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, family fun, and sport.

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

Uttoxeter Racecourse

Horses and jockeys in a close race on a sunny day at Uttoxeter Racecourse, StaffordshireIf 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 Scouting for Girls, who will be playing their millions-selling hits and music from their new album, Easy Cover, on 20th May. 

For families, the Staffordshire Balloon Fiesta, returning for the third time on 15th July, combines balloons with fireworks, live entertainment, fun fair, birds of prey and more!

Win tickets for the Staffordshire Balloon Fiesta in our latest competition! Find out more at

National Forest Adventure Farm

Tackling the maize maze at the National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire, are a mum and dad and their two kidsOne 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 lambs, calves, piglets and other babies at New Life on the Farm every Spring, or the Easter Bunny and his friends at Easter Eggstravaganza.

Take on the challenge of the maize maze, which has a different theme every summer, or brave the chilling scare attractions for Screamfest at Halloween, if you dare!

Round off your year with a truly magical journey to the North Pole at Christmas, where you can help the elves get ready and meet a talking polar bear - not to mention Father Christmas himself!

Win tickets for the fantastic Easter Eggstravaganza in our latest competition, celebrating Enjoy East Staffs Week. Here's everything you need to know:

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

Dancers perform their ritual, with ancient deer horns, at the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, StaffordshireForget chasing cheese down a hill in Gloucestershire, or the bruising Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne, 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 11th September 2023 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!

Redfern's Cottage

The artefacts and displays on show at Redfern's Cottage, StaffordshireLocated in a 17th century timber framed building, Redfern’s Cottage tells the stories of historic market town of Uttoxeter.

The Museum is named for the local historian Francis Redfern, who lived in the building during the 1800s, and did much to research the history of Uttoxeter - much of what we know about the history of the town today was first written by him.

The museum reopened in 2019 after a long period of renovation. Today, the museum tell the story of Uttoxeter from a small clearing above the River Dove to a 17th century boom town and how it has subsequently changed into the modern town of today.

The museum also has a café, and courtyard garden and is open between 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays – Saturdays.

The National Forest

A group of walkers tackling one of the walks in The National Forest, Staffordshire, on a warm, sunny dayIf 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, soaking up some culture at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, 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 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

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.

Brewhouse Arts Centre
Front of the Brewhouse Arts Centre

The Brewhouse Arts Centre is a great venue to see live theatre, music and exhibitions, or to take part in various workshops.

Redfern's Cottage
The sign of Redfern's Cottage, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Redfern's Cottage celebrates the history of Uttoxeter. Located in a restored 17th Century timber-framed building the museum named for Francis Redfern. In 2019 the museum reopened following a major refurbishment including new galleries, cafe and shop. The museum hosts regular talks and walks relating to the town of Uttoxeter. We sell local souvenirs and items produced by local people.