With less than a week to go until Staffordshire Day on Tuesday 1 May, the county has been bracing itself for a week of celebrations.
Dozens of events including a celebration of the mighty Staffordshire oatcake are running throughout the week in what has become an annual fixture in the county’s tourism calendar.
Music and food festivals are also in the line-up, along with a ‘mug shot’ campaign encouraging people to share a photo of themselves with a Staffordshire made mug to celebrate the county’s world-famous pottery industry.
The county’s libraries will also be getting involved, with arts and crafts activities, and a special campaign will recognise some of the county’s most famous historical figures like Josiah Wedgwood and Dr Samuel Johnson, author of the first comprehensive English dictionary.
The date for Staffordshire Day is 1 May and was chosen by the public in 2015 and marks the creation of the world-famous Wedgwood pottery company back in 1759.
Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council and Deputy Chair of Enjoy Staffordshire said:
We have a lot to shout about here in Staffordshire, and over the last two years we’ve used ‘Staffordshire Day’ on 1 May to tell the world what a wonderful place it is to live in and visit.
Our first two Staffordshire Days were a huge success with thousands of people turning out for hundreds of events right across the county. Last year, over 60,000 people attended Staffordshire Day events, generating an estimated £1m for the county’s economy. And we were trending on Twitter in the UK. It really is a wonderful opportunity to shout about our great county.
“And brand new for this year, we’ll be celebrating the delights of the Staffordshire oatcake, with a series of oatcake mornings being held on the day. Meanwhile, local actors will be retelling the stories of some of our most historic heroes in a series of short videos being released on social media.”
Joining in are many of the county’s top attractions who will be offering special offers on the day. And there will be a competition on Enjoy Staffordshire’s website, with attraction tickets, meals and hotel stays on offer.
A new exhibition dedicated to Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Philip Astley, the Father of the Modern Circus, celebrating its 250th anniversary will also be part of the Staffordshire Day festivities.
For a full list of what’s going on and how to get involved visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffordshireday. People can also keep up to date and join the celebrations on Twitter at #staffordshireday.