Art Holiday Travel and Vacation information for Staffordshire

"A county of England, bounded by, Shropshire Cheshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. It is in length about 54 miles, and varies in breadth from 18 to 36. It is divided into 5 hundreds, which contain 1 city, 21 towns, 181 parishes, and 670 villages. The principal rivers are the Trent, Dove, Sow, Churnet, Stour, Penk, and Manifold. The air is reckoned pleasant, mild, and wholesome. The middle and southern parts are level and plain, and the soil is good and rich; the north is hilly, and full of heaths and moors. Staffordshire is famous for its potteries, its inland navigations, and its founderies, blast furnaces, slitting mills, and various other branches of the iron trade. The mines of coals, copper, lead, and iron ore are rich and extensive; and there are also numerous quarries of stone, alabaster, and limestone. Stafford is the county town. Population, 510,504. It sends 17 members to parliament."
[Barclays Complete & Universal English Dictionary, 1842-1852]

Underrated and good value, with interesting and enjoyable days out and some lovely countryside. Less well known as a holiday area than neighbouring Derbyshire, this actually offers some very attractive days out.

Alton Towers is enormous fun for families, with a very wide and constantly updated range of amusements, and children also enjoy the working farm at Amerton (which is free), the friendly steam railway at Blythe Bridge (good value) and - perhaps surprisingly - the garden centre at Eccleshall, which has lots going on for them. Shugborough and Weston Park at Weston under Lizard are splendid great houses in fine grounds, with plenty of family appeal. The Potteries around Stoke on Trent are full of industrial museums and show-places that will fascinate anyone even remotely interested in china; one or two of these have a very wide appeal, even for children.Some parts of Staffordshire's countryside is delightful. The NE gives beautiful walks and drives in parts of the Peak District, including glorious Dove Dale, the Manifold Valley and Churnet Valley. Further industry is increasingly dominant, but even here Cannock Chase has miles of fine landscape, and the canal network has some particularly attractive stretches. The county has a good many charming villages.

Lorna Bailey
Lorna Bailey was born on 10th February 1978, the daughter of Lionel and Jennifer Bailey and sister of Warren. She was brought up in Dimsdale View East, Porthill, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. She has lived throughout her life in and around the Wolstanton area of Newcastle-under-Lyme and it is this area from which the majority of the names for her designs are taken.

Top Bridge Works Trubshaw Cross Burslem
Staffordshire England
Pottery, - Lorna Bailey

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Titanic - The World Class Collection
8 May – 20 June 2004

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is proud to announce that it will be hosting the UK’s largest and most exclusive touring exhibition this summer regarding the world’s most famous luxury liner.

The exhibit traces the fascinating history of the ship from construction through to her ill-fated maiden voyage to New York in 1912, featuring unique artefacts and personal accounts from a vast collection amassed over forty five yrs.

Bethesda Street City Centre
Staffordshire England
family, admission free, titanic, museum, disabled access, - The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
People & Pets
27th March – 4th July 2004

An engaging look at the stories behind Staffordshire people and their pets opens at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday 27th March 2004. Offering a superb collection of portraits accompanied by their fascinating stories and a pet photo diary that will appeal to all the family.

Sometimes whimsical, sometimes sad, these pet tales are bound to move you.

Bethesda Street City Centre
Staffordshire England
- The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery