thu 25 June to Sat 11 July 09

The beautiful surroundings of Stafford Castle makes the perfect backdrop to enjoy Shakespeare's plays. This summer Twelfth Night, a comedy of infatuation, deception and broken hearts takes centre stage. Enjoy a picnic with friends on a balmy summer's evening before taking to your seats under the covered grandstand and delight in Shakespeare under the stars. WWW. TEL

staffordfestivalshakespeare.co.uk 01785 254653

Stafford Festival Shakespeare Photography by Robert Day

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November 2009

Stafford’s Market Square From 9.00am to 4.00pm

Victorian Carousel Farm Produce Stall Holders in Victorian Costume Arts and Crafts Christmas Gifts and much, much more

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Theatre Extravaganza Talent Music Competition VICTORIA PARK SUN 05 Party in the Park TOWN CENTRE SAT 11 Mayor’s Festival Parade STAFFORD CASTLE SUN 12 Live @ The Castle, music & comedy IZAAK WALTON’S COTTAGE SUN 12 Teddy Bear’s Picnic MARKET SQUARE SAT 04 Raw

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01785 619 619 staffordbc.gov.uk/staffordfestival

Leisure Services

All information correct at time of going to print.

Market Square, Stafford ST16 2BB TELEPHONE 01785 223107 www.GUILDHALLSTAFFORD.COM

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STAFFORD CASTLE

Newport Road | Stafford | ST16 1DJ

The Castle has dominated the Stafford landscape for over 900 years of turbulent history. William the Conqueror first built Stafford Castle as a fortress to subdue the local populace. Visitors today will find a more peaceful setting, where you can discover for yourself the dramatic history behind the Castle walls. The visitor centre has an audio-visual display, museum exhibits and a souvenir gift shop. Reproduction period arms and armour is available to try out - a fun hands-on experience for all the family. There is a full events programme and coaches / group tours are welcome. Admission is free*. *except for some events, workshops and guided tours OPEN

For

opening times please visit the website

WWW.

staffordbc.gov.uk/heritage

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TEL

01785 257698


EXPERIENCE! History comes to life!

Ancient High House

Greengate Street | Stafford | ST16 2JA

Built in 1595 the Ancient High House is the largest timber framed town house in England, and one of the finest Tudor buildings in the country. Fully restored the superb period room settings reflect its fascinating history. Room settings include the Tudor Bedroom, Civil War Room, Georgian Room, Victorian Room and Edwardian Shop. Admission is free*. The top floor houses the museum of the Staffordshire Yeomanry Regiment. *except for some events, workshops and guided tours OPEN

IZAAK WALTON'S COTTAGE Worston Lane | Shallowford Near Stone | ST15 0PA

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A thatched timber-framed 17th Century cottage bequeathed to the people of Stafford by Izaak Walton, the author of the Compleat Angler. The cottage is decorated in period style and is home to a small angling museum. Throughout the opening period staff are on hand to give an insight into both this unique property and the great man himself. Wander around the rose and herb garden or linger over a pot of tea or refreshments from the tea-room. A gift shop is available to purchase souvenirs to remind you of your visit. Admission is free*. *except for some events OPEN

For

opening times please visit the website

WWW. TEL

staffordbc.gov.uk/heritage 01785 760278

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opening times please visit the website staffordbc.gov.uk/heritage 01785 619131

HISTORY EXHIBITIONS AT THE ANCIENT HIGH HOUSE Tudor Stafford Tue 7 Apr to Sat 22 Aug 09 10am - 4pm Stafford at War Tue 1 Sep to Wed 23 Dec 09 10am - 4pm WWW. TEL

staffordbc.gov.uk/heritage 01785 619131

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DISCOVER! Historical houses

Blithfield Hall

Admaston | Rugeley | WS15 3NL

Blithfield Hall has been the home of the Bagot family since 1360 and is set in a stunning location overlooking the Blithfield Reservoir between Rugeley and Abbots Bromley. Tours include the Great Hall with its magnificent Gothic ceiling and Library with its Elizabethan green and gold panelling. Personally guided tours of the Hall, Athenian Stuart Orangery and Church can be arranged, Blithfield is also available for weddings and small conferences.

SHUGBOROUGH

Milford | Stafford | ST17 0XB

Shugborough boasts a fine mansion house, servants’ quarters, farm and walled garden set in 900 acres of parkland, woodland and riverside gardens. Visitors can get stuck into dollypegging, cheese-making and baking and watch as flour is milled, butter is churned and beer is brewed in the original servant’s workplaces. Today Shugborough is the UK's only Complete Working Historic Estate and a fun day out for all the family with friendly farm animal characters, a colourful land train, new playground, licensed tearoom serving homemade food, old fashioned sweet shop, ice cream parlour and craft workshops. Shugborough also hosts a range of exciting events throughout the year. OPEN

11am

WWW.

shugborough.org.uk 01889 881388

TEL

- 5pm, 20 March to 29 October

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WWW.

blithfieldhall.co.uk 01889 500501

TEL

appointment - groups of 15 25 people are preferred, refreshments or meals can be provided.

SANDON HALL Surrounded by 400 acres of glorious parkland, Lord Harrowby's elegant home is a superb venue. Tours must be pre-booked and are for groups only and, when a stroll through the landscaped garden is also involved, a maximum of 50. WWW. TEL

sandonhall.co.uk 01889 508004

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Trentham

Stone Road | Trentham | Stoke-on-Trent | ST4 8AX

Young families will enjoy the 'hide and seek' hedge maze, the children’s adventure play area, lakeside train, electric catamaran, and regular programme of family fun activities. Take a joint ticket with the Italian Gardens and the Monkey Forest and you'll discover the Barbary Macaque as they exhibit their natural behaviour with no bars or cages to hinder your view. Also at Trentham Estate you will find a quaint shopping Village, huge Garden Centre, restaurants including the new Garden Room Restaurant with panoramic views across the Estate, cafÊs, and the new Premier Inn Hotel. A recent addition is the 60 metre Observation Wheel where visitors can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of this beautiful 750 acre estate. WWW.

