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.
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For websites that mention even more events across Staffordshire, see the links on the right hand side of this page.
Apple Wassailing Day
at Wolseley Centre, nr Stafford. The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust wake apple trees from their winter slumber, with this traditional folk custom.
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
Open Contest at Perton, south Staffordshire.
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
International Festival of Beer
at The National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent
Keele International Festival
Chinese New Year Celebrations
- at Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
The Hospital Show
- the annual production by members of hospital staff - at Stoke Rep Theatre.
'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.
, Stoke-on-Trent's digital arts and social media festival
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.
. Every two years; next one is 2012
Burton Spring Beer Festival
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.
- organised by 'Twitter' members in Stoke on Trent.
The UCI Cheshire Cat
- over 1000 cyclists do the route
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
Nantwich Jazz , Blues and Music Festival
Wolstanton Heritage Fair
Lichfield Winter Beer & Wine Festival
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,
Chasewater Vintage and Classic Transport Show
, inc Federation for British Historical Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) event - at Chasewater Country Park near Brownhills.
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
, in East Staffordshire - the first event in the Well Dressing calendar, traditionally attended by thousands
Staffordshire Festival of Performing Arts
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
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.
- 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: email@example.com
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
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
- 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.
- near Nantwich.
at Polesworth Abbey, near Tamworth
Hartington Food & Folk Festival
Love Arts Festival
in and around Cannock. Over 100 arts events across the month.
South Staffordshire Walking Festival
Cheshire County Show
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.
Gate Gallop race
at Anker Valley Pitches, with 10K, 5K and children's course.
- 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.
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.
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
in Flash Village, Staffordshire Moorlands
The Hanley Building Society
- 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.
- street festival in Stoke on Trent.
Food and Drink Festival
, South Cheshire.
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.
& 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
- 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
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
(inspired by 'The Chariots of Fire' race!) in Lichfield, part of the International Festival.
Pageant of Power Weekend
- motor vehicles and bikes show - in South Cheshire.
Fish 'O' Mania at
, Whitmore, North Staffordshire
in South Cheshire - The 'Big Blooming Green Carnival'.
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
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
Gay Stoke Pride Day
- at Northwood Park in Stoke on Trent.
'Six Towns - One City' Carnival
- multi-cultural festival at Hanley Park.
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
. A day of motoring nostalgia for the whole family.
Heart Of England Country Music Festival
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 -
at Baggeridge Country Park.
Crewe Carnival - at the King George Playing Fields, West Street.
Park Fest community event in Cannock Park, organised by
The Uttoxeter Lark in the Park Fun Day.
Alrewas Arts Festival
Tamworth Summer Festival
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
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.
- 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.
, the Muslim celebration marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Dovedale Arts Festival
at Hulme End
near Newcastle - village festival celebrating its rural setting.
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
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
Dr Johnson's Birthday Celebrations
Staffordshire Bead Fair
British Food Fortnight at
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
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
- 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
Lichfield Literature Festival
(formerly Lichfield Literary Festival).
Goostrey Arts Festival aka 'Goosfest'
at Goostrey, South Cheshire. Georgie Fame headlines this year.
Apple Festival, at
in Nantwich, South Cheshire.
- 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.
The Dovedale Dash
(run by about 1200 people!).
the festival of lights, which sees celebrations by Hindus and Jains and Sikhs.
Bonfire Night Celebrations at
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.
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.
World Aids Day Service at
, 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
, 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
Hoar Cross Downhill Soapbox Race at Hoar Cross near Burton upon Trent. Organised by
The Mad Club