Welcome THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON HERE Contents Inspire me4 The Potteries6 Shopping and Markets13 Gardens and Historic Houses Manchester Leisure and Entertainment Birmingham STOKE-ON-TRENT THE POTTERIES VISITSTOKE.CO.UK Stoke-on-Trent is a unique City affectionately known as The Potteries. With its rich industrial heritage it has respectfully claimed the title of World Capital of Ceramics. The City boasts many visitor centres, award winning museums, over 25 pottery factory shops and the exclusive Staffordshire Hoard. Come and visit the Trentham Estate with its Italian Gardens, Shopping Village, Monkey Forest, Aerial Extreme and mile long lake. We are also the closest city to Alton Towers theme park. A day will not be enough! The City is located less than an hour from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool and only one and a half hours from London Euston by train. 16 Accommodation London Welcome GROUP GUIDE 2014 14 and Meal Stops18 Support Services21 Map22 A34 A527 Manchester and the North A50 M6 16 Chester and North Wales Tunstall A500 Staffordshire Peak District B5051 A53 Burslem City Centre A34 Alton Towers & Ashbourne Hanley A52 Newcastleunder-Lyme How to use this guide Stoke This guide is divided into themes: The Potteries; Shopping and Markets; Leisure and Entertainment; Gardens and Historic Houses; Accommodation and Meal Stops. Within The Potteries you’ll find visitor centres, factory tours, museums and factory shops. To help plan your visit to The Potteries, we’ve grouped the pottery attractions into clusters – the City Centre; the North of the City; and the South of the City. Please use this guide in conjunction with the coach maps which are in the inside back cover of this guide. Fenton A53 Longton A50 Alton Towers A500 15 A50 Stone and Birmingham and the South The 27 Stafford Trentham Estate The Wedgwood Visitor Centre A34 Derby and the East 34 Barlaston M6 Access information Look out for the symbol which indicates attractions with facilities suitable for visitors with disabilities. More detailed information is available on the Disabled Go website disabledgo.info facebook.com/visitstoke twitter.com/visitstoke For more information call the groups desk 01782 236084 or visit our website visitstoke.co.uk/groups Key to symbols Factory Shops Family Fun Refreshments Factory Tours Museums Passport Gift Shop Ceramic Attractions Car Park Afternoon Tea Museums Coach Park Map Reference Historic House Overseas Delivery Bus Service from City Centre Gardens Toilets Pottery Cafés Wheelchair Accessible Toilet All Weather Attractions Cover Images: The Trentham Estate, Pottery Factory Shopping, The Staffordshire Hoard, Portmeirion (main image). VAQAS Accredited (National Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme) Published by Stoke-on-Trent Tourism. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this brochure is correct, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cannot accept responsibilities for any inaccuracies. visitstoke.co.uk/groups 3 Inspire me RINGS O L P X E TTERIE THE PO The Potteries is a fantastic experience for groups. Visit our award-winning museums and visitor centres, and go on a factory tour and learn about the skills and craftsmanship that go into producing our famous pottery. Have a go at creating your own masterpiece with the many hands-on opportunities available, and shop till you drop with the many pottery factory shops in the City. Below is a list of attractions and factory shops categorised into lists of what they can offer your group. To find out more information, have a look at their entry on the relevant page in the guide. If you need further help or advice with your itinerary planning, contact Stoke-on-Trent Tourism on 01782 236084. Biddulph Grange Garden Aynsley China 10 What’s new for 2014? Middleport Pottery What else is there for Groups in Stoke-on-Trent? Aynsley China 10 Barewall Gallery 9 Burleigh Pottery & Leeds Pottery 9 Churchill 8 Denby Factory Outlet