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trentham.co.uk

TEL

01782 646 646


EXPLORE!

Gardens, woodland & more

Cannock Chase

Between Stafford, Cannock & Rugeley

Staffordshire’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, once a royal hunting forest is rich in local history. The chase trail links visitor centres offering well marked pathways. WWW. TEL

forestry.gov.uk/cannockforest 01889 882613

WESTON PARK

Weston-under-Lizard | Near Shifnal | Shropshire | TF11 8LE

An Award winning 17th century stately home set amidst 1,000 acres of stunning ‘Capability’ Brown parkland with a woodland adventure playground, miniature railway, shop, gallery, Stables coffee bar, auditorium, formal gardens, Medieval deer park, woodland walks, maze, orchard, lakes, follies and much more. Weston Park was the family home of the Earls of Bradford for over 300 years and is now held in trust for the nation by the Weston Park Foundation, a Charitable Trust. Boasting a unique heritage, the land surrounding Weston Park was mentioned in the Domesday Book whilst the house itself was built in 1671 by Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham. OPEN

Admission

WWW.

weston-park.com 01952 852100

TEL

prices and opening times may vary, please call or check online

AERIAL EXTREME A unique, fun packed experience. Test your nerve on the world’s most awesome Adventure Ropes Course. From speedy zip wires, mid air platform to platform jump, suspended gravity defying climbing walls and much more. WWW. TEL

aerialextreme.co.uk 08456 521736

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Amerton Farm & Craft Centre Stowe by Chartley | Stafford | ST18 0LA

On site are the British Wildlife Rescue Centre, Amerton Railway, toy shop, playbarn, farm shop, hot air balloon flights, bakery, jewellery shop, glass studio, garden centre, pottery studio, celebration cakes and bed and breakfast accommodation. Farm animals and horses can be found in the farmyard where children can feed and pet them. The welcoming Tea Room is particularly impressive. OPEN

9am

WWW.

amertonfarm.co.uk 01889 270294

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- 5pm every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. General admission and car parking are free


ENJOY! Wonderful wildlife

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Wolseley Centre | Wolseley Bridge | Stafford | ST17 0WT

Set in 26 acres of former landscape gardens which were the ancestral home of the Wolseley family; the site has a number of easily accessible walks taking in the three lakes, riverside and many other habitats. An impressive range of birds inhabit the site as well as aquatic mammals and reptiles. There is a Visitor Centre with a shop.

Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone

OPEN

9am

- 5pm Mon to Fri and 11am - 5pm Sat to Sun [Weekends Easter to November]

WWW.

staffordshirewildlife.org.uk

TEL

01889 880100

Penkridge | Staffordshire | ST19 5PH

Take a walk around our centre, try and spot our skunk, chat to our parrots and see our collection of exotic fish. There are ‘meet the keeper’ sessions which take place every day giving you a chance to ask the staff about the animals and during our ‘animal encounters’ you can hold a rabbit, see snakes and lizards up close and stroke ponies. Tea room selling snacks, sandwiches cakes etc. and a shop selling a variety of games, books, educational toys, pet products and local food. OPEN

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rodbaston.ac.uk/visitorcentre 01785 710560

TEL

weekends but please check opening times before visiting.

TRENTHAM monkey forest

Stone Road | Trentham | Stoke-on-Trent | ST4 8AX

Visit the Monkey Forest at Trentham and you'll discover the Barbary Macaque as they exhibit their natural behaviour in 60 acres of beautiful woodland and meadows where 140 monkeys live in total freedom. WWW.

monkey-forest.com

TEL

01782 659845

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Their names will live for evermore... • Site of the Armed Forces Memorial – the nation’s memorial to those lost in conflict since the end of WWII. • More than 150 major memorials, together with over 50,000 trees, many individually dedicated. • Far East Prisoner of War (FEPOW) Memorial Building. • Events programme. • The inspirational Millennium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness where the silence is observed daily at 11.00 a.m. • Group visits and coaches welcome, advance booking essential. • Talks to local groups can be organised. • Large Pay & Display car park. • Visitor Centre with café, gift shop, toilets. • Facilities for visitors with disabilities. • Function room available for conferences, events and private parties. • Education programme for school visits linked to the National Curriculum with focus on remembrance, conflict, Britishness and the environment. • Venue for wedding receptions and civil ceremonies. • Site of varied wildlife and habitat interest.

The National Memorial Arboretum is supported by

Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR National Arboretum Tel: 01283 792333 Fax: Memorial 01283 792034 Croxall Road, Alrewas www.nationalmemorialarboretum.co.uk Staffordshire. DE13 7AR Charity No. 1043992

Phone: 01283 792333 Fax: 01283 792034 Email: info@thenma.org.uk Web: www.thenma.org.uk Charity No. 1043992 The National Memorial Arboretum Company Limited is part of the Royal British Legion Group

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DISCOVER! Further afield

There is a lot to do and see within a 45minuite drive or less. Why not stay in Stafford, and visit the varied attractions in the Heart of England? The Wedgwood Centre home of Josiah Wedgwood, must rate highly on your list to visit. Other attractions within easy travelling distance include Whitwick Manor, Moseley Old Hall and Boscobel House and for the more adventurous the Staffordshire Moorlands Peak District has outdoor activities including climbing and cycling. The Black Country Museum, Ironbridge, the RAF museum at Cosford and heritage railways at Churnett Valley and Foxfield unfold the history of Staffordshire and surrounding area. The cathedral city of Lichfield and nearby Tamworth with Staffordshire’s most complete castle are fascinating attractions for the visitor.

