Attractions & Activities

Things to do in Staffordshire

There’s a massive number of things to do in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

The best place to check is on the Enjoy Staffs and Visit Stoke websites, but here’s some of our favourites.

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Calke Abbey
Preserved as acquired by the NT. Rise and decline of a large family estate, famous for its eccentric collection. Restaurant and café.
Calke Abbey, Nr Ticknal, South of Derby.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey/

Chatsworth House & Gardens
Farmyard and adventure playground. Farm shop, craft shops, café, and an interesting day out.

Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
www.chatsworth.org/

Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood
This National Trust attraction provides two different experiences in the same place.
Visit the showpiece 17th century Hall and see the spectacular designs and craftmanship.
The museum of childhood gets all ages excited. Join in and become a Victorian pupil, a scullery maid, or just reminisce about your own childhood.
Both attractions offer special events and activities for everyone to get more involved and hands on.

Sudbury, Ashbourne, Staffordshire, DE6 5HT
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury-hall-and-museum-of-childhood/

Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery
A family friendly museum set in Brampton Park, less than a mile from the centre of Newcastle Under Lyme.
This fascinating place has something for everyone.
Visit the Victorian Street, the Toy Gallery, or peek into the 1930s and 40s house.
Exhibitions change frequently so there is always something new to see.

Brampton Park, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0QP
http://www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/

Tamworth Castle
Explore 900 years of history at Tamworth Castle.
Get hands-on with interactive displays and activities, like weapons handling or trying on some armour.
See the permanent display of items from the world famous Staffordshire Hoard.
There are plenty of activities to chose from in the castle grounds - hire a bicycle, play crazy golf, or
just take a leisurely stroll down the river and check out the wildlife.

The Holloway, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7NA
http://www.tamworthcastle.co.uk

Biddulph Grange Garden
This National Trust property is a magnificent example of a Victorian garden.
Created by James Bateman - see the vast array of plants from around the world, or explore the hidden tunnels and pathways.

Grange Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire, ST8 7SD
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/biddulph-grange-garden
Cannock Chase Visitor Centre
A great starting point for a vast array of self-guided walks and cycles trails. Includes routes suitable for those with disabilities.
Cannock Chase offers a bird watching area, BBQ spot and a small shop with maps, souveniers and toilet facilities.
Marquis Drive, Hednesford Near, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 4PW
http://www.visitcannockchase.co.uk
The National Memorial Arboretum
Covering 150 acres the NMA has something for everyone. A living tribute to all who have made personal sacrifices for this country, not just the armed forces.
With such varied habitats, the NMA is home to a vast array of wildlife including otters, hares and skylarks.
Croxall Road, Alrewas, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR
http://www.thenma.org.uk
Emma Bridgewater Factory
Spend a day at the Emma Bridgewater Factory. Enjoy the tour, then decorate your own piece of pottery. Finish with a spot of lunch before browsing the on-site shop for a bargain or two.
Eastwood Works Lichfield Street, Hanley, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 3EJ
http://www.emmabridgewaterfactory.co.uk
Royal Stafford Ceramic Cafe
Create your own pottery masterpiece at the Royal Stafford Ceramic Cafe.
Choose from plates, bowls, mugs or teddy bears for a unique piece which will be fired and sent on to you.
Overhouse Street, Burslem, Staffordshire, ST6 4EE
http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/family-fun/Royal_Stafford_Ceramic_Cafe
Shugborough Estate
The amazing working estate of Shugborough ensures a full day of activities for all the family. Explore the lives of the Georgians who lived here. Stroll around the magnificent grounds, island arboretum and sculpture trail.
Within the mansion itself admire the private apartments of Lord Lichfield open for the first time, or see some of his stunning photographs taken on the estate.
Spend time at the working Georgian farm and mill, join in with interactive demonstrations and meet some of the rare breed animals living at the farm.
Stop for a snack at the Granary Tearooms or something more substantial at the Lady Walk restaurant.

