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!-- en-GB--Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire 2018 entries open!-- en-GB--

Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire 2018 entries open

Individual entries to Staffordshire's IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in 2018 are now officially open
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!-- en-GB--BBC antiques series Flog It! comes to RAF Museum Cosford!-- en-GB--

BBC antiques series Flog It! comes to RAF Museum Cosford

Flog It, the popular BBC One antiques programme presented by Paul Martin will be holding a free valuation day at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Thursday 5 October
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!-- en-GB--Great British Bump Off - a Halloween whodunnit at Aston Marina.!-- en-GB--

'Great British Bump Off' - a Halloween whodunnit at Aston Marina.

With telly addicts poised for the return of the nation's favourite baking reality show, Stone's Aston Marina has announced an exciting theme for its 2017 Halloween murder mystery evening.

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!-- en-GB--Party like it was 1989 for one night only at the Gatehouse!-- en-GB--

Party like it was 1989 for one night only at the Gatehouse

Music fans of the most electrifying decade ever are being urged to dig out their ra-ra skirt, pull on those old leg warmers, and get ready to party at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
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!-- en-GB--Gatehouse Summer School production proves Amazing hit!!-- en-GB--

Gatehouse Summer School production proves 'Amazing' hit!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, proved to be a smash hit with local audiences during its performance run.
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!-- en-GB--Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire moves to Stafford Town Centre!-- en-GB--

Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire moves to Stafford Town Centre

IRONMAN 70.3 set to arrive in Stafford Town Centre for June 2018
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!-- en-GB--Gatehouse Summer School amazes audience on opening night!-- en-GB--

Gatehouse Summer School amazes audience on opening night

This year?s Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Summer School production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat opened to widespread acclaim.
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!-- en-GB--Thousands of Animals to Invade Staffordshire this weekend!-- en-GB--

Thousands of Animals to Invade Staffordshire this weekend

Staffordshire gets ready to welcome The Pet Show
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!-- en-GB--Journey to Neverland this summer with NT Live at the Gatehouse!-- en-GB--

Journey to Neverland this summer with NT Live at the Gatehouse

The acclaimed National Theatre production of Peter Pan will be screened live at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre in August
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!-- en-GB--Storytelling club to spread word at the Gatehouse!-- en-GB--

Storytelling club to spread word at the Gatehouse

Stafford Knot Storytelling Club and Stafford Gatehouse Theatre are teaming up for a very special 'Storytelling Festival', consisting of three events to be staged at the MET Studio and Stafford Castle.
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!-- en-GB--Preparations underway for Amazing Summer School show!-- en-GB--

Preparations underway for 'Amazing' Summer School show

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Summer School is fast approaching, with preparations well underway for this year?s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
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!-- en-GB--Blooming hat-trick for Borough!-- en-GB--

Blooming hat-trick for Borough

Green Flag success for beautiful local parks
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!-- en-GB--Andre Rieu celebrates 30th year in the business with live screening at Gatehouse!-- en-GB--

Andre Rieu celebrates 30th year in the business with live screening at Gatehouse

The world's leading pop classical artist, Andre Rieu, has announced his annual Maastricht concert will be beamed across the UK - including Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.
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!-- en-GB--Sun shines on star studded Stafford Festival Shakespeare show!-- en-GB--

Sun shines on star studded Stafford Festival Shakespeare show

Stafford Festival Shakespeare producers are celebrating another successful show following the final performance of The Tempest at Stafford Castle last Saturday.
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!-- en-GB--The Pet Show targets £5000 for charities!-- en-GB--

The Pet Show targets £5000 for charities

The Pet Show, which takes place at Staffordshire County Showground on the 19th & 20th of August 2017 has set an ambitious target of 5K to be raised for pet related charities
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!-- en-GB--The Pet Show Arrives In Staffordshire!-- en-GB--

The Pet Show Arrives In Staffordshire

The fun filled animal-tastic Pet Show will be held for the first time at Staffordshire County Showground in 2017
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!-- en-GB--Last chance to see The Tempest at the Castle this weekend!-- en-GB--

Last chance to see The Tempest at the Castle this weekend

After an incredible run featuring award nominations and five star reviews, The Tempest will be performed for the last time at Stafford Castle on Saturday 8th July.
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!-- en-GB--Stafford Festival Shakespeare lauds international appeal!-- en-GB--

