Staffordshire Day is back for the sixth time on Saturday 1st May 2021.

It's our annual celebration of our fabulous county, held on the anniversary of Josiah Wedgwood setting up the world-famous ceramics firm in 1759.

It's the day we tell the world why they should visit Staffordshire - in other words a great opportunity for you to promote your business!

As there are still restrictions on what visitors can do, and many businesses will remain closed on 1st May, we're taking the celebrations online again, and that means it's easier than ever for you to get on board.

Here are five ways to put your business front and centre of this year's action.

The Staffordshire Day Virtual Market

For the first time this year, we are hosting an online market on Staffordshire Day, so if you sell anything at all online, it's perfect for you!

We are creating a new section on the Enjoy Staffordshire website, where you can have a free listing for your business, complete with an image, description, and most importantly, a link direct to your online shop.

We are looking for Staffordshire creatives to take part - chefs, makers, producers, potters, artists, sculptors, musicians etc.

And if you're an attraction or restaurant which sells tickets, experiences or gift vouchers online, you could have a stall too. 

To be eligible, you just need to be based in Staffordshire, be an independent business, and have an online shop.

It's easy to apply, and takes five minutes - just fill in this form and get it back to us at before Friday 16th April.

The Staffordshire Day event programme

Run an online event, like a behind-the-scenes tour, a history talk, an art workshop or a cooking demonstration, and you can feature in our Staffordshire Day programme.

It can be live or pre-recorded, and will be listed on the Staffordshire Day page of our website, and promoted on our social media, in our e-shots and press relases.

And you could use it to promote your Staffordshire Day market stall, if you have one.

There were more than 25 events in the programme for Staffordshire Day 2020, including Facebook Live broadcasts from Trentham Monkey Forest and Peak Wildlife Park, and a chocolate making demonstration from Seed Chocolate's James Walter.

The Staffordshire Day page had almost 11,000 visits on May 1st 2020, and the day's events were viewed by more than 30,000 times, so your event is guaranteed to reach a wide audience.

Just let us know by emailing before 23rd April if you'd like to take part.

Love Letters to Staffordshire

Staffordshire Day is all about sharing what we love about the county, and this year we want you to do it differently, with a Staffordshire Day Love Letter.

What's a Staffordshire Day Love Letter? It's a short film, no longer than 60 seconds, of you telling the world your favourite thing about Staffordshire.

Record it on your phone, selfie-style, or ask someone to point a camera at you - it's entirely up to you! When it's done, share it on social media on 1st May, with the hashtag #StaffordshireDay.

If you need some help getting started, here's an example of a Love Letter from Staffordshire actor Neil Morrissey.

The Staffordshire Day Toolkit

We appreciate you're all busy people, and you're probably busier than ever right now, so we've created this handy toolkit for you.

Packed with pre-written social media posts, graphics for different social media sites, and even an email signature, the Staffordshire Day Toolkit is free to download and available now from the Staffordshire Day webpage.

So it's easier than ever to be part of the Staffordshire Day celebrations this year!

If you'll be busy on the day - it is the Bank Holiday Weekend after all - why not schedule a post? Twitter and Facebook have their own scheduling options, and there are other platforms like Hootsuite and Tweetdeck which allow you to post on multiple sites at once.

Just don't forget to add #StaffordshireDay!

Join the fun

We love to see your videos, images and other posts on Staffordshire Day, and it would be great to have as many of you joining in as possible and representing Staffordshire tourism on the day.

Whether you want to share a Mugshot, an image of your oatcakes, Marmite or pint of Staffordshire ale, a post about your Number One haunt, or something else entirely, just go for it!

Your post will help us create a huge buzz online and get #StaffordshireDay trending nationally on Twitter.

Last year there were more than 4,500 tweets with the hashtag on the day, but we can do better than that!

Let's smash it and show everyone why Staffordshire is such a great place to visit, stay and eat!

Looking for the latest Staffordshire Day news?

Check out the Staffordshire Day page for the latest list of Staffordshire Day events and a full run-down of everything happening for this year's celebrations.