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Top 10 things to do in Staffordshire this May bank holiday

By The Sentinel  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

By Leah Cassady

  • Visit the Staffordshire Hoard in Stoke-on-Trent's Potteries Museum

  • Find the fairy queen “Wishes” in Trentham Gardens

  • Take a look at the Reincarnated Rubbish exhibit at Shire Gallery Hall in Stafford

  • Fancy pampering pigs at Shugborough Estate in Stafford

  • Why not feed the penguins at Blackbrook Zoo

  • Enjoy a family friendly trip to Alton Towers

  • Grab tickets for Fame the Musical in Stoke-on-Trent - credit Hugo Glendinning

  • Take part in the Family Fun Day at Uttoxeter Racecourse

  • Try the 4-mile Safari trail at West Midlands Safari Park

  • Splash around at Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent

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With the first May bank holiday almost here we’ve looked around to see what there is to do in Staffordshire and the surrounding areas to keep you and your family entertained during this three day weekend.

Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

This Hanley based museum homes part of the world-famous Staffordshire Hoard. The Hoard is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found and was discovered in a field near Lichfield on 5th July 2009.

200 pieces of the Hoard are on display in the Stoke-on-Trent museum along with screenings of a new animated film, The Last Dragonslayer. Plus it’s all free of charge!

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Trentham Estate

This great attraction has plenty to offer from a trip to the Monkey Forest or Aerial Extreme course to shopping, eating or taking a walk through their gorgeous gardens spotting the magical fairy sculptures as you go.

Over the May bank holiday they also have boat trips and miniature train rides available, as well as rowing boats for hire, a climbing wall, horse drawn carriages and pony rides and wilderness survival skill workshops and bird nest building activities by the RSPB.

Shire Hall Gallery

This public building in Stafford was previously a court house and now holds some great works of art. Until Sunday 11th May 2014 they have a unique exhibition on called Reincarnated Rubbish which shows a variety of creative recycling.

Val Hunt’s work is a diverse selection items such as wall sculptures, bags, hats, animal sculptures, wacky jewellery made of ‘rubbish’, in particular Val’s favourite material, drinks can metal.

There is even a life sized, free standing model of the Queen wearing a drink’s can Royal crown and accompanied by her Corgi ‘Darling Dash’!

Shugborough Estate

This working historical estate often holds some great events and this May bank holiday is no different. Their Staffordshire Enjoy Art Exhibition, which brings together some fine works of art by some of Staffordshire's talented artists, comes to a close on Monday 5th May 2014.

On Monday 5th May 2014 they are also holding a pig wash day! Yes that’s right, on the bank holiday you can join in as the farm pampering their rare breed of pigs, getting them all scrubbed up and ready for summer.

Blackbrook zoo

This zoo is set in over 30 acres of Staffordshire countryside and has the largest collections of birds in the UK. It is also home to some small mammals, such as meerkats, ring-tailed lemurs and a pair of critically endangered Warty pigs.

There is a tearoom which offers a variety of refreshments including homemade scones and a shop full of souvenirs and gifts with great views of some exhibits.

Alton Towers

Although Cbeeies land doesn’t open until the 24th May there is still plenty to do at the theme park. Whether you want to brave The Smiler, the world’s first 14 looping roller coaster, or enjoy the Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE there are also family favourites like Sonic Spinball so there really is something everyone, from adrenaline junkies to little ones alike.

Regent Theatre

Everyone has heard of Fame whether from the Oscar-winning musical film, the TV series or other stage shows – and guess what, it’s gonna live forever! This brand new production is in Stoke-on-Trent until Saturday 3rd May 2013 and is full of vibrant dance routines and memorable songs such as Fame as it tells the story of a group of wannabes on a quest for fame.

Uttoxeter Racecourse

The local racecourse is holding a Family Fun Day on Saturday 3rd May with appearances from Peppa Pig and George! Not only will they have seven races on but there will be fairground rides for the children, plus the Young Hooves Kids Club Ambassadors will be giving out free goody bags. The mascot, Archie the Horse, will also be around to entertain everyone and gates open at 11:30am with the first race at 1:35pm and the last at 5:05pm.

West Midlands Safari park

This Safari park is home to many animals, from Lions and Fruit Bats to Leaf Cutting Ants. You can watch Californian sea lions show off their skills, help feed the Hippos, drive the 4-mile Safari trail for close encounters, learn about Lemurs and meet some creepy crawlies or deadly reptiles. Plus admission currently includes a free return ticket!

Waterworld

Visit the UK’s No.1 indoor tropical aqua park for some summer fun no matter what the weather, outside or in. It’s built around a wave pool with plenty of slides, flumes and fun lily pads to keep everyone entertained. They also have a dry soft play area, a tropical poolside restaurant and hold an Aqua Disco every Friday night between 6pm – 9pm.

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