THE National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Rd | Alrewas | Staffs | DE13 7AR

The home of the new Armed Forces Memorial with 150 acres of trees and memorials devoted to remembrance. There is a Chapel, in which a short, poignant service called The Homage is held every day at 10.50am. The Visitor centre includes the Arbor Café and Gift Shop, guided tours by arrangement. OPEN

9am

WWW.

thenma.org.uk 01283 792333

TEL

- 5pm daily [dusk in winter] Closed Christmas Day. Free entry, donations welcome

RAF Museum Cosford Shifnal | Shropshire | TF11 8UP

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford offers a fun, entertaining day out for all the family. With over 70 aircraft on display throughout the museum - which is also situated next to an active airfield and RAF base - the only attraction in the Midlands where you can get close to so many breathtaking aircraft for free. Take one giant leap in knowledge by visiting the National Cold War Exhibition and soar above the clouds in one of the simulator rides. OPEN

10am

WWW.

rafmuseum.org 01902 376200

TEL

- 6pm daily. Closed 24 to 26 December, 1 & 5 to 9 January 2010 WWW.

nationalcoldwarexhibition.org.uk

THRILL SEEKERS For sheer, wide-eyed excitement, nowhere else comes close to Staffordshire. This is where you’ll find Alton Towers, Drayton Manor Family Theme Park, Tamworth SnowDome and the subtropical aquapark Waterworld, with rides, rapids and flumes. Enjoy all four of these great family attractions with a Thrill Hopper ticket [see page 32].

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QUALITY, FRESH, LOCAL PRODUCE

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FARMERS’ MARKETS

2nd Saturday every month, Stafford Market Square 1st Saturday every month, Stone Market Square

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eight lane 25 metre swimming pool | teaching pool with state of the art moveable floor | main gym housing up to 100 pieces of equipment | easy line gym circuit | multi-purpose fitness studio | squash courts | four-court sports hall | training suite | crèche | body tonic beauty suite and massage | activo membership offering great value access to the centre’s facilities and activities - please call for prices

Leisure Services

Stafford Leisure Centre, Lammascote Road, Stafford ST16 3TA [next to ASDA Supermarket] Telephone 01785 619 500 Email slc@staffordbc.gov.uk www.staffordbc.gov.uk/staffordleisurecentre

six lane 25 metre swimming pool | squash courts | four-court sports hall | education suite offering a range of sports’ training courses and seminars | floodlit synthetic all-weather pitch | four competition-sized tarmac tennis courts | infared sauna

Leisure Services

Oulton Road, Stone ST15 8DR Telephone 01785 815 715 Email alleynes@staffordbc.gov.uk www.staffordbc.gov.uk/alleynes

enhanced fitness facility housing up to 80 pieces of equipment | multipurpose studio facility offering a range of fitness classes | crèche | three tarmac tennis courts | outdoor football pitches - please call 01785 619 589 for bookings

Leisure Services

Stafford Road, Stone ST15 8QW Telephone 01785 619 600 Email westbridge@staffordbc.gov.uk www.staffordbc.gov.uk/westbridge

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STAFFORD CASTLE

Explore the impressive motte and bailey defensive system that has dominated the local skyline since the Norman period over 900 years ago. Take a circular walk along the woodland trail or visit the fragrant herb garden. Wander around the informative Visitor Centre, have fun trying on arms and armour or buy a souvenir from the shop. Come along to the exciting range of events throughout the year, from the interesting Herb Day to the popular Classic Car Show, there’s fun for all the family. There is a school and group tour programme and occasional themed tours, talks and workshops. Tours can be booked all year round. For opening times please visit our website www.staffordbc.gov.uk/heritage Admission is FREE

with the exception of some events, workshops and guided tours.

Leisure Services

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MEDIEVAL!

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July 09 11am - 5pm Witness the sights and sounds of the medieval world including sword fighting, archery, music and dancing. Experience social past-times for the rich and poor. History brought to life with combat finale. Join in with the hands on family fun! Adults £6; Child/Conc £3.50; Family £15

STAFFORD CASTLE Newport Road, Stafford ST16 1DJ Telephone 01785 257 698 www.staffordbc.gov.uk/heritage


IZAAK WALTON'S COTTAGE

Once owned by Izaak Walton, the celebrated author of the Complete Angler, this thatched cottage has over 300 years of rural life waiting to be discovered. Nestled within the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, the cottage’s tranquil environment is perfect for you to enjoy a calm and relaxing afternoon. Visit the fragrant herb garden and wander around the scented rose garden before treating yourself to an afternoon tea or ice cream. For opening times visit our website [see below]. Admission is FREE

with the exception of some events, workshops and guided tours.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Sunday 12 July 09 | 12noon - 5pm Family fun and games with Punch and Judy, face painting, story telling, craft stalls and a bouncy castle. Bring along a picnic and don’t forget your teddy! FREE entry if accompanied by a teddy bear. Supported by the Izaak Walton Cottage Chapter.

IZAAK WALTON'S COTTAGE Worston Lane, Shallowford, Stafford ST15 0PA Telephone 01785 760 278 www.staffordbc.gov.uk/heritage

THE ANCIENT HIGH HOUSE

Over 400 years of history are waiting to be discovered within the walls of England’s largest timber framed town house. Step inside and embark on a journey from Elizabethan days throughout the turbulent Civil War era to the more refined Edwardian period. Wander through the gallery spaces and enjoy art displays and history exhibitions or or buy a gift from the ground floor shop. Come along to the exciting range of events, activities and workshops that bring added colour and bustle to the house. For opening times visit our website [see below]. Admission is FREE

with the exception of some events, workshops and guided tours.

Autumn Chocoholics Fair

Saturday 19 September 09 | 10am - 4pm A delicious treat for all the family. Indulge your senses in our chocolate heaven, including the irresistible chocolate fountain. FREE admission.

THE ANCIENT HIGH HOUSE Greengate Street, Stafford ST16 2JA Telephone 01785 619 131 www.staffordbc.gov.uk/heritage

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Calendar of Events 2009 All of the events were correct at the time of entry but may be subject to confirmation. Call Stafford Tourist Information Centre TEL 01785 619619.

