5 Reasons to Visit East Staffordshire
East Staffordshire is a captivating mix of stunning scenery, eye-opening heritage, pulsating days out, and quirky English traditions which makes this part of the county a great choice for a short break.
There's the peace and tranquility of the National Forest and the canal network to explore, the history of the brewing industry to savour, the excitement of some great sporting events to soak in, and much more!
Here's our run-down of five great reasons to visit with someone special.
National Brewery Centre
The home of the UK brewing industry, our links with fine ales date back over 900 years, with evidence of production dating back to the 11th Century.
Savour our heritage at the National Brewery Centre, with fascinating museum tours and the UK's largest collection of brewery memorabilia to explore.
You can also sample great local ales brewed on-site in the William Worthington micro-brewery.
And events like the International Festival of Beer bring independent breweries from around the world to Burton-upon-Trent every March.
There are few more exhilerating experiences than a day at the races, and Uttoxeter Racecourse is home to some of the biggest on the horse-racing calendar.
Every March, the Betfred Midlands Grand National attracts jockeys, trainers, owners and punters from across the globe.
There are race meetings all-year round, with live performances from bands and DJs following the sporting action during the summer.
This year sees the Kaiser Chiefs playing after a packed day of racing, following in the footsteps of The Human League and Texas.
National Memorial Arboretum
The free-to-enter National Memorial Arboretum features over 350 memorials honouring those who have served and continue to serve our country.
Enjoy the brand new Remembrance Centre, with the interactive Landscapes for Life exhibition, before taking a relaxing stroll in the grounds, home to 30,000 trees.
The 150-acre site, where the Rivers Trent and Tame meet, is a haven for wildlife and a great spot for a picnic.
Dogs on a lead are welcome too, with several designated dog-walking routes to explore.
Hoar Cross Hall
Indulge in some well-deserved treats at Hoar Cross Hall, the luxury spa resort nestling in 50 acres of captivating Staffordshire countryside.
Relax in total peace and tranquility and revitalise with a choice of invigorating treatments, before sampling the nutritious recipes in foood writer Sally Bee's cafe or something more decadent in the sumptuous restaurants.
Spend the night in one of the 96 beautiful bedrooms and suites, explore the stunning woodland, terraces and Italian water garden, or get some practice at the driving range or the tennis courts.
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
In many respects this sleepy English village is like any other, full of quaint, welcoming pubs, lovingly-maintained greens, and community-spirited residents.
Every Autumn though, it springs to life with a unique exhibition of English quirkiness - the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, a ritual which dates back to 1226.
Dressed as characters like Maid Marian (a man in a dress), the Horn Dancers - some holding reindeer antlers - spend the day performing their ancient routine around the village.
Spectators aren't restricted to just watching - there's a fair to enjoy on the village green, and you can take part too if you're feeling brave!
Other East Staffs highlights
Football fans will love St George's Park, home of the National Football Centre, where the England football teams train. Tours are available throughout the year.
The National Forest Adventure Farm has indoor play, friendly farmyard animals, a maize maze every summer, and the terrifying Screamfest at Halloween!
And Barton Marina features cafes, independent retailers, regular artisan markets, and even a cinema in a picturesque spot beside the Trent and Mersey Canal.
How to get here
If you're coming by road, East Staffordshire's main routes are the A38 and A50, giving easy connections to the M1 and M6.
By rail, there are regular trains to Birmingham, Derby and Stoke-on-Trent from the main stations in Burton and Uttoxeter.