Stafford Festival Shakespeare lauds international appeal

Producers of Stafford Festival Shakespeare are preparing to welcome three very special, international guests to a performance of The Tempest.
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!-- en-GB--Awards give countrys best tourism businesses chance to shine!-- en-GB--

Awards give country's best tourism businesses chance to shine

The hunt for Staffordshire's best tourism businesses is now on.
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!-- en-GB--Fabulous five star reception for The Tempest at Stafford Castle!-- en-GB--

Fabulous five star reception for The Tempest at Stafford Castle

Following a storming opening weekend, Stafford Festival Shakespeare producers are celebrating the incredible critical reception of this year's production of The Tempest at Stafford Castle.
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!-- en-GB--Revving up for the Classic Car Show at Stafford Castle!-- en-GB--

Revving up for the Classic Car Show at Stafford Castle

Organisers of the classic car show at Stafford Castle are inviting owners of veteran, vintage, classic and collectors' cars to book their precious vehicles into the show. 
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!-- en-GB--Stafford Festival Shakespeare set for magical opening weekend with spectacular show!-- en-GB--

Stafford Festival Shakespeare set for magical opening weekend with spectacular show

Producers of Stafford Festival Shakespeare are preparing for a busy weekend with the opening of this year's spectacular show, The Tempest.
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!-- en-GB--One week to go until opening of The Tempest at Stafford Castle!-- en-GB--

One week to go until opening of The Tempest at Stafford Castle

Staffordshire's summer showpiece event, Stafford Festival Shakespeare, is set for another magical run under the stars at Stafford Castle
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!-- en-GB--Stafford Festival Shakespeare set for magical production with a little help from Morgan & West!-- en-GB--

Stafford Festival Shakespeare set for magical production with a little help from Morgan & West

Stafford Festival Shakespeare audiences set for 'magic and wonder' thanks to the production's Illusion Consultants, Morgan & West.
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!-- en-GB--Rehearsals underway for The Tempest at Stafford Castle!-- en-GB--

Rehearsals underway for The Tempest at Stafford Castle

The cast of this year's Stafford Festival Shakespeare production of The Tempest have begun rehearsals this week at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.
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!-- en-GB--Winner of the Great Shakespearean Bake-Off announced!-- en-GB--

Winner of the Great Shakespearean Bake-Off announced

Producers of Stafford Festival Shakespeare have announced the winner of the Great Shakespearean Bake-Off competition
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!-- en-GB--Castle provides backdrop for new family festival!-- en-GB--

Castle provides backdrop for new family festival

A new event for all the family is going ahead in July at Stafford Castle. 
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!-- en-GB--Brushing with The Bard!-- en-GB--

Brushing with 'The Bard'

Local primary school students to take part in art and drama workshops with Staffordshire Women's Refuge members for Stafford Festival Shakespeare.
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!-- en-GB--Jude Law in Obsession at The Gatehouse!-- en-GB--

Jude Law in Obsession at The Gatehouse

The third and final National Theatre Live screening this month at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre will be Obsession featuring Hollywood star, Jude Law.
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!-- en-GB--Brand new Creative Team for Amazing Gatehouse Summer School Show!-- en-GB--

Brand new Creative Team for 'Amazing' Gatehouse Summer School Show

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre have revealed the brand new Creative Team for this year's amateur youth theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
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!-- en-GB--Stafford Festival Shakespeare presents The Tempest - cast announcement!-- en-GB--

Stafford Festival Shakespeare presents The Tempest - cast announcement

Producers are expecting anticipation for this year's show at Stafford Castle to reach fever pitch following the recent cast announcement featuring a number of famous faces from the stage and screen.
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!-- en-GB--Win tickets to Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival on behalf of Stafford Festival Shakespeare!-- en-GB--

Win tickets to Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival on behalf of Stafford Festival Shakespeare

Producers of Stafford Festival Shakespeare (SFS) have teamed up with the Emma Bridgewater Factory to help celebrate The Bard's legacy by giving away tickets to this year's Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival.
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!-- en-GB--Summer School audition reminder!!-- en-GB--

Summer School audition reminder!

