What is Staffordshire Day and how can you celebrate it?

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Staffordshire Day is celebrated on May 1 and was launched in 2015 by South Staffordshire MP, Gavin Williamson, with the aim to promote the county.

Speaking about his idea, he said: “I have seen other great counties pay tribute to their history and traditions, and I think it is only right that we honour the wonderful county of Staffordshire. There is so much to celebrate, from history, food, tradition and people that hail from this extraordinary area.”

The first Staffordshire Day was celebrated in 2016, the year which marked the 1000th anniversary of the first mention of the county.

May 1 was chosen after Staffordshire County Council held a poll to decided the date. The dates that were put forward for the event was:

  • May 1 – The anniversary of the founding of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons
  • July 5 – The anniversary of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard
  • September 6 – To commemorate Charles II hiding in a South Staffordshire oak tree after the Battle of Worcester
  • September 18 – The birthday of Samuel Johnson
  • September 27 – The anniversary of the death of James Brindley

So how can you celebrate Staffordshire Day with your family and friends?

Celebrate the Staffordshire Bull Terrier with Churnet Valley Railway 

How about showing some love to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier? Churnet Valley Railway at Kingsley and Froghall Station, Froghall, are giving Staffies free travel on the day. There is plenty of entertainment happening on board the train, as well as seeing the beautiful Staffordshire countryside.  

The World’s Biggest Oatcake Morning

What better way to celebrate Staffordshire than by eating the famous oatcakes? Why not host your own oatcake morning or find one in your local area? Not only will you have a delicious breakfast, but you will also be raising money for charity in the process.

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Staffordshire Plate Race at Uttoxeter Racecourse 

Uttoxeter Racecourse are celebrating Staffordshire Day on Saturday May 5. The day will feature 7 races, one of which will be the Staffordshire Plate, a £30,000 prize money handicap chase. There will be plenty of entertainment, especially for children and the best thing is…kids go free!

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Lymelight Festival

The Bank Holiday weekend will see a whole host of local musicians showcasing their talents across Newcastle-under-Lyme. There will be market stalls and lots more entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

As you can see from our list, there are loads of ways to celebrate the beautiful county of Staffordshire. If none of these ideas have taken your fancy, then take a look at even more ways to celebrate here.

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