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Stafford

discover the top things to see and do in Stafford

If you’re looking for a relaxing day out without compromising on things to do, then look no further. Stafford is the pretty county town in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, midway between Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham. If history’s your thing, check out the famous Stafford Castle with a 900 year history, or the historic architecture of the Ancient High House. Other top things to do include Trentham Monkey Forest, the picturesque Aston Marina, or simply wandering through the quaint streets of this idyllic town.

Best things to do this week in Stafford

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1 Tudor Times: Life In Stafford Under The Tudors

A glimpse into daily life during the Tudor dynasty. Rare documents, prints and artefacts help to tell the story of this fascinating era in Stafford's history in an historical exhibition supported by Staffordshire County Council, The Trustees of the William Salt Library and by local collections.

When: From Apr 25, Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, ends Jun 24
Where: The Ancient High House, Greengate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 2HS
Contact: +44 (0)1785 619130
More Details: www.staffordbc.gov.uk/heritageevents

File photo dated 07/02/16 of a woman drinking a glass of beer in a pub, as a survey shows the number of pub and bar companies going insolvent has fallen by 7\% over the past year amid increased popularity of craft beers and food. FREE EVENT

2 SHC Beer, Hockey And Music Festival

The annual festival (which the organisers insist is family friendly!) is built around a world-famous mixed seven-a-side grass tournament. The event kicks off with a Legends Of Hockey invitational, and culminates in a day of competitive hockey, real-ale drinking and live music. The Rock Dogs are the Saturday night headliners.

When: Apr 27-29, times vary, see website for details
Where: Stafford Cricket & Hockey Club, Brian Westhead Pavilion, Riverway, Stafford. ST16 3WB
Contact: +44 (0)1785 251660
More Details: www.facebook.com/StaffordHockey

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3 The Maz Mitrenko Band

The powerful blues rock trio was formed in 2006 but is composed of musicians of many years standing - drummer Phil Brittle even had a stint with Robert Plant in the 1970s. Their skills have been honed by extensive gigging in the blues heartlands of America. Recent CD release Street Level features eight original songs and four covers.

When: Apr 30, 9pm
Where: The Grapes, 5 Bridge Street, Stafford. ST16 2HL
More Details: www.mazmitrenkoband.co.uk

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4 Lauren Van Helmond: Wildly British

The artist, an experienced craftswoman and 'maker', draws inspiration from her visits to heritage sites, and from the decorative objects she has observed in museums. Embellished sculptural creatures, 2D and 3D illustrations, and a series of paintings take the viewer on a surreal wander through the British wilderness.

When: From Apr 1, Mon, Wed-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Tue 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-4pm, closed Bank Hol Mons, ends Jul 2
Where: Shire Hall Gallery, Market Square, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 2LD
Contact: +44 (0)1785 278345
More Details: www.laurenvanhelmondshop.co.uk

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5 Amerton Railway

Staffordshire Narrow Gauge Railway Society operates vintage steam and diesel locomotives on a circular line through beautiful countryside next to Amerton Farm and Craft Centre. Enthusiasts run a scheduled timetable on selected dates throughout the year, with the Booking Office doubling as a souvenir shop and Shed tours also sometimes available.

When: From Feb 18, diesel service Feb 18-26, Mar 18, 25, Apr 1, 8, 10-13, 18-21, May 6, 13, 20, 30 & 31, Jun 1-3, 10, 17, Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 26-29, 31, Aug 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25, 29-31, Sep 1 & 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 23-28, 11.30am-4pm, steam trains Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 14-17, 23, 29 & 30, May 1, 7, 14, 21, 27-29, Jun 4, 11, 18, Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20, 26-28, Sep 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11.30am-4pm, slightly longer operation Bank Hols and weekends, ends Oct 29
Where: Amerton Farm & Craft Centre, Amerton, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST18 0LA
Contact: +44 (0)1889 270294
More Details: www.amertonrailway.co.uk

The east front of the house on the Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire. TICKETED

6 National Trust: Shugborough Estate

The ancestral home of the Earls of Lichfield has been reopened under the auspices of the National Trust. Explore the ground-floor rooms of the house, the servants' quarters, the walled garden, a Victorian kitchen, Park Farm and a series of estate walks across 900 acres of Grade I listed parkland.

When: Mon-Sun 11am-4pm, house, 10am-5pm, grounds, 10am-4.30pm, Park Farm Cafe, ongoing
Where: National Trust: Shugborough Estate, Milford, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST17 0XB
Contact: +44 (0)1889 881388
More Details: www.shugborough.org.uk

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7 The Wolseley Centre

A network of paths guide you around 26 acres of beautiful grounds and wildlife-friendly display gardens including three lakes, which are home to hungry ducks, and a sensory garden laden with plants that stimulate senses of smell, taste, touch, sight and sound. A children's play trail includes a welly splash bridge, musical sculptures and a giant web swing.

When: grounds Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, visitors' centre Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm, Jan 2-31, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun 10am-3pm, ongoing
Where: Staffordshire Wildlife Trust The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST17 0WT
Contact: +44 (0)1889 880100
More Details: www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/wolseley-centre

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8 Loynton Moss

School geography lessons were always best when they involved a field trip! This reserve, acquired by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, is a rugged landscape formed when glaciers melted leaving first a lake and then an area of wetland. The bog is home to rare insects, and plants such as marsh cinquefoil, cowbane and elongated sedge.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Loynton Moss, Woodseaves, Stafford. ST20 0NX
More Details: www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/reserves/loynton-moss

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9 Animal Zone

The Animal Zone, at South Staffordshire College's Rodbaston Campus, is home to around 750 animals from meerkats to monkeys, rabbits to alpacas. It's first and foremost an educational facility where students prepare for careers in animal care, but it's open to the public and offers a variety of experiences from Animal Encounters to craft sessions.

When: Sat & Sun 10am-4pm, plus every day during term breaks, ongoing
Where: South Staffordshire College, Rodbaston, Penkridge, Stafford. ST19 5PH
More Details: www.southstaffs.ac.uk/animal-zone

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10 Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Do Shakespeare

The Earth's funniest footwear duo tackle the Bard, rendering highly original versions of Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Coriolanus and The Two Gentlesocks Of Verrucca. Surrender to helpless laughter as the pair confront the Swan Of Avon's notorious lack of laughs. And the genius behind the comic mayhem? It's rumoured to be their roadie Kev F Sutherland.

When: May 6, 8pm
Where: Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 2LT
Contact: +44 (0)1785 254653
More Details: www.facebook.com/pg/ScottishFalsettoSocks/

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If you’re looking for a relaxing day out without compromising on things to do, then look no further. Stafford is the pretty county town in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, midway between Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham. If history’s your thing, check out the famous Stafford Castle with a 900 year history, or the historic architecture of the Ancient High House. Other top things to do include Trentham Monkey Forest, the picturesque Aston Marina, or simply wandering through the quaint streets of this idyllic town.