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Staffordshire County Show 1st to 2nd June 2016
Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD The 2016 Staffordshire County Show will be a truly great day out for all the family to enjoy some superb local produce, exquisite crafts and a whole host of family activities, displays and performances. Alrewas Show 16th July 2016
The Showground, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7DP
The Alrewas Show is a great day out for the whole family. A variety of activities & attractions reflect the traditions of agriculture & horticulture stretching over a century and a quarter since the first show was held in 1879. Highlights include competitive classes in cookery, horticulture, artwork & craftwork, plus horse and calf classes, and the traditional annual carnival. Staffordshire County Showground English Winter Fair 19th to 20th November 2016
Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD
Featuring livestock competitions, auctions and more.
Burton on Trent
Visitor Centre , Horninglow Street , Burton upon Trent ,
Staffordshire, DE14 1YQ
Tel: +44 (0) 1283 508111 fax:01283 517268
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Tel: +44 (0) 1543 877666 Fax: 01543 462317
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Market Place , Leek, Staffordshire ST13 5HH
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Dyke , Lichfield , Staffordshire, WS13 6HR
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Rd, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
ST1 1RZ 01782 236000 fax:01782 236005
Market St , Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7LR
Tel:01827 709581 fax:01827 709582
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Although this once quiet village has been made famous world-wide by Alton Towers, one of Britain's top tourist destinations situated on the opposite side of the Churnet valley, it still has other attractions for the visitor.Alton Castle was built on the site of a Norman castle. It was begun in 1847 to a design by the architect Pugin (of Houses of Parliament fame). It is thought that the Earl of Shrewsbury wanted it constructed to house priests but Pugin was not enthusiastic about the idea of a castle to house priests and it was left incomplete. The castle is approached from the village walking on a bridge over the moat. The Catholic Church in Birmingham now owns it and uses it as a Catholic youth centre offering a variety of outdoor activities.The idea for Alton Towers came from the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury but Pugin was a great friend of the Earl's nephew, John Talbot, who succeeded him as 16th Earl.With Pugin's help he enlarged the house itself and was responsible for the construction of many of the Catholic churches in the area.Established as a residential youth centre by the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Alton Castle opened in September 1996. It has had a highly successful first 10 years with over 5,000 children visiting the Castle each year. It's popularity can be put down to the fact that the Castle is offering a unique experience that meets a real need within schools and community youth groups within the Midlands.At the Castle there is a clear spiritual emphasis. While every child regards Alton Castle as an amazing place when they see its towers, Gothic arches, wonderful stonework and turreted views over the Churnet Valley.
Alton Staffordshire ST10 4TT
Fax : 01538 703613
ALTON CASTLE CLICK
|Tel : 01538 703224|
Alton Towers is the UK´s greatest theme park, home to legendary thrills like Oblivion, Nemesis and Air - and now, Rita - Queen of Speed launches into action delivering an awesome 0-100kph in just 2.5 seconds. Building up to a G-Force of 4.7, this is racing at its most extreme. Unplug your adrenalin and strap yourself in. Maximise your day with a Shortcut pass for the ultimate in thrill-seeking. This pass allows you priority access to Air, Oblivion, Nemesis and The Flume. Whether it´s white-knuckle legends like Nemesis and Oblivion or wild, wacky themed zones for all ages, the action just keeps coming.
ALTON TOWERS CLICK
|Amerton Working Farm
Visit our farm animals including Dexter cows, pigs, goats and ponies. Chickens and ducks run freely in the traditional farmyard environment which children love.Children are free to feed and pet the animals in the farmyard. Animal food is available from the Farm Shop.In the farmyard hand washing facilities are available for both children and adults.
Staffordshire, ST18 0LA
Amerton is situated 1 mile east of Weston, on the A518 Stafford-Uttoxeter Road.
The Amerton Railway is a 2ft gauge line, set in the rolling Staffordshire countryside, and situated at the very popular Amerton Working Farm. The Railway is home to the 1897 Bagnall-built saddle tank Isabel which became such a part of Stafford life on her plinth outside the main Stafford Station. Now you can ride behind this historic loco, and others, over our mile long railway. Steam trains operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays from the end of March until the end of October. A diesel service runs on Saturdays from Easter until the end of August. There is also a limited diesel service mid-week during the main school holidays and of course Santa Specials in December. All services are subject to availability of rolling stock.
|Amerton Farm, Stowe-by-Chartley,
Stafford, ST18 0LA
Railway Only: 01785 850965
AMERTON RAILWAY CLICK
|Ancient High House, Stafford
The Ancient High House has been one of the most important buildings in the town for over four hundred years and is the largest timber framed town house in England. King Charles I stayed here in 1642 at the start of the Civil War and it later became a prison for Royalist Officers. Period room settings display fine furniture and architectural features. The Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum is also housed here. Disabled access is limited, please call before visiting for more information.
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
|Tel: 01785 619131|
|Apedale Heritage Centre
Heritage Centre and Country Park created on the site of Staffordshire's Apedale Mine. Take a tour of the underground mine, see the story of Apedale brought to life by 'hands on' history as well as a selection of interesting displays and artifacts in the museum. Then have a refreshing drink in the cafe or visit the gift shop
|Loomer Road, Chesterton,
Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 7LB Exit M6 junction 16, A500
towards Stoke-on-Trent. Take A34 to Newcastle-under-Lyme
at Chesterton take A52
APEDALE HERITAGE CLICK
House Children's Farm
is a family owned farm which has been operating as a Childrens Farm for over 25 years. Our aim is to provide an enjoyable and educational hands on experience for children of all ages. We are open to the general public and specialize in guided tours for school parties and play groups.
Nr. Tamworth, Staffs B78 2BL
To find us travel along the A4091 from
ASH END HOUSE FARM CLICK
|Tel/Fax: 0121 329 3240|
|Avery Historical Museum, Smethwick||Avery-Berkel
|Tel: +44 (0) 121 - 558 1112|
|Aynsley China Visitor
Aynsley China is one of the best-known names in the Staffordshire Potteries, with a history reaching back to 1775. Throughout much of the twentieth century it remained a family firm producing high quality traditional wares whilst experimenting with modern shapes and designs. Aynsley has been honoured to supply specially commissioned tableware to Royalty, governments and companies all over the world.
|Portland Works Sutherland Road,
AYNSLEY CHINA CLICK
|tel: 01782 339400|
Bantock House is a fantastic hidden treasure located deep within Bantock Park, just over a mile from the centre of Wolverhampton. In the house, Temporary exhibitions take place all year round, offering displays in a wide range of subjects.
Bantock Park provides an ideal place for families to relax and is a haven for wildlife, covering over 43 acres, the park is home, playground and restaurant to all sorts of birds, animals, insects and plants. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in the peace and tranquillity of this charming house and it's park.
Wolverhampton West Midlands WV3 9LQ
|Tel : 01902 552195|
|Barlaston, nr. Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire ST12 9AT
Open: 9 March - 14 September: Tuesdays 2 - 5pm. No groups.
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|Tel: 01782 372391|
Barton Marina inc Barton Waterfront
There is a function room with its own bar, dance floor and balcony. We can cater for conferences, weddings or any red letter day party and have a full IT conference package. The room can accommodate 140 people.
|Barton under Needwood, Burton upon Trent,
Staffordshire, DE13 8BW
BARTON MARINA CLICK
A 30 hectare (73 acre) site that was originally part of the larger Biddulph Grange Estate, comprising of woodland with meadows, a large lake and ponds.Based on the Victorian theme of landscaped views combined with natural features Biddulph Grange Country Park offers you chance to explore a historic landscape as laid out by its Victorian and early 20th Century creators. Paths have been restored and new ones created to give easy access throughout the park. Although the site is on a hillside, wheelchair access is usually achieved at least as far as the main pool, an outstanding feature at the centre of the site and where a stone boat house from 1904 has been restored. In March 2000 a 100-year-old hydroelectric scheme was reinstated at the site's visitor centre giving an example of how power can be generated sustainably on a small scale for local use.
|Grange Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire
Moorlands, ST13 6HQ
situated and signposted off the A527 from Stoke-on-Trent / Congleton road, 1 mile north of Biddulph.
BIDDULPH GRANGE CLICK
Designed in the mid-19th century by James Bateman to display specimens from his extensive and wide-ranging plant collection, the garden is set out in a series of connected 'compartments'. Visitors are taken on a journey of discovery, through tunnels and pathways to individual gardens inspired by countries around the world; from the tranquillity of a Chinese garden or an Egyptian Court, to a formal Italian garden.
|Grange Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire
Moorlands, ST8 7SD
Access from the A527 Tunstall to Congleton Road. The garden is located half a mile north of Biddulph, and three and a half miles southeast of Congleton.
BIDDULPH GRANGE GDNS CLICK
Bilston Craft Gallery is located 3 miles outside of Wolverhampton, and is only a 5 minutes walk from Bilston town centre.
The gallery is the largest dedicated craft venue in the region with a lively programme of exhibitions featuring the best in contemporary crafts.
|Mount Pleasant Bilston
Wolverhampton West Midlands WV14 7LU Bilston Craft Gallery is located 3 miles outside of Wolverhampton and 5 minutes walk from Bilston town centre.
Tuesday 10am to 4pm Wednesday 10am to 7pm
Thursday 10am to 4pm Friday 10am to 1pm
Saturday 11am to 4pm
BILSTON CRAFT GALLERY CLICK
|Tel : 01902 552507|
Birches Valley Forest Centre
Birches Valley Forest Centre is an ideal starting point for a visit to Cannock Chase with car parking, toilets, adventure playground, walking and cycling trails and Birches Valley Cafe offering home made cakes, hot snacks and ice creams.If you are planning a longer stay there is also a class B caravan site for touring vans and motorhomes amongst the trees. The Centre offers a varied programme throughout the year for all ages, bike hire and 6,000 hectares of forest to explore. For further details on Birches Valley Forest Centre in Rugeley, Staffordshire see our website.
|Lady Hill, Rugeley,
Staffordshire, WS15 2UQ
Tel: 01889 586593
BIRCHES VALLEY CLICK
|Tel: 01889 586593|
Bishop Asbury Cottage
century cottage which was the boyhood home of
Francis Asbury, the first American Methodist Bishop.
Furnished in period style, and with memorabilia and
information relating to Asbury's life both in West
Bromwich and in America. Also information relating
to the rise of Methodism in the Black Country, and
links to John Wesley's life and times, and visits to
the local area.
Bishop Asbury Cottage,
|Tel: 0121 553 0759 (Oak House)|
|Blackbrook Zoological Park
Home to the largest bird collection in the UK, Blackbrook is internationally renowned for it’s achievements in breeding some of the world’s rarest birds. At Blackbrook, conservation is at the heart of everything that we do and we are working hard to protect and breed the many species of birds and animals that we have here. Blackbrook was established in 1991 by my mum, Mrs Diana Holloway and myself, Mark Rubery. My mum was a great lady who was determined to make Blackbrook a huge success as a zoological park, a place for education and as a fantastic breeding ground for birds and animals. Following mums sudden death in 2006, I took over the park with a view to develop it with the same passion and enthusiasm that my mum had shown.
Zoological Park, Winkhill,
Staffordshire, ST13 7QR
From Leek Take the Leek-Ashbourne Road (A523) take A523 until you reach Windy Ridge Cafe on your right. Take first right and Blackbrook is the first entrance on the right.
BLACKBROOK ZOO CLICK
|Tel 01538 308293|
Museum and Art Gallery
At the Borough Museum & Art Gallery, Newcastle´s long history can be traced through the Roman period, its medieval castle, Royal Charters and industries to the present day. All of these and more are represented in the museum´s permanent displays that include clocks, teapots, paintings and clay pipes. There is a mock-up of a 19th century street and a collection of armoury from the World Wars and before. The Art Gallery includes local artists, travelling exhibitions and a frequently changing programme of exhibitions - there is always something new to see in both the main art gallery and the small gallery.
The Brampton, Newcastle-under-Lyme,
Staffordshire, ST5 0QP
Follow signs from Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre.
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
BOROUGH MUSEUM CLICK
Romantic 17th Century hunting lodge and the Royal Oak Tree where King Charles II hid after Battle of Worcester in 1651. Gardens, tearoom and exhibition. House by guided tour only
|Boscobel Road, Bishops Wood,
Stafford, Staffordshire, ST19 9AR
April - October Wed - Sunday inc Bank Holiday Mondays and Special event days 10 am - 5 pm
This village has a long and interesting history although today, to the visitor, it may appear to be nothing more than a suburb of Burton.To the north of Branston, just beyond the Trent and Mersey Canal remains of the 13th century half-timbered Sinai Park Farm stand as a reminder of the days when the building was a sanatorium for aged and sick monks from Burton Abbey. Branston Water Park, just off the A38, is a 40 acre lake surrounded by woodland, wetland and meadows. The lake is used for wind surfing, model boating and angling through local clubs. A footpath around the lake leads to an attractive wooded area and children's play facilities.Branston is famous for the pickle that was first manufactured at the Burton Road factory, which was occupied by Crosse & Blackwell Ltd., from March 1921. The premises were originally built as a machine gun factory and were put up for auction in 1919. Today the factory is a distribution depot.Elsewhere in the village, there is an eighteen-hole golf course within a country club,
Burton upon Trent
|Tel: 01283 508573|
The Brewhouse provides a venue for a wide variety of performing arts by both local and touring companies. There are workshops and a range of arts projects, a 250 seat theatre, studios, exhibition space and bar.
Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1EB
Box Office: 01283 508100
BREWHOUSE THEATRE CLICK
|Box Office: 01283 508100
Mill and James Brindley Museum
James Brindley, the famous canal engineer, built this water powered corn mill by the River Churnet in 1752. Visitors can see corn being ground and visit the museum showing millwrighting skills.
|Mill Street, Leek,
Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 6BL
located at the bottom of Mill Street (A523 Leek to Macclesfield) approximately half a mile from the town centre.
BRINDLEY MILL CLICK
Wildlife Rescue Centre
The British Wildlife Rescue Centre, which includes a hospital facility, with veterinary cover, is dedicated to the care of sick, injured and orphaned British Wildlife. Our aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and release back to the wild. Some creatures are unable to be released due to the nature of their injury or to imprinting. In these cases they are given natural surroundings and the freedom to breed.
|Tel 01889 271308|
The last working Victorian Pottery in England. Makers of fine English earthenware since 1851. We make a unique product from our 19th century Victorian pottery.We use a 200 year old decorating process of underglaze transfer printing.Famous for our Blue and White China !A family business established in 1851 is still manufacturing a pure English earthenware product in the 21st Century.We have a rich heritage of design and craftmanship.We use ball clay from Devon; china clay from Cornwall and the unique skilled decorating process of underglaze transfer printing.We believe from our experience and insight we have gained the best of both worlds...from our rich archives and unique traditional decorating skills to our up-to-date country living look, we have achived the fullest potential from the beauty of our English products.We love our factory and our products and hope you do too!
& Leigh Ltd
Middleport Pottery, Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3PE,
9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday,
10am to 4pm Sundays
E mail: email@example.com
Tel: +44 (0)1782 577866
Fax: +44 (0)1782 575529
The largest registered Victorian Park in the UK. A great family attraction that has undergone significant improvements over the last few years. Its facilities include a bandstand area, Crown Green bowling green, lake and new fountain, picnic areas, play area and sports courts. New for 2007 is a Heritage Mosaic, which was designed especially for the park by specialist mosaic artist Rob Turner. Local people sketched designs, and the favourite was then transformed into the 3 metre circular mosaic, depicting key buildings in the park and people from the past. The park also has improved paths and improved lighting.
|Burslem Park Lodge, Moorland
Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, ST6 1EA
Burslem Park has pedestrian access off Moorland Road (B5051) and Hamil Road. Disabled parking spaces are available by the Lodge entrance off Moorland Road. The park can be accessed by the Burslem to Cobridge greenway too.
BURSLEM PARK CLICK
|Burton on Trent
town, straddling the River Trent, grew up around the
monastery of St Modwen. The monks started the
wool industry and later the ancient market town became
associated with the brewing industry.Brewing
originally developed here because of the quality of
the local water, which contains a high proportion of
dissolved salts. To preserve the quality of the
water today much of the open land in and around the
town is protected from chemical treatment.
Internationally known as 'the brewing capital of Great
Britain', Burton upon Trent currently has 5
brewers. The Coors
and Marstons ( Tel: 01283 507391 ) breweries have
visitor centres, both offering a museum and brewery
tour. Another of Burton upon Trent's great claims to
fame is that it is the home of Marmite! A
by-product of the brewing industry, the savoury
yeast-extract spead has been manufactured here since
1902. Bovril, (originally a beef extract but now
totally vegetarian) is also produced here. The
combination of the Marmite and Bovril factories,
together with the 5 breweries, gives Burton upon Trent
its distinctive smell! The Trent Washlands in Burton upon
Trent forms part of the National Forest. This
large area of the River Trent floodplain boasts a
variety of habitats and has a wide range of wildlife.
Coors Visitor Centre , Horninglow Street , Burton upon Trent , Staffordshire, DE14 1YQ
|Tel: 0 1283 508111 fax:01283 517268|
Every day of our working lives is spent looking for new and exciting gardening products and gift ideas to make every visit to Byrkley Garden Centre a very special and rewarding one. Indoors or outdoors, Byrkley Garden Centre is brimming over with lots of wonderful things.And then of course there are all our wonderful people. Our department managers and their staff continually demonstrate their interest in making sure we add to your Byrkley Garden Centre visit by sharing their experience, passion and knowledge with you. Ask any of our people for advice about any of the indoor or outdoor products on display – you can always be sure of a very helpful response!Byrkley Garden Centre is a great place to bring the whole family. There’s always something for the whole family to see and do – and then finish your shopping adventure off with a delicious snack or meal in either The Garden Room Restaurant or our fabulous new “Seasons” at The Garden Room.
Burton upon Trent
Mon-Sat 9.00am - 5.30pm
Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm
BYRKLEY PARK CLICK
|Tel: 01283 716467
Fax: 01283 716594
Cannock lies to the north of the Black Country and south of Cannock Chase. In the Middle Ages Cannock was an agricultural town and a weekly market has been held here since 1259. Coal mining and iron smelting first developed here in Tudor times but the massive exploitation of the local coal seams began in the mid-19th century.New canal and railway links helped the rapid growth of Cannock's mining industry. Other industries, such as edge-tool manufacture, also developed here because of the area's coal reserves and its proximity to the Black Country. Coal mining reached at peak in Cannock in the 1920's but by the end of the 20th century the industry had vanished. Littleton, the last deep-mined colliery on Cannock Chase, closed in 1993. The facinating history of the local coal mining industry is illustrated at the Museum of Cannock Chase in Hednesford.Since World War II Cannock has grown rapidly as a residential area. Cannock's excellent transport links, and the beautiful surrounding countryside, have meant that the town has become an attractive commuter area for the urban areas of Stafford, Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
The Valley Heritage Centre , Valley Road , Hednesford , Cannock , Staffordshire WS12 5TD
|Tel: +44 (0) 1543 877666 Fax: 01543 462317|
Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was designated in 1958 under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. It is the smallest mainland AONB at 6800ha (26 square miles). Cannock Chase is designated as an AONB because of its beautiful landscape, its history and its wildlife. Once a medieval Royal Hunting Forest, today the area consists of heathland, pine and birch woodland, historic parkland, farmland, attractive villages and remnants of ancient oak woodland.
|AONB Unit, Shugborough Park Farm, Milford,
Stafford, Staffordshire, WS12 1TD
|Cannock Chase Museum
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 gone and in its place are over 30 acres of green space on the edge of Cannock Chase, at the gateway to the Hednesford Hills Nature Reserve.The Museum was established in 1989 by Cannock Chase District Council as a Museum serving the Chase area, and as part of the Leisure Development Unit seeks to increase access to Heritage, Art and Sport within the Cannock District. Entrance to the Museum is free.In 1993, the museum achieved fully registered status. The Registration standards are set by the Museums and Galleries Commission; to meet these, the museum has demonstrated a commitment to good collections care, management and public service.Today the hills form one of the last remaining areas of heathland in Britain.
|Valley Road, Hednesford,
Staffordshire WS12 1TD
The museum is located just outside Hednesford, just off the A460 Hednesford to Rugeley road.
Fax: 01543 428272
CANNOCK CHASE MUSEUM CLICK
Castle Ring - Iron Age Hill Fort
Largest of seven Iron Age forts in Staffordshire. It was built between 500BC and 43AD and covers around nine acres. The fort has two lines of defence to the North, West and South West whilst there are as many as four ditches and banks on the Eastern side. It is also the highest point on Cannock Chase. (801 feet). Open permanently.
|Cannock Chase - near Cannock Wood
CASTLE RING CLICK
|Central Forest Park
Central forest park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the city. It provides facilities for walking, cycling, dog walking, informal sports, and skateboarding. The grassland provides an important home for insects, birds, and unusual plants, while carboniferous fossils can be found in the loose shale of the pit mound.
|Chell Street, Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent,
From City Centre, take the B5047 Town Road off the A50 Potteries Way towards Smallthorne, Central Forest Park is a short way on the left.
CENTRAL FOREST PARK CLICK
Ceramica Trust is a unique experience and a great day-out for the whole family. Following the path from clay right through to a finished product, you see a reconstruction of the inside of a bottle oven, including Josiah Wedgwood´s own kiln that was discovered by the Time Team. You learn about the different processes that go into the manufacture of ceramics and how modern technology is playing a vital role in the ceramic industries future. You can listen to local people reminisce their most fond memories of working or living in the Potteries, read the news on Ceramica TV or take a flying carpet ride over Burslem.
Tuesday to Saturday
9:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday 10:30am - 4:30pm
The Chapel Museum in Mow Cop was built in 1852 by local colliers and is a restored Wesleyan Chapel, housing an exhibition on the social, industrial and religious history of the hilltop settlement.
|Hillside, Chapel Bank, Mow
Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 3NA
CHAPEL MUSEUM CLICK
Chartley Castle is a large and impressive 13th century stone motte and bailey fortress, founded by Ranulph Blundeville, earl of Chester. Supported by the motte are the remains of a rare cylindrical keep, with the inner bailey curtain wall still strongly flanked by two huge half-round towers, a twin-towered gatehouse and an angle tower. A strong counterscarp bank and cross-ditch divides the inner and outer baileys, with another ditch and bank encasing the whole castle. Associations with Mary, Queen of Scots. Access by arrangement only.
|On A518 Uttoxeter Road
near Weston, Stafford
CHARTLEY CASTLE CLICK
This volunteer run former colliery railway operates passenger trains from its principal station at Brownhills West, in Chasewater Country Park. Vintage steam and diesel trains run to Lakeside Wildfowl Reserve and to new stations at Chasewater Heaths and Chasetown (Church Street).
|Brownhills West Station,
Chasewater Country Park, Brownhills, Staffordshire, WS8
CHASEWATER RAILWAY CLICK
|Tel: 01543 452623 Fax: 01543 452623|
Cheddleton Flint Mill is a fine example of a water mill that ground flint for the pottery industry. The site features two water mills, a small museum, a period cottage, traditional narrow-boat and many other exhibits. The site is open to the public.The Cheddleton Flint Mill Preservation Trust was formed in 1967 to preserve the unique mill complex and provide educational information concerning the historical development of pottery raw materials. In 1972 the Trust widened its objectives to encompass more of Britain's Industrial Heritage and became the Cheddleton Flint Mill Industrial Heritage Trust.Between 1997 and 2000 we undertook a second major renovation of our Grade II* listed complex, with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund and donations from many other organizations. The buildings should now be structurally sound for many years to come, and much of the machinery is in good running order. One of our current goals is to expand our educational facilities and study packs for school visits, with the help of local teachers.
from the centre of Leek take the A520 south, signposted to Uttoxeter and Longton. About 6km south of Leek the road descends into the steep-sided Churnet valley to cross the river just before the village of Cheddleton, and the mills are on your right.
Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday: 10am - 1pm*
Wednesday: 1pm - 4pm*
Thursday: 1pm - 4pm*
|tel: 01782 502907|
Chillington Hall situated in South Staffordshire has been the home to the Giffard family for more than 800 years, the present owner being the 29th Giffard to live at Chillington Hall.The fine Georgian house is the third to be built on this site and sits magnificently in the landscaped parkland designed by Capability Brown during the 1760’s. Modern Chillington aims to preserve what is best of the past, whilst adapting and modernising for the future. We hope our visitors will enjoy both old and new. Also appreciate the efforts of those who live, work and contribute so much to the conservation and enhancement on this estate alongside of the Giffard family. We look forward to welcoming you.
|Codsall Wood, Wolverhampton,
Staffordshire, WV8 1RE
The house is situated between Brewood and Codsall off Port Lane.Easter to Whitsun holiday: Monday 14.00 - 17.00, Sunday 14.00 - 17.00.
CHILLINGTON HALL CLICK
Churchill China is one of the world´s major manufacturers and distributors of high quality ceramic tableware. Based in Stoke on Trent, Churchill can trace its development back to 1795 and has progressively, built a reputation as an innovative and reliable supplier of quality products. The factory shops are packed to the rafters with genuine end-of lines and stock excesses, all reduced to clear. There is also a huge selection of complete dinnerware ranges with prices to suit every pocket. Whether it is a new dinner service you´re looking for or a gift, a visit to Churchill Factory Shops is well worth while.
High Street, Tunstall,
Fax: 0)1782 810318.
9 screen cinema with luxury stadium seating, latest cinema technology with Dolby surround sound, deluxe screen and bar, cafe.
|Middleway Leisure Park, Guild Street,
Tel: 01283 511535
|Tel: 01283 511535|
|Claymills Pumping Engines
Claymills has four large beam engines, two working, five Lancashire boilers, steam powered engineering workshops with blacksmiths forge and steam hammer, early steam powered dynamo house and fourteen other auxillary steam engines. All engines are original to the pumping station.
|Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton upon Trent,
Staffordshire, DE13 0DA
|Coors (former Bass) Museum of Brewing
The Coors Visitor Centre, formerly the Bass Museum, houses the UK´s premier museum dedicated to brewing `The Museum of Brewing´, offering a unique blend of living heritage. Located in Burton on Trent, Britain´s brewing capital, the Coors Visitor Centre brings together a unique collection of artefacts and memorabilia tracing the fascinating history of the brewing industry. You can explore the Shire Horse Stables, the Museum Micro Brewery, the vintage vehicle collection and the working stationary steam engine plus lots more. And there´s plenty for children to enjoy too, including Virtual Burton, a unique interactive touch-screen exhibit, which introduces a cast of virtual characters from the town census year of 1881.
7 DAYS, 10AM-5PM
(LAST ENTRY INTO THE VISITOR CENTRE IS 4PM)
F: 01283 513613
COORS MUSEUM CLICK
|Crash Bang Wallop
has all the things kids love! This is the Midlands
biggest most thrilling indoor play& fun centre for
children, an indoor adventure wonderland where
children can spend hours of adventure and exploration.