Auditions for Stafford Gatehouse Theatre's amateur youth theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat to take place in just over a week' time.
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!-- en-GB--Top TV chef at Stafford Cheese and Ale Festival!-- en-GB--

Top TV chef at Stafford Cheese and Ale Festival

Top celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be making a guest appearance at the Cheese and Ale Festival in Stafford in June.
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!-- en-GB--Celebrate Staffordshire Day weekend with Street Market !-- en-GB--

Celebrate Staffordshire Day weekend with Street Market

Start celebrations early in the County town.
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!-- en-GB--Amazing audition turnout anticipated for Summer School show!-- en-GB--

'Amazing' audition turnout anticipated for Summer School show

The team at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre are expecting to be very busy next month when auditions open for a brand new Summer School musical.
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!-- en-GB--Town businesses get on board High Street evolution!-- en-GB--

Town businesses get on board High Street evolution

A pop up high street is coming to the Market Square in Stafford on Friday (7 April) at the launch of a pilot digital campaign aimed at increasing footfall to the town centre. 
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!-- en-GB--Savour the Golden Age of dining at Stafford Festival Shakespeare!-- en-GB--

Savour the 'Golden Age' of dining at Stafford Festival Shakespeare

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre management have this week announced the catering options for Stafford Festival Shakespeare (SFS) 2017
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!-- en-GB--Additional National Theatre Live Screenings Announced for Gatehouse Spring Programme!-- en-GB--

Additional National Theatre Live Screenings Announced for Gatehouse Spring Programme

Rosancrantz and Guildenstern are Dead starring Daniel Radcliffe, and Obsession featuring Jude Law, will both be screened to local audiences.
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!-- en-GB--GFest 2017 latest!-- en-GB--

GFest 2017 latest

Plans are firming up for GFest 2017 with some exciting new events lined up.
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!-- en-GB--Improvements to historic park enters final funding phase!-- en-GB--

Improvements to historic park enters final funding phase

Plans for a 2.5 million pound restoration of an award winning park in Stafford are entering the final funding stage.
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!-- en-GB--Morgan & West bring magic touch to Stafford Festival Shakespeare!-- en-GB--

Morgan & West bring magic touch to Stafford Festival Shakespeare

Producers are looking to create a night of 'magic and wonder' for local audiences - with a little help from renowned magicians, Morgan & West
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!-- en-GB--Pocket Film Festival comes to Stafford!-- en-GB--

Pocket Film Festival comes to Stafford

Staffordshire County Council and Flatpack: Assemble have joined forces to bring the brand new Pocket Film Festival to the streets of Stafford.
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!-- en-GB--Local talent wanted for Stafford Festival Shakespeare!-- en-GB--

Local talent wanted for Stafford Festival Shakespeare

Local female dancers wanted for Stafford Castle production of The Tempest
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!-- en-GB--Gatehouse launches competition to mark popular family show!-- en-GB--

Gatehouse launches competition to mark popular family show

Win a children's book signed by David Walliams ahead of his Gatehouse shows
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!-- en-GB--Shakespearean comedy to get the NT Live treatment at Gatehouse!-- en-GB--

Shakespearean comedy to get the NT Live treatment at Gatehouse

Encore screening of Twelfth Night will take place at the County Town venue later this year.
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New look on Stone market

The popular Farmers' Market in Stone returned for 2017 on Saturday with a fresh new look.
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!-- en-GB--Pride In Stafford Award Winners Announced!-- en-GB--

Pride In Stafford Award Winners Announced

The Pride In Stafford Awards for 2016 were handed out at Stafford College on Wednesday 8 February.
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!-- en-GB--Bake Off star Val to shine at Shire Horse Societys annual dinner!-- en-GB--

Bake Off star Val to shine at Shire Horse Society's annual dinner

Val Stone to be guest speaker at national horse show in Staffordshire
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!-- en-GB--Annual Cheese and Ale Fest already smelling success!-- en-GB--

Annual Cheese and Ale Fest already smelling success

Exhibitors are already snapping up places for the popular Cheese and ale Festival in Stafford. 
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!-- en-GB--Test your Dinosaur knowledge with interactive family show at Gatehouse!-- en-GB--

Test your Dinosaur knowledge with interactive family show at Gatehouse

Calling all budding palaeontologists....
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!-- en-GB--Gatehouse sets sights on next box-office hit with 2017 panto announcement!-- en-GB--

Gatehouse sets sights on next box-office hit with 2017 panto announcement

After the recent record-breaking success of Aladdin the 'wok 'n'roll? panto, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Management has announced that the next rock 'n' roll pantomime will be Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.
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!-- en-GB--Knights of the Theatre kick off new season of NT Live at Gatehouse!-- en-GB--

Knights of the Theatre kick off new season of NT Live at Gatehouse

National Theatre (NT) Live is set to return to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre this month, kicking off with an encore screening of a "landmark production" featuring two of the most recognised faces of British theatre.
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!-- en-GB--Life in Golden State the subject of new play in the MET!-- en-GB--

Life in Golden State the subject of new play in the MET

A thought provoking play depicting the highs and lows of life in America?s Golden State is set to light up the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month. 


