The Borough of East Staffordshire is the home of brewing, the England football team, The National Forest and loads more, meaning it's a great place to visit for fans of walking, heritage, ale, and sport.

Here are five reasons to visit this historic, tranquil, beautiful corner of Staffordshire.

Uttoxeter Racecourse

If you like exhilarating sporting action, live music from legendary acts, or uplifting family events, Uttoxeter Racecourse has to be on your list.

Soak up the atmosphere at the Midlands Grand National every March, along with thousands of other racegoers from across the country, or one of the other pulsating race days through the year.

Stick around after the racing in May and June for great bands and DJs, including 80s icons The Human League and Martin Kemp this summer.

For families, the Staffordshire Balloon Fiesta in July combines balloons, tunes and lasers, with loads to enjoy like fun fair, birds of prey and fireworks.

National Forest Adventure Farm

One of the best family attractions in Staffordshire, the National Forest Adventure Farm offers huge indoor and outdoor play areas, furry and feathered friends, and a packed programme of events from March to December.

Meet the new arrivals at Lambing Live every Spring, and say hello to the cows, pigs, goats, alpacas and reindeers all year round.

Take on the challenge of the maize maze, which has a different theme every summer, and journey to the North Pole at Christmas.

Or brave the chilling scare attractions for Screamfest at Halloween, like the hair-raising Zombee Zoo and Creed Farm, if you dare!

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

Forget chasing cheese down a hill at xx, or a bruising football match pitching one side of town against the other, the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance is undoubtedly the UK's quirkiest day out. 

This unique Staffordshire experience, which dates back to 1226, sees the Horn Dancers - including six Deer-men, Maid Marian, the Hobby Horse and the Fool - make their way around the village and surrounding hamlets, performing a ritual dance as they go.

There's plenty of other entertainment on the day too, with Abbots Bromley hosting a fair and Morris dancing.

Make a date in your diary - Monday 12th September 2022 is your next chance to see this amazing spectacle, which attracts visitors from all over the world. It's well worth a look and if you're feeling brave you can even have a go yourself!

National Brewery Centre

No visit to East Staffordshire is complete without a trip to the National Brewery Centre in Burton upon Trent!

Discover how the town became the world capital of brewing in the 17th and 18th Century - at its height a quarter of all beer sold in Britain was brewed in Burton, and brands like Bass and Marston's became world-famous.

A haven for real ale lovers, the fascinating museum has a huge collection of brewery memorabilia, and an on-site micro-brewery helping to keep the local tradition alive.

The centre also plays host to regular beer festivals, tribute acts, and comedy nights, and is home to a popular Escape Room attraction.

The National Forest

If an escape from the hustle and bustle is what you're after, The National Forest is home to nine million trees in an area covering Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, which was once home to coal mines and other heavy industry.

Explore gentle walking trails, cycle secluded country lanes, spot wildlife like woodpeckers and deers, learn survival skills, or take to the water - the choice is yours!

Discover this huge, 200 square mile regeneration project at the National Forest Walking Festival in May, with walks for all abilities and interests including local wildlife, history, and Nordic walking.

Or take the family to the Timber Festival in July - a three-day extravaganza of live music, storytelling, circus skills and a host of ways to connect with nature.

More Things To Do in East Staffordshire

From a visit to St George's Park, home of the England football team, to a relaxing spa day at Hoar Cross Hall, or a day of shopping in the boutiques of Barton Marina, there are so many things to do in East Staffordshire!

Check out our section on Burton and The National Forest for ideas and inspiration on reasons to visit the borough:


Uttoxeter Racecourse
Uttoxeter Racecourse hosts 25 race days each year.

Uttoxeter Racecourse has something for everyone. Whether you are new to racing or a loyal follower of the Sport of Kings, come along to Uttoxeter Races and you are guaranteed a day of fun and excitement. With 25 race meetings each year, including the Midlands Grand National, you can enjoy racing in every season.

National Forest Adventure Farm
Goats are great!

The National Forest Adventure Farm, is acres of fun for everyone, whatever the weather!

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Historical Event
Walking through Abbots Bromley

The unique ritual dance is believed to have originated from hunting and fertility rites in the ancient Forest of Needwood, and is performed all day around the picturesque village of Abbots Bromley and surrounding countryside.

The National Brewery Centre
Industrial Heritage
National Brewery Visitor Centre

The National Brewery Centre celebrates Burton upon Trent's proud brewing heritage and its influence worldwide. Enjoy the story of brewing by actors in period costume, multi-media interactive displays and hundreds of exhibits.

The National Forest
Forest or Woodland
Servants Bridge in the National Forest- photo by Philip Thorne.

The National Forest is England's most ambitious environmental project. In the Heart of England, across parts of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire more than 200 sq miles are being transformed to create a new forest.

Hilton at St George's Park
Outside the Hilton Hotel

​​​​​​​Winner - Silver Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Large Hotel of the Year 2019. Located in the national home of English Football, the Hilton at St George's Park boasts stylish guest rooms, exceptional cuisine and a luxurious health club and spa - the perfect choice for a special countryside get-away.

Hoar Cross Hall
Spa Hotel
Wedding in the Meynall Suite

Hoar Cross Hall combines the sumptuous pleasures of staying in an elegant English Stately Home with the facilities of a superb modern Spa Resort.