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Top Ten Staffordshire Festivals For Families


Summer in Staffordshire is the perfect time to indulge in the county’s great selection of festivals and fairs. Whether you are a family of music mavens, adventure seekers, literary lovers or you simply love to get out and about, there is something for all ages to enjoy.


1. Newcastle Jazz and Blues Festival

Don’t miss the 10th Newcastle Jazz and Blues Festival in May which will see over 70 live bands perform in venues across the town including pubs, streets and shopping centres. Kicking off on Monday 19th May and continuing across bank holiday weekend from Friday 23rd – Monday 26th May. Not to be missed is nationally acclaimed boogie band, King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys.

Entry: most gigs are free

2. Staffordshire County Show

A must-visit is the Staffordshire County Show on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th May. Taking place at the Staffordshire County Showground near Stafford, the two-day event will pack in tons of family fun, displays and performances plus no one will go hungry as there will be over 50 foodie stands selling fresh and local produce.

Entry: prices vary

3. West Midlands Game and Country Fair

The magnificent Shugborough Estate will be home to this year’s West Midlands Game and Country Fair on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June. Show-goers can test their skills out on the very best in countryside pursuits from quad biking and horse riding for the kids through to shotgun coaching and clay pigeon shooting for the grown-ups.

Entry: adult tickets cost £12

4. RAF Cosford Air Show

The hugely popular RAF Cosford Air Show is back with a bang on Sunday 8th June. Promising to be bigger and better than ever before, the Midlands premier air event offers non-stop entertainment both in the air and on the ground with a variety of exhibits, trade stands, military demonstrations and lots of entertainment for the kids too.

Entry: adult tickets are £20 in advance

5. Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival - Hot Air

The inaugural Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival ‘Hot Air’ is heading to the Emma Bridgewater Factory from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd June. More than 15 local and nationally acclaimed authors such as Joanna Trollope and David Starkey, a regular on BBC’s Question Time, will present during the weekend.

Entry: tickets cost £6 per event

6. Stafford Festival Shakespeare

Much loved Shakespeare musical comedy ‘As You Like It’ is this year’s offering at the Stafford Festival from Sunday 29th June – Saturday 12th July. Named one of Europe’s largest open-air Shakespeare productions, each performance will take place against the striking backdrop of Stafford Castle in an impressive purpose-built auditorium under the stars.

Entry: prices vary

7. Lichfield Festival

Staffordshire’s premier heritage city Lichfield is hosting its established annual Lichfield Festival from Friday 4th – Sunday 13th July. A colourful concoction of music, dance, art and drama plus performances from top acts such as comedian Paul Merton, the festival promises to cater to all ages and budgets with a selection of free activities too.

Entry: prices vary

8. The Trentham Estate’s Hot Summer Saturday Dates

Have a Hot Summer Saturday Date every week from Saturday 5th July – Sunday 6th September at The Trentham Estate. Join in the fun at ten party nights including eight tribute bands and two films in celebration of the Estate’s 10th birthday. With views over the beautiful lakeside, an outdoor bar and BBQ and acts such as the Take That Experience, this is the ultimate British summer day out.

Entry: prices vary

9. Staffordshire Cycling Festival

Returning to Stafford on Friday 1st August and at Shugborough Estate on Saturday 2nd August, the Cycling Festival promises to bring some fantastic two-wheeled family fun to the county. With professional elite races to watch and a choice of 35 mile or 70 mile sportives to take part in, this two-day event is not to be missed.

Entry: entry prices vary

10. Just So Festival

Enjoy a unique weekend of creative adventures with the family at the Just So Festival at Rode Hall Parkland, just over the border in Cheshire, from Friday 15th – Sunday 17th August. The independent camping festival, which launched in 2009, is the perfect place to enjoy breathtaking theatre, dance and music with a twist.
Entry: prices vary


For more information please contact the Destination Staffordshire Press Office on 01734 234224 or email

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