How to spend 48 hours in Staffordshire
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Staffordshire has a rich and diverse arts scene and here are some of the best venues to visit. You can learn all about the importance the county’s world-famous ceramics industry and the materials at its heart at the LoveClay visitor experience, which is open on weekdays at the Fenton headquarters of Valentine Clays. Middleport Pottery in Burslem combines the past, present and future of the industry. You can see one of just 47 remaining bottle kilns, thousands of which once dotted the landscape of The Potteries, and explore the cobbled maze of buildings containing historic machinery, archives and collections in every corner, as well as workshops where contemporary craftspeople make and sell their wares.
Uttoxeter is home to a charming museum which reopened in 2019 after a complete refurbishment thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Housed in the 400-year-old Redfern’s Cottage, the Museum of Uttoxeter Life includes interactive galleries exploring topics like domestic life, the civil war, religious dissent and the making of the modern town.
Fans of social history will also want to call in to the quirky Beamhurst Museum, a privately-owned museum packed to the gills with antiques and memorabilia, much of it relating to nearby Uttoxeter. It’s free to visit but only open on selected weekend dates. Further south, Lichfield offers a wealth of cultural experiences. Its cathedral regularly teams up with collaborative artists Luxmuralis to become the canvas for astonishing art, music and light shows projected onto its walls.
Wedgwood Dr, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9ER
The World of Wedgwood, a unique, interactive visitor centre experience celebrating the very best of British craftsmanship. Experience Wedgwood for the day through shopping, food, visitor tours and art and craft workshops. The Wedgwood factory tour offers an exclusive insight into the production process and a chance to see at first hand unique artisan skills that are employed to create the iconic Wedgwood product.
Visitors looking to take a piece of Wedgwood home with them, or simply for great gift ideas, will be spoilt for choice at the new flagship store here. The largest Wedgwood retail space in the world, the store offers inspiring product displays, cutting edge designs from Wedgwood and designer partners, iconic Prestige products and the launch of new collections before they are widely available in the UK. With a unique Made in England department, shoppers can browse collections crafted at the World of Wedgwood itself that are not available elsewhere in Europe. Visit website
Breadmarket St, Lichfield WS13 6LG
Visit the family home that inspired a literary giant. Best known for his dictionary of the English Language, Samuel Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life in this atmospheric Grade 1-listed trader’s townhouse. Now a museum to his life and times, with stunning collections and events for all throughout the year. Visit website
Uttoxeter Rd, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ
Get hands-on experience at Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton, where you can visit a complete Victorian pottery factory, typical of hundreds in the area which produced everyday ceramic items for the mass market. You can try your hand at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or decorating a piece of pottery to take home. Visit website
The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD
With its three spires, Lichfield is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the land. Make time to attend a Choral Evensong service, which take place every day except Saturday, for a truly unforgettable and transcendent experience. Visit website
Bethesda St, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW
At The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Hanley you’ll see world-class collections of ceramics, items from the Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard and even an original Spitfire aeroplane, invented by local lad, Reginald Mitchell. Visit website
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Image credits: ©Gladstone Pottery Museum; Lichfield Cathedral Photographers; Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum; The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery; UKHBPT/Jenny Harper Photography/Middleport Pottery; World of Wedgwood