It is that time of year when we plan our next break, trying to cheer ourselves up as we go back to work after the Christmas holidays. Some of you will plan a big sunny summer holiday with planes, airports, beaches, suntans and blue skies. Some of you will prefer a discovery holiday - maybe European history, American road trip, cruising or hiking. In and around all that planning though, there will be an opportunity for many of you to plan a short break in the UK. You perhaps meet up with friends once a year or maybe you have a special Birthday to celebrate in 2013. Perhaps you simply like to plan the odd weekend away to break up the year into manageable chunks. Staffordshire is the secret you can discover...
Staffordshire is a large county just north of Birmingham, east of Shropshire and butts up to Derbyshire. You may not know it or you may harbour a preconception that it is just that Stoke on Trent place you pass on the M6 on your way to the Lakes. You may be aware that you have visited but only got as far as Alton Towers. Staffordshire is, in fact, a secret gem that sits beautifully in the centre of the UK waiting to be discovered, minding its own business, quietly plodding on, happily comfortable in its own skin, not showing off, avoiding shouting about its qualities and not entering any tourism talent shows. It is down to earth, warm and friendly with rugged edges and soft centres. It is home to unrivalled open countryside, fabulous historic treasures, popular theme parks, award winning food producers and micro breweries, untouched market towns and a strong independent retail sector. Staffordshire has unprecedented industrial heritage that can be explored and amazing pottery courtyards and potbanks that offer great shopping from Moorcroft to Bridgewater. On top of all this there are more miles of peaceful canals to enjoy than almost anywhere else in the UK with top walking and proper pubs.
What Staffordshire can offer you is its location and great transport links (only 1.5hrs from London by train) meaning gathering friends and family from the 4 corners of Britain headache free. Staffordshire offers you unrivalled variety, satisfying all passions and desires. You may have adrenaline junkies in your party that can be pointed to a theme park while you discover a hidden valley, hiking from pub to pub. Shoppers can be catered for at pottery outlets, large local malls end even better special independent shopping meccas like Leek and Lichfield. If you like more specialist holidays to enjoy climbing, canal boat hire, mountain biking, horse trekking then Staffordshire can accommodate you.
So...are you tempted to try Staffordshire, stay in our enchanting and varied county, discover our great local food & beer and explore all that we have to offer?
To start your journey, visit Simply Staffordshire for some of the very best people, places and accommodation in Staffordshire, hand picked for you.