Wet Weather

Wet Weather Activities

We know it will happen at some point, this is England after all.

The best place to check is on the Enjoy Staffs and Visit Stoke websites, but here’s some places to save for those wet weather days.

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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

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

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/

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/

The Alton Towers Waterpark
Open all year round, Alton Towers Waterpark offers hundreds of water based activites.
Whether you want to fire water cannons on the Wacky Waterworks Tree House, or drift along the Lazy River, there is something for all.
You can even venture outside on the Flash Floods or keep warm in the Volcano Springs.

Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB
https://www.altontowers.com

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

Tamworth Snowdome
Why not learn to ski or snowboard in a day?
With a 170 metre slope, the Tamworth Snowdome offers a great day out for beginners and experienced skiers alike.
If skiing or snowboarding isn't your thing, there's an ice rink and a pool on site too.

Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7ND
http://www.snowdome.co.uk

Stoke Ski Centre
Lessons in skiing or snowboarding at all levels and lots of well trained staff to help you out. This is great wet weather day activity.

Festival Way, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5PU
http://www.stokeskicentre.co.uk

CineBowl iSKATE
Ice skating, bowling or a trip to the cinema - Uttoxeter iSKATE has it all.

Town Meadows Way, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8AZ
http://www.cinebowl-iskate.co.uk

Awesome Walls Climbing Stoke
Pre-book a taster session at England's largest bouldering centre and experience this fun, exhilarating and safe sport. There is a large viewing area, so if your don't want to participate you can relax and just watch.

Sefton Road, Longton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 5LW
http://www.awesomewalls.co.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