Whether a day visitor, staying a weekend, or en-route to other destinations, Stafford has much to tempt you to stay, and so much more to discover if you do. It’s the perfect destination, with all the attributes you’d expect of a County town, including a celebrated art gallery, quality shops, green open spaces and a variety of places to eat.
Stafford’s villages and hamlets are to be found in some of England’s prettiest countryside; their picturesque streets, traditional pubs and welcoming accommodation are waiting to be enjoyed. And be sure to call in on the Ancient High House, the largest timber framed town house in England. There’s also Stafford Castle, dating from Norman times, and Izaak Walton Cottage, the ‘chocolate box’ location dedicated to angling.
Those who enjoy shopping are invited to browse through Stafford’s markets, designer outlets, high street names and side streets full of character… then break for lunch at one of the many restaurants, bars, cafés or coffee shops, before visiting the market town of Stone, which boasts a thriving café culture, market and riverside location.
There’s plenty to keep non-shoppers entertained too, with year round activity ranging from local to national events, exhibitions to festivals. In the heart of Stafford, the Gatehouse Theatre offers a full and exciting programme of entertainment, whilst the Ancient High House and Shire Hall Gallery showcase popular exhibition programmes supporting local and regional artists.
Further afield, the 750-acre estate of Trentham offers Capability Brown’s parkland and the famous Italian Gardens, alongside the Monkey Forest, where Barbary Macaques roam freely in a unique setting. Stafford Showground, the venue for many national events, showcases the best of Staffordshire, with the annual County Show in late May, whilst Sandon Hall, Shugborough, and Weston Park all host large-scale events from pop festivals to parrot shows, classic cars to classical music. The museum at RAF Cosford, housing one of the most spectacular collections of military and civic aircraft, the Wedgwood Centre, home of the most famous potter in history, Josiah Wedgwood, and the National Arboretum near Lichfield; home of the new Armed Forces Memorial must rate highly on your list to visit too.
If you’re a theme park thrill seeker, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor theme park, Waterworld and Tamworth Snowdome, are all within an hour’s drive, and a ‘Thrill Hopper’ ticket allows you entry to all four of the top attractions. However, if you’re searching for a little peace and quiet, we highly recommend you visit Victoria Park in Stafford and Stonefield Park in Stone between July and September when the ‘Flower Festival’ takes place. Even when the weather makes you run for cover, you can find plenty to keep you entertained - galleries, bowling, movies and museums can all be found in Stafford and the surrounding area. Call in at the Information Centre for details of many attractions and activities just a short journey away, and tips on those that won’t cost you a fortune, including our town trails which explore history, architecture and even ghosts!
With so much happening in Staffordshire…where else would you be?
Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:
DAY of DEPARTURE
Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to make the leisurely journey to Stafford. Regular comfort stops and a lunch halt will be made en-route as traffic dictates
On reaching the hotel, the driver will unload the luggage for immediate check in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure
DAYS in RESORT
Free time in Stafford, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more
DAY of RETURN
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach for the return journey home. Comfort stops will be made at regular intervals when time and traffic allows
We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.
Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing
Most hotels provide evening entertainment of some form, you will be advised on which nights when booking
All rooms are booked on a bed & breakfast cooked basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions
All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements