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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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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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April Flowers wins Christmas Shop Window Competition

Annual competition winner announced
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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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Colton House strikes Gold and a Highly Commended at the 2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

Colton House has been awarded Gold in the Best B&B/Guest Accommodation and a Highly Commended in the Best Sustainable Tourism Organisation category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 Ceremony.
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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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Stafford Festival Shakespeare 2017: The Tempest

Stafford Festival Shakespeare 2017: The Tempest

22 June - 08 July 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Tickets: Start from £13.50

The creative team behind last year's acclaimed production of Othello, reunites for Shakespeare's fantastical feast of magic and wonder.

Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, has spent twelve years stranded on a largely uninhabited island where music, magic and supernatural creatures provide a strange education for him and his young daughter, Miranda. Twelve years have passed and Prospero has acquired some rough magic & self-taught mysticism as well as protecting his daughter from his wild slave, Caliban.

When Prospero's magic (with the help of his sprite, Ariel) causes a shipwreck, mayhem ensues in the course of one incredible day. Miranda falls in love with the shipwrecked Prince Ferdinand, murder plots are formed then abandoned and finally Prospero is reconciled with the brother who usurped him and all head safely home to Italy.

It's a storm in a tea cup - but we'll have you back home safe and sound in no time.

Stafford's twentieth century production of Shakespeare's final solo play - his most magical and musical - is set against the backdrop of the glamour and elegance of the 1930s, the golden age of luxury cruise liners, Hollywood glamour and the dying days of vaudeville - all from a small Italian occupied island off the coast of Somalia.

The Tempest will open on Thursday 22nd June and run until Saturday 8th July 2017 at Stafford Castle. For the first time in its 27 year, SFS 2017 will also feature a Sunday performance on 25th June at 5pm.

Tickets start from £13.50. Full information, including this year's catering options, can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com

Stone Farmers Market

Stone Farmers Market

01 July 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

08 July 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.

Summer Sunday

Summer Sunday

09 July 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 12 noon to 7pm
Tickets: General Admission £5 (over 12 years old) | Child (Under 12) FREE

Art workshops and face painting throughout the day with live music from local bands, and DJ sets.

Street Food will be on offer with different types of cuisines from authentic Caribbean dishes to Vietnamese and Thai style foods. 

Activities get underway at 12 noon with pop up street food stalls and licensed bars available until the event closes at 7pm.  

Car parking on the Castle site is £5 for the day. 

Organisers of the Summer Sunday promise a festival atmosphere including street theatre and an acoustic tent featuring some of the best talent in the area.
Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears' Picnic

09 July 2017
Venue: Izaak Walton's Cottage
Time: 12 noon to 5pm
Tickets: Free Admission If Accompanied By A Teddy Bear

Enjoy family fun and games in the cottage garden, with puppet show, face painting, teddy making workshops, story telling, craft stalls and a bouncy castle for the younger family members. 
Bring along a picnic and don't forget your teddy! 
Supported by the Izaak Walton Cottage Chapter.


NT Live Screening at The Gatehouse: Salomé

NT Live Screening at The Gatehouse: Salomé

12 July 2017
Venue: Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Time: 7pm
Tickets: General Admission £13 | Concession Price £10.50 | Available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

National Theatre Live screenings are coming think and fast at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre this summer, with the biblical classic Salomé next up at the County Town venue in July.

The story has been told before, but never like this.

An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.

This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre.

"Epic. A near-perfect production." Guardian (on Les Blancs)

Age guidance 18 years+
GFest 2017

GFest 2017

15 - 23 July 2017
This biennial festival celebrating all parts of the civil parish of Gnosall, which covers a large rural area, as well as the villages of Gnosall, Moreton and Knightley, will be held from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd July. 

The draft programme will be circulated widely in the near future.

