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See attraction details1 January 2014 - 1 January 2015 - SKY RAINFOREST RESCUE DISCOVERY TRAIL AT CANNOCK CHASE
Sky and WWF, in partnership with the Forestry Commission, have launched a series of Discovery Trails across England to inspire you to get out into your local forest and learn why they and the Amazon rainforest are so special. Take part in the Discovery Trail at Cannock Chase and you (and your family) can listen to amazing wildlife sounds or simply learn and compare what products come from the rainforest. Along the trail you will also be able to take a photo in an Amazon rainforest setting and have the opportunity to test your knowledge on forests in England and of course the Amazon. Did you know the Amazon is home to around 30 million people? This is just one of the many amazing facts you can learn on your journey.
Birches Valley Forest Centre www.forestry.gov.uk
Lady Hill, Birches Valley, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2UQ   01889 586593
See attraction details11 April 2014 - 30 September 2014 - GRUFFALO ACTIVITY TRAIL AT BIRCHES VALLEY, CANNOCK CHASE
Follow this special trail, venturing into the deep dark wood to find the giant Gruffalo sculpture. No booking is required. Suitable for ages two to six. Why not plan a family outing for Monday 4 August when The Great Gruffalo Forest Tour will be visiting Cannock Chase? Please see the website for further details.
Birches Valley Forest Centre www.forestry.gov.uk
Lady Hill, Birches Valley, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2UQ   01889 586593
See attraction details10 May 2014 - 19 October 2014 - MILKSHAKE CHARACTERS AT DRAYTON MANOR THEME PARK
Take the family to Drayton Manor and enjoy the 'Milkshake Bop in the Park' show. The 15-minute shows will be performed regularly throughout the day, usually at weekends. There will be five characters joining in the fun, with a different one featuring in each show throughout the day. See television favourites such as Noddy, Little Princess, Fireman Sam, Toby from Toby's Travelling Circus and even Milkshake Monkey up close. Visitors may even get the chance to meet their favourite characters and have their pictures taken with them as a memento. Please see the website for dates, times and other details before visiting.
Drayton Manor Theme Park www.draytonmanor.co.uk
Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW    0844 472 1960
See attraction details26 May 2014 - 27 October 2014 - WWI DISCOVERY DAYS AT THE STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT MUSEUM
Uniformed guides will take families on a detailed tour of the Museum's fantastic WW1 trench system, and describe what life was like for soldiers during the Great War. Ammunition boxes are strewn around, sandbags line the walls, original signage points the way as the visitor is immersed in a professionally created soundscape that takes you straight to the trenches of WWI France. Parents and children will also get the chance to try on uniforms, as well as handle weapons and equipment from the time, plus explore the museum and its fascinating collections. Dates: Mondays 26 May, 4, 11, 18 & 25 August, 27 October only. Tours start at 11am, 12noon & 1pm. Please see the website for further details including prices.
The Staffordshire Regiment Museum www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com
Whittington Barracks, Lichfield , Staffordshire, WS14 9PY    01543 434394
See attraction details1 June 2014 - 31 August 2014 - SUMMER POND DIPPING AT RSPB COOMBES VALLEY
Visit Coombes and discover the depth and breadth of the exciting wildlife living in the reserve's pond. Hire a net, grab a spotter sheet and see what you can find. Great fun for all the family. 11am-3pm. Price: £2 per net, free to RSPB members. It is planned to run pond dipping daily but there may be occasions when it won't be possible so please check availability before visiting.
RSPB Coombes Valley Nature Reserve www.rspb.org.uk/coombesvalley
Six Oak Farms, Bradnop, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7EU   01538 384017
See attraction details21 June 2014 - 5 October 2014 - BESIDE THE SEASIDE - EXHIBITION AT THE POTTERIES MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
Take kids and grandparents to enjoy this nostalgic family-friendly exhibition looking at the time, not so long ago, when most local people spent their summer holidays on the coastline of Britain. Colour in and write your own postcards, play with Punch and Judy and even build a small sandcastle. Check the website for fun kids' events and activities linked to the exhibition throughout the summer.
