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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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Aladdin

Aladdin

Stoke-on-Trent

Sat 3 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Mow Cop Players present Aladdin at The Forum Theatre - Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

BBC Philharmonic

BBC Philharmonic

Stoke-on-Trent

Fri 9 Dec 2016

BBC Philharmonic Classical Fairytales

Christmas Carols by Twilight

Christmas Carols by Twilight

Stoke-on-Trent

Fri 9 Dec 2016

The award winning museum will be opening its doors free of charge from 5 – 7pm for Christmas Carols by Twilight.

Meet the real reindeer at Blithbury this Christmas

Christmas Experience

Rugeley

Fri 9 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

From the moment you arrive you are transported into a magical wonderland where elves sing and dance, tell stories and help decorate gingerbread. Santa knows all about you and reindeer big and small are eager for fuss and kisses.

Eric’s Christmas Party

Eric’s Christmas Party

Newcastle

Mon 28 Nov - Sat 10 Dec 2016

The one-and-only Eric is back for his annual Christmas party! Join him and his multi-talented band of actors and musicians for a non-stop night of comedy.

Thomas the Tank Engine and Santa

Magical Christmas

Tamworth

Fri 9 - Mon 12 Dec 2016

Thomas Land is full of activity as the engines prepare for Christmas. With over 21 rides and attractions to enjoy, spectacular decorations, festive music and we guarantee it will snow at least 3 times a day!

Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Stoke-on-Trent

Fri 9 - Sat 10 Dec 2016

Mira Nair directs with lightness and empathy, casting Madinga Nalwanga as the captivating Phiona, who is unable to read or write, but dreams of becoming an international chess champion.

Carols in the Trenches

Carols in the Trenches

Lichfield

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Carols in the Trenches in an evocative re-enactment of the Christmas Truce. Come along to the Museum for an evening of carols and readings set in the WW1 trench system, concluded by a re-enactment of the Christmas Truce in No-Man’s-Land.

Childrens Santa Trail

Children's Victorian Christmas Santa Trail

Tamworth

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Step into Tamworth Castle’s magical Victorian Christmas and join in the festive fun. Meet the Victorian household readying themselves for Santa’s annual visit. With the help of the servants you will hunt for Santa around the building.

Christmas at Burslem Park

Christmas at Burlsem Park

Stoke-on-Trent

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Experience the real meaning of Christmas with our Santa's Grotto (with a twist... instead of Santa giving you a present, we would like you to bring along an item of unopened festive food and place it in Santa's hamper.

Christmas Winter Wonderland

Christmas at the Farm

Burton Upon Trent

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Enjoy our Christmas experience at the Farm, there’s plenty going on!

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Stoke-on-Trent

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Welcome to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club - bringing the best live stand-up to Stoke! Each show will have 4 comics including MC Damion Larkin.

Vegetables

Stafford Farmers Market

Stafford

Sat 10 Dec 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

Meet Santa in his Grotto

Waterside Winter Wonderland

Swadlincote

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Waterside Christmas Winter Wonderland is back again. Arrive at Waterside where Santa’s chief elf and his team of elves will lead you through the enchanted forest and the valley of Christmas lights to Santa’s woodland grotto.

World of Wedgwood Christmas Market

Festive Christmas Market

Stoke-on-Trent

Sun 11 Dec 2016

You're invited to our festive Christmas Market with live music and over 50 artisans presenting beautifully hand crafted gifts and locally sourced fine foods - simply a perfect occasion for finding that special gift for Christmas.

Keele Concert Band, Christmas Concert

Newcastle

Sun 11 Dec 2016

LINDSAY STUDIO, KEELE UNIVERSITY Keele Concert Band invites you to their annual Christmas Concert. Held in Lindsay Studios, this concert is a firm favourite with both band members and the audience year on year.

Christmas breaks at Alton Towers Resort

Santa's Sleepover Christmas Break

Alton Towers area

Sun 11 Dec 2016

Alton Towers Resort's popular Santa's Sleepover Christmas breaks are the ultimate treat for the whole family combining fun Christmas activities with an unforgettable night's stay.

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Late Night Shopping

Stoke-on-Trent

Wed 14 Dec 2016

Open until 8pm every Wednesday after the Christmas launch (23rd Nov), with FREE parking and a traditional village atmosphere, the Christmas shopping experience is made easy.

The Lunar Society

Boulton & Watt Lecture

Stoke-on-Trent

Thu 15 Dec 2016

One of the 18th Century Enlightenment's most influential gatherings of scientists, industrialists and thinkers, the Lunar Society, is coming back to Stoke-on-Trent.

Leek Fine Food Market

Leek Fine Food Market

Leek

Sat 17 Dec 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.

'The Canterville Ghost'

'The Canterville Ghost'

Leek

Sat 17 Dec 2016

This famous story celebrates Christmas in Victorian style, with an afternoon performance. Be prepared for chills and chuckles with this original stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale of spooky goings-on.

Craft Fairs

Craft Fair

Stoke-on-Trent

Sun 18 Dec 2016

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

The cathedral illuminated

A Cathedral Illuminated - The Angels are Here!

Lichfield

Mon 19 - Fri 23 Dec 2016

Come and see the front of the Cathedral lit with stunning projections by acclaimed local artist Peter Walker and Luxmaralis.

Christmas Casino Night

Black-tie Christmas Casino Night

Lichfield

Fri 23 Dec 2016

A glitzy, glamorous night of fine food, good wine, posh frocks and high rollers. 

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