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Staffordshire festivals & annual events 2010/11 - links
Girls enjoy St George's Day
Staffordshire has a lot of great days out

Staffordshire is defined by beautiful places, lovely people - and renowned festivals and annual events.

You don't want to miss any of the county's major festivals and annual gatherings, so we've listed the websites for many of them for the whole year.

Some of the great events include arts & music festivals, agricultural shows, and even the famous Star Biker rallies.

Dates and times are constantly changing so please keep checking the websites.

If you have ideas for other major events which could be listed, please email us . Please let us know if you think corrections are needed too.

The BBC takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information here - PLEASE check the website links provided for information before you set out!

For websites that mention even more events across Staffordshire, see the links on the right hand side of this page.

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JANUARY

Apple Wassailing Day at Wolseley Centre, nr Stafford. The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust wake apple trees from their winter slumber, with this traditional folk custom.

NoiseFloor Festival at Staffordshire University celebrating the marriage of music and technology.

The Annual Youth Dance Festival at The Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent .

Holly Holy Day , the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Nantwich, on Mill Island, Nantwich.

Holocaust Memorial Day at National Memorial Arboretum , Alrewas.

'Tough Guy' Open Contest at Perton, south Staffordshire.

FEBRUARY

Lichfield Winter Beer & Wine Festival

Stafford Railway Circle Annual Model Railway Exhibition - at the Stafford County Showground - the largest multi scale model railway exhibition in the Midlands (except for the NEC)

Three Counties Open Photography Exhibition at Keele University Art Gallery

The International Festival of Beer at The National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent

Keele International Festival

Chinese New Year Celebrations - at Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Valentines Day

The Hospital Show - the annual production by members of hospital staff - at Stoke Rep Theatre.

The 'Stoke Your Fires' Festival of Animation & Animated Films - at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in Hanley. Professional animators take part in seminars, lectures and master classes.

DATFEST , Stoke-on-Trent's digital arts and social media festival

MARCH

Celebrating Diversity Festival at Staffordshire University.

International Womens Day Celebrations at Keele University

Tamworth Drama Festival - the Tamworth heat of the national festival showcasing the local talent of Tamworth as well as teams from Birmingham, Rugby, Stafford and Telford. During the festival the groups put on a one-act open plays.

Cheadle Arts Festival

Red Nose Day - the BBC's Comic Relief fund-raising effort.

Sport Relief . Every two years; next one is 2012

Burton Spring Beer Festival

John Smith's Midlands Grand National Horse-Race - at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Bearmania Fun Day - one of the highlights of the year-long Bearmania Cultural Festival in Congleton

Codsall Community Arts Festival - next one is 2012

Newcastle Festival of Music Speech & Drama

Stafford Half Marathon - race open to all.

Stoke Twestival - organised by 'Twitter' members in Stoke on Trent.

The UCI Cheshire Cat Cyclosportive - over 1000 cyclists do the route

APRIL

Annual One-Act Play Festival (Stage One of the All-England Theatre Festival) at Mitchell Memorial Theatre , Hanley. (Mitchell closed for refurbishment)

Star Bikers Annual Egg Run

The Nantwich Jazz , Blues and Music Festival

Wolstanton Heritage Fair

Lichfield Winter Beer & Wine Festival

Easter Sunday

Big Green Fair (promoting 'green' living) in Whittington Village, South Staffs

Birthday of Guru Nanak - major day for the Sikh religion.

Sandbach Transport Festival

Tamworth Folk Moot

Peak District Walking Festival

St. George's Day at Tamworth Castle, inc battle re-enactment. For what's on, click here

Chasewater Vintage and Classic Transport Show , inc Federation for British Historical Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) event - at Chasewater Country Park near Brownhills.

May

MayFest in Uttoxeter

The Acoustic Festival of Britain at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Scarecrow Festival Meerbrook near Leek

Annual Spring Festival in Burton - free family-fun day - at Stapenhill Gardens.

Leek Arts Festival

Polish National Day - May 3

Sunday, 30 May: Open Day at Curborough Sprint Course (nr Lichfield) - a free day at the motor sport track

The Annual May Day 'Well Dressing' at Newborough , in East Staffordshire - the first event in the Well Dressing calendar, traditionally attended by thousands

Staffordshire Festival of Performing Arts at Stoke-on-Trent.