Shop 9 Dudson Factory Outlet Shop 9 Emma Bridgewater 7 Moorcroft Factory Shop 8 Perfect Setting by Steelite International 12 Middleport Pottery (Home of Burleigh) 9 Portmeirion 11 Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre Royal Stafford Emma Bridgewater The Wedgwood Visitor Centre & Wedgwood Museum 7 8 12 The Wedgwood Visitor Centre & Wedgwood Museum The Wedgwood & Royal Doulton Outlet Store 9 12 6 Wedgwood Visitor Center & Museum Denby Visitor Centre Dudson Museum Gladstone Pottery Museum 12 7 11 Middleport Pottery (Home of Burleigh) 9 Staffordshire Hoard Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre 8 The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery 7 Stoke Minster 10 Spode Works Visitor Centre 12 The Wedgwood Visitor Centre & Wedgwood Museum 12 Emma Bridgewater Gladstone Pottery Museum Royal Stafford The Wedgwood Visitor Centre & Wedgwood Museum 4 Drivers and group organisers who bring groups of 15 or more into Stoke-on-Trent will be entitled to one stamp at each participating attraction or factory shop when they stay for more than 30 minutes, or include a meal stop. The £10 vouchers can then be redeemed at all participating venues. 9 12 18 Coach Driver’s and Group Organiser’s Passport Request your copy of the Coach Driver’s and Group Organiser’s Passport by telephoning 01782 236084. This scheme encourages users to start building a collection of stamps in their ‘Passport’. Every fifth stamp results in a gift voucher worth £10, which can then be redeemed at any participating venue. 7 11 Glorious Gardens Fun and entertainment There are some spectacular gardens including the Trentham Estate’s Italian Gardens which bloom with striking perennials. At Biddulph Grange Garden your group will be taken on a tour of the world from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian vision of China and a re-creation of a Himalayan glen. The Trentham Estate has it all. As well as stunning gardens, fantastic shopping and a brilliant calendar of events, groups can walk amongst 140 Barbary macaques in the 60 acre Trentham Monkey Forest where there are no fences or cages between you and the monkeys – only forest pathways. The Staffordshire Hoard Discover the new fascinating AngloSaxon Kingdom of Mercia exhibition at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery which sets the Staffordshire Hoard in the context of everyday AngloSaxon life and death. As well as 200 pieces of the Hoard the exhibition includes objects the AngloSaxons used in their daily work, and items they buried with their dead to provide for them in the afterlife. Guided tours and Hoard by torchlight tours are available for groups. Discount Cards Venues participating in the scheme include Stoke-on-Trent Museums, Wedgwood Visitor Centre and Museum and The Trentham Estate. Group travel organisers are also able to obtain ‘10% Discount Cards’ for each member of their group. Valid for all purchases over £30, the cards can be requested up to seven days before the date of visit. Stoke-on-Trent is the nearest city to Alton Towers, just a short half-hour drive away. Not only does Alton Towers have an amazing selection of thrill rides and family attractions, from May 2014 it will also be home to the world’s first ever CBeebies Land, bringing some of the most-loved children’s characters to Britain’s number one theme park. For a great night out visit the Cultural Quarter in the City Centre which comes alive in the evening, especially when there is a West End Show, Glyndebourne Opera or TV comedian on at the Regent Theatre, Victoria Hall, or Mitchell Arts Centre. For more information about these incentive schemes telephone 01782 236084 visitstoke.co.uk/groups Scan for more info The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is undertaking an £8.5 million regeneration of the atmospheric Middleport Pottery which will create a new visitor centre to explore and café to enjoy in addition to the existing factory tours and factory shop at Burleigh Pottery. Fully open