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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.

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men dressed in traditional costumes performing the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

 

Autumn Events & Festivals

With beer festivals, game fairs, guided walks, food & drink festivals and Halloween events to choose from there’s an Autumn event for everyone.

Highlights include Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Midland Game Fair and Stone Food & Drink Festival.

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Music, Theatre and 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.

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October Half Term Happenings

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!

The spooktacular Halloween fun returns, with Alton Towers Resort's Scarefest, Terror Farm and Halloween Spook-takular  plus many more.

Autumn half term marks the beginning of fantastic fireworks displays with Star Wars: The Force Awakens firework display at Drayton Manor Park.

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Children's Halloween fun at National Forest Adventure Farm
 
 
 
 

 

Markets & 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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Thrills and spills on the slides

Aqua Disco

Stoke-on-Trent

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!

Live Age Festival

Live Age Festival

Stoke-on-Trent

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

One Show More!

Stoke-on-Trent

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.

Stone Food & Drink Festival

Stone Food & Drink Festival

Stone

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

Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons

Stoke-on-Trent

Fri 30 Sep 2016

A heart-warming and nostalgic tale of summer adventure brought to life from Arthur Ransome’s 1930s children’s novel.

Woman's Work

Woman's Work

Stoke-on-Trent

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.

Adam Hills: Clown Heart

Adam Hills: Clown Heart

Stoke-on-Trent

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 .

Ride the Wall

Ride to the Wall

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.

Touch Tour (Cats)

Touch Tour (Cats)

Stoke-on-Trent

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.

Traditional German fayre at Uttoxeter Racecourse

Oktoberfest Raceday

Uttoxeter

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!

Wedgwood and Literature

Wedgwood and Literature: Bronze Package

Stoke-on-Trent

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.

Biddulph Artisan Market

Biddulph

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.

Scarefest at Alton Towers Resort

Scarefest

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!

Vegetables

Stafford Farmers Market

Stafford

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

Cast of Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Lichfield

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.

Screamfest

Screamfest

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!

Leek Fine Food Market

Leek Fine Food Market

Leek

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.

Guy Martin, Shaun Kelly, Jason and Brian Rourkes

Rourkie’s Cat and Fiddle 55 mile Cycle Challenge

Stoke-on-Trent

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!

Vintage Tea Dance

Vintage Tea Dance

Leek

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.

Are you brave enough?

Twisted Attractions Terror Farm

Penkridge

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’.

More treat than trick at Drayton Manor Park

More Treat than Trick

Tamworth

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.

Craft Fairs

Craft Fair

Stoke-on-Trent

Sun 23 Oct 2016

Join us for our lovely Craft Fairs held in our atmospheric, historic rooms.

Painting

Half Term Pottery Painting

Stoke-on-Trent

Tue 25 Oct - Fri 30 Sep 2016

Paint a piece of pottery.

Halloween Pumpkins

Creepy Halloween

Swadlincote

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?

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