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Stafford Castle becomes part of IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire run course

IRONMAN

IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire is back for 2019, with a whole new run course to challenge competitors. Now in its fifth year, the new IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire run course will consist of two loops of Stafford, and sees runners take in the picturesque Stafford Castle on their route. The full event consists of a 1.2-mile swim at Chasewater Country Park, followed ...

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Proposals on show for managing Cannock Chase

People can see for themselves how proposals to look after Cannock Chase for the next decade would work. An open day is being held at the Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, Marquis Drive, between 10am and 3pm on Sunday, March 17th. The proposals, supported by Natural England, include a mixture of methods including cutting and controlled burning of heather, the cutting ...

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Successful applicant takes over library management

Day-to-day management of a Staffordshire library has been successfully transferred to a local community group. Kidsgrove Care Solutions is taking on the daily management and delivery of services at Talke library. Under the agreement the locally based Community Interest Company, which helps adults and young people with disabilities in Staffordshire and Cheshire, will deliver the statutory library service and have ...

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Staffordshire Day to focus on county’s proud manufacturing heritage

Staffordshire’s industrial heritage will be celebrated with a packed programme of events, activities, special offers and competitions on the fourth Staffordshire Day on Wednesday 1st May. This year’s event, coordinated by Destination Staffordshire, is being supported by Staffordshire County Council and other local authorities. The theme is Made in Staffordshire and will celebrate the county’s brewing and ceramic heritage, as ...

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Bestselling author to cut ribbon at new Library

Author Salley Vickers

Bestseller and award-winning author Salley Vickers will be cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the new £1.4m Lichfield library and St Mary’s first floor space for performing and visual arts. Salley will join guests and customers in the library on Thursday 7 March for the grand opening at 4.00pm followed by speeches and a private reception. People will ...

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Enjoy nostalgic childhood fun in new touring exhibition

Gill Heath at the exhibition

Families in Leek are getting the chance to enjoy old fashioned toys and games in a new interactive exhibition. Hopscotch, spinning tops, hobby horses and dressing up are just some of the fun activities on offer in the new ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’ exhibition. Now at the Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery in Leek until Saturday 27 April, ...

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Staffordshire’s WWI legacy explored at Great War conference

Old photograph of Cannock Chase field bakery

People interested in Staffordshire’s Great War legacy are invited to find out more at a free event. The Great War conference, entitled ‘Reflections’ will explore the county’s role during the war, covering aspects including the role of women, community remembrance, The Public Commemoration of the Great War Centenary, and the latest research on Cannock Chase. The day will bring together ...

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Thousands congregate at new library in former church

Visitors to a new library building more than doubled in the first full month after opening its doors. Lichfield library welcomed 27,021 visitors last month to its new location, compared to 12,977 in January 2018. The 108 per cent year-on-year increase follows the move in December from the previous library to the former St Mary’s Church, after Staffordshire County Council ...

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Families urged to Staycation in Staffordshire for half term

Families visiting attractions in Staffordshire

Families in Staffordshire are being encouraged to get out and explore their local attractions during the February half term holiday. Whether it’s thrilling theme parks, pirate treasure hunts, visits to fun farms or captivating countryside walks there will be something for all the family this holiday. At Drayton Manor Park in Tamworth, Thomas Land reopens for half term week. There’s ...

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Latest figures show Staffordshire tourism worth £1.8 billion a year

Sunset over The Roaches

Staffordshire tourism is continuing to boom. According to the latest figures, there were more than 26.2 million visits to the county in 2017, made up of 24.6 million day trips and 1.6 million overnight stays – an increase of 1.9% on 2016. A study commissioned by Destination Staffordshire has revealed the total annual value of the tourism sector has surpassed ...

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