Seven fun family things to do in Staffordshire – for under £10

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The kids are crawling the walls with boredom, you’re tearing your hair out trying to entertain them – and it’s another three weeks to pay day!

Well, fear not – StaffsLive has compiled a list of great visits out in the county – for under a tenner.

What better way to keep the kids entertained while on a budget?

1) Apedale Valley Light Railway

Apedale steam train

Forget Thomas the Tank Engine, real trains are cooler! Apedale Valley Light Railway is a fun place for kids to learn about trains, and ride on real veteran trains from nearly 100 years ago. Kids can even ride for free on August 13 and 14 during the teddy Bear’s Outing if they bring a teddy with them!

Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme
Prices: Adult – £2.50
Children under 5 – FREE
Children (5-15) – £1.50
Family (Two adults and up to four children): £6

Dr. James Albinson star gazing - By Andy Weekes

Dr. James Albinson star gazing – By Andy Weekes

2) Keele Observatory

Fancy taking your little space monsters to see their true home planets? On May 9 this year there is a chance to watch Mercury move across the face of the sun! The observatory is open Tuesday evening from8-10pm, and every Saturday afternoon from 1-3pm.

Where: Keele

Price: FREE

Take a look at their website for more information.

3) The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Home to some of the world famous Staffordshire Hoard artefacts, the Anglo-Saxon war booty is a legacy of craftsmen whose artfully crafted precious metals and gemstones. On June 2 Romans will be invading the Potteries museum and will be teaching visitors about Roman soldiers in training, the firing of artillery pieces and what everyday life was like at the time.

Location: Hanley
Price: FREE

Check out the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery website for more details.

4) Awesome Walls Climbing Centre

Scared of heights? Well the Stoke Awesome Walls Climbing Centre has walls that start at a tiny 2 metres and are manned by friendly staff that can help you conquer that fear. As long as you have loose fitting clothing and a pair of good trainers, there’s no kit needed to get climbing the walls.

Where: Stoke-on-Trent
Price: Adult admission: £7.50
Junior admission: £6.50
Under 7’s: £4.50 (With full paying adult)
Under 5’s: £1 (With full paying adult)

5) Brampton Museum and Brampton Park

Brampton Park and Museum

Brampton Museum is smack bang in the beautiful Brampton Park, which includes a lot of fun places to visit with the kids. An aviary and small mammals area might release the wild side of your kids as they try and get parrots to talk to them.

Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme
Price: FREE

6) Flip Out

Flip Out Stoke

An Australian idea has come to the UK, and Stoke is one of the first places to get it! Send your kids into an arena of trampolines for an hour and tire them out while you parents get to sit back and relax. Flip Out includes a junior area, massive foam pits, wall running and basketball slam-dunk.

Where: Opal Way Stone Business Park, Stone
Price: £10 per hour

7) Amerton Farm and Craft Centre

Amerton Farm and Craft Centre

Picture by Chris Allen under Creative Commons

Let your little animals run wild with other little animals! Chickens and ducks roam free around the yard, and you can see pigs, cows and ponies grazing away in their paddocks. Kids can pet the animals if they want, and animal food is even available in the farm shop!

Where: Stafford
Price: General admission – Free
Amerton Playbarn – £4 per child (midweek during school term time) and £4.50 per child at weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. Adults enter for free
The British Wildlife Rescue Centre – £2 per child and £2.50 per adult
Amerton Railway – £1.50 per child and £2.50 per adult. £1.50 for Concessions.

Take a look at Amerton Farm‘s website for more information.

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