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Digital day at historic building

Historic Shire Hall is hosting a one-off digital skills event for adults and children. Stafford’s landmark building is the venue for the Microsoft UK Digital Skills Live event on May 24th, which will offer a day of practical help, advice and fun for people aged seven upwards. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “I am ...

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Thousands join in Staffordshire Day celebrations

Thousands of people from across the county joined in the celebrations for Staffordshire Day today (Tuesday 1 May). Over 50 events across the county marked the day.  As the sun shone, attractions, businesses and groups came together to share their pride and show what great things the county has to offer. Highlights included a celebration of the Staffordshire oatcake with ...

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This Way Up Exhibition at Staffordshire Place

People in Stafford are being invited to the exhibition This Way Up, an exhibition of art created by Limewood residents at the specialist dementia care centre in the town. The exhibition shows artwork created in collaboration with professional artists during a creative wellbeing project led by Creative Health.  Workshops were developed specifically for Limewood residents which gave them the opportunity ...

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Recipe for success for Staffordshire Day celebrations

With less than a week to go until Staffordshire Day on Tuesday 1 May, the county has been bracing itself for a week of celebrations. Dozens of events including a celebration of the mighty Staffordshire oatcake are running throughout the week in what has become an annual fixture in the county’s tourism calendar. Music and food festivals are also in ...

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Evidence of a nation preparing for war revealed on Cannock Chase

They may not have contained the terrible mud and ever-present rats that were the twin torments of a Tommy’s life in the trenches, but otherwise a remarkably exact First World War training facility has been revealed decades after it disappeared. The mocked up front line even had hand-dug shell holes in the pretend no-man’s land between the ‘friendly’ and ‘enemy’ ...

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Staffordshire attractions win prestigious national awards

The National Memorial Arboretum has been named the UK’s best large visitor attraction at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence ceremony. The arboretum near Lichfield, the UK’s national Centre for Remembrance, fought off competition from Blenheim Palace and Moors Valley Country Park & Forest to win the Gold award in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category. And in ...

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Last 100 places for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire


Places are being snapped up quickly for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, and competitors are being urged to sign up quickly or risk being disappointed. Under starter’s orders on 10 June will be more than 2000 competitors, all hoping to complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile half marathon. The event will start at Chasewater, and for ...

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Tolkien exhibition to visit Eccleshall Library

People interested in celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ and his links with Staffordshire will get the chance at a unique exhibition. This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over 250,000 visitors since it launched in March ...

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Share your mugshot on Staffordshire Day


There’s an easy, brand new way to get involved with Staffordshire Day (Tuesday 1st May) this year – the Staffordshire Day Mugshot! Enjoy Staffordshire, Staffordshire County Council and the county’s other local authorities want people to share images of themselves on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook holding Staffordshire-made mugs, alongside the #StaffordshireDay hashtag. The Staffordshire Day Mugshot could feature an iconic ...

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IRONMAN drop in event for businesses

Ironman swimming

Local businesses are being invited to a drop-in event in Stafford, to see how they can benefit from this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire event. On Sunday 10 June, the run course and finish line will be in the heart of Stafford town centre for the first time in the event’s history. Organisers will be on hand to answer questions on ...

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