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5 Reasons to Visit Stoke-on-Trent

24/07/2017

With unique cultural experiences, tropical theme park adventures, and quirky shops to explore, there are loads of reasons to visit Stoke-on-Trent.

To celebrate Stoke's bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021 making the final five, we have put together a snippet of what you can do on a trip to The Potteries.

Here are five great events and attractions to try.

 

New shops and more to explore at Trentham

Shop til you drop at The Trentham Estate, where new shops, cafes and restaurants opened in July.

Savour the best local produce, bag a bargain in a factory shop, and browse work from some of the best contemporary artists, before indulging in a tantalising treat.

Escape the hustle and bustle with a relaxing stroll around the stunning lake and gardens, spot a few fairies, and let the kids loose in the new adventure playground.

Or just kick back with a great tribute band or some open-air theatre!

There are 18 new shops and cafes to peruse at The Trentham Estate, pictured
 
Feast your eyes on this! Appetite Stoke bring spectacular open-air performance to Stoke city centre, like La Collectif de Bascule, pictured here. Image courtesy of Andrew Billington Photography. Click here to find out more about this year's Big Feast programme.

Feast on spectacular open-air performances

The city centre comes alive with spectacular outdoor theatre on the August Bank Holiday Weekend, thanks to Appetite Stoke's Big Feast.

With more than 20 free events combining film, puppetry, comedy, circus and more, The Big Feast is bigger than ever!

It's bound to be a unique and memorable weekend with something for all the family! 

Where else would you find an urban spaceman suspended in mid-air, a music-playing fox and a hitman-turned-healer offering holistic services in a taxi?

 

Make a splash at Waterworld

Take the family for a wet 'n' wild day out at Waterworld, the UK's Number One aqua park.

There are 30 rides and attractions to enjoy, with white knuckle thrills like The Nucleus, Space Bowl and the Black Hole for the adventurous.

For younger visitors under 1.1m tall, there are shallow splashes including the Toddler Boat Slide and the Jungle House.

If you just want to chill out there's a jacuzzi and bubble pools to try, and the outdoor pool for soaking up some rays.

Fun for everyone, whatever the weather.

Make a splash on the thrilling rides at Waterworld, pictured here
 
The Spitfire pictured here was donated to the City in 1972, to honour designer Reginald Mitchell who was born and raised in North Staffordshire.

Marvel at our masterpieces

Discover Staffordshire's fascinating heritage with a visit to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Admire the Spitfire gifted to the city to honour the designer Reginald Mitchell, who was born and raised in North Staffordshire.

Lose yourself in the Staffordshire Hoard, exploring the permanent exhibition of the largest-ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure, discovered in a field near Lichfield in 2009.

And peruse the world's finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics, including Josiah Wedgwood's priceless First Day Vase.

 

A festival of contemporary ceramics

The British Ceramics Biennial, a six-week celebration of contemporary ceramics, is back for the fifth time this Autumn.

Embracing Stoke-on-Trent's heritage as the World Capital of Ceramics, more than 100 artists from around the world will take part in exhibitions and events across the city.

Discover large-scale installations and intimate displays in a packed programme centred in the historic China Hall at the former Spode factory.

Ten new artists will compete for the prestigious AWARD, while there will be plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty in family-friendly workshops.

The 2017 British Ceramics Biennial includes a re-imagining of the iconic Brown Betty teapot, pictured here being removed from a mould. Image courtesy of Glen Stoker.
 

Other things to see and do in Stoke-on-Trent

Discover the origins of the humble loo at Gladstone Pottery Museum's Flushed with Pride exhibition.

Check out a touring West End show in the magnificent Art Deco Regent Theatre, or enjoy an evening of great stand-up at the Victoria Hall.

 

How to get here

If you're coming by road, Stoke-on-Trent is well-connected to the M6 via Junctions 15 and 16, and to the M1 via the A50. 

By rail, the city's main station is served by regular trains from London, Birmingham and Manchester, while there are also services from Crewe and Derby.

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