MARCH 03 - 28 Gothic Forever: Hardman, Pugin and

the Gothic Revival Exhib. Ancient High House 13 - 15 Bowman Antiques Fair Staffordshire County Showground 14 - 15 Craft Fair | Trentham 15 Stafford Half Marathon, Fun Run and Junior Mile | Stafford Town Centre 20 Season Opens | Shugborough 14 - 15 Antique Fair | Trentham 22 Mothering Sunday Walk and Lunch in the Stables | Weston Park 28 Acrylics Masterclass Shire Hall Gallery 28 UK Toy Dog Show Staffordshire County Showground 29 Doulton, Coalport and Beswick Fair Staffordshire County Showground

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APRIL 03 - 05 Spring Horse Trials | Weston Park 04 National Terrier Club Championship Show

Staffordshire County Showground 04 - 19 Easter Aviator Trail | RAF Cosford 07 Easter Extravaganza | Amerton Farm 07 apr Tudor Stafford Exhibition - 22 aug The Ancient High House 11 Easter Eggcentrics The Ancient High House 11 - 13 Craft Fair | Trentham 11 - 13 West Midlands Antique Fair Staffordshire County Showground 12 Easter Egg Treasure Hunt Amerton Farm 12 Easter Eggscapades | Stafford Castle 12 - 13 Midlands Festival of Transport Weston Park 13 Plant Hunters Fair | Dorothy Clive Garden 14 A Head for Hats! | Shire Hall Gallery 18 Paper Garments | Shire Hall Gallery 25 - 26 29th International Classic Motorcycle Show | Staffordshire County Showground 25 St George’s Day | Ancient High House 26 St George’s Day | Stafford Castle


MAY

03 Kite Flying | Stafford Castle

08 - 24 Stafford Music Festival

Various locations in & around Stafford 10 Bluebell Walk and Lunch Weston Park 16 Wildlife Watch Group RSPB Bird Walk at Croxall Lakes National Memorial Arboretum 16 - 17 Craft Fair | Trentham

17 Poisons and Potions: Herb day Ancient High House 24 What the Butler Saw - Behind the Scenes Tour | Weston Park 4 - 26 Great Garden Weekend | Trentham 2 26 Mini County Show | Amerton Farm 6 - 29 Search and Rescue, Children’s Event 2 Cosford 27 - 28 Staffordshire County Show Staffordshire County Showground 31 Jazz Sunday Roast Lunch Weston Park

JUNE

06 Food and Beer Festival Wolseley Centre 07 What the Butler Saw - Behind the Scenes Tour | Weston Park 07 - 14 Stone Festival | Stone 11 Plantsmans Workshop | Trentham 12 - 13 Steam Rally | Shugborough 12 - 14 Bowman Antiques Fair Staffordshire County Showground

14 Go Wild at the Castle, guided walk Stafford Castle 14 RAF Cosford Air Show 14 Weston Park Cycling Fun Day Weston Park 20 - 21 International Model Air Show Weston Park 21 Fathers Day Roast Lunch Weston Park 25 jun Twelfth Night, Stafford Festival - 11 jul Shakespeare | Stafford Castle

27 Veterans Day | National Memorial

Arboretum

27 - 28 Garden Show | Shugborough 27 Midsummers Nights Dream

Play in the Park | Weston Park 28 The Parrot Society Show Staffordshire County Showground

JULY 25 jun Twelfth Night, Stafford Festival - 11 jul Shakespeare | Stafford Castle 01 National Gardens Scheme Open Day

Weston Park 02 Garden Tour | Trentham 04 Stafford Festival: Street Theatre Extravaganza | Town Centre, Stafford 04 Stafford Festival: Raw Talent Music Competition | Town Centre, Stafford 05 Stafford Festival: Party in the Park Victoria Park, Stafford 10 - 13 Stone Music Festival In and around Stone 11 Stafford Festival: Mayor's Festival Parade | Town Centre, Stafford

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11 - 12 Pets and People Show

Shugborough 12 Teddy Bear’s Picnic Izaak Walton's Cottage 12 Stafford Festival: Live @ The Castle music and comedy|Stafford Castle 22 - 23 V Festival | Weston Park 25 - 26 Medieval! History brought to life with combat finale | Stafford Castle 26 - 27 Cycling Fun Day - Le Tour de Weston Weston Park 27 jul Amerton at the Circus - 28 aug Amerton Farm

AUGUST

27 jul Amerton at the Circus - 28 aug Amerton Farm 01 - 02 Silk Art to Wear Festival Rodbaston College 01 - 31 Garden Tour | Trentham 09 Classic Car Show | Stafford Castle 06 - 13 Plantsmans Workshop | Trentham 14 - 16 Triumph Sports Six Club International Weekend Staffordshire County Showground 23 - 25 Childrens Garden Treasure Hunt Trentham 24 - 28 Children's Fun Week | Guildhall Shopping Centre, Stafford 30 - 31 Planters Hunters Fair Dorothy Clive Garden 30 aug Scope Festival - 05 sep Staffordshire County Showground

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SEPTEMBER 30 aug Scope Festival - 05 sep Staffordshire County Showground 01 sep Stafford at War Exhibition - 23 dec The Ancient High House 07 Horn Dance | Blithfield Hall 07 - 09 Bowman Antiques Fair

Staffordshire County Showground 12 Hands On Costume Ancient High House 12 - 13 Stafford Borough Horticultural Show Staffordshire County Showground 12 - 13 National Chrysanthemum Show Staffordshire County Showground 12 - 13 Children’s Activities | RAF Cosford 13 Hands On Arms and Armour Stafford Castle 19 Autumn Chocoholics Fair Ancient High House 19 - 20 Midland Game Fair | Weston Park 19 - 20 Kit Car Show Staffordshire County Showground 20 - 21 Plantsmans Workshop | Trentham 27 Fungi Walk and Lunch | Weston Park