We have a giant main play area including firing
cannons!, a double helix tunnel slide!, a huge wavy
slide!, log ramps and ball pits, bif bash and so much
more! We also have our own sports area, separate
babies and toddler areas and a car track!
| 114-116 Lindon Road
Brownhills Walsall West Midlands WS8 7BW
7 days a week 9.30am to 7.30pm
Open:9.30am / Close:6.30pm
CRASH BANG WALLOP CLICK
|Tel: 01543 377100|
The history of Croxden Abbey may be fairly uneventful but it remains a magnificent symbol of the history of Britain. It signifies a time when architecture reflected a grandeur that is sadly missing from many of today's buildings.The abbey itself was founded in 1179 by monks from a Cistercian house in Normandy. Following a later, less austere Cistercian architectural plan. Although it was considered to be relatively compact compared to other monasteries, Croxden Abbey did incorporate some elements of architectural design which were more elegant and sumptuous.
5 miles NW of Uttoxeter off A522
|Churnet Valley Railway
Cheddleton Railway Centre was established in the mid-1970s by the (then) North Staffordshire Railway Society, as a railway museum displaying small artifacts of the original North Staffordshire Railway Company (the "Owd Knotty"), and a restoration base for, initially, ex- National Coal Board Hunslet "Austerity" loco No.8 (later "Josiah Wedgwood"), ex-LMS Fowler 4F loco 44422 and a small collection of goods vehicles and passenger coaches. In 1978 the NSRS became a company limited by guarantee, the North Staffordshire Railway Co. (1978) Ltd., and Charitable Trust status was granted in 1983. (Some photographs of early days at Cheddleton are available in the Photo Galleries.)Over the ensuing years the Cheddleton site expanded, with the acquisition of further land, until it encompassed the station area (with a bay platform added in 1983-84), a signal box recovered from Elton Crossing near Sandbach in Cheshire, a 300 yard demonstration line, a three road locomotive museum building/shed and associated sidings. The NSRC had however been established with the aim of running a railway and it must be said that the Steam Centre, although popular, was hardly an adequate substitute for the "real thing". Envious eyes were often cast over the fence at the adjacent British Rail mineral line, the sole remaining stub of the former NSR Churnet Valley main line.
|Tel: 01538 360522,
fax : 01538 361848
Consall Nature Park
Consall Nature Park is situated within the beautiful valley of the River Churnet. Sir Derek Barber, Chairman of the then Countryside Commission (now the Countryside Agency), opened the park in 1989.Part of the park is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and here the emphasis is on nature conservation, whilst at the same time welcoming the public to enjoy the paths, fishing and picnic facilities.The Visitor Centre provides displays and exhibitions on the varied and dramatic past of the valley and its present natural history interests. There is a small shop area, selling leaflets and souvenirs throughout the summer (April - September). Toilet facilities are provided all year round and there is easy access to facilities for the less agile..
|Consall Forge, Wetley Rocks,
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, ST9 0AJ
Tel: 01782 550939
|Tel: 01782 550939|
|David Austin Roses' Rose Garden, Wolverhampton||Bowling Green Lane
|Tel: +44 (0) 1902 376376
Fax: +44 (0) 1902 372142
Deep Hayes Country Park
Set in a natural bowl in the hillside, Deep Hayes Country Park is a delightful mixture of woods, meadows and pools. The park covers 143 acres and boasts ample facilities, including a visitor centre and toilets.The present setting belies Deep Hayes's industrial past. Over the years, coal and clay extraction has reshaped the valley with iron smelting and brick making also part of its industrial heritage. The pools began life as a reservoir, built in 1848 by the Potteries Waterworks Company to compensate the River Churnet for loss of water in serving the mills downstream and also to supply water for Hanley, Burslem and Tunstall.
|Sutherland Rd, Longsdon,
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, ST9 9QD
DEEP HAYES CLICK
|Tel: 01538 387655|
|Dovedale & Ilam
Around 350 million years ago, the whole of what is now the Peak District was covered with a shallow tropical sea, with deep lagoons fringed by coral reefs. The fossilised remains of sea creatures and corals make up what we call limestone. This rock forms much of what is now the Dove Valley.Over the next 50 million years, the Peak District became part of a vast river delta. The sands and mud washed down by the river formed the gritstone and shale rocks that lie under the northern part of the Dove Valley. Movements in the earth's crust pushed the rocks upwards and the River Dove was formed, flowing off the moorland. Natural erosion gradually removed the layers of shale and gritstone leaving the limestone dome exposed. At the end of each of the Ice Ages (during the last 2 million years), vast quantities of melting water, carrying rock debris, cut through the layers of limestone to produce the steep and craggy gorges of the Dales. Water erosion formed caves (such as Dove Holes and Reynard's Cave) that were left dry as the river cut an even deeper course. Some of the limestone formed very hard reefs, like those round tropical islands. These were left standing as hills and peaks while the less resistant rocks around were worn down by erosion of wind and water. Reef limestone can be seen in the steep, spear-like Chrome and Parkhouse hills at the northern end of the Dove Valley, Raven Tor, Pickering Tor and the Tissington Spires in the middle and further south, the shapely reef knolls of Bunster Hill and Thorpe Cloud.
Marshes Nature Reserve
All too often, young people and old people today rarely speak to each other - their lives seem worlds apart, they don't seem to understand each other, and they feel like they have little to talk about. But when they do sit down and start talking - the results can be fascinating!
Doxey Marshes, near Stafford, is a nature reserve – so
the wildlife is protected – but 60 years ago for
children playing on the marshes – it was all fair game
|Doxey and Tillington Marshes
DOXEY MARSHES CLICK
|Tel: +44 (0) 1889 880100
Fax: +44 (0) 1889 880101
|Drayton Manor Theme Park
Everyone's favourite theme park, featuring some of the biggest, wettest and scariest rides around. Apocalypse is the world's first stand-up tower drop. Shockwave is Europe's only stand-up rollercoaster. Stormforce 10 is 'the best water ride in the country' (Daily Express). The unique G-Force rollercoaster gives you a thrill ride like you've never had before! There's a host of family fun and entertainment with Excalibur - a Dragon's Tale, the Pirate Adventure and Drayton Manor Zoo. Plus Robinsons Land - packed with rides for the kids.
|Nr. Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW
Near junction 9, M42 and exit T2 of the M6 Toll. On the A4091 at Fazeley.
DRAYTON MANOR CLICK
Over 100 species from all over the world make Drayton Manor Zoo a fascinating place to visit. Big cats, reptiles, bats, monkeys, owls, eagles, parrots – plus an exotic creature reserve. Visit the Discovery Centre, where you come face to face with the wonders of Nature and conservation.
|Drayton Manor Park Ltd
Drayton Manor Drive
DRAYTON MANOR ZOO CLICK
Fax: 01827 288916
Discover the 200 year history of the oldest surviving family business in the ceramic tableware industry. Explore the original Dudson factory courtyard and bottle oven, housing a wonderful collection of Dudson pottery including figurines, jasperware, stoneware and hotelware. There is also a cafe and shop.
|The Dudson Centre, Hope Street, Hanley,
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5DD
From the A500, exit onto the A53 to Hanley. At the traffic lights, turn right onto Potteries Way. Then at the roundabout take the second exit, and it is located on the right-hand side
DUDSON MUSEUM CLICK
|Engelsea Brook Chapel Museum
Based in an old chapel in a tiny beautiful village on the Staffordshire/Cheshire border (and opposite the graveyard in which Hugh Bourne, one of Primitive Methodism's founders is buried), this unexpected, if small, museum is more interesting than it sounds. It tells the story of "Primitive Methodism" a breakaway group which was formed in North Staffordshire in the early years of the 19th century. there are lots of historic artefacts.It's run by enthusiastic volunteers, including the Reverend Stephen Hatcher, who is a mine of information.
|Engelsea Brook Village,
nr Barthomley, North Staffs
ENGLESEA BROOK MUSEUM CLICK
|Erasmus Darwin House
An eighteenth Century house where Charles Darwin's grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, lived. He was a doctor, philosopher, inventor, scientist and poet. Located in the heart of the historic city of Lichfield, close to the Cathedral, the House is his restored 18th century home. Here technology is next to period furnishing as you can now use interactive screens and audio visuals to learn about this man. A small point, but it still seems extraordinary that this permanent & substantial monument to the man had to wait until the last year of the twentieth century to be set up in his home town.It was was opened in April 1999, and now acts both as a tourist attraction and as international research centre for Erasmus Darwin scholars and students.
Street, Lichfield, WS13 7AD
Thursday - Saturday/Sunday 12:00 - 4:30
ERASMUS DARWIN CLICK
|Tel: 01543 306260 Fax: 01543 306261|
|Etruria Industrial Museum
The only surviving steam powered potter's mill in the country, built in 1857, now displays a large collection of art, ceramics and archaeology for visitors to see. On the old site of the bone mill.
|Lower Bedford Street,
Stoke, ST4 7AF
ETURIA MUSEUM CLICK
|tel: 01782 233 144 Fax: 01782 233 145|
|Fletchers Garden and Leisure Centre||Bridge Farm Stone Road Eccleshall
Stafford Staffordshire ST21 6JY
|Tel: +44 (0) 1785 851057|
|Ford Green Hall
Motorists often drive by this old black and white house, just outside the industrial centre of Stoke on Trent, and assume it's either out of use, or privately-owned.Not so. This preserved 17th century mansion is a little hidden gem. Inside, it smells wonderfully of age, and it really feels like someone lived there ages ago - with furniture and crockery all collected from that era. It can only keep your interest for so long - but it's well worth it.
web: Ford Green Hall
|tel: 01782 233195|
|Forge Mill Farm
Modern dairy farm with a herd of pedigree Jersey cows. Watch milking in the observation gallery, feed the goats, chickens and hens or take a walk around the farm trail.
FORGE MILL FARM CLICK
|Tel :0121 553 0220
0121 525 9435
The Foxfield Railway is a preserved Steam Railway in North Staffordshire. Formerly built to carry coal, it now carries visitors on a five mile round journey through the picturesque Staffordshire Moorland scenery. The railway is home to some 28 Steam, Diesel and Electric locomotives along with a wide variety of Coaches and Freight vehicles. Steam railways have a following throughout the world and while many people are fascinated by the speed and power of the mainline locomotive, there are also many enthusiasts who enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the industrial railway. One of the best places to experience the genuine industrial railway of the past is at the Foxfield Railway.
PO Box 1967,
e-mail: enquiries@ foxfieldrailway.co.uk
FOXFIELD RAILWAY CLICK
Canal Heritage Centre, Smethwick
Visitor centre offering an introduction to the area's canals with displays, audio-visual shows, artefacts and information. Site of the Smethwick Engine and Smethwick Pumping Station.
Sun-Thurs - 10am-3pm
GALTON VALLEY CLICK
|0121 558 8195
0121 565 0612
|Gladstone Pottery Museum
Gladstone Pottery Museum was originally the Gladstone Works, started in the 1780s. The ovens were last fired in 1960. The Museum was opened in 1974 and is the last remaining Victorian pottery factory complete with traditional coal burning bottle ovens. The new exhibition called `Flushed With Pride´ tells the story of the toilet and contains the most comprehensive collection of historic toilets in the world. Live demonstrations by expert staff and audio-visual tours show visitors the skills of the potteries. Gladstone also has the nationally recognised collections of decorated tiles, now redisplayed in the new Tile Gallery.
Staffs ST3 1PQ
Two minutes off A50, ten minutes junction 15 of M6.
Fax: 01782 598640
Bank Country Park
Situated less than two miles from Biddulph and only five miles from the centre of the Potteries, Greenway Bank Country Park offers a variety of attractive scenery within its 114 acres. Car parks give easy access to lawns and shrubberies, which in the spring are ablaze with colour from rhododendrons, azaleas and daffodils. Beyond these, extensive areas of quiet woodland around the Serpentine Pool provide the perfect setting for a longer walk.
Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire ST8
Summer - Sat 11.00 - 5.00, Sun 11.00 - 6.00, Weekdays bookings only.
Winter: Sun 2.00 - 4.00, Weekdays bookings only.
COUNTRY PARK CLICK
|Tel: +44 (0) 1782 518200|
is a Victorian Gentleman's residence, furnished in period style, surrounded by 55 acres of beautiful parkland and licensed for civil weddings.Talks, tours and Victorian Living History Sessions are available for schools and there is a regularly changing exhibition programme. Holiday and weekend workshops and events are held throughout the year.There is ample car parking. Disabled access to the first floor is by a lift.
Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, B64 7JU
HADEN HILL HOUSE CLICK
|Tel: 01384 569444|
|Halfpenny Green Vineyards
Housed in a 17th century timber frame barn, the Vineyards' Winery is a place to buy a range of locally produced wines. There's a guided vineyard trail for individuals or small groups, and if shopping's more your thing, you can pay a visit to the Gift Shop and the Craft Centre.
|Tom Lane, Halfpenny Green,
South Staffordshire, DY7 5EP.
HALFPENNY GREEN CLICK
|Tel: +44 (0) 1384 22112|
Hilcote Valley Railway
A train journey for the young and not so young alike! Staffordshire's Premier Narrow Gauge Railway offer the chance to learn to drive both Steam and Diesel Locomotives. Day courses available, also open to the public.
|Fletchers Country Garden
Centre, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6JYSituated at
Fletchers Country Garden Centre, near Eccleshall.
|Tel/Fax: 01785 284553
and Broomfield Fine Art
Fine Art Gallery & sales.
|29 Albert Street
HOOD & BROOMFIELD CLICK
|Tel: 01782 626859
Fax: 01782 639257
|Horticultural Centre||38 Stapenhill Road
|Tel: 01283 508 575
Fax: 01283 508 571
|Izaak Walton's Cottage
Izaak Walton, the celebrated author of `The Compleat Angler´ once owned this charming 16th century thatched half-timbered cottage. Inside the Angling Museum there is variety of fishing collections on display, showing the quality of the craftmanship and range of materials used. Outside is an extensive herb garden, old fashioned roses, shrubs and borders. Disabled access is limited, please call before visiting for more information.
