With the sun finally beginning to make an appearance, it’s time to start planning those all-important summer days out! Check out what Staffordshire has in store this summer with a festival guide for the county.
V Festival at Weston Park
Dates: 17th & 18th August
Prices: Day tickets from £89.00. Advanced bookings only – visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com, and be directed to V festival official ticket outlets
Location: Weston Park, South Staffordshire
V Festival has become firmly established as one of the UK’s best and most popular music festivals, attracting world class acts and artists from across the globe. This year, headliners at the renowned stately home, Weston Park, include Beyoncé, Kings of Leon and Stereophonics alongside a variety of other popular musicians still yet to be announced.
Dates: 4th – 6th May
The Lymelight Festival made for music-lovers, hits Newcastle-Under-Lyme on May Day bank holiday weekend, where 30 local bands and musicians will take to the stage, including headliners Six Towns. There will be something for everyone at the event, with talent such as live street performers, buskers, classical music in the Queen’s Garden, arts and vintage stalls as well as a host of food and real ale producers from Staffordshire.
Alton Towers Live
Dates: 6th July
Prices: £55.00 plus £4.00 booking fee
Location: Alton Towers Theme Park, Staffordshire
This year, Alton Towers Live will feature amazing acts including Olly Murs, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Little Mix, James Arthur, Conor Maynard, Stooshe and Union J who will take to the stage at the UK’s favourite theme park.
Visitors can enjoy chart topping hits whilst also escaping for a great day of family fun and adrenalin-pumping rides such as The Smiler, Nemesis and Oblivion, with a spectacular concert, the event is a sensational addition to the Resort’s theme park season.
The Acoustic Festival of Britain
Dates: 31st May – 2nd June
Prices: 3 Day Adult Weekend Ticket with 3 nights camping (Friday, Saturday & Sunday night) will cost £105
Location: Uttoxeter Racecourse
The Acoustic Festival of Britain is a 3 day music festival with camping and an eclectic programme of unplugged and acoustic music, from genres such as folk, roots, Celtic, blues, rock, ska, burlesque and much more.
Acts confirmed include The Proclaimers, The Christians, Jenny Belle Star, Quill, Baba Jack, Wonderstuff Acoustic, Ed Tudor Pole, Rusty Shackle, T.Rextasy.
Dates: 28th – 29th June
Prices: £36.00 per person per day plus booking fee
Location: Cannock Chase Forest at Birches Valley Forest Centre
Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences. The income generated from ticket sales is used to improve the local forests for both people and wildlife.
This two day festival headlined by Blondie and The Lightening Seeds has everything required for a great night out. The gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere with full catering and bar facilities also included.
The Great British Music, Food and Drink Festival at Shugborough Estate
Dates: 29th – 30th June
Prices: Adult tickets from £5.00
Location: Shugborough Estate
A wonderful festival with a traditional British summer party feel – the Great British music, Food and Drink Festival offers games and activities for the kids, a balloon race, bake-offs, bunting aplenty, excellent live music and, of course, a fantastic array of food and drink from the exhibitors.
Set in the grounds of the historic Shugborough Estate, this is the perfect recipe for a foodie fun day out for the family.
Dates: 4th – 14th July
Prices: Various ticket prices
Lichfield Festival brings the best national and international artists and performers to the West Midlands each year for a summer celebration of classical music, dance, drama, film, jazz, literature, poetry, visual arts and world music. Highlights of the 2013 event include The Philharmonia Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, comedians Chris Addison and Alan Davies and rising star Laura Mvula, tipped to be the voice of 2013.
Uttoxeter Food & Drink Festival at Uttoxeter Racecourse
Dates: 22nd – 23rd June
Prices: Advanced tickets are £3.00 per person, and £4.00 on the day – children under 16 go free
Location: Uttoxeter Racecourse
This two day festival is a celebration of food and drink, showcasing a host of suppliers from around the county.
Browse through food stalls and the Farmers’ Market and enjoy the culinary delights that the exhibitors have to offer. For the thirsty, visit the Real Ale Tent where a selection of Staffordshire’s best local Breweries will be serving up some of their very own real ales.
Stafford Festival Shakespeare
Dates : 27th June – 13th July
Prices: £10.00 – £23.50
Location: Stafford Castle
2013 will see Stafford Festival Shakespeare stage one of the Bard’s best known farcical comedies. Exploring the balance between reality and fantasy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream fuses the two worlds whilst recounting the tale of two sparring couples.
Our tale takes a nonsensical detour as magic and spells play with our young lovers’ dreams and changes the ‘weight of their hearts.’
Featuring the festival’s much loved combination of original music, celebration and its unique setting, this year’s magical comedy is set to once again be a highlight in Staffordshire’s cultural calendar.
Stone Food and Drink Festival
Dates: 4th – 6th October
Prices: Gate ticket £6.00 per day
Location: Stone, Staffordshire
Sponsored by Taste of Staffordshire, the Stone Food & Drink festival showcases the very ‘Best that Staffordshire has to offer’ – from the best food in the county’s larder through to artisan producers and the region’s star chefs.
The Cookery Demonstration Kitchen will showcase the talents of Staffordshire’s finest chefs, with a rolling programme of demonstrations ‘on the hour – every hour’ over the three days of the festival. This year there will be more for youngsters in the form of cookery classes, food experiments, fairground rides and entertainment in the ‘Little Foodies’ marquee.
Alongside the Gourmet shopping marquee, where over 70 exhibitors and artisan producers will sell their wares, the Titanic Beer Festival will see the brewery’s entire ‘fleet’ of ales available, plus some seasonal surprises. Whilst, the new Mercedes Benz of Stafford ‘Talks & Tastings Tent’ will play host to a packed programme of fun and informative talks on topics ranging from whiskey and wine tasting to cocktail making and butter churning.
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