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10 Reasons to visit Staffordshire in 2016


2015 has been a great year for Staffordshire tourism.

New attractions like World of Wedgwood and Peak Wildlife Park opened, and others like Drayton Manor and Alton Towers expanded, with new rides and experiences.

The Trentham Estate was named Garden of the Year by BBC Countryfile Magazine, and Swinfen Hall became the first restaurant in the county to be awarded three AA rosettes.

And we welcomed thousands of visitors and competitors to major sporting events like the Ironman 70.3 triathlon and the UK Corporate Games.

We think 2016 will be even better! Here are 10 reasons to pay us a visit next year!

The Staffordshire Flag - click here for info on Staffordshire Day events

Staffordshire celebrates its 1000th birthday in 2016 and will mark the occasion with the first Staffordshire Day on May 1st, with special events around the county and offers, promotions and competitions from the top attractions, hotels and restaurants!

Watch this space for news of what’s on!

Click here for info on Staffordshire's great gardens, like Trentham Gardens, pictured

Weston Park and The Trentham Estate will be in the national spotlight as the country celebrates the 300th birthday of England’s Greatest Gardener ‘Capability’ Brown, who created many of the our most beautiful landscapes.

It's Visit England's Year of the English Garden next year too. Why not visit one of our glorious gardens?

Ironman 70.3, pictured here emerging from their swim at Chasewater, will return to Staffordshire in June 2016

There’s plenty going on for sports fans again, with the return of the Ironman 70.3 event and a host of mass participation events, including a triathlon and road race, in Stoke-on-Trent, the European City of Sport for 2016.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana will be back for Ironman in June, and they’ve promised to bring other famous faces with them!

This is an artist's impression of the new visitor centre at the National Memorial Arboretum

Our main visitor attractions are continuing to expand too – Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent will open their new extension, including restaurant, seating area and glazed frontage, in March.

And the UK's centre of remembrance, the National Memorial Arboretum, will complete their new visitor centre in the Autumn.

The new Riverside leisure development in Stafford Town Centre (image copyright Paragon BC)

Meanwhile, shoppers will have Stafford’s new Riverside Shopping Centre, including big name stores like M&S, restaurants and cinema, to look forward to. The first shops and restaurants will open in Summer 2016, with the cinema completed by Christmas.

Work will also begin on the Mill Green Designer Outlet Village in Cannock, which will have 130 stores and restaurants, in the New Year. You'll have to wait a bit longer for that one though - it won't be finished until 2018.

Click here for more information on the Midlands Grand National, pictured

If that were not enough, the old favourites will be returning again in 2016!

There will be the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse for horse-racing fans in March, and the V Festival at Weston Park in August.

So, as usual, there’s lots to see and do in Staffordshire next year!

If you’d like to experience all these and more, check out our short break packages, which start at £140 for a couple and £185 for a family of four - including accommodation and entry to three great attractions!

Keep an eye on our what's on page for our regularly updated events listings, or watch this great video which will give you a few ideas!

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