May - August, Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 5pm
IZAAK WALTONS COTTAGE CLICK
|Jerome K Jerome
Birthplace Museum, Walsall
Birthplace of the famous Victorian author Jerome K Jerome (1859-1927) writer of 'Three Men in a Boat'. The Museum is situated in two rooms of his family home. One room is dedicated to the life and works of Jerome and the other room is a reconstructed Victorian Parlour.
Sat - 12noon-2pm
C/o Just Petals, 33 High Street, Kinver
tel:01384 877756 Fax:01384 877756
|tel:01384 877756 Fax:01384 877756|
|Kinver Rock Houses
Unique rock houses carved into a contorted sandstone ridge. Inhabited till the 1950s, and now restored to their 19th-century heyday. Elevated heath and woodland walks Dramatic panoramas across surrounding counties
|The Warden's Lodge, Comber Road, Kinver,
nr Stourbridge, Staffordshire DY7 6HU
KINVER ROCK HOUSES CLICK
|Tel : 01384 872553|
Knightley Light Railway
Our founder, Roger Greatrex, has over 30 years experience of miniature railway engineering.We have supplied many private individuals, clubs, local authorities and commercial organisations.We can build petrol or diesel hydraulic locomotives, in variety of outline styles including steam and diesel, British or overseas to your requirements.We can build petrol or diesel hydraulic locomotives, in variety of outline styles including steam and diesel, British or overseas to your requirements.
|Holly Cottage, Gorse Lane, Knightley, Nr
Stafford, ST20 0JP
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
KNIGHTLEY LIGHT RAILWAY CLICK
|Tel/Fax: 01785 284553|
Leek, known as the 'Queen of the Moorlands', stands on a large bend of the River Churnet.Most of the town lies at over 600 ft and it is surrounded by the higher Staffordshire Moorlands at the southern end of the Pennines.Nearby are The Roaches, a series of gritstone outcrops, on the tip of the Peak District National Park. Cheadle makes a good base for exploring this spectacular area, which is very popular with walkers and rock climbers. Leek,a market town was once the centre of an agricultural area and it still holds a regular cattle market. Following the Industrial Revolution Leek became an important producer of textiles and was once famous for its silk. Between 1875 - 78 William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement, made frequent visits to the silk works to experiment with organic dyes. Many of Cheadle's silk products featured Morris's designs. Although the textile industry has declined in recent years there are still dyers and clothes manufacturers in the town.Morris influenced much of the art and architecture of Cheadle and in the summer take a guided walk or self-guided tour along the William Morris town trail Leek is also a great place for shopping, with indoor and outdoor markets and good range of individual shops.Leek was the home of James Brindley, the 18th century engineer, who was responsible for the construction of most of England's canal network. In 1792 he built a water-powered corn mill in Leek and this now houses the Brindley Mill Museum. Nearby, lying in a fold in thickly wooded hillsides, is Rudyard Lake. This two and a half mile long lake was created over 200 years ago to supply water for the canal system of the West Midlands. Now a popular tourist attraction, the beautiful area offers walking, sailing, boating and fishing. A narrow gauge steam railway runs along its eastern shore of the lake. Rudyard Kipling, one of Britain's greatest writers, was named after this lake because his parents courted beside its waters in 1863. The picturesque Churnet Valley Railway runs for 5 miles from the village of Cheddleton, near Leek, to Kingsley & Frogall. This standard gauge preserved line also hosts lots of special events and steam and diesel galas. Other nearby attractions include Alton Towers and the Peak District National Park.
||Tel:01538 483741 fax:01538 483743|
Letocetum Roman Baths Site & Museum
Letocetum was an important staging post on the Roman military road to North Wales. Foundations of a bathhouse can be seen, and many of the excavated finds are displayed in the museum.
Lichfield Staffordshire WS14 0AW
|Telephone: 0121 625 6820|
Lichfield Garrick , Castle Dyke , Lichfield , Staffordshire, WS13 6HR
Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire
|Tel: +44 (0) 1543 308209 fax: 01543 308211|
|LICHFIELD TREASURE HUNT
No prior knowledge of Lichfield is required as all clues are solved by observation. Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues! We even supply a map just in case you get lost. The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave. The hunt starts at the Heritage Centre, Market Place, Lichfield, WS13 6NE. From Lichfield or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away. Our Lichfield treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.
Local stockists of single hunts
James Redshaw Ltd
The Heritage Centre, St. Mary's Centre, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6LG
Lichfield Tourist Information Centre, Lichfield Garrick ,
Castle Dyke , Lichfield , Staffordshire, WS13
|Tel: +44 (0) 1543 308209 fax: 01543 308211|
Lichfield - Mercia's Ecclesiastical Centre
In 669, according to the Venerable Bede, Chad moved his bishopric to a place called 'Licidfelth'. The burial in the cathedral of individual kings of Mercia, such as Celred in 716, further increased the prestige of Lichfield. In 786, Pope Adrian I raised it at the request of Offa, King of Mercia, to the dignity of an archbishopric, but in 803 the primacy was restored to Canterbury. St. Chade, the Patron Saint of Mercia was buried here and many pilgrims visited his Shrine.
The first church probably stood on the site of the present cathedral, and the settlement quickly grew as the ecclesiastical centre of the Kingdom of Mercia
Lichfield Cathedral is set within a remarkable and serene Close and there is much to occupy the visitor. The 800 year old Cathedral, the third building on the site has a fascinating history. Under seige three times during the Civil War, restored under Charles II in the 1660's, extensively remodelled internally in the late 18th Century and completely restored to its medieval splendour by Sir George Gilbert Scott 100 years later, its treasures include the 8th century St Chad Gospel's, 16th century Flemish Glass, monuments by Chantrey and Epstein and the 20th century Lang Lichfield Silver Comission. The Close around the Cathedral still has remnants of the medieval fortifications, so important during the Civil War and a range of architectural styles which include the 15th century Vicars Close, Bishops Palace (1687), a Deanery dating from 1703 and several 18th century buidlings including Erasmus Darwin House.
|The Close, Lichfield,
Staffordshire, WS13 7LD
Signposted from all major roads, A38, A5, A461, A51, M6toll and in City Centre.
LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL CLICK
Named after the famous Actor/Manager David Garrick, the Lichfield Garrick is set to revive the cultural side of Lichfield's heritage. Boasting an auditorium capacity of 490, a flexible studio and conference facilities, is set to lead the way as one of the areas biggest attractions.
|Castle Dyke, Lichfield,
LICHFIELD GARRICK CLICK
|Tel: 01543 412110 Box Office: 01543 412121|
|Lichfield Heritage Centre
Walk through 2000 years of Lichfield's history. Varied and interesting exhibitions are displayed here including the unique Staffordshire Millenium Embroideries, two audio visual presentations, fine examples of City, Regimental and Church silver, views of the city from the Spire Viewing Platform and the mouse trail for children
|St. Mary's Centre, Breadmarket Street,
Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6LG
Mon - Sat 10:00 to 17:00
Sun 10:00 to 16:00
LICHFIELD HERITAGE CLICK
|Little Moreton Hall
marvellous Tudor mansion-house - with equally great restaurant/cafe
The Locksmith's House shows the lifestyle and working conditions of the Hodson lockmaking family of Willenhall at the turn of the century. The Victorian house and lockmaking workshops are typical of the many small businesses which once flourished in the town which has been the heart of lockmaking since the Industrial Revolution - the Hodson family business was established in 1792. A comprehensive collection of locks and keys portray the history of locks and the long tradition of lockmaking in Willenhall. The two-storey backyard workshop, with belt driven machinery, is where Edgar Hodson made padlocks in the traditional way. The gas-lit interiors of the house depict how the Hodson family lived, with parlour, kitchen, office and bedroom displays.
|54 New Road
Tuesday and Saturday 12pm - 4pm.
LOCKSMITHS HOUSE CLICK
|Tel: 01902 634542/
0121 521 5693
|Manifold Valley Visitor Centre
Based at the end of the Manifold Track in the former ticket office of the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, the Visitor Centre provides direct access to the Manifold Track. A staffed information service with a wide range of books, leaflets, maps and souvenirs is available. Permanent exhibition on the Manifold Valley. Scale model of the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway. Car Park, picnic tables, cycle racks and fully accessible toilets.
Hulme End, Nr Hartington, Buxton, Staffordshire
Marston's Visitors Centre & Brewery Tours
tour and see time honoured brewing methods in action.
Visit the working co-operage, see the impressive
Burton Unions (a system where beer is fermented in oak
casks and is unique to Marston's) and enjoy a pint of
famous Pedigree Bitter. Burton-on-Trent was the
engine room for brewing in the 19th century, with 26
brewers and 20 cooperages.The secret of Burton's
brewing success lies in it's water, the perfect blend
for brewing bitter with its unique combination of
sulphur, calcium, magnesium and low sodium levels.John
Marstons made his first uncompromising decision when
he chose Burton as the place for his brewery in 1834.
|Shobnall Road, Burton-upon-Trent, DE14 2BW
MARSTONS VISITORS CLICK
|Tel: 01283 507391 Fax: 01283 507529|
|Maypole Gallery, Wolverhampton||Maypole House
WV5 9JB |
|Tel: 01902 897452|
Measham Museum opened in 1992, central to the museum is the Dr.Hart collection, a treasure of artefacts, pictures, letters and documents recording the history of the village through the eyes of two generations of local doctors and covering nearly a century.
Linked to the Hart collection are items recalling the coal mining, terra-cotta and pottery tradition of this area where mining was recorded as early as the 13th century. Traditionally associated with the canal people Measham ware dates from the last quarter of the 19th century. Sometimes known as Rockingham ware, it was produced in Church Gresly and Woodville, the last know manufacture date being 1914.Measham museum's earliest teapot is dated 1886.
|56 High Street
Measham Burton upon Trent
Staffordshire DE12 7HZ
MEASHAM MUSEUM CLICK
|Tel: +44 (0) 1530 - 273956
Fax: +44 (0) 1530 - 273986
Former home of the Tudor explorer, Hugh Willoughby, and 17th century naturalists Francis Willoughby and John Ray. Site of special Scientific interest, with lakes, nature trail and a restored smith.
|Tamworth, Staffs B78 2AE
MIDDLETON HALL CLICK
|Tel: 01827 283095|
|Mill Meece Pumping Station
It is probably the last example of a 20th Century steam water pumping station in tact. Although belonging to the end of the steam era the engines are just as important to preserve as early beam engines. Beam engines abound, the Mill Meece horizontal tandem compound steam engines are the only ones of their type still capable of being steamed. Along with all the ancillary equipment of boilers, economiser, Weir pumps, steam winch and weigh bridge the station forms a complete example of an Edwardian water supply pumping station.
|Cotes Heath, Eccleshall,
Staffordshire, ST21 6QU
|Moorcroft Pottery Collection
The Heritage Visitor Centre offers a Grade II Listed Bottle Oven, a Musuem which houses fascinating pieces of Moorcroft and the opportunity to book a guided Moorcroft Factory Tour. The guided factory tour is an essential element of your visit to Moorcroft. The unique hand made process remains almost the same today as it has done for over 100 years. Made by hand for collectors around the world each piece created results in designs made up of rich deep colours, which some say have the qualities of precious stones.
|Sandbach Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, ST6 2DQ rom the M6, exit at junction 15
or 16 onto the A500. Then take the A53 to Leek. Follow
the brown tourist signs.Mon - Fri 10:00 to 17:00 Sat
09:30 to 16:30
MOORCROFT POTTERY CLICK
|Moorlands Farm Park|
Elizabethan house, famous for its association with Charles II
Once a haven of fugitive King Charles II .See the bed where he slept and an exhibition recounting his great escape.Grounds recreated in 17th-century style, with a knot garden and a nut walk. Coach house tea-rooms serve delicious homemade cakes and lunches
|Moseley Old Hall Lane
Staffordshire WV10 7HY
|Tel : 01902 782808|
|Mosty Lea Flint Mill
Mosty Lea was originally used for the production of cloth in the early eighteenth century. But in 1756 it was bought by two potters, John and Ralph Baddeley, who used it to grind flint which, when added to pottery, greatly improved its quality. Bones began to be sent to the mill for grinding in the early 20th century, but the advent of steam and electricity meant the mill's days were over. It fell into ruin after its closure but is now partially restored. The mill is the only one left in the Modershall Valley where all the processes involved in grinding can still be seen, together with its water wheel, gears, pit wheel and even grinding pan.
Moddershall, (nr Stone).
|Tel: 01785 240204|
Mow Cop Castle
Stunning views of North Staffordshire and the Cheshire plains can be seen from the remains of the castle.
|Mow Cop, Nr Biddulph, Staffordshire
The National Forest Maize Maze
Getting lost has never been so much FUN!! The 2008 Magical Maze will confuse the mind and confound the feet!! But the fun doesn’t end there! Once the spell is broken and you have managed to escape this giant 3-dimensional puzzle, head for the Fun Field. There is a refreshment area, go-carts, giant sand pits, tractor and trailer rides, the splash zone, footy skills soccer challenge, farm animals and new for 2007...