OCTOBER 02 - 04 Bowmans Giant Antique Fairs

Staffordshire County Showground 2 - 04 Stone Food and Drink Festival | Stone 0 09 - 11 International Autumn Horse Trials Weston Park 11 The Parrot Society Show Staffordshire County Showground


11 On Your Marks For Little Hearts Fun Run | Shugborough 17 Wedding Fair | Ancient High House 17 - 18 16th Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show Staffordshire County Showground 18 Shugborough Stride for Cancer Research | Shugborough 18 Cancer Research UK 10K Weston Park 18 Garden Seed Give away | Trentham 24 - 25 Christmas Craft and Food Show Shugborough 26 Scary Sculptures Pumpkin Faces Trentham 26 - 30 Halloween Haunting Week Amerton Farm 27 - 30 Hands on Hallowe'en Ancient High House 27 - 30 Hands on Hallowe'en | Stafford Castle 30 - 31 National Chrysanthemum Show Staffordshire County Showground 31 Halloween Spooktacular Shugborough 31 Halloween - Weird and Wonderful Weston Park 31 Trenthams Trick or Treat Garden Traul Trentham

NOVEMBER

07 Bonfire Night | Shugborough 07 Bonfire and Fireworks Display Westbridge Park 08 Bonfire and Firework Extravaganza Weston Park

11 Armistice Day National Memorial Arboretum 19 Christmas Lights Switch-on | Stone 21 Christmas Lights Switch On Town Centre, Stafford 21 - 22 English Winter Fair Staffordshire County Showground 27 Christmas Late Night Opening Amerton Farm 28 Victorian Christmas Market Market Square, Stafford

DECEMBER 02 - 05 Christmas Candlelit Evenings

Shugborough 04 Christmas in the House | Weston Park 05 Christmas Craft Fair Ancient High House 05 - 13 A Wartime Christmas | RAF Cosford 11 - 12 Christmas in the House | Weston Park 11 - 13 Bowmans Giant Antique Fair Staffordshire County Showground 12 - 13 Christmas Food and Craft Fayre Weston Park 12 - 13 Santa at the Farm | Shugborough 17 - 19 Christmas in the House | Weston Park 19 Stone Town Christmas Fayre | Stone 20 - 21 Poultry Show Staffordshire County Showground 26 Boxing Day Meet of the Meynell and South Staffs Fox Hounds Blithfield Hall

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The Thrill Hopper combines entry to 4 of the UK’s top attractions, all based in Staffordshire: Alton Towers Drayton Manor Theme Park Waterworld Tamworth SnowDome*

SINGLE TICKET: £41.95 FAMILY TICKET: £125.95 (2 adults, 2 children under 12)

TO BOOK CALL:

0844 888 5205

or visit www.thrillhopper.com

*Terms and conditions apply. Please visit www.thrillhopper.com for details. Valid from 22nd March to 1st November 2009

EASY. CONVENIENT. FLEXIBLE.

shire hall gallery Enjoy contemporary visual art in a historic setting, learn about crime and punishment in a real Victorian courtroom and get stuck in to our exciting activities programme! Registered craft shop stocking quality work by British designer-makers and a coffee shop serving a range of drinks and snacks. Monday - Saturday: 9.30 - 5.00 Tuesday: 10.00 - 5.00 Sunday: 1.00 - 4.00 FREE ENTRY

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stafford

market Tue & Thu 9am - 4.30pm, Fri & Sat 9am - 5pm

Staffords indoor market has an unbeatable combination of choice, quality and value! With everything from hardware to fresh food, clothing and footwear to toys and cards, there’s something for the whole family. Enjoy shopping in the warm, friendly atmosphere then relax with a cup of coffee and a bite to eat in the market cafÊ. Stafford Market, Earl Street, Stafford, ST16 2DF tel 01785 245 935 email staffordmarket@btconnect.com 35


Stafford Bingley Hall

QUALITY 3 DAY ANTIQUES FAIRS 2009 Stafford Showground 13, 14, 15 March 12, 13, 14 June 7, 8, 9 August 2, 3, 4 October 11, 12, 13 December

Bowman Antiques Fairs Tel 01274 588 505 www.antiquesfairs.com

Book a bed ahead

Call in to Stafford’s Tourism Information Centre [TIC] and you can book accommodation anywhere in the UK. The TIC can make advance bookings for Visa, Mastercard and Switch card holders. At the time of booking there is a charge of 10% of the first night’s stay, which is deducted from your final bill by the accommodation provider plus a non-refundable booking fee of £2.95.

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre | Eastgate Street | Stafford | ST16 2LT t. 01785 619 619 | w. visitstafford.org | e. tic@staffordbc.gov.uk OPEN Mon to Fri 9.30am - 5pm Sat 9am - 4pm

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AMERTON FARM FUN DAYS 2009

Tue 7 April Easter Extravaganza

Mon 27 July - Fri 28 August Amerton at the Circus

Sun 12 April Easter Egg Treasure Hunt

Mon 26 - Fri 30 October Halloween Haunting Week

Tue 26 May Mini County Show

Fri 27 November Christmas Late Night Opening 37


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Accommodation in & around Stafford Newcastle-under-Lyme

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A52

A5001

A525

A521

B5032

Cheadle

A520

B5032

J15

Trentham

A5182

2

A53

B5030

Barlaston

A51

Fulford

A520

Tittensor

M6

3

A50

Stone

Burston Sandon

A34

4

A51

A513

Beaconside

Stafford

A519

Milford

A518

A518

J13

Bradley

Church Eaton

Little Onn

A449

Abbots Bromley

Admaston Great Haywood B5013

Ingestre

Haughton

B5066

Amerton Weston

A513

J14

Ranton

B5405

Salt

Marston

A5013

Yoxall Armitage Kings Bromley

Pottal Pool

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B5014

Rugeley

A34

Penkridge B5314

B5234

Little Haywood Shugborough Wolseley Bridge Brocton A513 Colton

Acton Trussell

M6

B5017

A518

Chebsey

Eccleshall

Woodseaves

5

Loxley B5066

Pershall

Gnosall

B5027

A51

A519

Newport

Uttoxeter

Milwich

Slindon

Norbury

B5030

Oulton

Fairoak

Adbaston

A522

A50

Moddershall

Swynnerton B5026

Croxton

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Leek

Stoke-on-Trent

A53

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A51

A515

A460

Wheaton Aston

A41

Stretton A5

Brewood

Lichfield A5

J12

Cannock

A5190

A5192

This map is based upon Ordnance Survey material with the permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationary Office Š Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown Copyright and may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings. 100018205 [2009].

Tea/coffee En-suite



Lounge Children welcome

Caravan hire Caravan pitches

Hot/cold water TV

Dogs by arrangement Disabled

Walkers welcome

No smoking

Central heating Telephone

Conference facilities Foreign language spoken

Smoking Area Wi-Fi 

Licensed Restaurant

Credit cards  Special rates

Internet Access Tourism Bureau Stafford 

Linen Indoor pool

AA

The grades awarded to accommodation providers featured in this guide have all been checked for authenticity with the relevant organisations. And, although our policy is not to recommend, this is the only accommodation recognised by Stafford Borough Council.

Evening meals P Parking/garage





Visit Britain

Quality at Heart

Servicemark Gold Award

Quality at Heart

Servicemark Silver Award

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THE ABBEY HOTEL

MR C4

65 - 69 LICHFIELD ROAD, STAFFORD ST17 4LW TEL 01785 258531 FAX 01785 246875 www. abbeyhotelstafford.co.uk

“Our desire is that every guest should receive entire satisfaction during their stay at the Abbey.” The Abbey is a family run hotel offering a warm, friendly atmosphere. Originally private residences built at the turn of the Century, which have been tastefully and comprehensively converted into high standard accommodation with a superb level of facilities. Our ongoing refurbishment programme is sympathetic to the building’s character. Single, double, twin and family rooms, all en suite. Children very welcome; baby listening facilities available. TV, radio, tea and coffee, telephone and PC modems in all rooms. Elegant restaurant offering a wide range of cuisine. Bar Meals, Cold Buffets to à la Carte for any small function or gathering. Comfortable lounge bar. Large private car park. Lock-up garage available. Within easy walking distance of the Town Centre and access to M6.

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THE BAILEY HOTEL

MR C4

LICHFIELD ROAD, STAFFORD ST17 4LL TEL 01785 214133 Prices from £18 pppn single, double, large family rooms available with full English breakfast. Recently completely refurbished. Tea and coffee making facilities. Within walking distance of the town centre and on a main bus route to and from the train station. Car parking.

AWARD PENDING

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CEDARWOOD

MR C4

Prices from £25 pppn 3 rooms - single, twin and double, all with private facilities. Excellent accommodation with disabled access and two bedrooms on the ground floor. Guests lounge. Parking in own grounds. Situated approx. 2 miles from Stafford town centre on the main bus route to the station. Within easy reach of Shugborough, Staffordshire University, Alton Towers, County Showground, Wedgwood and M6 Junction 13. HHHH Silver Award

MR C4

66 CANNOCK ROAD, STAFFORD ST17 0QQ Mrs C Long TEL FAX 01785 662456 EMAIL longcath@hotmail.com Prices from £25 pppn, 1 double, 1 twin, newly refurbished rooms with TV, DVD and CD. A warm welcome awaits you at 66, we offer excellent accommodation, parking in own grounds. our breakfasts are locally sourced and we only serve Fairtrade teas and coffees. Approx 10 min from M6 junction 13, 2 miles from Stafford Town Centre and near to Shugborough, County Showground, the Potteries and Alton Towers.

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46 WEEPING CROSS, STAFFORD ST17 0DS Mrs Fern Welsby TEL 01785 662981

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BED & BREAKFAST AT 66

AWARD PENDING

FAIRFIELD GUEST HOUSE

MR C4

70 LICHFIELD ROAD, STAFFORD ST17 4LP TEL 01785 252854 EMAIL fairfieldguesthouse@hotmail.co.uk Prices from £16 pppn 10 rooms. Single, double and large family rooms available with full English breakfast. Tea and coffee making facilities in every room. Within walking distance of town centre and on the main bus route to and from the train station. Car park at the rear. Satellite TV.

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18th Century heritage...

• Convienient town centre location • 31 luxury en-suite bedrooms • All bedrooms refurbished Jan 2009 • Award winning brasserie restaurant • Two contemporary bar areas • Popular coffee shop • FREE wi-fi

The Swan Hotel 46 Greengate St Stafford ST16 2JA 01785 258142 www.thelewispartnership.co.uk

...21st Century style www.thelewispartnership.co.uk

excellence in hospitality


LEONARDS CROFT

MR C4

WYNDALE GUESTHOUSE

MR C4

80 LICHFIELD ROAD, STAFFORD ST17 4LP TEL 01785 223676 www. leonardscroft.co.uk EMAIL leonardscroft@hotmail.com

199 CORPORATION ST, STAFFORD ST16 3LQ TEL 01785 223069 EMAIL wyndale@aol.com www. wyndaleguesthouse.co.uk

Prices from £28 pppn. 9 rooms - single, twin, double and family, all en-suite. Large Victorian house offering first class accommodation and breakfast; a few minutes walk from Stafford Town centre. Easy access to M6 and close to the County Showground, Shugborough and attractions of the potteries area. All rooms with digital T.V., WiFi, tea, coffee etc. Drinks and evening meals available on request.

