More than 50 events lined up for Staffordshire Day

Attractions, community groups and residents in Stafford have joined forces to help create more than 50 events for the fourth Staffordshire Day.

Staffordshire firefighters pose for county celebrations at headquarters in Stone last year
Staffordshire firefighters pose for county celebrations at headquarters in Stone last year

The county celebration, organised by Enjoy Staffordshire, supported by Staffordshire County Council and the county’s other local authorities, returns on May 1, with plenty of events and special offers to enjoy within Stafford and beyond.

As the day itself falls midweek, the celebrations have been extended to include the weekend before and the weekend after.

Confirmed events for 2019 include the Staffordshire Plate Raceday at Uttoxeter Racecourse, a celebration of the Staffordshire Hoard – discovered 10 years ago this year – at Burntwood Library, and a 10 mile countryside walk in Codsall, South Staffordshire.

Visitors can enjoy a second hour on FlipOut trampolines free of charge by quoting WeLoveStaffs when booking from May 4 to 6, and 30 per cent off the supercar driving experiences at Drive Me with the code StaffsDay30.

They can also take on a challenge for the Katharine House Hospice, tackle a supreme local delicacy at Canalside Farm’s oatcake morning, relax with the Mindful in Nature workshop at The Wolseley Centre, and browse the work of some great local artists at The Guildhall Gallery.

Celebrate the county's canals at the Norbury Canal Festival, learn about the restoration of Ingestre Orangery at their family open day, hear from Staffordshire crime writers at Stafford Library, and cheer on the brave local actors baring all for The Full Monty at the Gatehouse Theatre.

Other events include a bank holiday market and car boot in Penkridge on May 6, a Hurricane Flypast and VE Day Commemorations at the Museum of Cannock Chase in Hednesford on May 4, The Great Big Staffordshire Quiz at Perton Library tomorrow, and a Goldwork Embroidery Workshop at Burntwood Library tomorrow.

Visitors can have a tour of the cellar of Erasmus Darwin House in Beacon Street, Lichfield, on May 4, or discover travel writing and 18th century journeys in an exhibition at Samuel Johnson Birthplace in Lichfield including maps, atlases, travel journals and Johnson’s own adventures around the country and beyond from May 4 onwards.

Philip Atkins, leader at Staffordshire County Council, 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 celebrate our attractions, natural beauty, history and heritage.

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

There are more than 50 events to enjoy across the county throughout the celebrations.

In 2018, over 60,000 people attended Staffordshire Day events, generating over £1m for the county economy, while many also supported on social media, with more than 5,700 tweets including the #StaffordshireDay hashtag.

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