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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 Victoria Park

This immaculate park, covering almost five acres, has essentially the same layout as when it opened in 1908. With formal gardens, an aviary, band stand and bowling green, not to mention a tea kiosk and riverside walks, it's like stepping into the pages of a classic children's novel.

When: Mar & Oct, 8am-6pm, Apr & Sep, 8am-8pm, May-Aug, 8am-9pm, Nov-Feb, 8am-4.30pm, ongoing
Where: Victoria Park, Tenterbanks, Stafford. ST16 2QP
More Details: www.facebook.com/victoriaparkstafford

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2 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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3 Stafford Castle

The stunning Grade II listed building is an early example of a 14th century keep, later redesigned in a Gothic Revival style. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle's 900 years of history never fail to impress. You can follow the castle trail, explore the ruins and take in the splendour of views from the hill top, with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

When: Jan-Mar, Nov & Dec, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm, Apr-Oct, Wed-Sun, Bank Hol Mons 11am-4pm
Where: Stafford Castle, Newport Road, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 1DJ
Contact: +44 (0)1785 257698
More Details: www.staffordmuseums.co.uk/museums/stafford-castle

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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

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

5 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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6 The Tempest

Shakespeare's fantasy drama is updated to the 1930s the golden age of luxury cruise liners, Hollywood glamour and the dying days of

When: Jun 22-24, Jul 8, 8pm, Jun 25, 5pm, mats Jul 1, 8, 2pm, Jun 26, Jul 2 & 3 no perfs
Where: Stafford Castle, Newport Road, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 1DJ
Contact: +44 (0)1785 257698
More Details: www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/en-GB/shows/the%20tempest/info

Arrows in a target during the Paralympic Archery Event a the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich TICKETED

7 Have-A-Go Archery

Stafford Archers is a friendly local club which offers beginners courses with qualified instructors and training bows. If you'd like to try your hand at the ancient sport without any commitment - or even just as an entertaining family day out - they host monthly drop-in sessions at Stafford Castle in association with Stafford Borough Council.

When: From Apr 2, first Sun of every month 11am-4pm, ends Oct 2
Where: Stafford Castle, Newport Road, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 1DJ
Contact: +44 (0)1785 257698
More Details: www.staffordarchers.com/have-a-go-2

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8 The Splendour Of Ancient Egypt

Rare artefacts combined with new research help to unravel some secrets of a bygone civilisation in this informative exhibition, which opens just in time to stimulate bored minds during the school holidays. Statuary, exquisite jewellery and religious amulets are shown alongside domestic artefacts, bringing the past into vivid focus.

When: From Jun 27, Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, ends Sep 9
Where: The Ancient High House, Greengate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 2HS
Contact: +44 (0)1785 619130
More Details: www.staffordmuseums.co.uk/exhibitions

The Met Stafford.
Photo: Darren Thomas. TICKETED

9 Comedy In The Met

Stand-ups from across the UK circuit take to the stage in the Met Studio to perform their material. The top-notch line-up is confirmed on the venue's website around 48 hours before the show and always guarantees big laughs. Previous acts include Roisin Conaty, Greg Davies, Chris Ramsey, Jon Richardson and Seann Walsh. Not suitable for under 16s.

When: Jun 30, 8pm
Where: Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 2LT
Contact: +44 (0)1785 254653
More Details: www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

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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.