5 Great Cultural Events on Staffordshire Day
If you like arts and culture, there's plenty to see and do in Staffordshire!
Take your pick from music festivals celebrating local bands and musicians, art exhibitions featuring local painters and sculptors, and xx in this run-down of the best cultural things to do on Staffordshire Day.
There's Something in the Water, Duck!
There will be a huge free event in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre, to coincide with the submission of the bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.
Starting at 5pm on Saturday 29th April, the day after Stoke's bid is handed in, 'There's Something in the Water, Duck!', will feature live music, poetry, fireworks and more!
The main performance will be entirely water-based and features 15 artists, with dance, opera and spectacular water displays.
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Leek Arts Festival
One of the longest-running arts festivals in the country, the Leek Arts Festival returns for a 40th year on Saturday 29th April.
Opening the festival will be BAFTA nominated comedian and folk singer Richard Digance, going through his 50-year back catalogue of songs and stories on his Golden Anniversary tour.
The Situation will be showcasing up-and-coming musicians at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, while Staffordshire's best visual artists will be celebrated at the Open Art exhibition at the Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery.
Afternoon tea with The Watershed Singers
The wonderful Swinfen Hall near Lichfield welcomes The Watershed Singers on Staffordshire Day.
The six-piece will pay tribute to the county with popular songs and readings in Swinfen's spectacular Edwardian ballroom.
Explore the beautiful gardens, before a glorious afternoon tea showcasing local produce and specialities, and then relax with some great live music and a glass of Prosecco.
Is there a better way of celebrating Staffordshire Day than that?
The Lymelight Music Festival showcases local bands and musicians on two stages in the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Back for a fifth year, the festival runs across the whole Staffordshire Day Weekend, with over 60 acts currently lined up to play.
There will also be an artisan market to explore, and real ales to enjoy at the Lymestone Vaults.
Make sure you try the Staffordshire Day beer brewed specifically for the day by Lymestone Brewery.
Art at Weston Park
Grab your art fix at Weston Park, the stunning 17th Century stately home on the Staffordshire-Shropshire border.
Artists Alison Wilson and Glynis Mills, known for paintings of horses, birds of prey and other wildlife, are exhibiting their work in the Granary Art Gallery.
The grounds also feature the Italian Gardens, Granary Grill restaurant, adventure playground and 1000 acres of Capability Brown parkland.
A beautiful place to discover on Staffordshire Day.
More cultural Staffordshire Day events
Hear classics like Nutbush City Limits and Proud Mary as the Tina Turner tribute Simply Tina comes to the National Brewery Centre, celebrate Arthur Berry, the Lowry of the Potteries, at Barewall Art Gallery, or head for the beer festival at Stafford Hockey Club.
Or try a trip to the Regent Theatre for the feel-good musical Mamma Mia!