The first ever Staffordshire Day takes place on 1st May and organisers have today revealed some of the top events taking place.
Food festivals, arts and music events, special offers and activities from the county’s top attractions are amongst the plans for the big day.
Organisers Enjoy Staffordshire and Staffordshire County Council hope to see the day as an annual fixture on the county’s calendar, attracting more visitors to the area and helping local residents show their pride in their county. The date, chosen by the public last year, marks the anniversary of the creation of Staffordshire’s world-famous Wedgwood pottery company in 1759.
“Whether it’s arts you’re after, a food festival, music events, a lights show, or a day out at your favourite attraction there will be something for you and the family. So, remember to check out the website to see what’s happening in your area.”
Staffordshire events and offers confirmed so far include:
‘Why the monkeys came to Staffordshire’ at the Monkey Forest, Trentham
Lymelight music festival in Newcastle and Food Fest 16 in Newcastle
Light show in Lichfield
Open day at the Museum of Cannock Chase
National Brewery Centre in Burton: 2 for 1 on museum entry
National Memorial Arboretum: free self-led trails (usually £2.50 each) including World War One Discovery Trail and Animal Trail
Holiday Inn Express Burton: stay Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April, and get Sunday 1st half price
Holiday Inn Newcastle: standard double room including breakfast £79 on Staffordshire Day (normally £89)
Norbury Canal Festival
Churchill China Stoke: 20% off all items in factory shop on Sat 30th, Sun 1st and Mon 2nd
Royal Stafford Stoke: free Made in England, Staffordshire Potteries coaster with every purchase
Plant Hunters Fair at Weston Park, South Staffs
Brindley 300 Heritage Walk at Kidsgrove (celebrating the 300th birthday of James Brindley, pioneer of the UK canal network)
Fun Day at Spark Burntwood (community centre)
Performance of Tom’s Midnight Garden at Woodseaves Village Hall
Activities lined up so far in Stoke-on-Trent include:
A local three-and-a-half mile cycle ride for families on traffic-free paths and quiet streets led by qualified ride leaders that will take in a number of locations which honour famous people of Staffordshire. Registration will take place by the cenotaph outside the King’s Hall at 2.45pm. The ride will finish at Stoke Minster an hour later so that everyone can enjoy the music celebration event.
An insight into the history of the Anglo Saxons at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, with a renowned re-enactment company which works daily at the Tower of London. The event is free to attend.
Fifty per cent off activities, including access to swimming and sports halls, at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Dimensions Leisure Centre, Wallace Sport and Education Centre and Northwood Stadium.
The start of the ceramic heart tour, which is made up of six pieces representing each of the six towns. This will start at Stoke Minster and make its way around the city, finishing at Smithfield in December.
On Monday 2nd May, Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton, is offering free admission to visitors and is putting on a range of fun activities, from ceramic workshops, Victorian sewing and circus demonstrations and music from the Penkhull Village Brass Band.
For more information on Staffordshire Day , what’s going on and how to get involved visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffsday
You can also keep up to date and join in the campaign on Twitter – look for the #staffordshireday hashtag