…A giant inflatable maze!
|Postern House Farm, Tatenhill, Burton on
Trent, Staffs, DE13 9SJ
7 days a week from 14th July – 4th September 10.30 am – 6.00pm (Last Admission 5.00pm). Also on weekends throughout September and on Saturday evenings until 10.00pm from 25th August until end of September…Remember to bring a torch!!
|Tel: 07812 333315|
It is widely accepted that there is insufficient recognition of the men and women of our Armed Forces who have given their lives in the service of their country since the end of the Second World War.Following a period of extensive consultation with the Services and ex-Services community it was concluded that a new national memorial should be constructed – to be known as the Armed Forces Memorial.The Armed Forces Memorial will not be a traditional ‘war memorial’ that only remembers those killed in conflict. It will also recognise the many servicemen and women who have given their lives while on duty and those killed by terrorist action. The Memorial will also help to raise awareness of the invaluable contribution made by the Armed Forces throughout the world.The Memorial will be located at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire where there are already a number of Service-related memorials.
Burton upon Trent
|Tel: 0 1283 792333
Fax: 01283 792034
|Natural Science Centre
Slightly misleading name for what is primarily an observatory with planetarium, and small wildlife centre. But there are also alternative energy displays and a large conservation area. The two Pace brothers, including Michael, who run it as a labour of love, are as bouncy and enthusiastic as a local Patrick Moore!
Newchapel, nr Kidsgrove.
NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE CLICK
|Tel: 01782 785205|
busy market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme in
Staffordshire (not to be confused with the city of Newcastle
upon Tyne) lies to the west of Stoke on Trent.
When the city of Stoke on Trent was created in 1910
by the amalgamation of the 'Six Towns' (Stoke upon
Trent, Burslem, Hanley, Fenton, Longton and
Tunstall), Newcastle was not included despite its
close proximity.Known to many locals as 'Castle',
the suburbs of Newcastle under Lyme, run directly
into those of Stoke on Trent and the conurbation now
has a population of over 360,000. Newcastle takes
its name from a 'new castle' built by the Normans in
the 12th century under the forest of Lyme.
Newcastle was granted permission to hold a market in
1173. In the 17th and 18th century the market
town flourished manufacturing hats. Later
Newcastle's economy became based around pottery and
coal mining and like neighbouring Stoke on Trent,
the town formed part of the area known as 'The
Potteries'. These traditional industries have
declined recently and have been replaced by new
industries such as construction materials, electric
motors, publishing and computers.Today the open air
market is still an important part of life in the
town, operating 6 days a week There a number of
tourist attractions in and around
Newcastle-under-Lyme.The Newcastle Borough Museum and Art
set in 8 acres of parkland in Brampton Park,
illustrates over 800 years of the Borough's history
and includes a life-size Victorian street
scene. Local and national artists are featured
in the Art Gallery, along with travelling shows.
Just outside the town centre is the New Vic Theatre. The first
purpose-built 'theatre in the round' in Europe, the
New Vic offers a wide range of entertainment,
including classic and modern plays and outstanding
concert performances. To the west of the centre of
Newcastle-under-Lyme stands Keele University.
Granted University status in 1962, the Keele
University campus is located close to the village of
Keele. Newcastle is the home of 'Primitive
Methodism' and this is reflected in the large number
of Methodist churches in the town. The
Venerable Hugh Bourne (1772 - 1852), the founder of
the Primitive Methodism Movement, had close links
with the town.
Newcastle Library , Ironmarket , Newcastle-under-Lyme , Staffordshire ST5 1AT
Newcastle Theatres & Cinemas below
|Tel: 01782 297313 fax: 01782 297322|
|New Vic Theatre,
The New Vic is the regional producing theatre for Staffordshire. This means that plays are made here, with around ten major productions each year designed, directed, built, promoted and presented in our special theatre-in-the-round.Each New Vic production is the end result of months of work by our creative, craft and technical teams. Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins, works on a number of productions each year supported by in-house set, costume, lighting and sound designers, a costume department and a workshop which builds settings and furniture.
| Etruria Road,
NEW VIC THEATRE CLICK
|Tel : 01782 717962|
Vue Cinemas Newcastle
A multiplex screening all the latest Hollywood blockbusters.
|The Square, Market Arcade,
High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
|Enquiries: 01782 714335 Booking: 08702 604020|
Northycote Farm & Country Park
With it's historic farmhouse and it's varied selection of animals, Northycote Farm is well worth a visit. There are many informal walks through the Country Park, where a wide variety of wildlife can be seen throughout the year
|Northycote Farm & Country
Underhill Lane, Bushbury
On the A460 Cannock Road.
Mon-Fri - 9am-4pm
|Oak Farm Centre
a day out for the whole family with a range of activities to keep the kids amused such as Pets Playtime with different animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and mice. Children can feed the goats at the goat barn or follow the mini nature trail where the name of the game is to spot as many different animals as they can along the way. There's a 2 acre maze with many activities hidden within its course. Plus a cafe, a farm shop and tea garden.
|Oak Farm Kids Centre Drayton Lane Drayton
Bassett Tamworth Staffordshire B78 3EF
Six days a week between 10 and 5pm (except bank holidays)
|Oak House, West
16th century timber framed yeoman farmer's house surrounded by pleasant grounds, housing Tudor and Jacobean furniture.
|Oak House Museum
West Bromwich B70 8HJ
OAK HOUSE CLIC
|0121 553 0759
0121 525 5167
Parkhall Country Park
Stoke-on-Trent’s only National Nature Reserve, the park consists of sandstone canyons, woodlands, heathland and ponds. There is also a visitors centre with a small shop.
|Weston Rd, Stoke-On-Trent,
Staffordshire, ST3 6QD
PARKHALL COUNTRY PARK CLICK
|Tel: 01782 331889|
Abbey site includes sensory garden and rebuilt cloister as well as Gatehouse and Abbey church.Free entry -Open all the time=Closed Monday
|High Street, Polesworth,
Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 1DU
Pooley Fields Country Park & Heritage Centre
Pooley Fields is a former colliery site featuring a heritage and education building that utilises wind and solar generated electricity. It supplies renewable energy to the heritage centre.A nature reserve, examples of water recycling and extensive footpaths, children’s play area, brass rubbing and other activities, as well as a tea room overlooking the Coventry Canal that runs through the centre of the site. Toilets at the visitor centre. *Access to Visitor Centre and Environs only. For further details on Pooley Fields Country Parks and Heritage Centre near Tamworth, Staffordshire see our website.
|Pooley Lane, Polesworth, Tamworth,
Staffordshire, B78 1BN
POOLEY FIELDS CLICK
|Tel: 01827 897438|
|Port Vale Football Club
Port Vale Football Club are an English association football Football League One. club who currently play in They were was formed in 1876 and took its name from the venue of the inaugural meeting at 'Port Vale House' situated in a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent.
Although it is widely
believed that Port Vale is one of the few teams not
to be named after a geographical location, the name
Port Vale exists on maps predating the formation of
the club in 1876, and is a reference to a valley of
ports on the Trent and Mersey canal, associated with
the city's pottery industry. Upon moving to
Burslem in 1884 the Club changed its name to
'Burslem Port Vale' and after several seasons in the
Midland League became founder members of the
Football League Division Two in 1892.
Staffs, ST6 1AW
PORT VALE FC CLICK
655800 Fax: 01782 834981
Ticket Office: 01782 811707 Fax: 01782 834981
Club Shop: 01782 655833 Fax: 01782 655836
This terrific museum is beautifully user-friendly... the kids will love things like the stuffed Moorlands wallabies and the reconstructed chip-shop. Local history and natural history of Staffordshire, archaeology and costume sections sit side by side with one of the best ceramics collections in the world.
POTTERIES MUSEUM CLICK
01782 232500 FAX
|Priory Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich|
A small professional theatre in the converted church of this tiny hamlet.
|Pipe Ridware, Rugeley, WS15 3QL
RIDWARE THEATRE CLICK
|Tel: 01889 504380|
The Roaches were purchased in 1980 by the Peak National Park in order to protect the area and guarantee access for the public.Built into the rocks of the lower tier is Rock Cottage, a tiny primitive cottage which was once the gamekeeper's residence and has now been converted into a climbing hut. Ice Ages followed by millennia of weather shaped the rocks at The Roaches into many unique forms.
Royal Doulton is a quintessentially English name in tableware and collectables with a pedigree dating back to 1815, headquartered in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Today, its offer embraces the full range of lifestyle choices including dinnerware, giftware, cooking, china and glassware, collectables, jewellery, and much, much more.
|Unit 227, Trentham Retail Village,
Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2PJ
Leave M6 at junction 15. Follow signs
for Trentham Gardens.
Mon - Sat 09:00 to 18:00
Sun 11:00 to 17:00
Coombes Valley Nature Reserve
Beautiful steep-sided valleys with oak woodland and a rocky stream. Some areas are dominated by younger birch woodland. There is obvious management work visible in the form of making clearings along old trackways to help diversify the wildlife interest. Some open areas are dominated by bracken. On the more gradual northern slopes, there are flower-filled meadows.
|Six Oaks Farm
COOMBES VALLEY CLICK
|Tel: 01538 384017
Fax: 01538 384017
Free - it's open space - but some of the land around the lake is privately owned so you need to stick to the paths.
For sailing, you should talk to the sailing Club first to get some ideas. You'll find an information centre at Dam Head on Lake Road but it's only open certain times
|tel 01538 306280|
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway
The Rudyard Lake Steam Railway is in the glorious Staffordshire Peak District just North of Leek. The lake railway uses miniature narrow gauge steam engines on its trains to give a 3 mile return trip along the side of Rudyard Lake. The railway is 10 1/4 inch gauge and is equivalent to about half the size of a full scale narrow gauge steam railway. All our steam trains are pulled by real coal burning steam engines and now run all year. The events webpage has full details. Special events, weddings, school trips and children's birthday parties etc can be booked. We offer very popular learn to drive a steam train experiences throughout the year. Santa special steam trains are run in December each year. The railways 5 steam engines all have names linked to the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
|tel: 01538 306704|
|Rugeley B Power Station
Rugeley Power Station is one of the most recognisable sights in South Staffordshire mainly because of its 114 metre high cooling towers which could contain the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral with room to spare!
You can take a behind the scenes tour where a trip around the control room and generators will show you how electricity is produced. There is also an environmental centre which is open to school parties of up to 40 pupils. Children can go pond dipping, or trekking through the forest inside the power station grounds, where they will learn about local wildlife and the environment.
|Power Station Road, WS15 1PR
- just off the A51 and A513.
|Samuel Johnson's Birthplace
Doctor Samuel Johnson was a prolific writer - but nobody ever remembers anything he wrote - except for his wonderful Dictionary, the first "proper" one in English. But he is also remembered as a man of wit and wisdom who said some of the funniest things in the English language. And his former home reflects many aspects of the man.
Staffordshire, WS13 6LG
Telephone: 01543 264972
SAMUEL JOHNSON CLICK
|Tel : 01543 264972|
Tours compass the ground floor, state rooms including the impressive saloon with its grand staircase and the atmospheric Dining Room. Upstairs, the museum contains an array of items. The new extension opened in June 2006 includes a permanent bar, modern toilets and changing facilities plus full disabled access.
|Sandon, Stafford, ST18 0BZ
5 miles from junction 14 of M6, on A51 between Stone and Rugeley.
SANDON HALL CLICK
Sandwell Valley Country Park
2000 acres of lakes, woodland and farms with hidden pools, wildlife refuges and the remains of an old Benedictine monastery.
SANDWELL COUNTRY PARK CLICK
tel : 0121 553 0220
0121 525 9435
The Shire Hall is a Grade 2* listed building which used to be the Crown Court for the whole of the county of Staffordshire. Now it is home to the art gallery plus one of the preserved historic court rooms dating back 200 years and the town’s central library. We also have a craft shop, a café bar serving delicious snacks (with children’s options) and the Tourist Information Centre.
|Market Square, Stafford,
Staffordshire, ST16 2LD
Located in the centre of Stafford and easily accessible from all major routes into town.
SHIRE HALL CLICK
Our 19th century Lady Anson often greets visitors on the steps of her magnificent home and welcomes them into her enchanting Mansion House. Tread in the footsteps of some of Britain’s most influential politicians, industrialists and gentry and imagine being wined and dined in such a grand setting.
|Milford, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST17 0XB
10mins from M6, Jct13 on the A513 Stafford/Lichfield
Road. Follow the brown heritage signs. Shop open
11am-5pm, 7 days a week from 18th March to 25th
September, then from 11am-4pm, 7 days a week from 26th
September to 23rd December.
SHUGBOROUGH HALL CLICK
|Spode Visitor Centre
For over 200 years, Spode Pottery´s beautiful and original designs have become some of the most collectable and sought after in the history of ceramics. Not only is Spode the oldest pottery still on its original 9-acre site, but is also an encapsulation of one of the most important chapters in the entire history of ceramics, including the birth of the tableware industry. The Basic Factory Tour lasts about an hour and a half and gives you a genuinely interesting and innovative look into a 200 year tradition. The Connoisseur Tour is an hour longer, more in-depth and covers all the manufacturing and decoration processes, the Spode Museum, the exclusive Blue Room and offers refreshments in the Blue Italian Restaurant.
Mon-Sat: 9am - 5pm
Sun: 10am - 4pm
|St Giles Church
The Roman Catholic Church of Saint Giles in the Staffordshire market town of Cheadle has a spectacular interior and now you can find it out with our special gallery of 360 degree panoramic moving photos..,
Known as "Pugin's Gem", St Giles' Church - built by Augustus Pugin - is the architect's own tribute to inner peace and serenity and a design wonder of the Gothic Revival - being opened just over 150 years ago.
Take a walk along the nave, look at the richly carved altar, visit the painted oak Lady Chapel and listen to the peal of eight bells.