Prices from £29 pppn 8 rooms - single, twin, double and family. 5 rooms en-suite. The warm welcome from the family owned Wyndale guesthouse will make you feel comfortable and at home. Easy walking distance from Stafford Town Centre and the Railway Station. En route to County Showground, Hospital, University and most major Industrial Estates. Evening meals available on request.

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COLTON HOUSE

MR E5

COLTON, RUGELEY, STAFFORDSHIRE WS15 3LL. Mr and Mrs Lawrence TEL 01889 578580 EMAIL mail@coltonhouse.com

www.

coltonhouse.com

Prices from £33 pppn. Twin / double en-suite. In a pretty peaceful village with two pubs and a church within walking distance, this superbly restored luxurious large Grade II* listed Georgian home has breathtaking views across the 1.5 acre garden to Cannock Chase. Sit on the south facing patio, enjoy the sun and have a drink before dinner generally made with freshly prepared organically grown vegetables from the garden. All the rooms have been individually designed with style and comfort in mind for you to enjoy; you can choose which luxurious en-suite bedroom you prefer; from a four poster, or one with a 6’ x 7’ bed and round 5’ jacuzzi, to those with beamed ceilings and views over the Staffordshire countryside. Enjoy the Egyptian fluffy towels, power showers and Ron and Gay’s dedication to ensuring you have an enjoyable stay.

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HHHHH BREAKFAST AWARD

Winner Best B&B in the Heart of England Region 2008

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AMERTON BED & BREAKFAST MR D4

AMERTON, STOWE-BY-CHARTLEY, STAFFS ST18 0LA TEL FAX 01889 272777 WWW. amertonfarm.co.uk Bed and breakfast from £27.50. 5 rooms all en-suite. Family rooms available. Fr­iendly and comfortable, Amerton Farm dates from 1793 with log fires and oak beams. All bedrooms have TV / Video / DVD / Freeview. On-site Therapy Centre, Hot Tub, Garden Centre, Craft Centre, Tearoom, Bakery and much more. Ideal for County Showground, Shugborough, Cannock Chase, Peak District, Potteries, Alton Towers.

FIELD HOUSE

MR C3

STAFFORD ROAD, STONE ST15 0HE Ms Busfield TEL FAX 01785 605712 EMAIL fieldhouse@ntlworld.com WWW. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/fieldhouse Prices from £50 per room. 3 rooms single, double, double en-suite and family. Listed Georgian house offers style and comfort. Situated within easy walking distance of canal town centre where you will find a variety of restaurants and wine bars to tempt your palate. Easy access to the M6 and Staffordshire tourist attractions.

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HAYWOOD PARK FARM

MR D5

THE LEYS HOUSE

MR B5

SHUGBOROUGH, STAFFORD ST17 0XA TEL 01889 882736 EMAIL haywood.parkfarm@btopenworld.com WWW. haywoodparkfarm.co.uk

QUARRY LANE, GNOSALL, ST20 0BZ TEL 01785 822532 / 07971 800230 EMAIL theleyshouse@hotmail.co.uk WWW. theleyshouse.co.uk

Prices from £35 pppn 1 en-suite with king size bed and 1 twin room both with private bathrooms. Guest sitting room. Something special! Stunning manor house, part of the Shugborough Estate, right on Cannock Chase. Beautiful, comfortable bedrooms, opulent bathrooms, farmhouse breakfasts. TV/video, teatrays, fresh flowers, shortbread, warm welcome. Private and tranquil. 10 mins to Stafford.

Prices from £30 pppn 1 twin en-suite and 2 doubles, 1 en-suite, 1 with private bathroom. A warm welcome awaits you at this lovely Victorian smallholding, beautifully furnished with log fires. Local and homemade produce for breakfast. Shropshire Union canal 50 yds.Within walking distance of the 4 village pubs. Ideal for Potteries, Peak District and Ironbridge.

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MAYFIELD HOUSE

MR C3

OFFLEY GROVE FARM

MR A4

ADBASTON, NR ECCLESHALL, STAFFS ST20 0QB TEL 01785 280205 EMAIL enquiries@offleygrovefarm.co.uk WWW. offleygrovefarm.co.uk

112 NEWCASTLE ROAD, STONE, STAFFS ST15 8LG Mrs K Green TEL 01785 811446 Prices from £22.50. 3 bedrooms, 2 are en-suite. An Edwardian house that backs on to the Trent and Mersey Canal. Situated on Newcastle Road within walking distance of Stone town centre with pubs and restaurants. Within easy reach of M6 J14 and J15 Stafford, Shugborough, the Potteries, Wedgwood, Gladstone Museum, Cannock Chase and Alton Towers.

Prices from £28. 2 rooms, double and twin/family, both en-suite. Reductions for children. Traditional farmhouse and buildings surrounded by beautiful tranquil countryside. Tastefully furnished, spacious accommodation with a homely atmosphere. Excellent breakfasts. Self catering cottages are available. Brochure on request. Now licensed for Civil Ceremonies.

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THE OLD SCHOOL

MR B5

ROOKS NEST FARM

HHH

MR D4

NEWPORT RD, HAUGHTON, STAFFORD ST18 9JH Mrs J Jenks TEL FAX 01785 780358 EMAIL info@theoldsc.co.uk WWW. theoldsc.co.uk

WESTON BANK, WESTON, STAFFORD ST18 0BA Mrs Jackie Williams TEL 01889 270624 EMAIL info@rooksnest.co.uk WWW. rooksnest.co.uk

Prices from £25 pppn Single, double and twin. Grade ll listed building, built 1841, tastefully converted. Situated in the centre of a quiet pretty village 3 miles west of Stafford on the A518. Within easy reach of J13/14 (M6). Attractive well-maintained rooms. Parking available. Two pubs in walking distance serving excellent evening meals.

Bed and Breakfast from £27.50 pppn sharing. 2 rooms double / twin en-suite. A modern farmhouse with comfortable accommodation and far reaching views over the Trent Valley. Close to Weston Hall and County Showground. Easy access to all Staffordshire attractions.

