Perfectly situated in the Heart of England, Staffordshire is a stunning place to visit, particularly at this time of year, when you can make the most of the superb events planned throughout the summer months…
Perfectly situated in the Heart of England, Staffordshire is a stunning place to visit, particularly at this time of year, when you can make the most of the superb events planned throughout the summer months – from peaceful nature walks within the deer on Cannock Chase to madcap macaques mayhem in Trentham Monkey Forest.
There’s much to be excited about: there is a new rollercoaster ride at Drayton Manor to get the adrenaline pumping, new treasure trails across the county allowing you to discover the mysteries in Staffordshire, an exquisite cultural experience at the new Shugborough Revisited.
The opening of ‘Ben 10: Ultimate Mission’ heralds the arrival of Europe’s first ever Ben 10 themed rollercoaster and is part of an amazing new Cartoon Network Street for Drayton Manor, which features a diner for hungry thrill-seekers.
For outdoor pioneers and mind-bending adventure why not try brand new Staffordshire Treasure Trails? You can purchase five thrilling Treasure Trails for less than ten pounds and follow the trails to solve clues, travel unchartered territory and see the greatest historic and most picturesque sights in Staffordshire. You can even win a £1,000 cash prize at the end.
For an inspiring journey back in time, explore bygone years at Shugborough – The complete working historic estate. Brand new for 2011 is Shugborough Revisited – previously visitors have only been able to access the state rooms at Shugborough and a small part of the first floor, but Shugborough Revisited gives visitors the chance to get lost in the grandeur and wander through the elegant mansion and private apartments of the Earl of Lichfield.
The beautiful arboretum island garden at Shugborough will also be open to visitors for the first time. With a new sculpture trail entitled ‘West to East’ with sculptures inspired by North American, European and Asia culture.
If you like your history a little more grisly, embark on a voyage of Anglo Saxon discovery and visit the county’s touring exhibition of glittering items from the famous Staffordshire Hoard. The displays are set to feature more than forty star items from the world’s largest find of Anglo Saxon gold, including the pectoral cross, the biblical inscription and the seahorse.
The series of exhibitions run from the 2nd of July – 18th of September and chart the footsteps of the Mercians starting in Stafford at Shire Hall Gallery (2 -24 July), moving to Lichfield Cathedral (30 July – 21 Aug) and finishing at Tamworth Castle (27 Aug – 18 Sept).
For a truly natural high, the Staffordshire Peak District has it all – explore invigorating moorlands, limestone dales, rugged gritstone crags, steam train tracks and meandering canals. Pull on your boots and explore on foot, get on your bike and have a ‘wheely good time’ or charter a trusty steed and horseride through miles of dedicated trails and tracks and discover your own favourite corner of the Peak District.
For more information visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com