Stone Music & Arts Festival - free music events weekend in mid-Staffs, featuring classical music, jazz, folk, blues and contemporary pop.

The Mow Cop Killer Mile race

The Stafford Music Festival or click here

Spring Festival at Stapenhill Gardens, Burton

Tatton Park Biennial . Major modern art show in S Cheshire until September

Marbury Merry Days Marbury Merry Days, on the Cheshire/Shropshire border - a celebration of rural village life.

Annual Bluebell Festival Annual Bluebell Festival - part of Cheshire's Year of Gardens.

Katyn Memorial Ceremony at Cannock Chase. The ceremony remembers the Poles who died in the Katyn Massacre in World War Two

The Penkridge Annual Comedy Night

Staffordshire Open Art Exhibition (inc Short Films & Animation) - the largest event for the county's artists - at the Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford.

Jester's ScooterFest - in Leek - for scooter, mod and soul fans.

Wheaton Aston Rural Music Festival (near Stafford) - the county's 'greatest little festival'.

National Forest Walking Festival, in East Staffordshire.

Crewe Live 'Volume Festival'

The Moorlands Gathering - for pagans, herbalists & magick - at Swan in Leek. Contact: ramkinuk@yahoo.co.uk

Dovedale Fete at Ilam in the Staffordshire Peak District

Newcastle under Lyme Jazz & Blues Festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre.

Court of Arraye & Greenhill Bower - in Lichfield on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. An ancient tradition as an assembly of men in medieval armour is inspected by the Mayor, Sheriff and City Officials.

Rotary International Dragon Boat Challenge at Himley Hall

Endon Well-Dressing - wells have been dressed here for more than 150 years.

Peak District 'Cycling Plus Sportive' participation cycling event - the Staffordshire part of the route is along the River Manifold Valley to Butterton and Grindon. The event is part of the BikeRadar Live Weekend

Etruria Canals Festival - at Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke on Trent. Traditional crafts, historic boats and family fun. Stoke Museums

Audlem Festival - near Nantwich.

Bagpipe Blowout at Polesworth Abbey, near Tamworth

Hartington Food & Folk Festival

JUNE

Love Arts Festival in and around Cannock. Over 100 arts events across the month.

South Staffordshire Walking Festival

Eccleshall Festival

Cheshire County Show in Knutsford.

Shakespeare Festival at The Castle open-air production in Stafford.

Lichfield Real Ale, Jazz & Blues Festival at Lichfield Rugby Club.

The Forest Live Music Festival - at Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley.

World Worm Charming Championships at Willaston Primary School near Crewe.

Barton under Needwood Music and Art Festival

Potteries Custom and Classic Car Show in aid of the Donna Louise Trust.

Annual Tamworth Gate Gallop race at Anker Valley Pitches, with 10K, 5K and children's course.

Kids Karnival - in Etruria Park, Hanley.

The Penkridge Fun-Run & Community Fun-Day, in mid Staffs. See Penkridge Round Table website

Staffordshire County Show in Stafford. Two days of stalls and events on an agricultural theme, attracting thousands.

Annual Arnold Bennett Conference at Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Organised by the Arnold Bennett Society .

Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes - traditional village event in South Cheshire.

Staffordshire University Art and Design Show - graduating students show their video, animation, fine art, photography, 3D Design etc - some of which is for sale - at the College Road Campus in Stoke. Free.

Stone Festival

Clifton Campville Country Fair

Trentham Boat Club Regatta

World Toe Wrestling Championships at The Bentley Brook Inn on the Staffs/Derbys border, near Ashbourne. Previous champions, Alan 'Nasty' Nash and The Toeminator, come from Staffordshire.

RAF Cosford Air Show

Well Dressing in Flash Village, Staffordshire Moorlands

The Hanley Building Society Potters Arf - half-marathon race in Stoke on Trent.

'Shakespeare in the Park' , in Lichfield. This year, it's "The Taming of the Shrew".

Lichfield Folk Festival

Middlewich Boat Festival - music and canals festival in South Cheshire

The International Model Air Show at Weston Park.

Sanity Fair - street festival in Stoke on Trent.

Congleton Food and Drink Festival , South Cheshire.

JULY

Biddulph Community Festival - a month-long programme of music, workshops and events across the Moorlands town.

Three Shires Textile Festival - across Staffordshire, Derbyshire & Cheshire.

