From the heights of Oblivion at Alton Towers to the sprawling hills of the Peak District, Staffordshire has a little something for everyone. City slickers and nature lovers alike can find the perfect day out in this large and impressive county. And when you’re done exploring, why not head to the local market to stock up on delicious local food to cook up a storm back at your kate & tom’s holiday cottage?
Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or the kids, there is plenty to see, do and experience in Staffordshire to keep the whole family entertained. Keep reading for our top 9 fun things to do in Staffordshire…
Family days out in Staffordshire
Staffordshire is a great holiday destination for families, with plenty of fun and relaxing things to do…
1. Alton Towers
Staffordshire is home to Alton Towers – the UK’s biggest theme park. With over 40 rides and attractions at the park, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Adrenaline junkies, you’re in luck. There are ten white-knuckle rollercoasters, including Wicker Man, Nemesis and Oblivion – the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster.
If you’re looking for something for littles ones, there are plenty of rides and experiences for the whole family too. CBeebies Land is perfect the destination for youngsters, with must-see attractions like the Go Jetters Vroomster Ride and the Big Fun Show Time.
With the water park right next door, you can choose between splashing in the pools or reaching new heights on the rides. It’s entirely up to you. But whatever you choose, be sure to bring the whole family along for an unforgettable day out.
If you’re planning to visit Alton Towers, ordering tickets in advance will help ensure there’s no disappointment on the day.
2. Trentham Estate
From thrill-seeking at Alton Towers to searching for a little peace and quiet, Staffordshire has it covered. Head to Trentham Estate for a day of tranquillity with your family. The 725-acre estate has glorious gardens, quaint shops to potter around and even a monkey forest to get up close and personal with some of your favourite animals. And if that isn’t enough, the adventure course is sure to please children and adults alike.
3. Tamworth Castle
Looking for a place steeped in rich history to spend the afternoon with your family? Tamworth Castle is the perfect spot. Nestled in a corner of the countryside just a stone’s throw from Birmingham, Tamworth Castle will transport you into a different era. Wander through 900 years of history, getting an insight into the lives of the Saxons, Normans, Tudors and Victorians.
With over 15 fully furnished rooms to explore, the castle is jam packed with information and displays that are sure to pique the interest of the whole family. Feeling brave? Head up the castle tower for 360° views of Tamworth and the surrounding countryside. You won’t be disappointed.
Things to do with kids in Staffordshire
Keeping the kids entertained on holiday can be challenging for many parents. Luckily, Staffordshire has plenty to choose from…
4. Drayton Manor Theme Park
If a trip to Alton Towers leaves you ready for more excitement, Drayton Manor Theme Park is the perfect next stop on your list. Designed for the smallest of the group, this adventure park is packed with attractions to keep the kids entertained. From heart-stopping rides for the big kids to Thomas Land adventures for the smaller ones, there’s truly something for everyone at Drayton Manor. If rides aren’t your thing, there’s always the zoo to keep you happy.
5. Snow Dome
Unfortunately in England, we can’t always rely on the sun to shine when we’re on our holidays. Fortunately, Staffordshire has plenty of fun destinations to head to when the sun doesn’t have his hat on. The Snow Dome leisure park is the ideal spot to shelter from the rain. With skiing and snowboarding classes, climbing walls, ice skating and plenty of snow fun, the kids (and adults!) will love rainy days. After all, it means they can spend the day building snowmen and sledging down the hills.
6. Peak Wildlife Park
Make the most of sunny days out in Staffordshire with a trip to Peak Wildlife Park. Whether you want to get to know the meerkats at the park, feed the wallabies or meet the friendly penguins, there’s plenty to fill a whole day at this amazing wildlife park. Visit the special bird collections and pop over to see the rare warty pigs for something truly unique.
And for free…
Having fun in Staffordshire doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost anything at all…
7. Tittesworth Reservoir
When the sun is shining, there’s nowhere more beautiful that the glorious Staffordshire countryside. And Tittesworth Reservoir is one of the most impressive spots you’ll find. Having supplied water to nearby villages and towns since 1858, this area of natural beauty is definitely worth a visit. Pack a picnic and wander one of the many walking trails, taking in the stunning views while you’re at it.
8. Ilam Park
The walking trails of Ilam Park and Dovedale are some of the most popular in the area. With gentle riverside walks, open parkland and breath-taking views, the walk from Ilam Park to the stepping stones of Dovedale is perfect for outdoor lovers. Taking just under an hour, the moderately challenging walk will reward you with beautiful views and interesting wildlife along the way. Bringing man’s best friend along with you? Just be sure to keep them close by to avoid scaring the animals.
9. The Roaches
Located high above Tittesworth Reservoir is a Peak District gem – The Roaches. Loved by hikers and climbers alike, the naturally rugged and steep ridge adds a sense of adventure to your next countryside walk. Once you make it to the top, you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views and peaceful tranquillity. On a clear day you can even see over to Snowdon in Wales!
Where to stay in Staffordshire
If our top 9 things to do in Staffordshire has left you feeling inspired to take a trip, you’ve come to the right place. With beautiful large county cottages and quaint town houses, kate & tom’s have the perfect holiday rental for every occasion.
Take a look at our huge range of houses in Staffordshire today to find the ideal cottage for your next getaway. Or get in touch with our friendly travel team to start planning your dream escape.
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