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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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£1.7 billion tourism boom continues to draw visitors to Staffordshire

Recent figures on Staffordshire’s tourism economy prove that the county remains a popular destination amongst visitors. 2017 saw the county’s busiest year, with more than 25 million people from home and abroad, enjoying a day out or an overnight trip to Staffordshire. This helped generate almost £1.3 billion in direct spend on accommodation, entertainment, travel, shopping and food and drink. In ...

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Libraries to join in Staffordshire Day celebrations

People are invited to join Staffordshire libraries for this year’s Staffordshire Day celebrations on Tuesday 1 May. Author visits, quiz nights, local heroes competition, guided tours and arts and crafts activities are some of the library events already lined up for this year’s celebrations. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries Chief said: “Our first two Staffordshire Days were a huge ...

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People urged to explore Staffordshire over Easter

Families are being urged to opt for a ‘staycation’ over Easter and explore the county’s many attractions. Whether its Easter egg hunts, clay pot making, family cycle rides in beautiful countryside, or a classic car show, the county promises something for all the family over the holidays. Staffordshire is the home of Easter egg-citement with both leading theme parks fully ...

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Libraries consultation nears end

Time is running out to have your say on Staffordshire’s libraries consultation. More than 1,400 responses have already been received in advance of the April 1 deadline. A series of public events have been held at libraries and mobile and travelling library stops throughout the 12 week consultation. Discussions have included potentially using technology to maintain and extend opening hours ...

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