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!-- en-GB--More National Theatre Live Screenings at the Gatehouse this Spring!-- en-GB--

More National Theatre Live Screenings at the Gatehouse this Spring

Live Screenings of National Theatre (NT) productions are set to continue at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month, with Peter Shaffer's masterpiece Amadeus. 
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!-- en-GB--2017 Stafford Cheese And Ale Festival details announced!-- en-GB--

2017 Stafford Cheese And Ale Festival details announced

Exhibitor booking for the food and drink festival now open
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!-- en-GB--Pitmen Poets returning to Gatehouse!-- en-GB--

Pitmen Poets returning to Gatehouse

A band celebrating the culture of North East England's Coal Mining tradition, The Pitmen Poets, will be returning to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre this January. 
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!-- en-GB--Gatehouse panto rocks on to record breaking success!!-- en-GB--

Gatehouse panto rocks on to record breaking success!

Record breaking year for rock'n'roll panto
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!-- en-GB--Last chance to vote for Pride Of Stafford Awards!-- en-GB--

Last chance to vote for Pride Of Stafford Awards

Final week of voting for local customer service awards
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!-- en-GB--Festive markets in Stafford throughout December!-- en-GB--

Festive markets in Stafford throughout December

County town comes alive with festive markets in the run up to Christmas
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!-- en-GB--New 10K event is a racing certainty to be successful!-- en-GB--

New 10K event is a racing certainty to be successful

A new 10K road race is to become part of the sporting calendar in Stafford this year.


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!-- en-GB--VC10 rebuild now complete!-- en-GB--

VC10 rebuild now complete

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is pleased to announce that its latest acquisition, a VC10, is now complete!
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!-- en-GB--A record 3,500 runners could be lining up for the Stafford Half Marathon next year!-- en-GB--

A record 3,500 runners could be lining up for the Stafford Half Marathon next year

A record 3,500 runners could be lining up for the Stafford Half Marathon next year.
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!-- en-GB--Two Saints Way guidebook launched!-- en-GB--

Two Saints Way guidebook launched

A full colour guidebook to the revived Two Saints Way was launched in the first week of November.
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!-- en-GB--Half marathon hailed as best yet!-- en-GB--

Half marathon hailed as best yet

Organisers of the 31st Stafford Half Marathon have hailed it as the biggest and best yet. Huge crowds of people lined a new 13.1 mile route to cheer on more than 2,400 runners on Sunday 22 March.
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!-- en-GB--Its official. Trentham Gardens is the UKs Garden of the Year!-- en-GB--

It's official. Trentham Gardens is the UK's "Garden of the Year"

Described as the garden make-over of the decade by the Daily Telegraph last year, Staffordshire's Trentham Gardens has just been named the UK's 'Garden of the Year' in the annual BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards.
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!-- en-GB--Wildlife Trust encourages people to give birds a love nest this Valentines Day !-- en-GB--

Wildlife Trust encourages people to give birds a love nest this Valentine's Day

The county's leading nature conservation charity is appealing to everyone to give our feathered friends a hand and put up a love nest this Valentine's Day.
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!-- en-GB--Runners quick off the mark as Stafford Half sells out in record time!-- en-GB--

Runners quick off the mark as Stafford Half sells out in record time

This year's Stafford Half Marathon has sold out in record time.
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!-- en-GB--2015 Stafford Half Marathon to be a record breaker!-- en-GB--

2015 Stafford Half Marathon to be a record breaker

A record 3,000 runners could be lining up for the Stafford Half Marathon next year.
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!-- en-GB--Super Trooper for Christmas Lights in Stafford!-- en-GB--

Super Trooper for Christmas Lights in Stafford

Organisers of the Christmas Lights Switch on in Stafford are asking for people to nominate a military hero to turn on the illuminations in a new look event this year.
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!-- en-GB--Staffordshires 10th annual Gastronomic Gathering to be biggest yet!-- en-GB--

Staffordshire's 10th annual Gastronomic Gathering to be biggest yet

Food lovers will find even more to enjoy at Staffordshire's biggest celebration of all things gastronomic
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!-- en-GB--Winners of Tourism Awards!-- en-GB--

Winners of Tourism Awards

The winners of the first ever Staffordshire Tourism Awards have been announced, congratulations to our bureau members!
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Forthcoming Events

For details of events please visit the Celebration Event Calendar or click view our attraction listings to find out what to see and do there.

