Bank Holiday Weekend: 5 Great Days Out for Couples
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.