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13 July

365 Great Things About Staffordshire - Newcastle-under-Lyme

The charming, vibrant market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme is home to independent stores, great restaurants, fascinating museum, a ground-breaking theatre and more!

Enjoy acclaimed plays and productions at the New Vic Theatre, the first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round in Europe, where the audience sits on all four sides of the auditorium and gets an eye-opening perspective on the action.

See the town come alive for major events throughout the year, including the Lymelight Festival, showcasing the best local musicians, and the Jazz & Blues Festival featuring bands, record fairs and children’s entertainment.

Witness amazing street theatre, circus acts and live magic shows at the spectacular Homecoming Festival, and help the town celebrate the father of the modern circus, local man Philip Astley, who was the first to add clowns and acrobats to the bill.

For a more sedate visit, explore Newcastle’s history at the Brampton Museum & Art Gallery, with its collections of Victorian surgical instruments and 19th Century toys, as well as an aviary, pond and indoor and outdoor play areas.

Discover local mining heritage in the breath-taking surroundings of the Apedale Valley Heritage, home to underground mine tours and light railway.

Unwind at the romantic Dorothy Clive Garden, created by Colonel Harry Clive for his wife in the 1940s, and breathe in the fresh air and stunning panoramic views at Mow Cop Castle, the starting point for the 92 mile Staffordshire Way.

Voyage on a narrowboat along the picturesque Trent & Mersey Canal, and explore the pretty lakes and ponds of Bathpool Park on foot or bicycle.

Lots more about Newcastle-under-Lyme on the  Newcastle under Lyme website.

The Markets

Newcastle-under-Lyme is famed for its array of  Markets

The General Market

Browse more than 80 stalls featuring the finest local produce and quirky bargains at the historic street market, which dates back to 1173. Held four times a week on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  It operates from 9am to 4pm each day.

The Antiques Market

The antiques market is operated by the Antique Forum Group every Tuesday, opening from 8am to 3pm, selling a range of antiques, collectables and vintage items.

The Flea Market

The Flea market is operated by the Antique Forum Group every Thursday, opening from 8am to 3pm, selling a range of bric-a-brac and collectable items.

The Farmers' Market

Savour the meats, cheeses, pies, cakes and other delicious treats at the monthly farmers’ market, or the borough’s varied eateries and micro-breweries. The Farmers' Market is held on the third Friday of each month around the Guildhall and alongside the general market.  It opens from 9am to 2:30pm.

The annual Charity and Plant Market

The Charity and Plant Market takes place on the Spring Bank Holiday in May each year.  It is an opportunity for charities of all kinds to promote good causes and raise funds. 

Continental Street Market

The popular Continental Street Market is on its way to Newcastle-under-Lyme for its first ever visit in August.

Expect to find a mix of quality international themed traders from around the world. The event will feature a mix of tasty hot food treats, sumptuous food to take home, as well as quirky craft items.

The event will trade from Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 August 2019 and will be open from 10am to 6pm each day.


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