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A unique and...

• Idyllic countryside location • Convieniently located near M6 • 41 luxury en-suite bedrooms • 2 AA Rosette Conservatory Resturant • Stylish bar brasserie area • State-of-the-art conference and event facilities • FREE wi-fi

The Moat House Hotel

Lower Penkridge Road Acton Trussell Staffordshire ST17 ORJ 01785 712217 www.thelewispartnership.co.uk

...very special place www.thelewispartnership.co.uk

excellence in hospitality


PARK FARM

MR D4

PARK FARM

MR E5

ARMITAGE LANE, ARMITAGE, RUGELEY STAFFS WS15 1PS Mrs Lewis TEL 01889 583477 Prices from £25 - £28 pppn. B&B. 2 family rooms both en-suite. Old house with oak beams and inglenook fireplace on 100 acre stock farm. Close to Trent and Mersey Canal and River Trent, large garden overlooking Cannock Chase. Full English breakfast included. Stafford 10 miles, Lichfield 6 miles, Rugeley 2 miles. P

WESTON ROAD, STAFFORD ST18 0BD Mrs Julie Williams TEL 01785 240257 EMAIL parkfarm12@hotmail.com WWW. parkfarmstafford.com Bed and breakfast from £25 - £35 pppn. Family, double and twin rooms all en-suite. Our traditional farmhouse is set in 100 acres of farmland by the County Showground. Rooms have TVs and teatrays with lovely views over surrounding countryside. Ideally placed for Staffordshire University, Technology Park and Shugborough.

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SLINDON HOUSE FARM

Prices from £25 pp sharing or £35 single. Twin en-suite, double private bathroom. A warm welcome awaits you on this working farm. Situated in the tiny village of Slindon on the A519 and ideally located between M6 junctions 14 and 15 for an overnight break or longer stay. Excellent breakfast. Singles welcome. P

MR E4

MR B3

SLINDON, ECCLESHALL, STAFFS ST21 6LX Mrs H Bonsall TEL 01782 791237 EMAIL bonsall@btconnect.com WWW. slindonhousefarm.co.uk

HHH

BLITHFIELD LAKESIDE BARNS

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DALRADDY COTTAGE

HHHH

MR C6

ST STEPHENS HILL FARM, ADMASTON NR RUGELEY WS15 3NQ Mrs M Brown TEL 01889 500234 EMAIL maxine.brown@lineone.net WEB blithfieldlakesidebarns.co.uk

POTTAL POOL, TEDDESLEY HAY ST19 5RR TEL 01785 715700 WWW. dalraddycottage.com EMAIL mailto:sonia@dalraddycottage.co.uk

6 luxury cottages, sleeping from 2-10 people. Weeks from £195 - £990. Short breaks from £140 - £570. Superb lakeside barn conversions in a peaceful location on our organic dairy farm overlooking Blithfield Reservoir. Abbots Bromley 2 miles. Breathtaking views of the water, lakeside patios and oak beams. Trout and carp fishing and walking on site, cycling and riding nearby.

Short breaks from £100. Weekly holidays from £150. Inclusive of linen/towels and fuel. Open all year. Short and long lets available. Luxurious detached 2 bedroom cottage sleeping 4, set within the grounds of Pottal Pool House on Cannock Chase Country Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Light oak floors, quality furniture, fresh flowers and welcome pack. Sunny patio. Friendly goats. Golf and riding nearby.

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FAIROAK GRANGE BARNS

MR A3

HOME FARM BARNS

MR A4

FAIROAK, NR ECCLESHALL, STAFFORD ST21 6NT TEL 07969 350083 EMAIL fairoakbarns@yahoo.co.uk WWW. fairoakbarns.co.uk

HIGH OFFLEY ROAD, WOODSEAVES, STAFFORD ST20 0LH TEL 01785 284858 EMAIL stay@homefarmcountrycottages.co.uk WWW. homefarmcountrycottages.co.uk

4 cottages sleeping 2 - 4/5 people. Self-catering - inclusive of linen/towels. Welcome pack available. Short breaks from £100. Weeks from £150 - £700. Stone built barn conversion in a tranquil area. Heated by renewable energy, luxurious fittings throughout, separate games room available, cycle lock-up, easy or adventurous walks with outstanding views, private fishing on request, wide selection of local restaurants.

2 cottages sleeping 6 each. £395 - £795 per week including linen, towels, heating, electricity and VAT. Luxury barn conversions on working farm. Countryside views. Easy walking distance to village shops and pubs. Perfect for a relaxing holiday or as a base for business professionals. Internet Access. Explore neighbouring nature reserve and Shropshire Union Canal. Central location.

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GREEN AWARD HHHH SELF CATERING WINNER 2007

SILVER TREES HOLIDAY PARK

AWARD PENDING

MR D6

SUMMERHILL FARM APPARTMENTS

MR D3

STAFFORD BROOK RD, PENKRIDGE BANK RUGELEY WS15 2TX TEL 01889 582185 EMAIL info@silvertreesholidaypark.co.uk WWW. silvertreesholidaypark.co.uk

MILWICH, STAFFORD ST18 0EL Mrs PA Milward TEL 01889 505546 EMAIL p.milward@btinternet.com WWW. summerhillfarmapartments.co.uk

Short breaks from £119. Weeks from £249. Selection of holiday homes available for sale. No all male/female groups. Aimed at those seeking quiet relaxation, deer roam freely through the park during your stay in our modern hire fleet of caravans. Indoor swimming pool. Part of Cannock Chase Country Park with 3500 acres, within minutes of the M6.

Prices from £165 - £400 per week. 2 and 3 bedroom self catering apartments sleeping 4 - 5 persons. Large extremely comfortable barn conversion set in quiet countryside. Close to Alton Towers, Shugborough, Wedgwood, County Showground, Peak District and Trentham. Short and longer lets.

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