Chairman Kenneth Ingram says: "Our local community comes together every two years for GFest activities. We welcome others to join us. This time the tourism group Visit Stafford has recognised our role in reaching out to visitors by awarding GFest 2017 with a splendid grant. We owe them our thanks."

The popular Open Gardens day on 23rd July will be among the longstanding repeat features on the programme, such as the Classical Concert (with young local musicians, handbell ringers, and the Serenata Ensemble), a family treasure hunt, Festival ecumenical church service, St Lawrence tower opening, and family fun run, to mention a few.

A novel event will be a canal boat trip on the evening of 18th July from the Boat Inn, with a fish and chip supper (advance booking essential). Made in Gnosall two-day craft fair and exhibition will have an added feature - taster workshops on Sunday 23rd (jewellery and card-making). With hopefully a renewed boardwalk on the Acres Open Space by then, children will be able to try pond-dipping in Doley Brook. A Gnosall Heritage Open Day will be accompanied by an antiques valuation event in the Grosvenor Centre on 19th July.

GFest celebrates the Parish of Gnosall, including Moreton and Knightley, the local people, their skills and experience and the area's heritage and environment; it began in 2011 and takes place every two years. Organised by our own residents, it features the community rather than bringing in celebrities from outside. This has proved a winning formula which people have come to appreciate more each time.

Full details of the programme will be on the GFest section of Gnosall Parish website and also circulated to every household in the village. The GFest Group invites local businesses or individuals to sponsor Festival events and/or provide prizes.

Events this year started off early with a successful Film Night, which was held on 28th January - "The Jungle Book" and "The Theory of Everything" were a real success and wowed their audiences.

If you would like to take part, offer help, or simply obtain more information, please contact Gnosall Parish Council office on 01785 822685, Mary Booth by email at marybooth@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk or look at the website www.gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk.
Stone Craft & Collectables Market

Stone Craft & Collectables Market

15 July 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.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Gatehouse

The Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Gatehouse

16 July 2017
Venue: Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Time: 3pm
Tickets: £21.50 | Available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

An orchestral tribute to the music of legendary American composer and arranger, Glenn Miller, is coming to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre later this summer.

Get 'in the mood' as legendary bandleader, Ray McVay, presents a new Glenn Miller Orchestra show for 2017, complete with Mark Porter and Catherine Sykes on vocals, added harmonies from the Moonlight Serenaders, as well as Miller jazz sounds from the Uptown Hall Gang.

Featuring all your Glenn Miller favourites, such as 'Tuxedo Junction', 'Little Brown Jug', 'American Patrol' and, of course, 'In the Mood'. All this, as well as songs from other stars and bands of the Miller era.
A "must see" for all the family.
Mark Thomas at The MET

Mark Thomas at The MET

17 July 2017
Venue: The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £10.50 | Available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Comedy fans will be delighted to hear that acclaimed stand-up and political satirist, Mark Thomas, will bring his latest Work in Progress show to the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre this July.

A show that gambles on the future.

Few predicted the events of 2016. And even fewer seem to know where we are going. Mark Thomas sets out to discover what the future has in store for us by collecting and examining his own predictions and those of his audiences before gambling on their outcome. By making futurologists of us all, he will create a fantastical, hilarious and possibly accurate vision of the world. And maybe even make a few quid on the side.

Age guidance 16 years+
Andre Rieu 2017 Maastricht Concert at The Gatehouse

Andre Rieu 2017 Maastricht Concert at The Gatehouse

23 July 2017
Venue: Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Time: 3pm
Tickets: General Admission £13 | Concession Price £10.50 | Available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

The world's leading pop-classical artist, André Rieu, has announced his annual Maastricht concert will be beamed across the UK in celebration of his 30th year in music, including Stafford Gatehouse Theatre later this July.

Known for his energetic and spell-binding live performances, the Dutch violinist is one of the world's highest-grossing touring artists. Every year André Rieu performs a very special concert in his hometown of Maastricht to tens of thousands who travel from all over the globe to experience one of the most emotionally engulfing live music experiences possible, set against the back-drop of the equally as elegant medieval town square.

The Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, with his famous 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests.

Last year, André Rieu's Maastricht concert broke his own record for music event cinema - grossing more than £1.4million at the UK box office over one weekend, more than Take That and One Direction.

Now, the Maastricht concert in 2017 will hold extra special significance, as it marks 30 years since André formed the Johann Strauss Orchestra, who have come to be as much family to him as some of the most talented musicians anyone could share the stage with. Once again, the cinema show will be hosted by Good Morning Britain Presenter, Charlotte Hawkins.

On the cinema shows and his 30th Anniversary of performing with the Johann Strauss Orchestra, André said:

"When I founded the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1987, there were only twelve orchestra members - now there are more than 60 people on stage! Although a lot has changed, there is one thing which has never changed: the joy of playing together, whether in a small group or a big orchestra. We are so much looking forward to bringing this joy again this year to your cinema in July. The program will be very diverse, reflecting this special anniversary. I do hope you will all join us for an unforgettable, magical evening brought to you from my romantic hometown Maastricht."
Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show

30 July 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 5pm
Tickets: Free Admission | Car Park £3

A classic car treat and vintage fun for all the family. 
Classic, vintage and collectors cars on display, with trophies awarded for best car in class. 
With children's games, quizzes and activities, including mini Land Rover rides. 
Slot car racing, vintage cycles, auto mart and craft stalls.

Sponsored by: RPH Motor Repairs Ltd.:
Tel: (01785) 253999 
Stone Farmers Market

Stone Farmers Market

05 August 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.
Birds, Bats, and Bees

Birds, Bats, and Bees

06 August 2017
Venue: Izaak Walton's Cottage
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Enjoy the summer sights and sounds of a country cottage garden. 
Lean more about our flying friends from our wildlife experts.

Stafford Farmers Market

Stafford Farmers Market

12 August 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.

Stone Craft & Collectables Market

Stone Craft & Collectables Market

19 August 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.
Rebellion!

Rebellion!

20 August 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 5pm
Tickets: Free Admission | Car Parking £3

Norman England - the natives are restless and rebellion if rife.
Costumed characters and hands on activities - witness the sights and sounds of the 11th century; with sword play, music, dancing, and games. 
Meet peddlers, peasants, knights and damsels. 
Enjoy a 'hands on' history talk in the Visitor Centre and a guided tour of one of the largest surviving Norman fortifications in England.
Stone Farmers Market

Stone Farmers Market

02 September 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.
Festival Of Imagination: Storywalk

Festival Of Imagination: Storywalk

09 September 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11.30am to 1pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Join Sarah Rundle, famed for her humorous and irreverent tales, for a family 'storywalk' around the grounds and Keep at Stafford Castle. 
Part of the first Stafford Storytelling Festival programme.
No booking necessary

Supported by Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Stafford Farmers Market

Stafford Farmers Market

09 September 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.

Hands On Arms and Armour: Heritage Open Day

Hands On Arms and Armour: Heritage Open Day

10 September 2017
Venue: Stafford Castle
Time: 11am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Try on armour and costumes from the medieval period. With guided tours of Stafford Castle's Keep.
No booking necessary.

In support of Heritage Open Days
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 
START: Stafford Arts Festival 2017

START: Stafford Arts Festival 2017

16 September 2017
Venue: Ancient High House
Time: 10am to 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Visit the Ancient High House during festival day for a programme of exhibitions, artists in residence, adult's and children's arts and crafts workshops. 
See the Borough Broderers working on the newly commissioned 'Ancient High House Tapestry' Now celebrating its 7th year the town's arts festival has over 40 town centre venues with a full programme of arts, crafts, music and literary workshops and activities.

Supported by Stafford Town Partnership
Stone Craft & Collectables Market

Stone Craft & Collectables Market

16 September 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.
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.


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.

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
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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