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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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Successful library applicants announced

Successful applicants have been named to take on the management and day-to-day running of five more Staffordshire libraries. Contracts have been offered to a parish council, local community group, business enterprise organisation and two Rotary Clubs to take on the daily management and delivery of Staffordshire County Council’s libraries at Cheadle, Cheslyn Hay, Clayton, Eccleshall and Penkridge. Gill Heath, Staffordshire ...

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Chase Through Time exhibition now at Eccleshall Library

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s fascinating history can now do so in a new pop-up exhibition touring the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological sites, many of which ...

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People reminded about opportunities to volunteer in their local library

Code club

People are being reminded about the many volunteering opportunities available in their local library as part of a new campaign. Over 800 regular volunteers already play an important role in Staffordshire’s 43 libraries, all making a real difference in their community while helping them explore their own interests. Volunteers help with a wide range of duties from organising books and resources, ...

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British Empire Medals awarded to Staffordshire residents

BEM winners

Seven Staffordshire residents have been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for their invaluable contributions to their local communities. The winners were announced in The Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier this year and attended a special ceremony hosted by the Chairman of Staffordshire County Council at County Buildings in Stafford on Thursday 20th December 2018. Medals were presented to the winners ...

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Unique collection of photos paints picture of Staffordshire’s role in WWI

Gill & Chris

People interested in Staffordshire’s role during the First World War can now view a unique collection of photos and images brought together online for the first time. The Jake Whitehouse Collection at http://www.jakewhitehouse.org.uk features over 1,600 postcards, photographs and objects relating to the county’s role in the war. The training camps on Cannock Chase and the stories of the thousands of ...

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New library opens its doors

Two years of investment and hard work come to fruition next week when a new library opens its doors. The city centre library on the ground floor of the former St Mary’s Church, Lichfield, will welcome the public from 9am on Monday, December 17th. It is the culmination of a £1.4m investment over two years which also sees a tourist ...

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New bids submitted for community libraries

Gill Heath Stafford Library

Bids to take on the day-to-day running of five Staffordshire libraries next year are now being assessed. With the deadline for applications closing yesterday, the submissions for Cheadle, Cheslyn Hay, Clayton, Eccleshall and Penkridge will now be evaluated by an independent panel and a decision on their viability taken in the New Year. Successful applicants will be supported by the ...

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Prestigious event announces Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses

Winners of tourism awards

Drayton Manor Park, The Dorothy Clive Garden, and Swinfen Hall Hotel were among the winners at the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards. Drayton Manor Park won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award, The Dorothy Clive Garden, Newcastle-under-Lyme was Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, and Lichfield’s Swinfen Hall Hotel was Hotel of the Year at the ceremony, which ...

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