Shugborough Estate, Stafford, ST17 0XB
www.shugborough.org.uk

Stoke on Trent Museums
Stoke on Trent boasts four museums. Two of which are award winning and located close to the city.
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery where, as well as discovering The Potteries history, you can see Reginald Mitchell's WWII Spitfire. An unrivaled collection of Staffordshire ceramics and items from the Staffordshire Hoard ensure that there is plenty to see.
Or gain an insight to Victorian factory life with a visit to the Gladstone Pottery Museum. Have a try at throwing your own pot or just watch the skilled demonstrations.
Home to the only steam driven potters mill in the world, Etruria Industrial Museum is located at the junction of the Trent and Mersey and Caulden canals.
Or take relax at Ford Green Hall, a 17th Century timber framed house with an award winning museum and period gardens.

Stoke on Trent
www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Cheddleton Flint Mill
On the banks of the Caldon canal, well worth a look if you are out for the day on the trains, and it’s free.

Cheddleton Flint Mill, on the A520 at Cheddleton between Stoke-on-Trent and Leek
www.cheddletonflintmill.com/

Clay Pigeon Shooting
Test your accuracy and speed against the clays

Kingsley Moor Shooting Ground, Broad Oak Estate, Broad Oak Lane, Green Head, Kingsley Moor, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST10 2EL
www.kingsleymoorsg.com/

Consall Forge
limekilns and nature reserve, again worth a look if you’re out on the trains. You can also walk from here and make it a day out. Black Lion pub at Consal Forge. A 1 hour walk by canal from Foxtwood. For serious birdwatchers, but slippery footpaths.

Consall Forge
www.rspb.org.uk/groups/northstaffordshire/

Fishing
Froghall Pool permits from owners, Blake Hall, Cheadle 01538 753908, Rudyard Lake, Rudyard. Tickets from the visitor centre, Dane Bridge 01260 227293. Fly fishing for trout. Open all year.

Fishing
www.fisheries.co.uk/blakehall/


www.rudyardlake.com/lake_activities.htm

Golf
Whiston Hall golf club opens to members and non-members. This golf course presents challenges to experienced players whilst stimulating those newer to the game.

Whiston Hall Golf Club, Black Lane, Whiston, Staffordshire, ST10 2HZ
http://www.whistonhall.co.uk/

Haddon Hall
Medieval and Tudor manor house and gardens on the banks of the River Wye.

Haddon Hall, The Estate Office, Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA
www.haddonhall.co.uk/

Horse Riding
Looking for somewhere to ride in the Peak District? Then come and ride at Northfield Farm.

Northfield Farm, Flash, Near Buxton, SK17 0SW
www.northfieldfarm.co.uk/

Jodrell Bank
The famous Lovell telescope. There is a very good information area with hands on experiments.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, The University of Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL
Sat nav: SK11 9DW

www.jodrellbank.net/

Kedlestone Hall (National Trust)
Spectacular 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors and parkland

Kedlestone Hall, near Quarndon, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 5JH
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston-hall/

Kingsley Falconry Centre
For a truly unique experience they offer day visits which will take you into the bird enclosures and behind the scenes.

Kingsley Falconry Centre, Off Banks Lane, after Sprinks Lane, Kingsley, Staffordshire, ST10 2BX
http://kingsleyfalconry.co.uk/

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
For over 50 years this vast underground complex, remained secret, hidden on the outskirts of a sleepy Cheshire town. Declassified in 1993, the 35,000 square foot underground bunker would have been the centre of Regional Government had nuclear war broken out.

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, CW5 8AL
www.hackgreen.co.uk/

Paint Ball
Quest Paintball Stoke has been operating since 1988 and is situated in rolling countryside and wooded valleys. We have built an enviable reputation as one of Staffordshire’s, Cheshire’s, The Midlands and North West’s premier paintball sites.

Quest Paintball, Broad Oak Lane, Greenhead, Kingsley Moor, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST10 2EL
www.questpaintball.com/

Stone Centre
All you ever wanted to know about stone. Very interesting.

National Stone Centre, Porter Lane, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4LS
www.nationalstonecentre.org.uk/

Tittesworth Water Sports and Activity Centre
Activities for you and your family

Tittesworth Water Sports and Activity Centre,Fishermans Lodge, Tittesworth Water, Meerbrook, Leek ST13 8SH
http://tittesworthwater.co.uk//