With summer well under way why not visit Staffordshire this year and experience some of the fantastic culture that the county has to offer. Here are our top five places to visit this summer for a culture burst.
The Cannock Chase WWI Camps are a site of historical interest where troops were based throughout the Great War, here you can see archaeological remains and a reconstructed war hut.
Cannock Chase also serves as a reminder of the loss of life with the graveyards of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and the German soldiers who died in the UK during the World War I.
The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest and most valuable collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever discovered in one place. It was found in a field near Lichfield in July 2009 and consists of over 3,500 items ranging from intricate jewellery to belt buckles and decorations dating back to the 7th or 8th centuries.
For a chance to view these fantastic items you can visit the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, Lichfield Cathedral, Tamworth Castle or the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
In the heart of The Potteries you can discover the world’s best collection of Staffordshire ceramics at Wedgwood, Emma Bridgewater and Moorcroft. With museums, guided tours and workshops for children and adults there is the chance to learn about the history of these stunning pieces and to get stuck in and create something bespoke.
For a chance to view the greatest Staffordshire ceramics then a trip to The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, is calling. A display of the finest earthenware, a World War II Spitfire that won the war, decorative arts and natural history, as well as the Staffordshire Hoard awaits you at this fascinating museum.
The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), set in 150 acres of parkland, in the heart of the National Forest, has more than 200 dedicated memorials for those who have fallen. It is a stunning living tribute to all those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in different ways.
To commemorate World War I, the Arboretum is offering several walks around the site. Also available to families are World War 1 weekends and on Tuesday 22nd July there will be an evening outdoor cinemas screening of War Horse.
Shugborough Historic Working Estate is set in a stunning 900 acre park with an impressive manor house. You can visit the Georgian Park Farm which holds regular demonstrations from living history characters in the mill and dairy. There are also lots of animals to meet as well as ‘hands-on’ learning opportunities for children.
At the manor house you can walk in the footsteps of some of the most influential politicians, industrialists and gentry that Britain has seen and visitors can also enjoy the breathtaking walled garden.