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Puppets From The Douglas Hayward Collection

Puppets From The Douglas Hayward Collection

12 September - 11 November 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 10am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Douglas Hayward spent a lifetime making and collecting puppets and his collection is now in the care of the Staffordshire County Museum. 
This fun and interactive exhibition features the whole puppet family including; marionettes and shadow; rod and glove puppets and, of course there would be no show without Mr Punch.

Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service 
An evening of Gindulgence with The Gintleman

An evening of Gindulgence with The Gintleman

22 September 2017
Venue: Wolseley Wine Loft
Time: 7pm
Tickets £32.50 | Available from Eventbrite

Join Wolseley Wine Loft for an evening of Gindulgence with The Gintleman! A Gin raconteur, founder of the first modern gin bar The Jekyll & Hide in 2009, Brand Ambassador for Martin Millers Gin. He'll guide us through 5 different Gins on the night, as you create your own using boutique tonics and garnishes with a history of gin and lots of anecdotes along the way. Always a great night to be had with the Gintleman!
Bowman Antiques Fair

Bowman Antiques Fair

22 - 24 September 2017
Venue: Stafford Bingley Hall Fair at the County Showground
Times: 10am to 5pm
Tickets: Adults - £5 | Seniors - £4 | Under 16s - Free

Up to 400 stands including the best selection of Antiques, Curios, Vintage, Retro & Collectables in the West Midlands.

FREE parking.

Door to Door

Door to Door

23 September 2017
Venue: Ingestre Hall, Ingestre, ST18 0AF
Time: 1pm to 9:30pm
Tickets: FREE

Friends of Ingestre Orangery and Ingestre Hall together with Ingestre Festival Association are holding a Lottery Funded community event on Saturday 23rd September 2017 from 1.00 pm to 9.30 pm which is FREE to the public.
 
The Door to Door event is an invitation for people in local villages to come from their 'door' to our 'doors' at Ingestre for a day packed with art exhibitions, workshops, live music and theatre performances plus a large scale projected light show after dark.
Stafford 10K

Stafford 10K

24 September 2017
The 2017 Stafford 10K will start in Stafford Town Centre at 10.30am.

The route will go past Stafford Leisure Centre, before making its way towards Beaconside, then taking in sections of the Isabel Trail, and entering Victoria Park before returning to the finish in a packed Market Square.
Crowds are expected to line the route to cheer on the diverse field of athletes and help them enjoy the thrill of the race.
Puppet Play Day

Puppet Play Day

01 October 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 10am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission | Charges For Workshops Apply

See our string, shadow and glove puppets.
Enjoy puppet show performances throughout the day.
See our shadow puppet demonstrations and make your own character to take home.
With children's craft workshops, craft stalls and face painting.


Flog It! Comes to RAF Cosford

Flog It! Comes to RAF Cosford

05 October 2017
Venue: RAF Mueseum Cosfrod
Time: 9.30am - 4pm

BBC Flog It will be at RAF Museum Cosford, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP between 9.30am and 4.00pm on Thursday 5 October. The items selected for filming at the valuation day will go under the hammer at Aston's Auctioneers on Thursday 26 October.
Murder Below Stairs: Murder Mystery

Murder Below Stairs: Murder Mystery

06 October 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Tickets: £19.95 per person | Pre-Booking Essential

A country house in Staffordshire in the 1900's. 
Our Lord and Lady with their two darling daughters enjoy their life of ease, oblivious to the turmoil taking place below stairs. The newly appointed House Keeper is not too popular with the Butler the Cook and their stick in the mud kitchen staff. 
Feelings run high, a rebellion looms, and a murder takes place!

Reception 7pm with complimentary wine, two part performance, buffet supper, coffee and mints.

Performed by the Creative Arts Theatre
Stone Farmers Market

Stone Farmers Market

07 October 2017
Each month, over fifty stalls selling the very best in local produce attracts a loyal following.

The monthly Farmers' Markets are held on the first Saturday of every month starting at 9.00am - but get there early as several stalls have been known to be sold out by lunchtime! The market is held in the Market Square and down the High Street.
Stafford Farmers Market

Stafford Farmers Market

14 October 2017

Goods for sale include bread and cakes, oatcakes, plants and flowers, wines, jams and preserves, fresh meat, sausages, bacon, black pudding chicken, eggs and scotch eggs, fruit and vegetables, fish, pastries, jewellery, chocolate, and many more items too numerous to mention.
 
Traders begin to set up their stalls from as early as 7.30am with the majority being open for trading from 9am, they close at around 4pm or when they have nothing left to sell (which happens quite often as their produce is very popular).
 
The Markets are very well attended with around 30 stalls available, the Farmers and Traders stand in all weather, come rain or shine and are very proud of what they have on sale.
 
To book a stall at the Farmers Market please contact the Markets Office on 01785 245935.

Musical Theatre Stafford presents: Sister Act

Musical Theatre Stafford presents: Sister Act

17 - 21 October 2017
Venue: Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Time: 7.30pm | 2.30pm [Saturday 21st October Matinee]
Tickets: General Admission £15.50 | Concessions £14.50 | Available from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
 
Based on the 1992 smash hit  lm of the same name, Sister Act, is a feel-good musical comedy that will have audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by eight-times Oscar and Tony Award winner, Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors and Disney's Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast), Sister Act was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical.
 
Chock full of powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless and wanting more. Featuring well known hits like 'Take me to Heaven' and 'Fabulous Baby', Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the power of friendship, sisterhood and triumph over adversity, and is reason to REJOICE!
Stone Craft & Collectables Market

Stone Craft & Collectables Market

21 October 2017
Lots of stalls offering lots of lovely crafts and more on the third Saturday of each month in Stone High Street

There are a number of pitches still available for the events, which run from 9am - 4pm. Stalls cost  £25.75 for a 3 metre x 3 metre pitch and tables are available to hire at a cost of £5.00 each if required. Contact Claire or Christine on 01785 619740.
Cats, Bats and Rats - Halloween Hands on Horror

Cats, Bats and Rats - Hallowe'en Hands on Horror

25 - 29 October 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 4pm
Tickets: £2 per session

Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, Friday 27 October 11am - 4pm
Creepy creations 'drop in' craft activities


Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October 11am - 4pm
Follow the pumpkin trail and make a paper pumpkin.
Children's 'drop in' workshops 
Halloween at the Haunted High House

Hallowe'en at the Haunted High House

26 October 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 10am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission 

Join us for an evening of spooktacular fun. 
See the House decorated in glorious, gruesome fashion. 
Hear spine- tingling tales of terror and make your own Haunted High House to take home.
Children's 'drop in' Halloween workshops - £2 per session.

In support of Museums at Night
Great British Bump Off - a Halloween whodunnit

'Great British Bump Off' - a Halloween whodunnit

28 October 2017
Venue: Aston Marina
Tickets: £45pp

On Saturday, 28th October, the marina's elegant Boat House venue will transform into the 'bake off' tent for the Great British Bump Off in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Top cookery judges Paul Wallyhood and Mary Belly will be chewing, munching & prodding their way through a whole trestle table of delights. But a sudden scream, a curdled cry for help, and someone is dead amongst the whips & fondant. There's a killer in the marquee, and guests will be tasked with helping find out whodunnit - was it Mary with a whisk or Paul with a pallete knife?

In addition to helping solve this heinous crime, guests will enjoy an arrival drink and 3 course meal in the £45pp ticket price. 

The 'Great British Bump Off' murder mystery evening will take place on Saturday, 28th October 2017 with tickets priced at £45pp. To secure yours head to www.astonmarina.co.uk, call 01785 819702 or email info@astonmarina.co.uk
Ghost Hunt with Hanuted Heritage: Halloween Special

Ghost Hunt with Hanuted Heritage: Halloween Special

28 October 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 8pm to 2am
Tickets: £40 per person | Pre Booking Essential 

Join us on this paranormal investigation in the run up to All Hallows Eve, the spookiest night of the year, at one of England's most haunted venues. Dating back to 1595 this house has seen many residents; but who is still walking its corridors at night?