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag
Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent , Staffordshire, ST1 3DW   01782 232323
See attraction details5 July 2014 - 31 August 2014 - FAMILY FUN ON THE FARM - LOWER DRAYTON FARM
Experience the great outdoors while learning about animals, farming and the role it plays in conservation. At Lower Drayton Farm there's plenty to keep the whole family occupied this summer. Follow the woodland trail, hop onto the farm trailer ride for a fun and educational tour of the farm, meet friendly animals before letting the kids explore the adventure play ground with its swings and zip wire 'death slide'. Younger children will enjoy the ride-on tractors and special toddlers' play area with sand pit, while the new indoor play room provides somewhere for babies to play and often has arts and craft activities for youngsters to enjoy. Pony rides and other special activities may also be available, depending on the weather. Please see the website for further details including opening days/times and prices.
Lower Drayton Farm www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk
Lower Drayton Lane, Penkridge , Staffordshire, ST19 5RE   07817 691352
See attraction details12 July 2014 - 7 September 2014 - THE SCARECROWS' WEDDING MAIZE MAZE AT THE NATIONAL FOREST ADVENTURE FARM
This year the National Forest Adventure Farm's ten-acre maize maze is celebrating the release of The Scarecrows' Wedding, the new picture book from the creators of The Gruffalo and Stick Man, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The maze design recreates the front cover of the book and features three miles of pathways, bridges and viewing towers. Try the quiz trail along the way and help Harry O'Hay find all the items he needs to create the perfect wedding day. There will also be a shorter mini maze in the shape of a flower - ideal for families with younger children and those who simply fancy a sedate stroll. Please see the website for further details including opening times and prices.
National Forest Adventure Farm www.adventurefarm.co.uk
Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent , Staffordshire, DE13 9SJ    01283 533933
See attraction details21 July 2014 - 31 August 2014 - A CERAMIC SUMMER AT MIDDLEPORT POTTERY
This summer is packed with fun for kids at Middleport Pottery! There will be free trails plus craft activities and clay craft activities. No booking is necessary. Please see the website for days, times, prices and other details.
Middleport Pottery www.middleportpottery.co.uk
Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent , Staffordshire, ST6 3PE   01782 499766
See attraction details22 July 2014 - 30 August 2014 - SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY ACTIVITIES AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM
A variety of family-friendly trails, crafts and outdoor activities are scheduled.
The National Memorial Arboretum www.thenma.org.uk
Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR   01283 792333
See attraction details22 August 2014 - 25 August 2014 - FAIRYTALE WEEKEND AT TUTBURY CASTLE
For a lovely day out this August Bank Holiday weekend, take the family to Tutbury Castle where there will be some fantastic visitors in the grounds: knights in armour, nursery-book characters, villains, fairies and pixies. There will be guided tours in the Great Hall for all to hear the tale of a real enchanted castle! Advance booking is recommended as this event often sells out. Please see the website for further details.
Tutbury Castle www.tutburycastle.com
Castle Street, Tutbury, Burton upon Trent , Staffordshire, DE13 9JF   01283 812129
See attraction details23 August 2014 - 24 August 2014 - WILD WEEKEND WITH STAFFORDSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST AT TRENTHAM GARDENS
Join Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in the Gardens and take part in a variety of activities including natural inspired crafts, bug hunts, nature trails and scavenger hunts! 11am-4pm.
Trentham Gardens www.trentham.co.uk
Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent , Staffordshire, ST4 8JG   01782 646646
See attraction details23 August 2014 - 25 August 2014 - WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SKILLS AT TRENTHAM GARDENS
Discover how to survive if you have absolutely nothing and end up living without the modern infrastructures of today's society! A chance to learn the principles of survival, wilderness living and situational awareness. 11am-3pm.
Trentham Gardens www.trentham.co.uk
Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent , Staffordshire, ST4 8JG   01782 646646
See attraction details25 August 2014 - BANK HOLIDAY FARM FAIR AT SHUGBOROUGH
A day of family fun! Take the children to this traditional August Bank Holiday Farm Fair at Shugborough's Farm with good old-fashioned entertainment such as apply bobbing, dancing, stalls and craft activities. The holiday theme continues right across the estate, with quizzes, trails and garden games for all to enjoy.
Shugborough www.shugborough.org.uk
Milford, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST17 0XB   0845 459 8900
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