Families looking for something to do over the half term and Halloween break are being encouraged to take a ‘staycation’ and explore what the county has to offer.
Staffordshire has hundreds of great attractions, including many leading national sites just waiting to be discovered over the half term holidays. For adrenalin seekers and families the county has two world-class theme parks in the Alton Towers Resort and Drayton Manor Park and Hotel, as well as Tamworth’s SnowDome and Waterworld.
For those looking to join in the Halloween fun, there’s Scarefest at Alton Towers, Screamfest at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton and Haunted Castle at Tamworth Castle.
Staffordshire is also home to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, the national football centre at St George’s Park and the National Brewery Centre both in Burton upon Trent, as well as a wealth of smaller museums and attractions.
Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council explained that the county was a fantastic place to explore with something for all the family, and the half term holidays were a great opportunity to get out there and see what is on offer.
“From top theme parks and national attractions to lots of frightful family fun for Halloween, there really is lots on offer to keep the children occupied over the holiday period.
“With a thriving tourism sector, our local tourism businesses continue to do a great job, innovating and introducing new services and facilities that people want. Not only does this help to attract more and more visitors to the county, but also generates over £100m a month for our local economy while sustaining tens of thousands of jobs.
“Staycation really is a great family option, and remember spending time in Staffordshire also helps reduce the stress and time of travelling so you have more time to enjoy the holiday time.”
Staffordshire’s tourism economy is worth over £1 billion annually with around 25 million people enjoying day or overnight trips proving that the county remains a popular destination.
Historic houses and sites to visit include Lichfield Cathedral, the Shugborough Estate, Tamworth Castle, the Ancient High House and Weston Park. And, the county is also a great place for the outdoors, from the Peak District National Park in the north to Chasewater and Cannock Chase AONB in the south and the National Forest in the east, not to mention hundreds of miles of footpaths, cycleways and a canal network amongst the largest of shire counties.
The Trentham Estate is now the UK’s 4th largest paid-for garden attraction and the award-winning adjacent Monkey Forest is the only place in Britain where visitors can walk through the enclosure where the monkeys roam freely. World of Wedgwood in Barliston opened its doors in 2015 with a new visitor centre and Museum giving people even more reasons to visit Staffordshire.
People can find out more about the activities taking place during half term at www.enjoystaffordshire.com/halfterm