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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Winter breaks in Staffordshire

We have a little snow here to day and it is really feeling cold and wintery and got me thinking...have I really told you of the virtues of a visit to Staffordshire in the winter? I know many of you love a winter break...somewhere cosy, preferably with walks and a good pub. Some of you like a little quality shopping and maybe an historic find along the way. There are those of you appreciate a good foody market too so you can try local treats back at your accommodation or to take home to family. There are also those of you who have friends all over the country and like to meet up at a quieter time of year and in a place that all your friends can get to more easily - don't forget that we are only 2 and half hours from London and only an hour from Birmingham and Manchester! There is no question in my mind that the place you are looking for is Staffordshire! So here is my potted guide to a winter break in Staffordshire...
Staying
There are fabulous places to stay in the county. You can enjoy a smart hotel in the country where all you have to do is relax or maybe a self catering gem overlooking rolling hills? Because we are such a large county your choice of location is huge. We have the Moorlands in North Staffordshire, the majestic scenery of the Staffordshire Peak District, the beautiful open spaces at Cannock Chase or the secluded farming landscapes throughout the county. The fabulous thing about Staffordshire is that where ever you choose, you will always be within easy reach of somewhere to visit, enjoy, to eat and explore. Try our NEW Where to Stay guide on the Simply Staffordshire website for some beautiful handpicked places to stay today!
Things to do
Where do I start?? Again, because Staffordshire spans such a large area, you can enjoy a wide range of days out and activities. In the North of the county you obviously have Alton Towers for the family. However in the winter you have the opportunity to find so much more. Leek is a fabulous traditional market town with some really great independent shops offering antiques, homewares, gifts, art and crafts. There are award winning cafes and accommodations like the White Hart Tea Rooms where you can enjoy great local food in the historic market square. William Morris lived in the town from 1875 and his work can be found in churches and makes the town an essential visit for Arts and Crafts enthusiasts. There is the Nicholson Gallery and the exciting new venture at the historic Foxlowe building in the square. You will find a great collectors and fine food markets, history, food, antiques, shops all set in stunning scenery.
Further south is the county town of Stafford and Lichfield. Both a steeped in history and Lichfield is the home of Samuel Johnson and the magical Lichfield Cathedral. This gem is in the heart of the county and enjoys a great cafe and deli culture, great restaurants, places to stay and independent shops. You are also within easy reach of Cannock Chase and its amazing walks and activities.
Stoke on Trent has wonderful heritage and the pottery industry is alive and kicking! Whether you are more interested in the history (visit Gladstone, The Wedgewood Museum, Stoke on Trent Museum and more...) or you want to find some of the great work that goes on now (visit Burleigh or Emma Bridgewater) you will always find friendly people and amazing finds! For family fun, Trentham Estate, Go Ape and The Monkey Forest all offer great days out for all ages.
For a handpicked guide to Staffordshire and how to discover some of its secrets, visit our website today!

1 comment:

scott davidson said...

As an older art collector since my wife passed away, I must admit to being very partial to collecting nudes in art, as original paintings or as good prints, that I have displayed all over the house. (I like to see the surprised faces of my new visitors).
This one,
http://en.wahooart.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LHTDD, by Emile Munier, is hanging in one corner of my bedroom and was printed by wahooart.com, where I am a very good customer.