8 Charles Street,
Cheadle, ST10 1ED.
|Tel: 01538 753130
Fax: 01538 751940
|Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich|
|Sir Amics Painta
Children will love painting pottery to take home. Fun for all the family at our friendly family-run studio in Stafford. Use your creative skills to design and paint your own ceramic items! Childrens parties with a difference.
Coppice House, Teddesley Coppice, Penkridge, Stafford, ST19 5RP,
|Tel: 01785 711483|
Meadow View Terrace
Wolverhampton West Midlands WV6 8NX
|Stoke Ski Centre
Stoke Ski Centre based at the Festival Park site in Etruria, just outside Hanley. It's a good place for beginners who have an interest in winter sports. Learn how to ski, snowboard or try the exhilarating toboggan run! There are sessions for anyone who wishes to ski no matter what level you are at, including a tots ski class. Lounge area too.
Festival Way, Festival
|Tel 01782 204159 Fax 01782 204157|
the county town of Staffordshire, stands on the River Trent and its name means
'ford by a landing place (staithe)'. This was
the only feasible place for a large army to cross this
important river and as a result the location was of
strategic importance for a large area. The ancient
settlement was originally on an island in the middle
of marshes on the River Sow, a tributary of the River
Trent. The town became the capital of the Kingdom of
Mercia in 913 AD and in 1070 William the Conqueror
built a wooden fortress on a hillside
nearby. This timber structure was later replaced
by a stone castle, which was rebuilt several times
over the centuries. Today only 19th century ruins
crown the earthworks. #The castle has dominated
the Stafford skyline for over 900 years and at
night-time the illuminated castle makes an impressive
landmark for motorists on the M6 and travellers on the
West Coast Main Line. One of Stafford's most famous
residents was Izaak Walton (1593 - 1683). Famous
as the author of the Compleat Angler, Walton
lived in Shallowford and his thatched
cottage is now open to the public.Another famous
resident was Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 -
1816). Well known as a playwright, Sheridan was
also also the local MP. Since the turn of the 20th
century Stafford has been known for its heavy
engineering and in particular the production of power
station transformers. Occasionally a vast transformer
can be seen being transported by road, pulled by an
8-wheel drive 'Goliath' tractor and pushed by 3 more.
Stafford is also home to the computing and IT campus
of Staffordshire University, the main campus is in
Stoke on Trent. Stafford has many attractions.
The town's oldest building is the church of St Chad,
dating from the 12th century. Built in the
late-Norman style, the church in noted for its
magnificent arches and arcades. In Greengate Street,
Stafford's main shopping area, stands the Ancient High House. This
building, built in 1595, is the largest timber-framed
town house in England. Charles I and his nephew
Prince Rupert stayed here in 1642 at the start of the
English Civil War and the Parliamentarians later used
the building as a prison for Royalist officers.
The Ancient High House is a museum with regularly
changing exhibitions. The Shire Hall Gallery, in the
Market Square, hosts contemporary art exhibitions and
visitors can also view the historic courtroom.
The gallery has a craft shop and café. Beside the
River Trent stands Victoria Park, opened in 1908.
Market Street , Stafford , Staffordshire ST16 2LQ
|Tel: 01785 619619
Stafford Castle is a Norman Stone motte and bailey fortress. Standing on the motte are the remains of a massive hall-keep build in 1348. After the civil war, the slighted remains were given an extensive 19th century gothic reconstruction. Lower down the hillside are the earthworks of two large and impressive baileys. Try on armour and costume, see finds from the archeological dig, and watch a video describing the history of the site. Disables access is limited. Please call before visiting for more information.
Apr to Oct, Tue to Sun, 10:00-17:00.
Nov to Mar, Sat & Sun,10:00-16:00.
STAFFORD CASTLE CLICK
Stafford Apollo Cinema
3 Screens... Dolby Sound... Computerised Booking
|Newport Road, Stafford, Staffordshire
|Tel: 0871 22 33 466|
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary year and has a hugely varied and popular programme of comedy, music, dance, family shows, and more. The theatre primarily stages the touring companies’ shows, with the addition of Stafford Gatehouse Theatre own productions of Stafford Festival Shakespeare, Summer School, and Pantomime, and Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre performances.As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre will introduce the phenomenon that is Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto to the Midlands this year with Jack and The Beanstalk. This critically acclaimed recipe for panto will bring together all the ingredients of a traditional pantomime, a strong storyline, lavish sets and costumes, larger than life characters, huge amounts of audience participation, magic and spectacle. But what will be truly special about this panto, and what will separate it from all others in the region, is the energy and excitement of the classic rock and pop songs that will be played live by a company of extremely talented actor musicians.
|Eastgate Street, Stafford,
STAFFORD GATEHOUSE CLICK
|Tel: 01785 254 653 Fax: 01785 254 653|
|Stafford Treasure Hunt
No prior knowledge of Stafford is required as all clues are solved by observation. Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues! We even supply a map just in case you get lost. The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.The hunt starts at the Tourist Information Centre , Market Street, Stafford, ST16 2LG. From Stafford or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away. Our Stafford treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.
|Staffordshire Regiment Museum
The Regimental museum and archive of the Staffordshire Regiment showing 300 years of history with galleries, live interpretation for groups, a reproduction WW1 trench system and research facilities by appointment.
|Whittington Barracks, Lichfield,
Staffordshire, WS14 9PY On the A51, between Lichfield and Tamworth, 2 miles from centre of Lichfield.
STAFFORDSHIRE MUSEUM CLICK
|Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
New Wildlife Visitor Centre set in 26 acres of lakes, parkland and woodland.Staffordshire Wildlife Trust offers outstanding opportunities for both young and old to learn about the environment and to explore and enjoy the wonders of nature. A recent development is our range of 'green' holidays and short breaks based in the Staffordshire Peaks.From education programmes for schools and short courses for adults to children’s clubs, Wildlife Watch and family events we offer a range of activities which will provide a greater understanding of the natural world and encouraging involvement in protecting our local environment. Our qualified and experienced staff deliver to a high standard with a flexible approach to ensure we match the specific needs of your group, school or individual interest. Staffordshire's location, at the northern or southern extremes of the ranges of many species, is one of the reasons for its rich and diverse flora and fauna. There are good examples of most wildlife habitats and even an area of inland saltmarsh. Of particular importance are the lowland heathlands, the Staffordshire moorlands and the limestone valleys. The extensive network of rivers, inland waterways and meres and mosses add a further important dimension. The more than 2,100 acres of land we manage reflect this varied wildlife habitat.
The Wolseley Centre,
Bridge, ST17 0WT,
|Tel 01889 880100|
Stoke On Trent, affectionately known the world over as "The Potteries", is a unique city made up of six separate towns: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley (the City Centre), Stoke, Fenton and Longton. The City is the centre of the UK ceramic industry and home to some of the world's greatest pottery manufacturers, including, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Spode.A visit to the City's award-winning museums offers a fascinating glimpse into the area's rich industrial heritage. The Potteries Museum houses the world's largest collection of Staffordshire ceramics together with a Mark II Spitfire, designed by locally-born Reginald Mitchell, and at the Gladstone Pottery Museum you can get an insight of life at a 19th century pottery factory, and test your own pottery skills by throwing a pot or making an ornamental flower. The Etruria Industrial Museum was originally a bone and flint mill and the original steam engine which powered the mill is in steam the first Sunday of every month.For unbeatable family entertainment, look no further than the Visitor Centres of the various potteries. The larger ones, Wedgwood, Spode and Royal Doulton all offer museums, craft demonstration areas, audio visual presentations, factory tours and restaurants but many of the smaller factories have shops providing excellent shopping opportunities for anyone seeking a bargain. Often the products for sale may be labelled as "seconds" but the untrained eye would not be able to find any imperfection.There's nowhere better to shop for pottery than here in The Potteries. With over 40 pottery factory shops around the City, you can find everything from fine bone china and figurines to tableware and mugs, all at bargain prices. The City Centre is a vibrant and exciting shopping and entertainment centre, offering major high street stores, a busy and lively market and the award-winning Potteries Shopping Centre.In the City Centre, you can also find Festival Park, original site of the 1986 National Garden Festival, and now home to a 10 screen Odeon Cinema, a water fun pool, a dry ski centre, and a colourful canalside marina with restaurant.
Quadrant Rd, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Theatres & Cinemas
in Potteries shown below:
|tel:01782 236000 fax:01782 236005|
Mitchell Memorial Theatre
Amateur dramatics are performed at this theatre, which was built following the Second World War as a tribute to the Spitfire designer, Reginald J Mitchell.Group Captain Douglas Bader officially opened our theatre in 1957 to honour Reginald J. Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire.We are the main venue for amateur and youth theatre in the city. We are non-profit making and support many amateur theatre companies from the community. We put on: plays; pantomimes; concerts; scout gang shows; dance displays; ceremonies; drama courses; and competitions.
|Broad Street, Hanley,
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 4HG
|Tel: 01782 235411/10 (answer phone is 24hrs and is on 235411) or 01782 268161|
A multiplex screening all the latest Hollywood blockbusters.
|Festival Park, Etruria
Road, Etruria, Nr Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5SN
|Enquiries: 01782 215805 Booking: 08705 050007|
Recently refurbished as a 1000-seat concert venue and theatre, famous for being the theatre where Robbie Williams, as a child, performed in numerous productions.
|Burslem Town Centre,
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 4JH
QUEENS THEATRE CLICK
|Tel: 01782 825800|
The Regent Theatre
Beautifully restored Art Deco theatre in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent's cultural quarter.Originally opened in 1929 as a super cinema, its first presentation was a silent film, The Last Command. The foyer was luxuriously decorated in the fashionable Art Deco style, with similar splendour in the auditorium and its reputation grew for presenting Sunday concerts.In 1950 there was a name change to the Gaumont and the venue became part of the increasing touring pop concert circuit in the 60s and was extensively used for amateur operatic and musical comedy productions. It 1974 it was given a triple screen and renamed the Odeon Film Centre two years later. In 1989, following the opening of a six screen Odeon at the Festival Park, it closed.Following a three year, £23 million development of the city centre, The Regent was reopened on 22 September 1999 after being fully restored to its previously elegant Art Deco style and has already been visited by a host of distinguished guests including Sir Derek Jacobi. Her Majesty the Queen officially opened The Regent Theatre in October 1999.As a number one touring venue, The Regent is capable of taking the largest touring productions and has already played host to the very best opera, dance, drama and musicals, direct from Broadway and the West End.Most notably Glyndebourne Touring Opera has relocated its northern operation from Manchester to the Regent.Offering a high quality programme of grand opera, national ballet and West end musicals. For further details on The Regent Theatre Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent see our website.
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1AP
REGENT THEATRE CLICK
|Box Office: 0870 060 6649
Mon-Sat 9am - 10pm. Sun 10am - 8pm
Group Hotline: 0870 060 6619 Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm
|The Theatre Royal
"The first Theatre was a small structure ; it was on the same ground as it is now, only the entrance was in Brunswick Street, and the front faced up Frederick Street—then a cul-de-sac, but it contained, in 1857, the first Mechanics’ Institution, now the School of the Primitive Methodists.This Theatre was of poor appearance. It was the old Chapel of the Primitive Methodists. In the front of it, at one time, it had a small approach, fenced off; and two small windows; towards the apex of the gable, or roof a round hole, for ventilation.The populace were still prejudiced with regard to these places, a prejudice inherited from the time of the Rebellion, at which time - by Act of Parliament - all ‘Theatres were suppressed.The advent of Railways soon made possible the quicker modes of conveyance, and the discontinuance of the old “Stock” Companies.Mr. James Rodgers was the lessee for some years, then his principal (Mr. John Windley). About 1875 a new construction was commenced which was of larger dimensions and more convenient. To this succeeded the present structure, with its entrance in Pall Mall. This latter alteration caused other fine buildings in lower Pall Mall to supersede the small yellow-washed cottages it still contained, so that this street would be unrecognisable to an absentee native, as it is to-day, with its lofty elevations
Pall Mall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
ROYAL THEATRE CLICK,
Stoke Film Theatre
A wide range of independent, foreign (subtitled) and mainstream releases, which have either not been shown or have received a very limited theatrical release.Established in 1974, the Film Theatre ensures that a wider variety of films are shown in Stoke-on-Trent. Our programme contains a wide range of independent, foreign (often subtitled) and more mainstream releases. The emphasis is on films which have either not been shown or have received a very limited release at the local multiplex cinemas.For more information on the history of cinema-going in North Staffordshire, read Lez Cooke's essay on the subject: here.Contrary to popular belief, the Film Theatre is open to the general public. Situated on Staffordshire University's College Road campus, the Film Theatre is independent of the university and operated entirely by volunteers.
|Staffs University, College
Stoke, ST4 2EF
|Booking: 01782 411188
In November 1997, the Rep was proud to open a brand new, purpose built, 235 seat theatre in Stoke on Trent. The theatre was built with the help of an Arts Council lottery grant, the assistance of the City Council, funds raised by the members and the generous sponsorship of local companies.The Rep's production company, the Stoke on Trent Repertory Players, performs a season of six plays each year.Its members provide the acting company, volunteer administration, technical, and managerial staff, providing the Potteries with a varied entertainments programme in the best traditions of amateur theatre.The Rep also hosts visiting amateur dramatic and operatic societies.
|Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, ST4 2TR
STOKE REP CLICK
|Tel: 01782 209784 (Booking line)|
Recently refurbished Victorian Concert Hall offering a wide range of concerts and events throughout the year..The Victoria Hall, the premier concert venue for the Heart of England, is twinned with The Regent Theatre. The Victoria Hall offers a hugely varied and popular programme of music, dance, children’s shows, comedy and local events for all the community, and is only 2 minutes’ walk from The Regent. further details on The Regent Theatre Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent see our website.
|Bagnall Street, Hanley,
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 3AD
|Box Office: 0870 060 6649
Mon-Sat 9am - 10pm. Sun 10am - 8pm
Group Hotline: 0870 060 6619 Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm
|Stoke City Football
Stoke City Football Club is a football club . Stoke is the second-oldest Football League club in the world as it was founded in 1863. The club plays in the Football League Championship, the second tier of English football. The club’s nickname is The Potters (after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent) and its home kit consists of a red & white vertical-striped shirt with white shorts and white socks. The club is currently owned by Kidsgrove Road Limited, a subsidiary of Bet365, with Peter Coates as the club's chairman. It was owned by Stoke Holding, from 1999 to 2006, which was in turn owned by a consortium of Icelandic businessmen. Coates completed his takeover on May 22 2006.Stoke play their home fixtures at the Britannia Stadium, a 28,000 all-seater stadium. The stadium was opened in 1997; prior to this date Stoke had played at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home ground since 1878.
Stanley Matthews Way
fax: 01782 592201.
|Swallow Hayes, Wolverhampton|
Tamworth- The Ancient Capital of
derives its name from the River Tame which flows through the town, as does the River Anker. The historic market town was founded by the Saxons but was sacked by the Danes in the 9th century. Aethelflaeda defeated the Danes and built a castle here to defend the settlement in 913 AD. In the 11th century the Normans built a new castle on the site, a sandstone fortress, overlooking the confluence of the rivers Anker and Tame, and it still dominates the centre of the town. By the 17th century Tamworth was one of the most populous towns in the west midlands. The town flourished by controlling two packhorse bridges over the Tame and the Anker on the important route from London to Chester. During the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, it developed rapidly with the coal industryand became a hub of the canal network when the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal and the Coventry Canal were constructed through the town. Transport links improved when the Midland Railway and the London and North Western Railway were opened in the mid-19th century. From 1830 to 1850 the Victorian Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, served as Tamworth's MP. In 1935 Tamworth became the home of the Reliant Motor Company. The famous 'Reliant Robin' was produced here from 1973 until 1998, when the factory closed and was relocated to a purpose-built factory in Burntwood, Cannock. Since World War II the town has grown rapidly by absorbing the overspill from the West Midlands conurbation to the south-west.
29, Market St , Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7LR
|Tel:01827 709581 fax:01827 709582|
When Offa came to the throne of Mercia in 757 AD, he made Tamworth his chief residence and built a palace there
Offa's palace was likely a large, thatched, wooden building and as such it's location is not known, but it might have been north-east of Bolebridge Street in Tamworth following excavations in 1968, although other possible locations include the area of the churchyard north of St. Editha's church or in the Castle Grounds near the castle gatehouse.
Tamworth was sacked by Danes in the 9th century. Defences in the form of a castle were constructed against Danish invaders by Ethelfleda Queen of the kingdom of Mercia.
|Tamworth - The
Site of The Royal Palace
Tamworth Assembly Rooms
Tamworth Assembly Rooms is
the premier entertainments venue in
|Corporation Street, Tamworth
|Box office: 01827 709618|
Tobogganing - Ski/Snowboarding
There are also many other benefits and discounts available to SnowDome Members to enable you to save £££'s off holidays, insurance, equipment hire and lift passes to name but a few.It really is a small price for large savings - and you could be saving money by visiting as few as 4 times a year. By taking out SnowDome Membership, all members receive the following discounts and benefits:
SAVE 30% Off group ski and snowboard lessons including combi lessons- SAVE 30% Off all private lessons - SAVE 30% Off all recreational skiing, snowboarding and snowblading -SAVE 30% Off all recreational multi-hour discount sessions (i.e. Ski Wednesday, Morning Club/ Morning' Boardin', Board Stiff, Fresh, BladeRunnerz & Junior Club)
|Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth,
Staffordshire, B79 7ND
The Snowdome couldn't be easier to find, just 5 minutes from Junction 10 of the M42, so it's right on the motorway network, and only one and a half hours from North London, Bristol, Manchester and Leeds.
TAMWORTH SNOWDROME CLICK
Tamworth Castle is sited in the town centre Pleasure Grounds overlooking the confluence of the rivers Tame and Anker. The Normans built the original motte and bailey castle some time between 1070 - 1080. In the 1180's a polygonal shell keep was built upon the motte.The castle has had many owners and was altered many times over the centuries. The oldest surviving section within the Shell-Keep, is the north wing with its 13th century arched doorway, and there are examples of different periods of building through to the late 18th century. The most impressive room is the Great Hall with its oak timbered roof that dates from the mid 15th century.The castle contains a museum that recreates how parts of the castle would have been used during different periods of its history. The castle is reputed to be haunted and one room even has a re-enactment of a haunting.
The Holloway, Tamworth. B79 7NA
TAMWORTH CASTLE CLICK
The Threshing Barn
A grade 2 listed farm provides a perfect venue for day workshops in country crafts. Come and learn spinning, weaving, dry flower arrangements, papier maché, hand-made paper, decoupagé, soap making, scented gifts, rag rugs, Christmas decorations. Spinning equipment and craft materials for sale. Open all year.
|Lower Lady Meadows Farm,
Bradnop, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7EZ
THRESHING BARN CLICK
|Tel/Fax: 01538 304494|
Timewalk uses the latest computer generated technology to take you on a journey of history and mystery within the walls of Stafford's oldest church, st. Chad's Greengate Street. Voices from the past, including one of Stafford's most famous characters-Izaak Walton- will guide you through the nine hundred years of the churches history, while dramatic lighting and sound effects enliven the story. Hear the sounds of Stafford on May fair day and Market day and the tale of the hobby horse.Timewalk also takes you through the years of decline, neglect and decay, and into the period of its glorious revival as the church which now draws 1000's of visitors to enjoy its tranquil atmosphere and its unique Norman sculptures.
|St Chads Church,
Staffordshire, ST16 1BJ
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Tittesworth Visitor Centre
There's something very special about a reservoir hidden away on the edges of one of England's most spectacular National Parks. Tittesworth offers a myriad of attractions for those who love the open air, and even those who don't. Purpose built visitor centre with accessible toilets - Adventure playground - Crafts and gift shop - 80 seater restaurant and kiosks - Picnic areas - Dogs allowed – if kept under control - Wheelchair friendly site, including an accessible 1.5 mile woodland walk (does involve some gradients) -Barbecue shelter
||tel: 01538 300400
Fax: 01538 300599
Trentham, one of the most important historic gardens in Britain, is returning to its full glory. Enjoy the calm and colourful surroundings of the Italian Gardens.Trentham is currently undergoing a £100 million regeneration project aimed at creating a unique visitor destination of national significance. The 750-acre site, formerly known as Trentham Gardens, is owned by St Modwen Properties PLC and Willi Reitz, the German leisure entrepreneur, and operated by Trentham Leisure Limited.Our simple aim is to present a myriad of activities and experiences for everyone to enjoy: outdoor leisure on land or water, the enjoyment of good food and a stylish shopping experience. And its centre, we are restoring Britain's most spectacular Italian Garden.The massive Trentham Garden Centre is now open and so is Phase 2 of our speciality shopping experience ‘The Village’. We also have the Monkey Forest and Aerial Extreme, which are both situated at the Southern end of the Estate
|Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, ST4 8AX
There's a rare pleasure to handling and using fine, hand made lead crystal. The substantial weight of the glassware, its sparkling highlights and the clear ring of its tone add to the joy of a fine wine or a delicately aged brandy. Georgian Crystal is painstakingly made by craftsmen from glass that we manufacture in our own factory. The pieces are formed and blown using age-old techniques, and then decorated by gifted artists using the finest diamond cutting tools.As well as presenting you with our on-line shop, this Website is here to tell you a little more about us and the pieces we create. If you're a newcomer to the beauty of fine crystal, then we hope you'll learn something of the passion we feel for creating something very special, and understand how to recognise fine craftsmanship. If you're a long standing aficionado, then we hope you'll find a source for beautiful, hand made British crystal at genuinely affordable prices
|Silk Mill Lane,
Tutbury, Burton upon Trent,
Staffordshire, DE13 9LE
Open 9.00am til 5.00pm Monday - Saturday, 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunday
TUTBURY CRYSTAL CLICK
Tutbury Castle lies on the site of the original Norman settlement which was destroyed in 1174 during a rebellion against King Henry II. Edmund Crouchback, the first Earl of Lancaster, started the renovation work in 1270. The fortress is situated in the small and picturesque town of Tutbury on the banks of the river Dove in North Midlands, overlooking Hanbury and Needwood. Only the outer part remains of what used to consist of a south tower with a winding staircase and two chambers and the high tower in which Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for a time. It is said to have been the residence of the Saxon Lords of Mercia, and is named after the god Thor or Thoth who was worshipped at this spot.
|Tutbury, Staffordshire, DE13 9JF
On the A50, only 4 miles from Burton upon Trent.
TUTBURY CASTLE CLICK
|Uttoxeter Heritage Centre
Uttoxeter Heritage Centre is housed in a part timber-framed building dating from 1628. It is run by the Town Council and it aims are to collect artefacts and information relating to the history of the town and to make these resources available to the public by ways of displays, and assisting with enquiries. Permenant displays include Victorian bedroom, and Former Railway Station Junction.
|34-36 Carter Street, Uttoxeter,
Staffordshire, ST14 8EU
10 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Closed on Monday, Sunday and Bank Holidays
On the 3rd May 2007 Uttoxeter
Racecourse celebrated 100 years of racing.
In 1907 admission to the racecourse cost just one
shilling (5p) and was largely patronised by the
nobility, gentry and sportsmen of the county. It was
in 1988 when the late Sir Stanley Clarke took over,
that the transformation into the racecourse that we
know today truly began. Uttoxeter was turned into an
award winning racecourse, with a reputation for
customer service and innovation.In that first
year Uttoxeter Racecourse hosted only five
meetings. Now, Uttoxeter Racecourse holds 24
race meetings spread evenly through the year.
Whether it is National Hunt Racing in winter, or
glorious summer jumping, you are sure to find a
fixture that suits you.
Wood Lane, Uttoxeter
Staffordshire, ST14 8BD
Fax: 01889 562786
UTTOXETER RACE COURSE CLICK
|Tel: 01889 562561|
Walsall is a large industrial town in the West Midlands . Historically part of Staffordshire, Walsall is a component area of the West Midlands conurbation, and is sometimes described as part of the Black Country.Walsall is the administrative headquarters of the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall. In the 2001 census, the town had a population of 170,994 with the surrounding borough having a population of 253,500. Neighbouring towns in the borough include Willenhall, Bloxwich and Aldridge.The name Walsall is thought to have derived from the words "Walh halh", meaning "valley of the celtic speakers" (referring to the Celts). Walsall is first referenced as 'Walesho' in a document dated 1002, however it is not referenced in the Domesday Book. By the first part of the 13th century, Walsall was a small market town, with the weekly market being introduced in 1220. The Mayor of Walsall was created as a political position in the 14th century. Walsall is known as "the town of a hundred trades". (This appellation is a nod to the fact that nearby Birmingham is known as "the city of a thousand trades". Though at the time considerably smaller, Birmingham's growth to size larger than Walsall due to the adoption of a main railway line.)
Visitor Information Centre
Walsall Central Reference Library
|Tel 01922 653110
Fax 01922 654013
Textphone 0845 1112910
Walsall Arboretum is a beautiful park containing lakes, trees and gardens. Probably best known for the annual lightshow, Walsall Illuminations, which takes place during September and October. With over 50 illuminated features, lakeside lights, laser show, floodlit gardens, children's rides, entertainment and refreshments.
From M6 Junctions 7,9 and 10, follow the brown and white tourist signs.
Open daily all year round from 7.15am.
WALSALL ARBORETUM CLICK
|Tel: 01922 650309
BOTH Walsall Town (founded 1877) and Walsall Swifts (founded 1879) had been in existence for a number of years before, in the course of the 1887/88 season, it was decided to end their fierce local rivalry and amalgamate.
They were natural choices for one of the places in the new Football League second division when it was formed in 1892. Situated less than a mile from junction nine of the M6, Banks Stadium, opened in 1990, is close to the Walsall ring road; it has a mainline railway station across the road and there is parking space for well over 1,000 vehicles.
Bescot Crescent, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 4SA
0871-663 0111 or 0871-663 0222
Ticket Office Fax: 0871-423 1966
Discover why Walsall became the British leathergoods capital in this fascinating working museum, housed in a restored leather factory.
For two hundred years Walsall people have been making some of the world's finest saddles and leather goods. Walsall Leather Museum seeks to celebrate this great tradition and reflect the achievements of the leather craftsmen and women of Walsall.In our atmospheric workshops you can watch skilled leather workers in the process of hand-crafting leathergoods such as wallets and purses and perhaps have-a-go yourself. The displays around the museum tell the stories of the Walsall leather trade and feature splendid examples of local craftsmanship past and present, including saddles made for the Royal Family and exciting contemporary designs.
|Littleton Street West
Walsall West Midlands WS2 8EQ
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, (November to March the museum closes at 4pm)
LEATHER MUSEUM CLICK
|Telephone 01922 721153
Fax 01922 725827
This friendly and welcoming community-focused museum is located in the heart of Walsall. Dedicated to the history of Walsall, the museum is home to a wide-ranging collection of artefacts reflecting Walsall’s proud heritage, its many industries, and the lives of the people who lived here. In particular the museum houses the nationally important ‘Hodson Shop’ collection of twentieth century working clothing. The collections are presented through an exciting programme of changing exhibitions, which not only explore Walsall’s history, but address contemporary issues and provide an opportunity to showcase the vitality of Walsall’s communities today. The accompanying programme of activities for children and adults means Walsall Museum can enable everyone to engage with their heritage.
