Today I have Ella from Typical Mummy sharing her favourite things for a day out in Stoke-On-Trent. I love the variety in ideas she has given, there is sure to be something to suit almost anyone’s needs!
Somewhere Free: Potteries Museum And Art Gallery
For an interesting, enjoyable and free experience in Stoke-on-Trent you need to look no further than the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. The museum houses many different displays of art, design, local history and natural sciences and also hosts the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics. Even more exciting is the Staffordshire Hoard which was found in a Staffordshire field in 2009 by a metal detectors. The collection dates from the 7th century and is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.
We also enjoy visiting the Spitfire Gallery in the museum (the Spitfire was designed by Reginald Mitchell who was born and lived in the city) and viewing the Spitfire RW388 on display, but the gallery is currently closed for essential maintenance and the Spitfire has been removed to be restored to its former glory, returning in 2020 as the star of a brand new display.
Somewhere For The Whole Day: Trentham Gardens
Trentham Gardens is one of the main tourist spots for the area and it’s easy to see why. Originally the estate of the Duke of Sutherland, the site underwent a £100 million transformation back in 1996 which brought listed buildings back to life, reinstated the extensive flower gardens and restored the historic parkland to the beautiful landscape we can see today. You can easily spend a whole day at Trentham, exploring the beautiful gardens and searching for the hidden fairies; walking around the lake, having a trip on Miss Elizabeth, Trentham’s electrically powered boat, or riding on the Trentham Fern, a miniature train which runs alongside the lake.
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There is also a fabulous adventure play area with great equipment for both older and younger children and the Barefoot Walk is not to be missed. There are cafes situated within the gardens or you can eat at one of the restaurants or cafes within the shopping village, before having a look around all of the different shops. Then, if you have time left, you can pop down the road to meet the 140 free-roaming monkeys at Trentham Monkey Forest or you can swing through the trees yourself and take on over 28 treetop obstacles at Trentham Treetop Adventure.
Somewhere Outdoors: Peak Wildlife Park
Not strictly in Stoke-on-Trent but only about 25 minutes away by car is Peak Wildlife Park: 75 acres of countryside in the Staffordshire Moorlands, accommodating exotic and endangered animals from across three continents. You can come face-to-face with penguins, wallabies, lemurs, meerkats, alpacas and more and, similar to Trentham Monkey Forest, the animals are able to roam freely in large enclosures and the park is heavily involved in conservation and welfare.
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Somewhere To Eat: World Of Wedgwood
You can’t visit Stoke-on-Trent without a pottery related experience, so I would recommend visiting World of Wedgwood for a meal in their Dining Hall. You could also have brunch, lunch or afternoon tea in their Tea Conservatory or you could splash out on an “Afternoon Tea Experience” in the Wedgwood Tea Room. After you’ve eaten, you can then have a look around the Wedgwood Museum, have a factory tour, paint your own piece of Wedgwood in the Decorating Studio or try your hand at throwing a pot in the Master Craft Studio.
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Somewhere For Rainy Days: Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park
It’s often difficult to keep the kids entertained on rainy days, so if they need to let off some steam take them to Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park, Stoke-on-Trent. Inspired by the world-famous TV show the indoor park is full of obstacles, including trampolining, climbing, balancing, jumping and more. The course combines fun, fitness, agility and problem solving and the obstacles have varying degrees of difficulty for those aged 4 and above. There is also a section of harder obstacles for adults and teenagers to attempt, including the famous “warped wall.” Great rainy day fun!
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