Most visitors to Stoke-on-Trent visit museums and take factory tours, which are available at almost any time, except when there is a factory break. Visiting Gardens and nostalgic cottages and going on long nature walks are also favourite holiday pastimes.
Factory Tours: Most of the factories, such as Wedgewood, sponsor factory tours on a regular basis and have small museums dedicated to the company, as well as pleasant tea shops to relax and enjoy refreshments.
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery: This museum gives an overview of the history of ceramics around the world and in Britain. It houses the most extensive display of Staffordshire ceramics in the world.
Moorlands Peak District: This nature park is an excellent place to unwind, take a hike, cycle, and go on a pony ride. There are also spots that are perfect for hang gliding and rock climbing.
Trentham Gardens: These famous gardens are currently going through a 100 million pound renovation to recapture its former design originally conceived by Capability Brown. The Charles Barry Italian gardens are also currently being restored to their former state. The Monkey forest, with 140 Barbary Macaques inhabiting 60 acres of English forest, is definitely worth a visit.
Ford Green Hall: Go back in time and visit a timber framed cottage from 1642. This small museum will give the visitor an idea of what life was like in the Potteries before the advent of the Industrial Revolution.
Things to Do:
Choose from a variety of activities on your holiday to Stoke-on-Trent. The Potteries provide great opportunities for shopping, relaxing at amusement parks, and going for a night out at the theatre.
Alton Towers: One of Britain’s most popular theme parks, Alton Towers provides the visitor with many exciting activities such as rides, walks, musical performances and special events.
Festival Park: Enjoy the multi screen cinema, the bowling alleys and the gaming rooms at Festival Park. It is not far away from Waterworld, which provides hours of aquatic fun.
Potteries Shopping Centres: As one would expect, you can find great places to shop for English ceramics at Stoke-on-Trent at Potteries Shopping Centres. The best known brands are available as well as products from independent retailers. Each of the five towns in Stoke-on-Trent has its own Potteries Shopping Centre, so it is worth combining travel and comparison shopping by visiting each one.
Pottery Festival: The annual pottery festival celebrates Stoke-on-Trent’s best loved product through displays, pottery demonstrations and fun for children as they learn how to work a kiln and to make their own pottery.
Regent Theatre: This classic theatre with a striking Art Deco design originally opened as a silent movie theatre at 1929. Since then, it has been restored to its former state, and was re-opened by the Queen in 1999. The Regent theatre hosts many performances a year, including operas, dance performances, concerts and plays.