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Top 10 reasons to visit Staffordshire

There are many reasons to visit Staffordshire, but here are the top 10.

1. Museums

From the delicate filigree of the Staffordshire Hoard at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Hanley to the story of beer at Burton’s National Brewery Centre and the history of the toilet at Gladstone Pottery Museum  in Longton, the county’s wide range of museums will inspire and entertain you.

2. Theme Parks

Thrillseekers will be at home in Staffordshire, whether they are riding the rollercoasters at Alton Towers, one of the country’s most popular theme park resorts, enjoying the more sedate delights of Thomas Land at Drayton Manor or splashing around at Waterworld in Hanley.

Ride the Rita rollercoaster at Alton Towers

Ride the Rita rollercoaster at Alton Towers

3. Military history

You can still stumble across remnants of the First World War training camps that housed thousands of troops on Cannock Chase, which is also home to the Commonwealth and German War Cemeteries. You can also view a replica World War One trench at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, near Lichfield, or visit the National Memorial Arboretum.

4. Canals

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to canals in Staffordshire, so take a stroll along the towpaths through The Potteries or enjoy a slower pace of life at marinas in Aston (Stone), Barton-under-Needwood and Fradley.

5. Green spaces

There’s plenty of room to get back to nature, from the striking rocky outcrops of The Roaches in the Moorlands to the wild open heath and woodland of Cannock Chase. And industrial Stoke-on-Trent is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with more than 100km of cycle lanes, 90 parks, numerous canals and walkways and over 3,000 allotments.

6. Quirky customs

Where else can you see a folk dance dating back to the Middle Ages featuring reindeer antlers, a hobby horse, Maid Marian and a Fool? Don’t miss the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance if you’re here in early September.

7. Culture

Not for nothing is Staffordshire dubbed “the Creative County”. As well as ceramics, the county boasts an outstanding arts scene with galleries, theatres, large-scale outdoor performances and festivals celebrating everything from circus skills in Newcastle to international pop superstars at Weston Park.

8. Ceramics

Act like a Staffordshire native by turning over crockery and squealing with delight when you find a local backstamp. Fans of the region’s most famous export can stock up on bargains at factory shops including Emma Bridgewater, Wedgwood, Portmeirion and Royal Stafford.

Learn all about ceramics at World of Wedgwood

Learn all about ceramics at World of Wedgwood

9. Literary connections

JRR Tolkien was one of those Staffordshire-based Great War soldiers and you can follow a trail around his old haunts in the Great Haywood area. Prolific writer Arnold Bennett was influenced throughout his life by his Potteries birthplace, and you can spot modern day Stoke-on-Trent in the gritty crime novels of Mel Sherratt.

10. People

Staffordshire folk are passionate about their county – think Robbie Williams! – and have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming. If you fancy trying a bit of Potteries dialect, have a go at the classic: “Cost kick a bo agen a wo an yed it til it bosts?” which means “Can you kick a ball against a wall and head it until it bursts?”


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Image credits: ©David Muscroft/Martin Christopher Parker/Shutterstock.com; Lukasz Lukomski/stock.adobe.com; Mikael Buck/Alton Towers Resort; The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery; World of Wedgwood

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