Walsall West Midlands WS1 1TR
Walsall Museum is located on the first and third floors of the Central Library building on Lichfield Street in Walsall town centre.
Tuesdays – Fridays 10am – 5pm
Saturdays 10am – 4pm
WALSALL MUSEUM CLICK
|Tel : 01922 653116|
|Walsall New Art
The New Art Gallery Walsall is located in the heart of Walsall's beautiful town centre, in the west midlands. The gallery is the home of the distinguished Garman Ryan Collection, which was donated to the Borough in 1972 by Lady Kathleen Epstein. The Permanent Art Collection consists, of art works collected since the foundation of the Walsall Museum and Art Gallery in 1892.
Walsall West Midlands WS2 8LG
Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
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WALSALL ART GALLERY CLICK
|Phone: 01922 654 400
Fax: 01922 654 401
A 40 seat narrowboat, which runs cruises throughout the year along the Walsall Canal starting from Town Wharf, next to the New Art Gallery. The Wharf is also available for private hire.
|Wharf Narrowboat, c/o
Sport & Leisure Development Services
Library Building, Walsall Street
Warley Woods has been a public park in Smethwick since 1906, but the history of this green space goes back over 500 years. Warley Woods is 100 acres in size and is comprised of a meadow, large woodlands and a public golf course. It is surrounded by homes and is a valuable green-space for ramblers, families, dog-walkers and sport enthusiasts. Warley Woods is listed as a grade II on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
Warley Woods Community Trust, The Pavilion, Lightwoods Hill, Smethwick, B67 5ED
WARLEY WOODS CLICK
tel: 0121 420 1061
Fax: 0121 434 4430
The UK's number 1 indoor aqua theme park. It has over 30 rides and attractions (including the mighty "Nucleus" indoor water roller-coaster ride), outdoor pool, aqua disco, and cafe. There are many other amazing features so please see the website for details. The minimum recommended visiting time is 3 - 4 hours.
|Festival Park, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, ST1 5PU
From the A500 follow the signs for Festival Park, and then the signs for Waterworld.
|Wedgwood Story Visitor Centre
The Wedgwood Visitor Centre is home to the internationally renowned ceramic company, situated in the Heart of England and well served by main rail and road links. The company story is told through interactive displays, film presentations, audio-guided exhibitions and factory tour. Visitors can create their own unique peice of Wedgwood in the demonstration area and shop in our best and seconds retail outlets, both offering tax reclaim and shipping services. Our self-service restaurant caters for both individuals and pre-booked groups and the waitress-served Wedgwood Tea Room serves traditional English high teas. The brand new, expanded Wedgwood Musuem opens in 2008.
Staffs ST12 9ES
Leave junction 15 of the M6, follow the A500 to Stoke-on-Trent, take first exit off A500 signposted A34. At roundabout take 3rd exit onto A34 south bound, signposted Stafford. Follow brown and white signs to Wedgwood.Mon - Fri 09:00 to 17:00 Sat - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
Gallery and Museum, Wednesbury
Victorian Art Gallery built in 1891. Permanent Victorian picture gallery. Exciting temporary exhibitions and largest public display of Ruskin Pottery.
WEDNESBURY ART GALLERY & MUSEUM CLICK
|Tel: 0121 556 0683
0121 505 1625
was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the
name meaning "the little village on the heath of
broom" (broom being a particular type of bush). It is
believed that it may have originally been part of the
Handsworth parish. A Benedictine priory existed in West Bromwich
from the 12th century around which the settlement of Broomwich
Heath grew. In 1727, the town became a stop on
the coaching road between London and Shrewsbury and
its growth began. In the 19th century, coal deposits
were discovered, ensuring that the town grew rapidly
as an industrial centre, with industries such as
spring, gun and nail making developing. Most of the
coal deposits were found below the ground a mile or so
west of Broomwich Heath, and so the "new" town
adopted the name West Bromwich. Well before
the end of the 19th century, the relatively new town
of West Bromwich had established itself as a prominent
area to match older neighbouring towns including Dudley and Walsall.
Tourism Projects Development Officer Manjit Kaur is working to improve and sell the borough's attractions to visitors.She has already helped to launch Heritage Trails in West Bromwich and Smethwick, pinpointing notable landmarks around the two towns. Other trails are planned.
on-line Tourist Office
Contact Sandwell is opened from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. We are also opened on Saturdays 8.30am to 1.30 pm.
WEST BROMWICH CLICK
|Tel:0845 358 2200
Children's Services 0845 351 0131
|West Bromwich Albion F.C.]
1878 - Club formed by workers from Salter's Spring Works in West Bromwich. Won first game 1-0 versus Hudsons. 1879 - Took name of West Bromwich Strollers after walking to Wednesbury to buy a ball. 1880 - Changed name from Strollers to Albion.1888 - Became founder member of the Football League, winning first game at Stoke City, 2-0, on September 8 .1900 - Albion moved to The Hawthorns, the highest ground above sea level in the UK at 551 feet Why the Baggies? 4 Different explanations:A corruption of 'Magee' - a popular full back in the 20's. Unlikely, since Baggies was in use in the 1900's -The name of protective trousers factory workers used in the area -From supporters who took bags (baggies) round to local pubs to save the club from extinction in 1905 -When the club was nearly bankrupt in the 1900's, a number of the larger players left to have not only their shoes, but their kit filled by smaller players. 'Spotting their voluminous drawers, a wag in the crowd is supposed to have shouted 'up the Baggies'.. the rest is history -Former club secretary Eph Smith gave his explanation in a Throstle Club News as going back to 1904 and a stocky back known as Amos Adams. 'His thickness of hips made his baggy pants look even more huge, and one day when he was not playing well, a fan shouted 'Baggy'. Albion and Adams recovered quickly, the name stuck.'
West Midlands B71 4LF
|Tel: 0871 271 1100|
The beauty and tranquility of the House is the result of centuries of creativity, collecting and patronage of artists and craftsmen, by generations of one family, the Bridgemans, Earls of Bradford. Gifted to the nation in 1986 by Richard the 7th and present Earl of Bradford, and with the suppport of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, it is now in the care of the Trustees of the Weston Park Foundation. Award winning 17th Century Stately Home set in 1000 acres of 'Capability' Brown Parkland and situated on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border. The attractions include the House, Adventure Playground, Miniature Railway, Gallery and Gift Shop, Stables Coffee Bar and Restaurant, Auditorium, formal gardens, woodland walks, lakes, follies and much, much more.
Staffordshire, TF11 8LE
on the A5 at Weston-under-Lizard, just 30 minutes from central Birmingham, three miles off the M54 Jct 3 and eight miles off the M6 Jct 12. New M6 Toll Road, Jct 11A.
WESTON PARK CLICK
The main lake at Westport Lake is the largest body of water in the city. The site also has a smaller lake, grassland, and a woodland conservation area. Westport Lake is well known for its water birds and is popular with walkers and anglers. The site was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in July 2004. There is also a children's play area, with an array of exciting play equipment.
|off Davenport Street,
Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4SA
Main car park is off Westport Lake Road, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent. Leave the A500 at the Longport, Tunstall slip road. At the mini roundabout take first exit for Davenport Street, turn left into Westport Lake Road.
WESTPARK LAKE CLICK
Whitmore Hall is a Grade I listed building, designated as a house of outstanding architectural and historical interest, and is a fine example of a small Carolinian manor house, although parts of the hall date back to a much earlier period. The hall has beautifully proportioned light rooms, curving staircase and landing. There are some good family portraits to be seen with a continuous line, from 1624 to the present day. It has been the family seat, for over 900 years, of the Cavenagh-Mainwarings who are direct descendants of the original Norman owners. The interior of the hall has recently been refurbished and is in fine condition. The grounds include a beautiful home park with a lime avenue leading to the house, as well as landscaped gardens encompassing an early Victorian summer house. One of the outstanding features of Whitmore is the extremely rare example of a late Elizabethan stable block, the ground floor is part cobbled and has nine oak-carved stalls, while the upstairs floor houses the remains of the stable boys' rooms and a ghost !
Staffordshire ST5 5HW
1 May - 31 Aug: Tue, Wed & BHs, 2 - 5.30pm.
WHITMORE HALL CLICK
|Tel: 01782 680478
Fax: 01782 680906
|White Ladies Priory
Built on the grounds of a medieval nunnery, it was to White Ladies that Charles II then a Prince was first taken, after fleeing from Worcester. He arrived at White Ladies Priory on Thursday 4th September 1651 after riding throughout the night and was admitted by a servant of the house named George Penderel.The name 'White Ladies' refers to the nuns who lived there who wore white (undyed) habits.Whilst the large timber-framed nunnery has now gone, the remains of the nunneries medieval church, and the nineteenth boundary wall of the small graveyard still remain.In 1535 White Ladies Priory was valued at having an annual income of less than £17 and, owing to an Act of Parliament in 1536 it was shut as its annual value was less than the £200 needed to keep the Priory open.The Priory is located close to Boscobel House (which grounds include the famous Royal Oak), which is about a mile up the road, where Charles II briefly stayed.The Priory is also rumoured to be where Queen Guinevere retired to after the death of King Arthur.
Brewood Stafford Staffordshire
Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton
Wightwick Manor is one of only a few surviving examples of a house built and furnished under the influence of the Arts & Crafts Movement.The many original William Morris wallpapers and fabrics, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Kempe glass and de Morgan ware help conjure up the spirit of the time. An attractive 7-hectare (17-acre) garden reflects the style and character of the house.
WIGHTWICK MANOR CLICK
|Tel: 01902 761400
|Willenhall Museum, Willenhall||Willenhall Library
|Tel: 01902 - 366513|
The Library is a registered charity (no. 528570) and is supported by Staffordshire County Council. It is administered by an independent trust and run in close conjunction with the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service. The core of the Library is the huge collection of printed books, pamphlets, manuscripts, drawings, watercolours, and transcripts built up by William Salt (1808-1863), a London banker during his lifetime. The Library continues to collect and preserve printed books, printed ephemera, pamphlets and illustrative material relating to Staffordshire for present and future generations. Collection Policy Statement. The Library's collections represent an outstanding resource for the study of local and family history in Staffordshire and are available for consultation by the public in our reading rooms free of charge.
Stafford Staffordshire ST16 2LZ
WILLIAM SALT LIBRARY CLICK
|Tel: 01785 278372|
Wolverhampton is a city in Staffordshire and metropolitan county of the West Midlands. In 2004, the local authority area had an estimated population of 239,100; the wider Urban Area had a population of 251,462,] which makes it the 13th largest city in England.The city is commonly recognised as being named after Lady Wulfruna, who founded the town in 985: its name coming from Anglo-Saxon Wulfrūnehēantūn = "Wulfrūn's high or principal enclosure or farm". Alternatively, the city may have earned its original name from a local Danish leader who was called Wulfere . Nevertheless, the name Wulfruna is commonly used in the city - for example, for the Wulfrun Centre or for Wulfrun Hall.The city's name is often abbreviated to "W'ton"[ or "Wolves" It is also known as "Wolvo" by many of the locals. The city council's motto is "Out of darkness, cometh light" People from Wolverhampton are known as Wulfrunians.The city grew initially as a market town with specialism within the woollen trade. During and after the Industrial Revolution, the city became a major industrial centre, with mining (mostly coal, limestone and iron ore) as well as production of steel, japanning, locks, industry) and within the motorcycles and cars - including the first vehicle to hold the Land speed record at over 200mph. Today the major industries within the city are both engineering based (including a large aerospaceservice sector.]
Visitor Information Centre
Wolverhampton City Council 18 Queen Square Wolverhampton WV1 1TQ
|Phone: 01902 556110 or 556112 Fax: 01902 556111|
Wolverhampton Art Gallery is located in the heart of Wolverhampton's historical city and aims to provide a friendly, accessible and inclusive environment for visitors to explore art, at their leisure.With exhibitions such as Hidden Treasures, which explores the far reaching influence, of arts and crafts from India and the Middle East, on Victorian interior design. And Sensing Sculpture, which allows you to use senses such as touch, smell, sound and sight to explore the artworks.
Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 1DU
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
|Tel: 01902 552055|
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Grade II Listed Victorian theatre presenting No 1 touring productions of musicals, drama, dance, opera, family shows, concerts and pantomime.
GRAND THEATRE CLICK
|tel: 01902 429212
Wolverhampton Racecourse, Dunstall Park, is Britain's first floodlit horse racing track bringing you the thrills of racing, day and night. It is also the UK's busiest racetrack as we host around 100 fixtures during the year.The unique and electric atmosphere of racing has enthralled punters and families alike for generations. The modern facilities at Wolverhampton are testament to the fact that racing can move with the times but retain the excitement of the sport. Racing takes place on the all weather flat course throughout the year, so whether you're a seasoned race goer or a novice, we can tailor a package to suit your requirements.
|Tel : 0870 220 0140|
Wolves first began life as a schoolboy team when the headmaster of St. Luke's school in Blakenhall, Harry Barcroft, presented a football to a group of pupils who had enjoyed an exceptional year's school work. The presentation of the football was instigated by the co-founders of the team, John Baynton and Jack Brodie.St Luke's FC were formed in 1877 and, two years later, after merging with the local cricket and football club known as The Wanderers, they became known as Wolverhampton Wanderers. Eight years later, the club moved to a new ground which is still their home today - Molineux.. Wolves became founder members of the Football League in 1888
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0871 880 8442
01902 687006 Ticketline:
0871 880 8433
Ticket Office fax: 01902 687003
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Famous Mercians From Staffordshire