Five Great Heritage Events on Staffordshire Day
Renowned as the world capital of ceramics and the home of the UK's brewing industry, Staffordshire's contribution to Britain's inspiring history and heritage, which dates back to at least 1016, is hard to beat.
Here are just five ways you can celebrate 1000 years of our wonderful county on Staffordshire Day, Monday 1st May 2017.
Have a Throwdown with Kate Malone
If you're a fan of the BBC's Great Pottery Throwdown you'll love what World of Wedgwood has lined up for Staffordshire Day.
You can meet Kate Malone, celebrated potter and one of the judges on the show, and help her decorate a huge Jasper vase in the secret garden.
Or why not have a go at your own throwdown and see what she thinks of your work?
If that's not enough, there will be live music and entertainment, and over 40 stalls selling local produce and artisan crafts, plus 10% off in the outlet store!
Celebrate renowned actor at free family event
Influential actor David Garrick was born in 1717 and grew up in Lichfield before making his name in the theatres of London.
The Garrick 300 Community Party will celebrate his Lichfield connections, with a huge free family event in the city's Market Square, featuring live performances from local theatre groups, a community market and more!
The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and the Guildhall will spring to life too, with arts & crafts activities, poetry workshops and exhibitions.
Two for one at the National Brewery Centre
Take advantage of the great Staffordshire Day 2 for 1 offer at the National Brewery Centre and discover our fascinating brewing heritage!
Hear the story of the famous Bass family and their role in shaping Burton's reputation as a world centre of brewing.
Learn about every step of the brewing process, and immerse yourself in one of the largest collections of industry equipment, memorabilia and advertising.
Make sure you sample some of the great local ales, made on site at the William Worthington micro-brewery, before you head home!
Free entry at Middleport Pottery
Visit Middleport Pottery, the home of the BBC's Great Pottery Throwdown, free on Staffordshire Day!
Browse the cobbled pathways of the Victorian factory, step into an iconic bottle kiln, and see pottery being created using the same traditional techniques as in days gone by.
After your tour, play with some clay and get your hands dirty, and explore the craft stores and acquaint yourself with up-and-coming creatives.
Or why not relax and unwind in the tea room beside the Trent & Mersey Canal?
Explore the Staffordshire Hoard
Discover the ancient treasure of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon gold, on display at Tamworth Castle.
The exhibition, which is free to view, features 18 artefacts to browse, with replica weapons, interactive displays and old costumes to try on too.
Hear tales of dragons and princesses with the resident story-teller, or try on some armour yourself and become a knight for the day!
Afterwards, unwind with a stroll in the castle's pleasure grounds, with crazy golf, cycle hire and even a Planet Walk.
More history and heritage events
Enjoy fine dining at Churnet Valley Railway, take a trip on a vintage train at Apedale Valley Light Railway and Leek & Rudyard Railway, discover the history of one of Stoke's oldest buildings with free tours at Ford Green Hall, learn about military heroes at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, and see huge engines in steam at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station!