Attractions, community groups and residents across Stafford have joined forces to help create a packed programme for the second Staffordshire Day.
The county celebration, organised by Enjoy Staffordshire, supported by Staffordshire County Council, and the county’s other local authorities, returns on Monday 1st May, with plenty of events and special offers to enjoy in Stafford and beyond.
The first Tour de Lewis bike ride (£19.99 per person) provides a chance to celebrate Staffordshire Day on two wheels.
Starting and finishing at The Moat House Acton Trussell, the 42.6 mile route connects three Lewis Partnership properties, with oatcakes, locally sourced ice cream, and other local delicacies for everyone who takes part.
Cycling enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice, with four different routes around Stafford forming the Katharine House Hospice’s Cycling Challenge on Sunday 30th April (places from £5 per person).
Meanwhile, Stafford Hockey Club hosts its annual, free to enter beer festival on Saturday 29th, with 24 beers and ciders to sample, plus hockey and rugby tournaments and live music from the Rock Dogs.
Earlier on Saturday 29th, the free Staffordshire Day Street Market in Stafford offers a great day out for the family, with stalls to browse and children’s entertainment ranging from bouncy castles to donkey rides.
Trentham Monkey Forest will be revealing How the Monkeys Arrived in Staffordshire on Monday 1st (normal admission charges apply).
There will be boat rides, wilderness skills classes, and experiments with mad scientists at The Trentham Estate throughout the weekend (included in garden admission price).
And the Staffordshire History Day, at Entrust’s headquarters in Stafford on 6th May, will feature talks on the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia, and Irish playwright, poet and former Stafford MP Richard Sheridan (tickets £23 each).
Sarah Montgomery, chair of Enjoy Staffordshire and Managing Director at the National Memorial Arboretum, said:
“We’re delighted with the way people have rallied to the Staffordshire Day cause and there are lots of ways to get involved in Stafford.
“The day is all about celebrating what’s great about our county and just how much there is on offer for visitors.
“In Stafford alone there are a wealth of events and special offers to help you celebrate our natural beauty, learn about our history, spend time with the family, and support local causes.
“It promises to be a great day and we hope as many people as possible turn out and show their pride in their county.”
There are 50 events to enjoy across the whole Bank Holiday Weekend (April 29th to May 1st), highlighting the range of visitor attractions on offer in Staffordshire and helping communities show their pride in their county.