'Night of the Dog' open-air rock festival at Lower Tean, East Staffs.

'Rock on the Rocks' - 12 local bands playing across 2 stages - at Biddulph Moor in the Moorlands.

Brereton Bear Festival - residents display bears all over the village, and have teddy events - in South Cheshire.

Wombourne Carnival & Street Festival, in South Staffs - annually on the first Sunday in July

Lichfield Mystery Plays - every three years, with the next festival in 2012

Folk in the Park at Biddulph Grange Country Park

Lichfield Festival - ten days of leading arts events at one of the country's leading arts festivals

Fuse Community Arts Festival - slam poetry, circus, storytelling, music et al - in Lichfield.

The Penkhull Mysteries - mystery plays in Stoke on Trent.

Leek Club Day

Burton Regatta at the river-side, Burton upon Trent.

Hedgehog Rolling Festival - at Grindon in the Staffordshire Moorlands. The event incorporates the well-dressing and village fete. (No hedgehogs are harmed in the course of this event!)

Wheaton Aston Carnival

Reaseheath Maize Maze - experience a maze created out of a corn field. National Forest Maze - a maze created out of a corn field - at Tatenhill, nr Burton.

Tutbury Music Festival, held at Tutbury Castle. Takes place every other year

Stafford Festival

Florette Dash (inspired by 'The Chariots of Fire' race!) in Lichfield, part of the International Festival.

Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Weekend - motor vehicles and bikes show - in South Cheshire.

Fish 'O' Mania at Cudmore Fisheries , Whitmore, North Staffordshire

Congleton Carnival in South Cheshire - The 'Big Blooming Green Carnival'.

RHS Show at Tatton Park, mid-Cheshire - one of the biggest flower shows outside Chelsea.

Penkhull Jazz & Blues Festival - all-day jazz event - in Stoke on Trent.

Britannia Leek & District Show

Nantwich & South Cheshire Show . The International Cheese Show takes place at the same time on the ground.

Heart of Staffordshire Beer Festival in Stafford.

AUGUST

Peak District Show at Bakewell in Derbyshire.

Alsager Arts Festival

Manifold Show at Ilam - traditional country show

Betley Show, near Newcastle

International Pipe & Tabor Festival at Lichfield

Gay Stoke Pride Day - at Northwood Park in Stoke on Trent.

NORSACA 'Six Towns - One City' Carnival - multi-cultural festival at Hanley Park.

Bloodstock open air Heavy Metal Festival - at Catton Hall Park, Alrewas (near Lichfield).

Leek Summer Jam - live bands, DJs and acoustic acts, and more - in Leek.

Shugborough Classic Car and Transport Show at Shugborough Estate . A day of motoring nostalgia for the whole family.

Heart Of England Country Music Festival at Uttoxeter Racecourse

Just So Festival - the outdoor festival of creativity aimed at children - at Barnswood, nr Leek.

V Festival - one of the biggest rock-music events in the country - at Weston Park in mid-Staffordshire. See - BBC Staffordshire page about V

Dovedale Sheepdog Trials - at Ilam in the Staffordshire Peak District.

The 'Big Summer Event' - free children's events day (funded by The Staffordshire Children's Fund) - at Baggeridge Country Park near Dudley.

Concerts in the Park - 'Folk Weekend' at Baggeridge Country Park.

Crewe Carnival - at the King George Playing Fields, West Street.

Park Fest community event in Cannock Park, organised by Greenwood Studios

The Uttoxeter Lark in the Park Fun Day.

Alrewas Arts Festival

Tamworth Summer Festival

SEPTEMBER

Reaseheath Maize Maze experience - a maze created out of a corn field in South Cheshire

National Forest Maze -- a maze created out of a corn field - at Tatenhill, nr Burton.

Cheadle Beer Festival . 30 Beers, all from local or independent breweries, English wines and ciders.

Eccleshall Country Show - a traditional one-day show.

Whittington Country & Craft fair - a celebration of rural heritage.

Sheriff of Lichfield's Ride - a 400 year-old tradition - from 10.30am onwards.

Proms In The Park , Lichfield

Draycott in the Clay Agricultural & Horticultural Show at Grange Farm, nr Uttoxeter.

Stoke-on-Trent City Floral & Garden Produce Show - the city's largest garden competition, at Tunstall Park.

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance - the famous folk tradition/ritual takes place in the streets of the village every year.