Tickets £40 per person (Strictly over 18's). 
Pre -booking essential book online: www.hauntedheritage.co.uk or tel. 07340239294
Free refreshments
Halloween Heebie Jeebie

Hallowe'en Heebie Jeebie

28 October 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 10am to 4pm
Tickets: £2 per session

Join the funny bones to build your own skellywag - then watch him dance!
Children's 'drop in' Halloween workshops - £2 per session
Stone Farmers Market

Stone Farmers Market

04 November 2017
Each month, over fifty stalls selling the very best in local produce attracts a loyal following.

The monthly Farmers' Markets are held on the first Saturday of every month starting at 9.00am - but get there early as several stalls have been known to be sold out by lunchtime! The market is held in the Market Square and down the High Street.
Stafford Farmers Market

Stafford Farmers Market

11 November 2017

Goods for sale include bread and cakes, oatcakes, plants and flowers, wines, jams and preserves, fresh meat, sausages, bacon, black pudding chicken, eggs and scotch eggs, fruit and vegetables, fish, pastries, jewellery, chocolate, and many more items too numerous to mention.
 
Traders begin to set up their stalls from as early as 7.30am with the majority being open for trading from 9am, they close at around 4pm or when they have nothing left to sell (which happens quite often as their produce is very popular).
 
The Markets are very well attended with around 30 stalls available, the Farmers and Traders stand in all weather, come rain or shine and are very proud of what they have on sale.
 
To book a stall at the Farmers Market please contact the Markets Office on 01785 245935.

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

18 November 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 10am to 6pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Browse the wide range of traditional craft stalls for that exclusive festive gift. 
Visit Santa in his grotto and try our mince pies and mulled fruit punch.

Stone Craft & Collectables Market

Stone Craft & Collectables Market

18 November 2017
Lots of stalls offering lots of lovely crafts and more on the third Saturday of each month in Stone High Street

There are a number of pitches still available for the events, which run from 9am - 4pm. Stalls cost  £25.75 for a 3 metre x 3 metre pitch and tables are available to hire at a cost of £5.00 each if required. Contact Claire or Christine on 01785 619740.
Its A Small World: Tin Soldiers and Dainty Dolls

It's A Small World: Tin Soldiers and Dainty Dolls

21 November - 30 December 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 10am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission

A nostalgic look at miniature figures from times gone by.

Supported by Staffordshire Arts & Heritage Service, Newcastle Borough Museum and local collections 
To Die For?

To Die For?

21 November - 30 December 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 10am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Have you ever considered what you are wearing may be bad for your health? 
Over the centuries many fashions have led to serious and often deadly health problems for the people who wore them. 
Discover whether there really was such a thing as a fashion victim in this fascinating and deadly exhibition.

Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service
Comic Capers In The Kings Christmas Court: Murder Mystery

Comic Capers In The King's Christmas Court: Murder Mystery

24 November 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Tickets: £19.95 per person | Pre-Booking Essential

Welcome to the King's Castle somewhere in middle England. Philippe de Gaul, the Queen's Brother, decides to visit King Henry at Christmas. 
He has brought the King a present, a Christmas tree! 
What is a Christmas tree? Is the cry! 
The celebrations don't go well and chaos ensues. Followed by a murder most fowl.

Reception 7pm with complimentary wine, two part performance, buffet supper, coffee and mints.

Performed by the Creative Arts Theatre
Christmas At The Castle

Christmas At The Castle

02 - 03 December 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission | Xmas Decoration Workshops £2

Take a walk through the castle woodland and solve our Christmas riddle (answers can be entered into a free prize draw).
Cookies and hot chocolate available in the visitor centre throughout this period.
See the wide range of traditional and unusual gifts in our shop

Saturdays and Sundays (2nd Dec to 24 Dec)

Christmas Past

Christmas Past

02 December 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 10am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Meet our costumed characters and learn about Christmas in the Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian periods. Stir a traditional pudding and sing carols in the Victorian Room. 
Meet Father Christmas in his grotto.
Children's and adults Christmas craft workshops and family entertainment.
Mince pies and hot fruit punch available in the Edwardian Shop.
No booking necessary

Rock n Roll Pantomime: Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

Rock 'n' Roll Pantomime: Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

07 December 2017 - 07 January 2018

Venue: Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Tickets: £20 adult / £15.50 concessions / £66 family.