in Summer 2014. The Trentham Estate is 10 years old In 2014 The Trentham Estate celebrates its 10th anniversary and will be celebrating by hosting a number of special events throughout the year. In addition, groups can book onto some special 10 year anniversary garden tours – a trip down memory lane, which explores the development of the beautiful gardens during the last 10 years. Afternoon Tea in the home of The Potteries Come and indulge in the quintessential English tradition of Afternoon Tea in the home of the world’s greatest pottery manufacturers. Look out for the symbol throughout the guide that shows that venues can offer Afternoon Tea Packages for groups. For more details visit visitstoke.co.uk/groups and click on Afternoon Tea for Groups. visitstoke.co.uk/groups 5 City Centre The Potteries Emma Bridgewater Pottery Café and Factory Outlet City Centre including the Cultural Quarter and Festival Park Join us on a factory tour, decorate your own piece of pottery, or relax in our café. We’ve got a gorgeous factory shop and a lovely gift shop too. 0 A5 Emma Bridgewater Factory, Lichfield Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3EJ T: 01782 201328 E: [email protected] emmabridgewater.co.uk Minimum Number: 10. Maximum Group Size: 80. Group Rate: Admission to site is free. Charge applicable for factory tours and per decorated item in the Pottery Café. Telephone for information about group packages. Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes. Ford Green Hall Burslem 2 miles Burslem & Tunstall HA NOV ER STREET COBR IDGE ROAD P IC CA DIL LY ST RE ET RD BR O AD O A5 3E TR UR IA ES RI TE T PO LI The Wedgwood and Royal Doulton Outlet Store CH F EN T RO AD 15 emmabridgewaterfactory.co.uk 0.3 mile T COACH PARKING Quality Hotel Stoke-on-Trent A53 to leek Newcastle-under-Lyme ETRU 2.0 miles IL AD CC RE ET S ST Bus Station HIN DE ST RE ET Fenton & Longton 1.5 miles EET Hinde Street, on Highway for 3 coaches Stoke Repertory Theatre STR FREE COACH PARKING Y WA LD BETHESDA STREET For use by coaches taking groups to and from the Potteries Museum DROP-OFF AND COLLECT ONLY NO PARKING IES ER TT PO H F IE Cultural Quarter Boundary L IC O N LD ST RE ET FIE Victoria Hall STREET NN CA Stoke ET RE ST ROADS CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC H Town Hall EET STR Police Station LIC HN JO RE UA SQ Library ET RE ST T EE TR N IO T ALL S BAGN ET Potteries Museum & Art Gallery ER RN WA Coach route from Piccadilly to Clough Street STRE L AL O LD PI LL DA ES TH BE AD O BR H E MA ALBION Coach route to Piccadilly and Bethesda Street Mitchell Arts Centre Regent Theatre ID L PS ROAD ET TRE HS UG CLO PA L EA Clough Street, on Highway for 20 coaches CH TH SOU EET STR VALE ETRURIA PICCADILLY For use by coaches taking groups to and from the Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall DROP-OFF AND COLLECT ONLY NO PARKING FREE COACH PARKING LY H MARS To A500 & M6 Dudson Museum ET STRE TRINITY New Vic Theatre RIA ROAD The Wedgwood & Royal Doulton Outlet Store is the ideal shopping destination for groups. Shoppers will find all major brands including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Waterford and Royal Albert all under one roof. Exquisite tableware and beautiful crystal, all at unbelievably low prices. With reductions of up to 75% off retail prices and an abundance of great gift ideas, there is something to suit every budget. The superb location is approximately 15 minutes from junction 15 or 16 of the M6. Free coach parking, group organiser incentives and refreshments available in the in-store café. Forge Lane, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5NP T: 01782 284056 E: [email protected] Cultural Quarter Car park Coach park Toilets Wheelchair accessible toilet Hope Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5DD T: 01782 285286 E: [email protected] Maximum Group Size: 40. Group Rate: Free. Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes. Contact: Alison Morgan. Open: Mon to Sat 9.00am – 5.00pm, Sun & Bank Holidays 10.00am – 4.00pm. Please telephone for Christmas opening times. Refreshments: Coffee shop on site. Coach Parking: On site. Overseas delivery Refreshments 16 Discover the 213 year history of the oldest surviving family business in the ceramic tableware industry. Explore the original Dudson factory courtyard and bottle oven housing a wonderful collection of Dudson pottery including figures, jasperware, stoneware and hotel-ware. Portmeirion Blue Spode 6 Open: Mon to Sat 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sun 11.00am – 4.00pm For Christmas opening visit the website. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 1.5 hours. Refreshments: Tearoom offering light refreshments, maximum capacity 40. Coach Parking: Pick up and set down points in Piccadilly. Coach Parking on Hinde Street and Clough Street. stoke.gov.uk/museum PEDESTRIANISED AREA COACHES NOT PERMITTED (Intu Potteries) AL B BROAD STREE City Centre Burslem & Tunstall 19 Discover our stunning Staffordshire Hoard display and the history of The Potteries, including the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics. See a Spitfire in the home of its designer, Reginald Mitchell. Relax at the museum café or browse the Foyer Shop for unique quality gifts. Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW T: 01782 232323 E: [email protected] Maximum Group Size: No limit apart from guided tours: 15. Group Rate: Donations welcome. Guided tours of Ceramic Gallery available at £1.50 per person. Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes – essential via reception. Contact: Visitor Services Officer. Emma Bridgewater Fenton Hinde Street, on Highway Open: Mon to Sat 9.30am – 5.30pm, Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm. (Pottery Cafe closes 1 hour earlier). Factory Tours: Mon to Thurs 10.00am, 11.30am and 1.30pm. Fri 10.00am and 11.30am only. Not available at weekends. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 2 hours. Refreshments: Hot and cold food and drinks, snacks and sandwiches, maximum capacity 80. Coach Parking: On site. The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Due to on-going research there may be periods when the Staffordshire Hoard is not on display. Please check before you travel. T EG REE R RR Y WA Bus Station ST TE CH ST BROAD ST RE ET Emma Bridgewater Factory Shop E AC LD ST RE ET A52 Ashbourne & Alton Towers IE D S WAY TERIE POT ST T SS LE AR CH BIR D ST N ST REET IEL H JO COACH PARKING A O BR Rd) EET STR ALBION SQUARE HF Stoke N LL HA ET LIC NN CA IG H ME STRE LBION LL ST BAGNA Mitchell Arts Centre Coach Set Down/ Pick Up Point E A LL ID MA D OL PS (see Map 4a) T EE STR DA ES TH BE ET RE ST ER RN WA Newcastle-under-Lyme 2.0 miles L ET RE ST Cultural Quarter Boundary ET RE ST AD RO LE VA New Vic Theatre GH OU CL PA L T EA 0.3 miles RIA RU ET A500 (M6) FREE COACH PARKING T HS AC NTB HU Indoor & Outdoor Markets T REE CH The LA Sentinel NE TH OU ET S TRE MARSH S FO RG E ST TRINITY ETRURIA ROAD g (Rin Quality Hotel Stoke-on-Trent The Wedgwood & Royal Doulton Outlet Store A50 Waterworld INTU POTTERIES LL ST NEW HA D FFOR STA BEST WESTERN PLUS Stoke-on-Trent Moat House ROAD T AD TOWN RO ET NORTH STRE SH AR • Ten Pin • Dry Ski Centre • 10 Screen Cinema (Bryan St) QUADR AN SAMPSON ST M FESTIVAL PARK COACH PARKING BREWERY ST T STREE The Dudson Museum T BRYAN STREE ET E STRE HOP K YOR 3 miles ROAD TOWN Tunstall 20 Open: Mon to Fri 10.00am – 3.00pm. Closed Bank Holidays. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 45 minutes. Refreshments: Coffee shop serving hot and cold snacks. Maximum capacity: 40. Coach Parking: Pick up and set down point available. Few minutes to coach park (Bryan Street). dudson.com visitstoke.co.uk/groups 7 North of City The Potteries Churchill 1 Westport Lake D ROA COACH PARKING T EEN STREE W E RE LA EE TR NS ZIO ST NE WY CL IFF ES T B 5050 FU Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre OO E RL TE WA RL T S T T RE Dudson EAS ET Factory ET EET Outlet RE TR S T NO ITT TS P R S I Moorcroft TH T P T PI S A E Factory Shop TT RD B ST W St John's Church SS ST BURGE T I LE N K AN DB O O ON G Coach Set Down/ Pick Up Point NILE S Burslem School of Art 3L D A5 E KN EE D WR 0 A5 RO A T AD RO REE Middleport Pottery AN ORT L NEWP T ST P OR Burleigh Pottery & Leeds Pottery The Churchill factory shop is perhaps one of the area’s best kept secrets. Having built a reputation for quality, innovation and design, the array of beautiful product truly caters for everyone. With brands including The Caravan Trail, Little Rhymes, Cath Kidston, Jamie Oliver and many more, come and find great discounts and offers on all high quality ceramics. T EE TR QU Kilnworx Climbing Centre Ford Green Hall Smallthorne 3.0 miles D AD RO AD A527 0.3 miles A500 (M6 J16) 0.6 miles 0 51 D B5 PL KET MAR (One Bay) RO ROA CH R RT D LAN OR MO DBA O T SAN TP M AR KE T WE ST PO RT ES AD STR EET W Port Vale Football Club RO Barewall NEW Gallery RO AD 0.3 miles Royal Stafford HA MI L DE FE TI A CO A50 S Tunstall PL N 7 Burleigh Pottery & Leeds Pottery 9 Royal Stafford Factory Outlet offers a wide range of seconds and discontinued lines. Royal Stafford’s tableware patterns, including designer ranges make this a must for bargain hunters. Also on site a Ceramic Café where you can create your own unique and colourful piece of tableware or giftware. The North of the City – Burslem and Tunstall TIO RA Royal Stafford EL R DE City Centre (Hanley) 1.3 miles No. 1 Marlborough Way, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 5NZ T: 01782 525203 E: [email protected] churchill1795.com Maximum Group Size: 70. Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes, for Coach Groups. Contact: Caroline Fowles Open: Mon to Sat 9.00am – 5.00pm, Sun & Bank Holidays 10.00am – 4.00pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour. Coach Parking: On site. Wedgwood Place, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4EE T: 01782 525419 E: [email protected] Maximum Group Size: 50. Contact: Shop Assistant. Advanced Booking Necessary: No. Open: Mon to Sat 9.30am – 5.00pm. Closed Sundays and some Bank Holidays. Refreshments: Light refreshments, hot and cold drinks. Coach Parking: On Nile St nearby. royalstafford.co.uk Dudson Factory Outlet 12 Dudson manufacture tableware products for the catering industry. All products on sale are made to demanding standards and are available to the public, at a discount price. Nile Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 2BA T: 01782 821075 E: [email protected] churchillchina.biz Open: Mon to Fri 9.00am – 5.00pm, Sat 10.00am – 4.00pm. Closed Bank Holidays. Coach Parking: On site. Burleigh Pottery and Leeds Pottery are hand made at the historic authentic Victorian Middleport Pottery, using skills handed down through generations. Visit our stunning factory shop for a wide choice of Burleigh Pottery including discontinued pieces, and delicate hand-pierced cream ware by Leeds Pottery at discounted prices. Middleport Pottery, Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3PE T: 01782 525510 E: [email protected] Advanced Booking Necessary: Booking is preferred. Contact: Telephone 01782 525510 to make a booking. Open: Mon to Sat 9.00am – 5.00pm, Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 1 hour. Refreshments: Tea and coffee available. Coach Parking: On street. burleigh.co.uk dudson.com Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre 14 Moorcroft Factory Shop Middleport Pottery (Home of Burleigh) 13 Denby Factory Outlet Shop 10 5 Save up to 50% off rrp on a wide selection of Denby pottery in quality seconds. Choose from classic stoneware patterns and Denby porcelain favourites. Freeport, Talke Retail Park, Pit Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1XD T: 01782 777418 Open: Mon to Sat 10.00am – 6.00pm. Sun 11.00am – 5.00pm Late night shopping Thurs till Described as the world’s best kept secret, a visit will reveal Moorcroft’s unique handcrafted, quality, collectable art pottery. Factory