Culture and the Arts
Staffordshire is knows as the creative county. Whether you want to take in the heritage of the Potteries along the ceramic trail or enjoy the latest show at the theatre, Staffordshire has it all. There is an excellent road network leading from Amber House Alrewas to all these places of interest offering country routes as well as A roads
Wedgewood Visitor Centre
The new World of Wedgwood will offer a reinvented interactive factory tour, creative studios, inspiring flagship retail store, stylish Wedgwood tearooms, and a restaurant championing locally sourced produce. All of these elements will be fully integrated with the world class Wedgwood Museum. In addition there will be children’s play areas, woodland walks and a programme of activities and events on offer, as well as plenty of free parking.
You can include a visit to Wedgewood in the Potteries Ceramic Trail.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Enjoy a guided tour around a real jewellery factory where little has changed since the early part of the last century, including a demonstration of jewellery making techniques at the jeweller’s bench.
Lichfield Heritage Tours
The Green Badge Guided Tours provide a wide range of fantastic tours for all the family to enjoy. The tours are really popular, so we advise that you book early. To book tickets please call Lichfield Tourist Information Centre on 01543 256611 or call into the TIC in St Mary’s on the Market Square which is open 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday.
Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
The Museum stands in the centre of the historic city of Lichfield, which remained close to Johnson’s heart throughout his life. Best known for his Dictionary of the English Language, Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life in the large, imposing house which overlooks Market Square, frequently returning until shortly before his death in 1784. The Grade 1 listed building contains a varied mix of displays, reconstructed rooms and audio-visual media. Visitors are taken through the colourful life and major achievements of Lichfield’s most famous son, from troubled childhood, through literary obscurity and financial poverty, to world renown and success.
Erasmus Darwin House
Erasmus Darwin House is a historic house in Lichfield and previous home of Dr Erasmus Darwin – scientist, doctor, inventor, poet, botanist and Grandfather of Evolution (as well as Charles Darwin!).
St John’s Hospital and Chapel
St John’s Hospital, set in the cathedral city of Lichfield, is one of many historic almshouses to be found in cities, towns and villages around Britain. St John’s Without the Barrs is a place for people to live, visit and worship, and they very much look forward to welcoming visitors to see our Tudor buildings, explore the chapel or simply experience the calm and tranquility of the beautiful surroundings. St John’s is open daily for visitors. There are occasional formal visits to St John.
The Gladstone Pottery Museum
The Gladstone Pottery Museum is a working museum of a medium sized coal-fired pottery, typical of those once common in the North Staffordshire area of England from the time of the industrial revolution in the 18th century to the mid 20th century. A visit is a must!
The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
This was performed at the Barthelmy Fair in August 1226, is one of the few ritual rural customs to survive the passage of time. Today the Horn Dance, which takes place annually on Wakes Monday, offers a fascinating day out attracting visitors from all over the world.
After collecting the horns from the church at eight o’clock in the morning, the Horn Dancers comprising six Deer-men, a Fool, Hobby Horse, Bowman and Maid Marian, perform their dance to music provided by a melodian player at locations throughout the village and its surrounding farms and pubs. A walk of about 10 miles (or 16 kilometres). Attractions during the day include exhibitions & craft stands.
Ceramic Trail of Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent has been shaped by the pottery industry for over 300 years and is affectionately known the world over as ‘The Potteries’.
From small-scale beginnings in the mid seventeenth century, the abundance of coal and clay meant that the pottery industry grew and became rooted in the area. The industry flourished through revolutionary ideas and the development of ceramic manufacturing techniques by Master Potters such as Wedgwood and Spode.
The industry has remained in the area thanks to the skills of the local people and today, ceramics is a modern industry and Stoke-on-Trent is still famous for its quality ware which is sold all over the world. Wedgwood,Moorcroft, Aynsley, Burleigh, Dudson, Emma Bridgewater, Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Doulton, and Royal Stafford are just a few of the leading brands you will find in the city. With an unrivalled heritage and very bright future, Stoke-on-Trent is officially recognised as the World Capital of Ceramics.
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Whether you want comedy, ballet, film, opera or cabaret, the Gatehouse has it all!