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What's On in Staffordshire - 2017 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.

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The Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse, one of the highlights of the spring events calendar in Staffordshire

 

Spring Highlights

From the spectacle of the Midlands Grand National to the serenity of bluebell filled woodlands, Spring heralds new beginnings.

Noteable Spring events in Staffordshire include the Lichfield Literature Festival, Leek Food and Drink Festival and National Forest Walking Festival.

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Music, Dance and Theatre

We have Music Festivals throughout the year from the renowned V Festival to perennial favourites like Leek Arts Festival, Lichfield Festival and the Acoustic Festival of Britain.

Staffordshire is blessed with first-class theatres which host a diverse programme of events including touring productions direct from the West End and the very best opera, dance, drama, comedy and musicals.

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Celebrate Staffordshire Day

Join in with the countywide celebration of all that is great about Staffordshire on Staffordshire Day, Monday 1st May 2017.

With more than 50 Staffordshire Day events to choose from, some brilliant special offers, fantastic prizes to win in the Staffordshire Day competition and a dedicated Staffordshire Day Ale - cheers to #StaffordshireDay!

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Staffordshire Day Ale by Lymestone Brewery
 
 
 
 

 

Markets and Fairs

Many of Staffordshire’s market towns hold weekly market days and monthly Farmers’ Markets or regular specialist markets.

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.

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Family shopping at Stone's monthly Farners' Market
firework display at Alton Towers

 

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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.

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Certain Women

Certain Women

Stoke-on-Trent

Tue 25 - Thu 27 Apr 2017

The latest work from Kelly Reichardt confirms her as as one of today’s leading filmmakers and an extraordinary director of actors.

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

Stoke-on-Trent

Mon 24 - Sat 29 Apr 2017

Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good musical! Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA.

Societas Sings

Societas Sings

Stoke-on-Trent

Thu 27 Apr 2017

Join us for a magical evening of musical theatre. The pupils of the Societas Trust will be performing a variety of songs from the most loved musicals, ably accompanied by the award winning male-voice choir The Daleian Singers.

Lymelight Festival 2017

Lymelight Festival

Newcastle

Fri 28 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017

Spectators are sure to enjoy a fun-filled May Day Bank Holiday weekend. This popular and lively event brings local talent from in and around Staffordshire with a variety of live music being performed on two music stages in the town centre.

A Day in the Life of Josiah Wedgwood

A Day in the Life of Josiah Wedgwood

Stoke-on-Trent

Sat 29 Apr 2017

To celebrate Staffordshire Day discover what the life and times were like for Josiah Wedgwood during the Georgian period.

Storytelling with Ruby the Dragon

Storytelling at the Castle

Tamworth

Sat 29 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017

Great fun for the kids as we capture their imagination in our storytelling session. Come and listen as the storyteller enchants your children with tales of Knights, dragons and princessess in the surroundings of a real Medieval Castle.

There's Something in the Water, Duck!

There's Something in the Water, Duck!

Stoke-on-Trent

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Enjoy a spectacular free event for UK City of Culture 2021 bid submission!

Staffordshire Day

Staffordshire Day: Moorlander Cream Tea

Leek

Sun 30 Apr 2017

Join us to enjoy a very Traditional Afternoon Cream Tea served on-board our dedicated dining train, from where you can enjoy the beauty of the Churnet Valley, whilst being hauled by one of our heritage locomotives.

Meet the Dinosaurs

Dino Day

Burton Upon Trent

Mon 1 May 2017

Meet our T-Rex and Velociraptor!

Monkey Forest family

How the Monkeys Arrived in Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent

Mon 1 May 2017

Celebrate Staffordshire at Trentham Monkey Forest. Not only is Monkey Forest unique to Staffordshire, but it’s also unique to the UK! On the 1st May visitors can find out how the monkeys arrived here in Staffordshire.

The magnificent Wedgwood Institute

Staffordshire Day

Stoke-on-Trent

Mon 1 May 2017

A series of talks delving into Stoke-on-Trent's past, plus artist demonstrations, live music and the chance to play with clay yourself!

Celebrate Staffordshire artists at Barewall

Staffordshire Day: Art and Prosecco

Stoke-on-Trent

Mon 1 May 2017

A celebration of the works of the great Arthur Berry, 'The Lowry of the Potteries', plus the chance to meet Philip Hardaker and quiz him about his recent projects.

Staffordshire Day

Staffordshire Day: Food & Artisan Craft Fayre

Stoke-on-Trent

Mon 1 May 2017

Join us for this annual celebration, with our special guest Kate Malone from the Great Pottery Throw Down, supported by our Fine Food & Artisan Craft Fayre, live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Getting ready to hit the water

Staffordshire Day: Try Sailing for Free!

Leek

Mon 1 May 2017

To celebrate Staffordshire Day, we are hosting an open day to give you the chance to try sailing for free! No experience necessary, all ages welcome. Just bring a change of clothing, soft soled shoes and waterproofs.

Fruit and Vegetables

Lichfield Farmers' Market

Lichfield

Thu 4 May 2017

Farmers Markets are held every month selling wholesome locally-produced food and other goods, including an excellent choice of hand-made arts and crafts.

Rode Hall Farmers'Market

Rode Hall Farmers' Market

Congleton

Sat 6 May 2017

First Saturday of every month (exc Jan) 9 -1.30 pm

Thrilling jump racing

Staffordshire Plate Raceday

Uttoxeter

Sat 6 May 2017

There will be 7 races including the feature Staffordshire Plate, a £30,000 prize money handicap chase.

VE Day

VE Day Celebration

Rugeley

Sat 6 May 2017

Collect your ration book and use the coupons to join in with a variety of events and activities as we celebrate VE Day. Free entry, small charges for some activities.

Tamworth Farmer's Market

Tamworth Farmers' Market

Tamworth

Thu 11 May 2017

A wide variety of home-baked cakes, puddings and savouries can be found at Tamworth Country Market; including Parkin, gingerbread, bread and butter pudding and fruit pies. Vegetarian dishes can also be supplied.

Image courtesy J Rock.

National Forest Walking Festival

Swadlincote

Sat 13 - Thu 25 May 2017

Programme of varied walks to explore this ever changing landscape to suit every taste and ability. Choose from gentle strolls to strenuous rambles and routes to cater for seasoned walkers as well as pushchairs, wheelchairs & family groups.

Bargains galore

Plant Hunter's Fair

Burton Upon Trent

Sat 13 May 2017

Celebrate and enjoy Visit England’s ‘Year of the English Garden’ in 2016 at one of the Arboretum’s ever popular Plant Hunter Fairs.

Vegetables

Stafford Farmers' Market

Stafford

Sat 13 May 2017

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

SMDC Collection

Embroidery Walk

Leek

Tue 16 May 2017

Meet Cathryn Walton at the Nicholson Institute to see the exquisite embroideries in the Nicholson Museum as well as the collections of St Edwards's Church and All Saints' Church.

Hansons Antique Valuation Days

Hansons Antique Valuation Days

Leek

Wed 17 May 2017

Bring your valuables and family heirlooms along for valuation by TV antique expert Charles Hanson's team. They will be back in the Churnet Room at Moorlands House between 11am and 2pm

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