Staffordshire Day: Action-packed days planned

Tourism chiefs have highlighted ways to celebrate the second ever Staffordshire Day.

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Last year's Staffordshire Day celebrations held at the Museum of Cannock Chase

Enjoy Staffordshire is encouraging people to get out and about to see what their county has to offer before and after the big day on May 1.

Things will kick off on April 29, with a street market in the town centre along with bouncy castles, donkey rides and a variety of stalls.

Stafford Hockey Club will host its free beer festival, with 24 beers and ciders on offer, while hockey and rugby tournaments take place and live music plays in the background on April 30.

Cycling enthusiasts could take part in the one of four routes marked out as part of the Katharine House Hospice charity cycling challenge on the Sunday.

And those with any energy left, on Staffordshire Day itself, can take on the first ever Tour de Lewis starting and finishing at The Moat House, in Acton Trussell, which takes cyclists on a 42.6-mile route.

Alternatively, Trentham Monkey Forest will be holding an event to reveal how the monkeys came to the county.

On May 6, Entrust will host a Staffordshire History Day from its headquarters featuring talks on Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia.

Sarah Montgomery, chair of Enjoy Staffordshire and managing director at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “We’re delighted with the way people have rallied to the Staffordshire Day cause and there are lots of ways to get involved in Stafford.

“The day is all about celebrating what’s great about our county and just how much there is on offer for visitors.

“In Stafford alone there are a wealth of events and special offers to help you celebrate our natural beauty, learn about our history, spend time with the family, and support local causes.

“It promises to be a great day and we hope as many people as possible turn out and show their pride in their county.”

For further information about the events go to www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffsday

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