Staffordshire and the six towns that are known as the Potteries were the Ceramic Capital of the World have a great choice of days out for all the family. World of Wedgwood tells the story of pottery where you can undertake a factory tour, visit the museum that celebrates 250 years of pottery – the collection is a UNESCO protected treasure and then get involved at the master craft studio and decorating studio. Elsewhere you can discover more about the region’s pottery industry at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Middleport Pottery and the Emma Bridgwater Factory where you can decorate your own pottery and take a factory tour. The Moorcroft Heritage centre allows you to enter one of the old beehive brick kilns.
Those interested in military history can visit the RAF Museum at Cosford and the National Memorial Arboretum an impressive and poignant location home to the Armed Forces Memorial with acres of woodland to explore. A trip to Stafford Castle is worthwhile to discover over 900 years of history at one of the best Norman castles in the country. Thrill seekers are spoilt for choice – head to Alton Towers and take on the roller coasters, enjoy the entertainment and themed attractions or visit Drayton Manor to take in their range of rides and excitement. Other destinations include Foxfield Steam Railway and the National Brewery Centre at Burton upon Trent, whilst a visit to Trentham Estate gives visitors the opportunity to combine a number of attractions including gardens, shopping village and the Monkey Forest.
A visit to Lichfield will provide the opportunity to tour Lichfield Cathedral, see the nearby Erasmus House – where the grandfather of Charles Darwin lived or visit the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum.
Staffordshire has a number of stately homes open to the public to visit. Shugborough Hall is a country house where you can also access a number of estate buildings including a water mill and dairy – and participate in tasting some of the samples! The magnificent Weston Park stands in over 1,000 acres of grounds designed by Capability Brown, whilst inside there is a stunning art collection in the state rooms. Newcastle-under-Lyme is home to Whitmore Hall that dates back to the 17th century. Biddulph Grange and its gardens, Moseley Old Hall, and the stunning Sandon Hall are all in the region.
Staffordshire’s famous names include Josiah Wedgwood of Wedgwood pottery, Samuel Johnson, TV presenter Anthea Turner, darts legend Phil Taylor and pop superstar Robbie Williams.
Staffordshire has a large range of annual events including county celebration, Staffordshire Day, Lichfield Festival, Stone Food & Drink Festival, Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Homecoming Festival, the Midlands Grand National, Weston’s V Festival and Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.
Staffordshire’s famous food includes Staffordshire Cheese – which goes well with Branston Pickle, also from the county, Lobby, a boiled pudding and Staffordshire Yeomanry Pudding, thought to have been developed at the time of the Boer War.