What's On in Staffordshire - 2016 events calendar
Need to know what’s on in Staffordshire? Look no further than our calendar of events and festivals!
Find the dates for key Staffordshire events such as V Festival, Stone Food and Drink Festival, Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, Alton Towers' Scarefest, Drayton Manor's Fireworks or the quirky Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.
Staffordshire is blessed with first-class theatres which host a diverse programme of events including touring productions direct from Broadway and the West End and the very best opera, dance, drama, comedy and musicals.
We have Music Festivals throughout the year for lovers of all music genres from the renowned V Festival to perennial favourites like Leek Arts Festival, Lichfield Festival and the Acoustic Festival of Britain.
With thrilling theme parks, animal attractions, children's school holiday activities and things to do both indoors and out - Staffordshire has got something for everyone to enjoy!
Autumn half term marks the beginning of fantastic fireworks displays with Star Wars: The Force Awakens firework display at Drayton Manor Park.
Newcastle-under-Lyme is famed for the variety of its markets which include flea markets, antique markets and outdoor markets. Leek also hosts an antique and bric-a-brac market and Totally Locally Sunday Supplement market.
Throughout the year Staffordshire hosts a packed calendar of events and festivals which include music festivals, food festivals and well dressing festivals.
Springtime sees the Midland Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse, Leek Arts Festival and the start of well dressing season. Summer has open-air Shakespeare, Lichfield Festival and live music at Trentham Gardens. Autumn brings Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Stone Food Festival and firework displays. Winter marks the season of remembrance, Christmas events and the start of the New Year.
What's On now in Staffordshire >>>
Fri 30 Sep 2016
Head to Waterworld for a splashing good time featuring rides, slides and attractions, plus games, competitions and all your favourite tunes from the decks of DJ Tricky!
Fri 30 Sep - Sat 1 Oct 2016
Crafts Drama Music Dance Art Sing Potteries Museum and other Venues. For full details visit www.liveagefestival.co.uk
Tue 27 Sep - Sat 1 Oct 2016
The Cresley Rise Amateur Players are stunned when their Chairman drops dead on the last night of their production of The Sound of Music, but more shocking revelations are in store as they discover he has stolen all their money.
Fri 30 Sep - Sun 2 Oct 2016
Welcome to Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering! Over the past decade, the Stone Food & Drink Festival has grown from humble beginnings in the town’s Georgian High Street into one of the Midlands’ biggest and busiest food festivals
Fri 30 Sep 2016
A heart-warming and nostalgic tale of summer adventure brought to life from Arthur Ransome’s 1930s children’s novel.
Fri 30 Sep - Wed 5 Oct 2016
Woman’s Work is a partnership project between AirSpace Gallery and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, following on from some of the themes touched upon, but not fully explored in The Artist and The City Exhibition, 2015.
Sat 1 Oct 2016
Adam Hills has fast become one of the most popular comedians in the UK, with 15 solo shows that have toured internationally. His combination of positive, uplifting comedy and rampant spontaneity has seen him receive numerous awards .
Burton Upon Trent
Sat 1 Oct 2016
Now in its 8th year, this memorial ride to the National Memorial Arboretum, and service of Remembrance, is a moving tribute to remember the 16,000 people named on the Armed Forces Memorial.
Sat 1 Oct 2016
Touch Tours give patrons who are visually impaired the opportunity to go up on stage and touch parts of the set and any major pieces of scenery, props and costumes that are used. This helps the audience to immerse themselves better.
Sun 2 Oct 2016
Uttoxeter Racecourse's first-ever Oktoberfest Raceday will feature traditional German music from a strolling Oompah band, plus German beer and food, as well as six thrilling jump races!
Tue 4 Oct 2016
The Wedgwood Museum’s inspiring Discover Wedgwood packages offer a unique opportunity to spend time with a member of its curatorial team, discovering fascinating stories hidden within its extensive collections and the Wedgwood archives.
Fri 7 Oct 2016
First Friday of the month, the Artisan Market is to be found on the High Street between Wharf Road and Station Road with some stalls on the town hall frontage.
Alton Towers area
Sat 8 - Sun 9 Oct 2016
With thrilling rollercoasters and terrifying scare mazes available to experience in the dark, and spooktacular family entertainment; 2016 Scarefest at Alton Towers Resort promises to bring great entertainment for the whole family!
Sat 8 Oct 2016
Goods for sale are bread and cakes, oatcakes, plants and flowers, wines, jams and preserves, fresh meat, sausages, bacon, black pudding chicken, eggs and scotch eggs, fruit and vegetables, fish, pastries, jewellery, chocolate
Tue 11 - Sat 15 Oct 2016
A sizzling tale of gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers in 1950s New York is being brought to a stage in Lichfield. Lichfield Operatic Society will present the well-loved Broadway classic Guys and Dolls at the Garrick.
Burton Upon Trent
Thu 13 - Sat 15 Oct 2016
Screamfest, the night time Halloween scream park at the National Forest Adventure Farm, is back and more terrifying than ever!
Sat 15 Oct 2016
The Fine Food Market brings together local Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District specialist food producers on the 3rd Saturday of each month. This month is a day of dance and music, take part in the rock n roll jive workshop & demo.
Sun 16 Oct 2016
This 55-mile route will take you through Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and the beautiful Peak District National Park, including the infamous 7-mile Cat and Fiddle climb which will leave you breathless!
Wed 19 Oct 2016
Our celebrated bi-monthly tea dances are a firm favourite, accompanied by live music in the Gallery. Come along with friends or come alone and make new friends.
Fri 21 - Sat 22 Oct 2016
Horror fans will be in for a real ‘trick or treat’ this Halloween at Staffordshire’s Lower Drayton Farm. The award-winning Twisted Attractions team is creating an entirely new horror attraction – the ‘Terror Farm’.
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct 2016
Celebrate at Drayton Manor Park for some frightful fun this Halloween! Join us with the whole family and get ready to be spooked with eerie things going on in and around the park.
Sun 23 Oct 2016
Join us for our lovely Craft Fairs held in our atmospheric, historic rooms.
Tue 25 Oct - Fri 30 Sep 2016
Paint a piece of pottery.
Fri 28 - Mon 31 Oct 2016
All your worst nightmares are set to become reality this Halloween at CONKERS Annual Ghostly encounter at our Waterside Centre. Are you prepared to come along and follow their footsteps into the haunted woods?