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Families urged to explore Staffordshire during May half term

Families looking for something to do during the May half term holiday are being encouraged to explore some of the county’s great attractions.

Staffordshire has hundreds of exciting locations and attractions, including many leading national sites just waiting to be discovered over the half term holidays.

Animal lovers will enjoy Love Your Zoo Week (Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June) at Drayton Manor Park, Tamworth, packed with fun facts about exotic and endangered species and animal challenges.

The National Forest Adventure Farm, Burton upon Trent, will be home to animals of a more prehistoric kind for Dino Week (26th May-3rd June), where you can grab a selfie with a T-Rex or take on the Raptor Run if you’re feeling brave!

The spectacular JCB Dancing Diggers will be one of the highlights of the 2018 Staffordshire County Show (30th-31st May), Stafford, with plenty to see including show-jumping, country pursuits, and traditional favourites like The Quack Pack Sheepdog and Duck Display.

At Uttoxeter Racecourse, the Signal 1 Great British Family Fun Raceday (27th May) is free to enter for under 18s, and has inflatable courses, crazy golf, and crafty capers in the LoveClay Creation Zone, as well as seven exciting races.

Explore Staffordshire’s history and customs at the 174th Endon Well-Dressing in the Staffordshire Peak District, giving thanks for the village’s plentiful water supply with a weekend of live music, morris dancing and more (26th-28th May).

If people are after some all-weather entertainment, there’s plenty of indoor fun at half-term too!

Complete your Jedi training at the Museum of Cannock Chase, which is hosting a Star Wars Day on 29th May, with the chance to make your own light sabre, enrol on Jedi arts and crafts workshops and test your Star Wars knowledge in the quiz!

Try medieval armour and weaponry on for size at Tamworth Castle before pitting your detective wits against the characters at Castle Quest (28th May-1st June), or take a Nimrod spy plane tour at RAF Museum Cosford and find out how they gathered intelligence during the Cold War.

There are also free craft sessions all week at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas, helping celebrate the centenary of the RAF, and World of Wedgwood,  where you can create a unique Father’s Day gift in the decorating studio.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council explained that the county had something for all the family, and the half term holidays were a great opportunity to get out there and see what is on offer.

Mark said:

“Whether it’s the thrills of our theme parks like Alton Towers or Drayton Manor Park, or relaxing craft activities at the National Memorial Arboretum, we’ll have something for everyone.  And, if the nice weather continues there’s also lots of outdoor fun too, like the National Forest Adventure Farm or the amazing JCB Dancing Diggers at this year’s county show, in Stafford.

“Staffordshire really is a wonderful county with a booming tourism economy and I’d urge people to use the week to go and explore.”

Staffordshire’s tourism economy is worth around £1.7 billion annually with around 25 million people enjoying day or overnight trips to the county.  The sector also supports over 31,000 jobs.

People can find out more about the activities taking place during half term at www.enjoystaffordshire.com/halfterm