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Sensational Summer Staffordshire Shenanigans


There's fun for all the family in Staffordshire this summer, like at Trentham Gardens, pictured here

Looking for some things to do with the kids in Staffordshire this summer?

Here are five ideas to keep children, young and old alike, occupied through the school holidays - rain or shine!

For more suggestions, browse our Summer Events & Festivals page.

A crowd gathers to hear the Peak Wildlife Park keepers talk about the penguins

Peak Wildlife Park is now open and offering the chance to get up close and personal with lemurs, wallabies, meerkats, penguins and more!

Why not try out one of their four unique behind-the-scenes experiences, and find out what it's like to be a keeper?

For more animal adventures, head to the National Forest Adventure Farm and Lower Drayton Farm, get in the saddle with Cannock Chase Trekking Centre, or meet Dua and Dora, the tigers at Drayton Manor Zoo!

The Three Lions greets you on arrival at St George's Park

Celebrate the new football season with a visit to the National Football Centre, which is open for guided, behind-the-scenes tours two days a week in August and September.

See where the England teams get ready for the big matches, including the elite outdoor pitches, the changing rooms, the autograph wall and the multi-sport indoor hall.

Or bring your team for The England Experience, where you'll be treated like a pro, playing on the same pitch as Rooney et al, and even getting a team photo! 

The beautiful Lichfield Cathedral, pictured here, forms the backdrop to this month's Lichfield Food Festival

Sample some of Staffordshire's finest produce at Lichfield's free, two-day food festival.

See demonstrations from top chefs and bakers from across the region, including Great British Bake Off finalist Christine Wallace, against the backdrop of the beautiful Lichfield Cathedral.

Take part in Lichfield's answer to the Bake Off, try out the Lichfield Real Ale Trail, browse 100 food and drink stalls, and go on a children's cupcake hunt!

A family enjoys the wonderful surroundings at the National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum, the UK's centre of remembrance, is hosting family craft sessions and costumed interpreters to bring history to life this summer.

The World War 2 Weekends, taking place every Saturday and Sunday in August, give you the chance to make posters, postcards, peg dollies and mini-medals while learning about the conflict.

If creepy crawlies are more your thing, choose from one of the Wildlife Wednesday activities, including bug hunting, pond dipping, animal stone painting and kite-making!

What could be better than relaxing by a beautiful lake with a picnic and the tunes of Dave Grohl, pictured here?

If you missed out on a ticket for the 2015 V Festival at Weston Park, don't worry, there's still plenty of live music on offer in Staffordshire this summer!

Head to The Trentham Estate with a picnic and see tributes to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the Foo Fighters at their Hot Summer Saturday dates.

There are also Queen and Eagles nights at Conkers, and the Rock n Roll Paradise Show, playing the hits of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and more at the National Brewery Centre.

With thrilling theme parks, historic houses, gorgeous gardens and animal adventures, there's something for everyone in Staffordshire!

Browse some more ideas in our Summer Events & Festivals section.

If you'd like to stay for longer, check out Staffordsheer Escapes, the short break packages which combine overnight accommodation with entry to three attractions!

Choose from our Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Family Fun, and Cultural Couples packages and save up to 64%!

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