This hilarious version of the traditional tale provides a rock 'n' rolling rollercoaster of an adventure story, as Robin Hood attempts to outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, free the unfortunate Babes and their outrageous, oversized Nanny, Nellie Nightnurse, and marry the beautiful Maid Marion. 

The result is a fast, furious and funny feast of festive entertainment, designed to delight all the family. 
A talented cast of actor/musicians will once again serve up over twenty rock and soul classic songs, including The Hippy Hippy Shake; I Shot the Sheriff; Girls Just Want To Have Fun; Kiss; Born to Run; Signed, Sealed, Delivered and many, many more. The whole family will be tapping their toes and clicking their fingers whilst enjoying all the magic, slapstick and audience participation of a traditional panto. 
2017 will mark the sixth year since the rock 'n' roll panto format made a successful return to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.

Tickets for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood the rock 'n' roll panto will go on sale Friday 13th January at 9.30am. Tickets are £20 adult / £15.50 concessions / £66 family. First week and New Year saver tickets are available from £15 on selected performances and there are school and group discounts available, too (full information on these can be obtained from the box office). 

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood will also see the return of the ever popular late night adult only performances. Due to increased demand for these shows, an extra date has been added to the performance schedule for 2017/18, meaning for the first time there will be three adult only performances on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th January 2018.* 

*Early booking for these performances is strongly advised as tickets are again expected to sell out fast. 
Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Christmas At The Castle

Christmas At The Castle

09 - 10 December 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission | Xmas Decoration Workshops £2

Take a walk through the castle woodland and solve our Christmas riddle (answers can be entered into a free prize draw).
Cookies and hot chocolate available in the visitor centre throughout this period.
See the wide range of traditional and unusual gifts in our shop

Saturdays and Sundays (2nd Dec to 24 Dec)

Christmas Tree Sales

Christmas Tree Sales

09 - 10 December 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Combine a visit to the Castle with choosing your Christmas tree from the dozens of 'real' examples on display at the visitor centre. 
See the wide range of traditional and unusual gifts in the Visitor Centre..

Tree sales supported by Greenways - All trees are from sustainable sources
The Holly And The Ivy: Christmas Workshops at the Ancient High House

The Holly And The Ivy: Christmas Workshops at the Ancient High House

09 December 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 10am to 4pm
Tickets: Adults £12 | Children £2

Adult holly wreath making and children's Christmas decoration making workshops.
'Drop in' sessions throughout the day.
Hot Fruit punch and mince pies available
Christmas Wreath Making Workshops

Christmas Wreath Making Workshops

10 December 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 4pm
Tickets: Adult £12 | Children £2

Adult holly wreath making and children's Christmas decoration making workshops.
'Drop in' sessions throughout the day.
Cookies and hot chocolate available

Christmas At The Castle

Christmas At The Castle

16 - 17 December 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission | Xmas Decoration Workshops £2

Take a walk through the castle woodland and solve our Christmas riddle (answers can be entered into a free prize draw).
Cookies and hot chocolate available in the visitor centre throughout this period.
See the wide range of traditional and unusual gifts in our shop

Saturdays and Sundays (2nd Dec to 24 Dec)

Christmas Tree Sales

Christmas Tree Sales

16 - 17 December 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Combine a visit to the Castle with choosing your Christmas tree from the dozens of 'real' examples on display at the visitor centre. 
See the wide range of traditional and unusual gifts in the Visitor Centre..

Tree sales supported by Greenways - All trees are from sustainable sources
Stone Craft & Collectables Market

Stone Craft & Collectables Market

16 December 2017
Lots of stalls offering lots of lovely crafts and more on the third Saturday of each month in Stone High Street

There are a number of pitches still available for the events, which run from 9am - 4pm. Stalls cost  £25.75 for a 3 metre x 3 metre pitch and tables are available to hire at a cost of £5.00 each if required. Contact Claire or Christine on 01785 619740.
Christmas At The Castle

Christmas At The Castle

23 - 24 December 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission | Xmas Decoration Workshops £2

Take a walk through the castle woodland and solve our Christmas riddle (answers can be entered into a free prize draw).
Cookies and hot chocolate available in the visitor centre throughout this period.
See the wide range of traditional and unusual gifts in our shop

Saturdays and Sundays (2nd Dec to 24 Dec)

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