The long Bank Holiday Weekend (May 26th-28th) is fast approaching so here are five great things to do in Staffordshire for you and someone special.

Walk this way

With almost 100 walks ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous, The National Forest Walking Festival provides excellent opportunities to get to know some of East Staffordshire's quaint villages, breath-taking backdrops and top attractions.

There are 18 to try across the Bank Holiday Weekend, taking in the uplifting National Memorial Arboretum, the waterside idyll at Barton Marina, and the beautiful Trent Washlands in Burton upon Trent.

You could give Nordic walking a go, discover the local wildlife, learn about the area's heritage, or just enjoy a relaxing stroll in the fresh air.

The walks are mostly free and start at just a mile long, with the longest coming in at 12 miles.

Image courtesy of the National Forest Company and Jacqui Rock.

Tantalise your tastebuds

Explore more than 70 artisan food stalls, watch inspiring chef demonstrations, take on the daunting eating challenges and more at the Great British Food Festival at Weston Park.

The three-day event will feature Frances Quinn, winner of the Great British Bake Off in 2013, and Jane Beedle, Bake Off finalist in 2016, alongside some of the area's finest chefs including Marcus Bean, a regular on ITV's This Morning and Chef/Owner at Brompton Cookery School.

Show off your own baking skills in the Cake Off - all entrants get into the festival free - or sample the treats on offer from local food producers.

And there's loads more too, including live music across the whole weekend, foraging walks, and tastings on the drinks stage.

Your ticket includes free entry to the acres of beautiful Capability Brown parkland, and for an extra £3 you can upgrade to take a look inside the majestic 17th Century stately home.

Tempting tastings

If mouth-watering produce and stunning scenery are your thing, the tastings lined up at The Trentham Estate will be right up your street.

The Cheese and Wine Emporium has teamed up with Titanic Brewery for Titanic Beer Tastings between Saturday 26th and Monday 28th, giving you the chance to pair some of Staffordshire's best locally-brewed ales with a fantastic selection of award-winning cheeses.

And at the Totally Delicious restaurant on Sunday 27th, the Totally Gin night features an evening of gin tasting, complete with live jazz and delectable canapes, in aid of local charity The Donna Louise Trust.

Combine these great events with a relaxing stroll around the Capability Brown lake and Italian gardens and you're guaranteed the perfect Bank Holiday Weekend!

Celebrate our greatest showman

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the opening of Philip Astley's circus on the banks of the River Thames in Lambeth, and we're celebrating with a programme of events including the Philip Astley: His Life and Legacy exhibition at the Brampton Museum.

The war hero from Newcastle-under-Lyme came up with the circus conventions we know today, like the 42m-diameter ring, just large enough for horses to get to a gallop; the ringmaster in red; and the clowns, acrobats and trapeze artists on the bill.

This eye-opening exhibition reveals all about Astley's journey from cabinet maker to great showman, performing for royalty around the world and featuring in the works of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.

Featuring rare items from the V&A Museum's Theatre and Performance Collection, this free exhibition is open throughout the Bank Holiday Weekend and is not to be missed!

And here's a great one which is near the Bank Holiday

It may not be happening on the Bank Holiday Weekend (it's the weekend after), but we couldn't have a run-down of the best forthcoming events without mentioning the Acoustic Festival of Britain at Uttoxeter Racecourse!

Now in its 12th year, the festival has drawn some top acts to Staffordshire in the past, including Midge Ure, Fairport Convention and Joan Armatrading, and this year is no different, with Dire Straits' John Illsley, Squeeze's Chris Difford, Cockney Rebel Steve Harley, and Pink Floyd tribute act Think Floyd among the highlights. 

There's also music, poetry and dance workshops, live comedy from 12 hilarious up-and-coming stand-ups, great food and drink from around the world, and the Blues Bar extending the entertainment into the early hours.

It promises to be one of the highlights of the Staffordshire summer!

More things to do for Bank Holiday in Staffordshire

This is just a snapshot of the events and activities lined up in Staffordshire for the Bank Holiday Weekend!

Find out more in our What's On section.

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National Forest Walking Festival
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Ambling to Anchor Church - Pict credit: Jan Emery

Programme of varied walks to explore this ever changing landscape to suit every taste and ability. Choose from gentle strolls to strenuous rambles and routes to cater for seasoned walkers as well as pushchairs, wheelchairs & family groups.

Great British Food Festival
Food / Drink Festival
Kids Bakeoff at the Great British Food Festival

The Great British Food Festival combines the nation's love of great food and drink with some of the country's most treasured locations, providing a unique opportunity to explore new flavours and beautiful venues.

Titanic Beer Tasting
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Titanic Beer Tasting

Enjoy a free tasting of some of Titanic Brewery's best tipples alongside some of the award-winning cheeses at the Cheese & Wine Emporium

Totally Gin
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Totally Gin

Totally Delicious has teamed up with The Gin Stop to create the first Totally Gin event. Sample the special gin menu, enjoy tasty canapes, and relax with the soothing live jazz from Ray Butcher. In aid of The Donna Louise Hospice, which supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

The Acoustic Festival of Britain
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The Acoustic Festival of Britain

In 2018 The Acoustic Festival of Britain will once again arrive at Uttoxeter Racecourse for what is sure to be a great weekend of fun, friendship and of course great music.

Exhibition: Philip Astley - His Life and Legacy
Exhibition
Exhibition: Philip Astley - His Life and Legacy

Find out about one of our Staffordshire Heroes, Philip Astley, and his amazing journey from humble cabinet-maker to world-famous showman - the Father of the Modern Circus. This free exhibition will fascinate children of all ages, with some items on view in Staffordshire for the first time. Learn about Astley's early life in Newcastle-under-Lyme, how his experiences of war inspired his career, how he came up with the modern circus, and how he influenced the world of performing arts.