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New Wooden Coaster Unveiled at Alton Towers

Wicker Man

Alton Towers have lifted the lid on their new wood and fire coaster, Wicker Man Opening in Spring 2018, Wicker Man is the culmination of years of development and constuction at the Staffordshire theme park, which is just 30 minutes drive from Stone. It’s been 21 years since the last wooden rollercoaster was built in the UK and Wicker Man ...

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Boost for Staffordshire From Record Overseas Visitors

Stone Food & Drink Festival crowds on Westbridge Park in 2016

This year the UK is enjoying a record 40 million overseas visitors, and Staffordshire’s tourism sector is also set to benefit from the boost. Overseas trips to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7 million with spending up 14% to £25.7bn this year, tourist promotion agency VisitBritain forecasts. The sector is already worth over £1 billion annually in Staffordshire, with around ...

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Staffordshire’s Top 10 Summer Family Days Out

If you’re looking for ways to entertain the kids this summer, Staffordshire has a wealth of options available. Here are 10 great ways to keep the kids happy till schools back. Alton Towers Resort’s brand new CBeebies Land Hotel is full of well-loved children’s TV characters, hours of live shows and 76 themed rooms – and kids play free with ...

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Chance to Shine for County’s Best Tourism Businesses

Destination Staffordshire has launched the 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards, so the hunt for Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses is now on!   With 14 categories for the county’s best attractions, accommodation providers, events and most dog-friendly businesses. The fifth iteration of the awards will give businesses the chance to emulate last year’s winners, who included Alton Towers Resort, Drayton Manor Park, ...

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One Month to go Until “An Audience with Mike Dilger”

With just one month to go until Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s “An Audience with Mike Dilger” event at the Alton Towers Resort. people are being urged to snap up their tickets quickly. Well-known for his appearances on ‘The One Show’ and ‘Springwatch, the popular BBC naturalistwill provide an interactive and illustrated talk on the trials and tribulations of being a wildlife ...

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Trust Hosts “An Audience with Mike Dilger” at Alton Towers Resort

  Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has announced it is to host ‘An Audience with Mike Dilger’ at the Alton Towers Resort in April. Best known for his television appearances on BBC’s The One Show, the Stafford-born naturalist will provide an interactive and illustrated talk on the trials and tribulations of being a wildlife presenter during the event, on Friday April 28. Mike, who ...

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Tourism Awards see Staffordshire Businesses Going for Gold

Nearly 100 Staffordshire businesses are going head to head across the county in a bid to be crowned Staffordshire’s best tourism business, including 15 businesses from Stafford Borough. In the midst of a tourism boom, with almost 25 million people from home and abroad enjoying day or overnight trips to the area, the 2016 NFU Mutual Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards will ...

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24 million visitors generate £1.2billion for Staffordshire

Latest figures on Staffordshire’s tourism economy published today prove that the county remains a popular destination amongst visitors. 2015 saw the county’s busiest year with over 24 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed day or overnight trips to Staffordshire. This helped generate over £1.2 billion in direct spend on accommodation, entertainment, travel, shopping and food & drink. In addition to ...

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Crews receive commendations for Alton Towers rescue

Firefighters who rescued casualties trapped on The Smiler ride at Alton Towers have received a Chief Fire Officer’s certificate of commendation. Peter Dartford presented the accolade to 25 firefighters. The crews were from Leek, Stafford, Sandyford, Cheadle, Ipstones, Longton and Hanley and the officers were from service headquarters in Stone. They were joined by the victims and their families who had ...

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