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Staffordshire Day

Staffordshire Day is the day we celebrate everything we love about Staffordshire.

Every year on 1 May, Staffordshire comes alive with events of all shapes and sizes across the county and loads of competitions and special offers from our great attractions, restaurants, pubs, and hotels.

Whether you love our captivating countryside, our thrilling theme parks or our eye-opening history and heritage, there will be something for you on Staffordshire Day!

You can visit the official Staffordshire Day website here.

What is Staffordshire Day?

The initiative to celebrate Staffordshire was first announced in 2015, and a public poll was held to decide the annual date from a selection of dates that had strong Staffordshire connections.

1 May, the anniversary of Staffordshire's most famous son, Josiah Wedgwood, setting up his pottery company in 1759, was chosen. 

The first official Staffordshire Day took place in 2016, the year the county turned 1000 years old.

Staffordshire Day 2018

In 2018 the Staffordshire Day extravaganza is set to take place over a week to give as many people as possible chance to get involved.

As the official Staffordshire Day will fall on a Tuesday, coordinators Destination Staffordshire, who work with Staffordshire County Council and other local authorities on the programme, have extended the celebrations.

They will now begin the weekend before Staffordshire Day, on Saturday 28th April, and run until the weekend after - Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.

It is hoped this will give people the opportunity to tell the world why they love Staffordshire, even if they are busy at work or school on Staffordshire Day itself.

Events already organised include the Staffordshire Plate Raceday at Uttoxeter Racecourse, and a major exhibition dedicated to Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Philip Astley, the Father of the Modern Circus.

Last year, over 60,000 people attended Staffordshire Day events, generating an estimated £1m for the county’s economy.

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