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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Top Tips for visiting Staffordshire Peak District

It is very easy to forget that when my guests arrive they may never have set foot in this county before so know nothing about what goes on. It is also easy to point them in the direction of a big day out but less obvious are the top tips for pootling about Staffordshire. You know - those days when you just want to meander and end up somewhere for a pint or day dream. As such, I thought I'd offer some local knowledge for hidden gems and undiscovered corners.

Market Days - sometimes less busy and bustling than I remember from childhood it is important to remember they are often the hub of all things local and unusual! Uttoxeter holds a market on Wednesday & Friday mornings. This is increasingly interesting with good local fruit and veg and even a fab lady who sells Laura Ashley bedding and soft furnishings on Fridays! It's worth mentioning that the fish from the fish man on Wednesday market is always fresh and will offer lots of advice and tips for cooking ideas. There is also a smaller market on Saturdays where you will also find the plant lady selling some fabulous value summer bedding and pre prapared tubs and baskets. When you've had a mooch try a good coffee from Indulgence - friendly and they show off local jewellery talent.

Leek Market - Saturdays are really worth a visit. It is their collectors market where you will see anything from old garden tools to Star Wars figures! Always fun and interesting there is endless delights to be had nosying around. There are several lovely gifty shops too if the weather becomes unfriendly. Lunch could either be good chips from the chippy in the square or The Black Swan. Really Leek is an all day type of place with antiques, gifts and original pubs and a great Tourist Information centre in the market square if you get lost!
I hope you've enjoyed the tips - more to follow - let me know what you might be interested in!

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