With the long school holidays upon us, here are 10 great ways to keep the children occupied this summer.

The brand new CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort is full of well-loved children’s TV characters, hours of live shows and 76 themed rooms – and kids play free with every paying adult (book before 31st July).

And at Drayton Manor Park, where you can meet Thomas and Friends at Thomas Land, the Summer of Fun offers four tickets for £80 until 4th September (advance booking required).

For wonder and enchantment, head for the Just So Festival at Rode Hall (18th-20th August), home of story-telling, pillow fights, and more, or Tamworth Castle’s Enchanted Castle, where naughty pixies mix with a giant who needs help making his armour (31st July-11th August).

Spot the pirates and hunt for treasure in the maize maze at the National Forest Adventure Farm (15th July-4th September), or become a secret agent on the spy trail at the RAF Museum Cosford (throughout August).

Appetite’s Taster Tour brings world-class outdoor performance art to The Trentham Estate (9th August), while there’s a live magic show, plus inflatables and assault courses to conquer, at The Big Summer BBQ Family Fun Raceday at Uttoxeter Racecourse (30th July).

Explore the newly created garden at World of Wedgwood, on the Courtyard Garden Opening Weekend (29th-30th July), before decorating a ceramic butterfly in the decorating studio and following the children’s trails at the Wedgwood Museum.

Or immerse yourself in history at the National Memorial Arboretum, where World War One Children’s Backpacks are full of tools and gadgets telling the story of a soldier’s life in the trenches (every day throughout the summer).

For full details of these events and other school holiday activities in Staffordshire, visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/summer 

For more information please contact Richard Swancott on 01785 277986 or email richard.swancott@staffordshire.gov.uk

Enjoy Staffordshire is the consumer facing brand of Destination Staffordshire.

Launched in 2006, Destination Staffordshire is a private/public sector partnership of major attractions, tourism businesses and local authorities created to develop and drive leisure and business tourism economies in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire is in the midst of a tourism boom, with almost 25 million people from home and abroad enjoying day or overnight trips to the area.

It is worth £1.6billion to the local economy and supports more than 28,000 jobs in the tourism sector.