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Bank Holiday Weekend: 5 Great Days Out for Couples

22/05/2017

Enjoy the Bank Holiday with someone special

The Spring Bank Holiday Weekend is almost here and it looks like the sun will have his hat on!

There are loads of ways to enjoy the Great Outdoors in Staffordshire, with events across the county celebrating our heritage, local bands, sporting attractions and mouth-watering local produce.

Here are five ways to make it a memorable long weekend with your other half.

Newcastle will be a hive of activity for the Jazz & Blues Festival, pictured

Newcastle Jazz & Blues

The Newcastle Jazz and Blues Festival is back for a 12th year this Bank Holiday Weekend, with more than 60 bands lined up to perform in 23 venues across the town. 

Away from the live music, there's exceptional produce and hand-crafted gifts on offer at the artisan market, and rare vinyl records up for grabs at the VIP Record Fair.

And on Monday, 30 local and national good causes will have stalls to explore at the annual charity and plant market.

Parking on council-owned car parks is free on Sunday and Monday.

 

Great British Food Festival

Enjoy a Great British Afternoon Tea at Weston Park as part of the Great British Food Festival.

With finger sandwiches and homemade cakes, served in the beautiful Victorian Orangery, it's a tantalising treat for the Bank Holiday.

The price includes admission to the food festival, where Bake Off fans will see former contestants Ali Imdad, Luis Troyano and Howard Middleton in action on the Chef Demo stage.

And there will be Men v Food challenges, artisan talks and more, plus discounted entry to the grounds too, where you can explore acres of magnificent Capability Brown parkland.

Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at Weston Park, pictured here
 
Sample some tasty Staffordshire produce at Sandon Spring Fair, pictured

Sandon Spring Fair

Sample the best Staffordshire produce against a stunning backdrop at the Sandon Spring Fair this weekend. 

With cookery classes, tutored beer tastings, classic car displays and live music, it promises to be another great day out at one of Staffordshire's most stunning venues.

Grab a rare opportunity to tour the elegant stately home and the Harrowby family museum, including clothing from the 18th and 19th Century.

Show your Enjoy Card and get a £2 discount on adult tickets.

 

Endon Well-Dressing

A celebration of the village's plentiful water supply, Endon Well-Dressing dates back to 1845, the year the well was built.

Every year, beautiful mosaics are created by residents, using colourful natural materials like flower petals, before they're placed on the well in time for the festival.

Thousands of visitors flock to the Staffordshire Peak District village, with loads of entertainment on offer including morris men, maypole dancing, pet show and duck racing.

This year there will also be live music from Queen tribute act, HRH.

The Endon Well-Dressing, pictured, is a festival of colour dating back over 170 years
 
A day out with Cannock Chase Trekking Centre, pictured, is a great way to experience the beauty of Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase on horseback

Enjoy Staffordshire's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on horseback, with a Bank Holiday pub ride from Cannock Chase Trekking Centre.

Take a gentle trek through the tranquil forest - the smallest mainland AONB in the UK - before stopping for lunch at a lovely country pub and returning in the afternoon.

The ultimate horse riding experience!

While this event is for experienced riders only, there are treks for all abilities, where riders are accompanied by the centre's knowledgeable guides.

 

Plus loads more...

Celebrate writer Arnold Bennett, one of Stoke-on-Trent's most famous sons, at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, with a look at his artworks, photography and personal possessions, many of which have never been exhibited before.

Test your skills on the grills at the National Brewery Centre's Champions League of BBQ, or potter around the stalls and car boot sale at Penkridge Market.

And there are seven thrilling races to enjoy at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

There are plenty of family events happening this weekend too - check out our May Half-Term page for more details.

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Bank Holiday events
Pick your own pumpkin!

Fri 20 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Burton Upon Trent 01283 533933

 
 
 
More Treat than Trick

Sat 14 - Thu 26 Oct 2017

Tamworth 01827 252400

 
 
 
Scarefest at Alton Towers Resort

Fri 20 - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Alton Towers area 0871 222 3330

 
 
 
Screamfest

Thu 19 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Burton Upon Trent 01283 533933

 
 
 
25th Anniversary Gala

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Leek 01538 750755

 
 
 
Spookfest

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Penkridge 01785 330757

 
 
 

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Stoke-on-Trent 01782 499766

 
 
 
Children holding lanterns

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Burton Upon Trent 01283 245 100

 
 
 

Sun 22 Oct 2017

Wolverhampton 01902 735724

 
 
 

Mon 23 - Fri 27 Oct 2017

Tamworth 01827 709618

 
 
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