Tamworth Beer Festival

Heritage Open Days when many old and/or significant buildings across the county are opened up to the public.

Eid-ul-Fitr , the Muslim celebration marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Dovedale Arts Festival at Hulme End

Whitmore Festival near Newcastle - village festival celebrating its rural setting.

Trentham Estate's Garden Festival Weekend

Yesteryear Steam Engine Rally at Malpas, South Cheshire.

Cycling's biggest event in this country, The Tour Of Britain is in Staffordshire - the stage goes from Stoke-on-Trent to Stone to the Moorlands and back again.

Heavy Horse Show at The National Brewery Centre , Burton

Stone Book Festival (aka Stone Literary Festival).

Annual Re-Enactment of the Battle of Blore Heath nr Loggerheads. No event in 2010 as The Blore Heath Heritage Group is taking a break.

Midland Game Fair - event for outdoor and country life pursuits - at Weston Park nr Stafford.

Dr Johnson's Birthday Celebrations

Staffordshire Bead Fair in Stoke-on-Trent

British Food Fortnight at Weston Park nr Stafford.

Penkhull Music Festival at St Thomas's Church in Penkhull, SoT - showcasing young professional classical music players.

Nantwich Beer Festival

Nantwich Food & Drink Festival in South Cheshire

Kinver Rotary 10K race plus Family Fun Run of 2k

OCTOBER

Black History Month - throughout October

Stone Food and Drink Festival

Biddulph and District Classical Music Festival

'Ride to the Wall' - motorcycle rally which supports the National Memorial Arboretum - from Drayton Manor (near Tamworth) to National Memorial Arboretum.

Annual Festival of Kites at Apedale Country Park (nr Newcastle).

British Ceramics Biennial / Stoke on Trent Ceramic Festival. Next one is 2011

Samba Mela - featuring Bollywood, Bhangra, West African & Brazilian artists - at Hanley Park, SoT.

Burton Statutes Fair - the fair is the modern day successor to the three day fairs for which the Market Charter was granted in the 13th Century. See East Staffs Council website

Knutsford Literary Festival in mid-Cheshire

Lichfield Literature Festival (formerly Lichfield Literary Festival).

Goostrey Arts Festival aka 'Goosfest' at Goostrey, South Cheshire. Georgie Fame headlines this year.

Apple Festival, at Reaseheath in Nantwich, South Cheshire.

Conjunction - Stoke-on-Trent's arts biennial.

Annual CAMRA Stoke Beer Festival

Nantwich Words & Music Festival .

North West Food Lovers Festival at Tatton Park in mid Cheshire.

Middlewich Boat & Beer Rally in South Cheshire - a canal & beer festival.

Lichfield Roots and Folk Festival

Halloween events - around 31 October

Festival of Remembrance, organised by the Royal British Legion , at King's Hall, Stoke.

British Fly Fishing Fair at The Trentham Estate.

NOVEMBER

The Dovedale Dash (run by about 1200 people!).

Diwali the festival of lights, which sees celebrations by Hindus and Jains and Sikhs.

Bonfire Night Celebrations at Tamworth Castle.

Remembrance Sunday event at The National Memorial Arboretum , near Lichfield.

The Anglo-German Remembrance Day event, at the German War Cemetery on Cannock Chase. Organised by the British German Association

Three Counties Open Art Exhibition at Keele University Art Gallery, North Staffordshire. Keele University

Armistice Day Service at The National Memorial Arboretum , near Lichfield.

Stafford Stamp Show at the Staffordshire County Showground.

Erasmus Darwin Memorial Lecture at the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield. Organised by the Lichfield Science & Engineering Society

Children In Need - BBC Fundraising Day.

DECEMBER

World Aids Day Service at Lichfield Cathedral

Hanukkah , or Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Newcastle Dales Dash 10K at the Apedale Park in Chesterton, Newcastle. Organised by Staffordshire County's Apedale Countryside Rangers service .

Lighting of Christmas Tree & St Nicholas Service at Lichfield Cathedral

Al-Hijira , the Islamic New Year.

Star Bikers Annual Christmas Toy Run in Stoke on Trent - the oldest event of this type in the country.

Christmas Service at Lichfield Cathedral

Hoar Cross Downhill Soapbox Race at Hoar Cross near Burton upon Trent. Organised by The Mad Club




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