tours, shopping, museum and bottle oven come together creating an unforgettable experience. Please refer to our advert on page 20. The shop offers a selection of hand crafted giftware and table lamps. Pieces for sale are seconds with prices up to 20% off usual retail prices. For everyone visiting there will be the chance to seek out our special offer in-store promotions. Stock is subject to availability. Sandbach Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 2DQ T: 01782 820515 E: heritagevisitorcentre @moorcroft.com Minimum Number: 20. Maximum Group Size for Guided Factory Tour: 50. Group Rate for Guided Factory Tour: Adult £3.50, Child (11 – 16) & Concessions £2.50. Phoenix Works, Nile Street, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 2BH T: 01782 820505 E: [email protected] Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes, for guided factory tour. Contact: Barbara Mountford. Open: Mon to Fri 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sat 9.30am – 4.30pm. Closed Sundays. Open bank holidays. Closed Christmas to New Year – please contact for opening times. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 1 hour. Coach Parking: Adjacent. moorcroft.com 8 Car park Open: Mon to Fri 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sat 9.30am – 4.30pm. Closed Sundays. Open Bank Holidays. Closed Christmas to New Year – please contact for opening times. Coach Parking: Roadside. moorcroft.com Coach park Toilets Wheelchair accessible toilet denby-factory-shops.co.uk Barewall Gallery Refreshments 8 Art and Ceramics Gallery and shop selling original art and collectable ceramics by local producers many which celebrate the unique Potteries Heritage. 2 – 4 Market Place, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4AT T: 01782 258843 E: [email protected] barewall.co.uk Overseas delivery 8.00pm. Closed Christmas Day. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 1 hour for the Freeport Outlet Mall. Coach Parking: On site. Open: Mon to Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm, Sat 10.00am – 4.30pm. Sun by appointment only. Middleport Pottery, the home of Burleigh, is the last working Victorian pottery in the UK. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is completing an £8.5 million project to fully restore the site, creating a new visitor centre to explore and café to enjoy. Factory tours, where you can see Burleigh pottery being made, and a charming shop, where you can buy Burleigh ware, are already open to visitors. Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3PE 01782 499766 [email protected] Open: Shops and tours currently available. Site fully open from Summer 2014. Admission: Free. Burleigh factory tours available (fee payable) please check the website – booking is essential. middleportpottery.co.uk visitstoke.co.uk/groups 9 South of City The Potteries Aynsley China, Trentham 29 Portmeirion, Stoke 23 Portmeirion, Longton 24 The South of the City – Longton and Stoke ion D meir Port ET GE BRID' 6" 14 LA SU TH ER LA CO ST A50 AN D ND RO A D 00 7U TT OX ET ER RO AD e ston Gladery Pott um Muse NO A50 A50 ion meir Port ntham Tre miles 2.0 , hina ey C m Aynsl Trenthailes 2.0 m tham Tren orest F key iles Mon 2.0 m mes LYN Fire on Stati A50 r xete Utto M1 y& Derb e, ntr r Ce isito od V um gwo Wed Muse The gwood op Wed ctory sh a F & te iles Esta 4.0 m tham Tren The s RD ile 2.0 m Festival Park City Centre (Hanley) Burslem & M6 North Unit 5 Trentham Shopping Village, Trentham Estate, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8AX T: 01782 657699 E: [email protected] Advanced Booking Necessary: No. LICHFIELD STREET With Spode and Royal Worcester now under Portmeirion Groups umbrella, our factory shops have even more choice, with seconds at least 30% off retail prices. Including Spode’s Blue Italian, as well as Royal Worcester’s Evesham Gold, Portmeirion’s Botanic Garden and Sophie Conran. You’re sure to find a bargain. London Road, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7QQ T: 01782 743649/411756 E: [email protected] portmeiriongroup.com 473 King Street, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1EU T: 01782 326661 E: [email protected] portmeiriongroup.com Advanced Booking Necessary: No. Contact: Amanda Bennett. Open: Mon to Sat 9.00am – 5.15pm, Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm. For Christmas and Bank Holiday openings please telephone. Coach Parking: On site. Advanced Booking Necessary: No. Contact: Natisha Cooke. Open: Mon to Sat 9.00am – 5.15pm, Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm. Please telephone for Christmas & Bank Holiday openings. Coach Parking: On site. City Centre (Hanley) aynsley.co.uk portmeirion.com portmeirion.com RO AD PO OL LI VE R ET RE ST ET 28 Gladstone Pottery Museum 25 Fenton & Longton CITY RD A5007 W HIE CAMPBELL ROA D LONSDALE STRE ET GL EB E PL OL FE ST PB EL L HW ST CA M R N D N Portmeirion, Trentham D ROA LO 26 ORIA AD Stoke Minster STRE Aynsley China, Longton VICT RO OAD CH Indoor & Outdoor Market Repertory Theatre Ashbourne & Alton Towers KR T UR 52 LEE G CH A AD RO EK LE Stoke A52 NG O D AD Civic Centre & Kings Hall AY SW KI IN T REE RO EM GL BRIDGE 10' 3" T EE TR ES EB KING ST BRIDGE LDO 12' 00" N RD Alton Towers Uttoxeter Derby & M1 A50 A34 & M6 J15 South A500 Go Ape at Cannock Chase Britannia Stadium Longton Denby Visitor Centre & Factory Shop Royal Crown Derby Stoke Minster Stoke 22 The sacred heritage and history of Stoke Minster goes back to 7th century origins. The grounds contain the remains of the 13th century stone church, altar, and ancient Saxon cross. Graves of famous Potteries’ industrialists Wedgwood and Spode lie in the churchyard, with many memorials inside the architecturally beautiful church. Glebe Street, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent (postcode for car park is ST4 1JB) T: 01782 747785 E: [email protected] Open: Tues 12.30pm – 1.30pm, Wed 10.00am – 3.00pm, Thu, Fri, Sat 12.00pm – 3.00pm. Also open on Sunday mornings and at other times for regular services of worship. Admission: Free. stokeminster.org Car park Contact: Alison Bennion Open: January to March: 10.00am – 5.00pm everyday. April to December: 10.00am – 5.30pm everyday. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Coach Parking: On site. With Spode and Royal Worcester now under Portmeirion Groups umbrella, our factory shops have even more choice, with seconds at least 30% off retail prices. Including Spode’s Blue Italian, as well as Royal Worcester’s Evesham Gold, Portmeirion’s Botanic Garden and Sophie Conran. You’re sure to find a bargain. ROA A ST ELENOR Spode Works Visitor Centre A500 EET ILL FL D ST ELAN C OP SH D TION STA O AD LD R STR VALE RT A RD O ST HA O City Centre (Hanley) KE BRIDGE 13' 6" ON O SHELT A52 Portmeirion 10 New retail outlet selling a wide selection of best quality fine bone china, giftware, tableware and figurines. Many items at discounted prices. Also available are the group brands of Belleek and Galway Crystal. g ettin m ect S Perf Trentha NewcastleunderLyme Newcastleunder-Lyme A34 & M6 J15 South ROSS J15 EY ROAD ON COYN EST ME a RM St J urch AC Ch OT RO AD 05 035 Longton & A34 th Sou D A5 AM R NTH TRE M6 W A5 IRHAY RO AD MM ER CE S E R CHADWICK ST TRE ET TR TH M6 0& A50 e& Stok entre C City y le Ayns a Chin TR EE T S AN SP O RT ET RK MA ll n Ha Tow door & In rket Ma NE GE BRID00" 14' LAN DO NS T HAR BER ST RE ROA ST ANC HOR KIN G SID ING SP L A5 00 7 e& Stok ton, Fen entre C City A wide selection of the UK’s favourite best quality fine bone china. Giftware, tableware, seconds and discontinued lines, all at discounted prices. Stockists of Belleek and Galway Crystal. Light refreshments available in our Coffee Shop. Take a tour of one the last working fine bone china factories in England. Sutherland Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1HZ T: 01782 339420 E: [email protected] Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes. Contact: Alison Bennion. Open: Mon to Thurs and Sat 10.00am – 5.00pm, Fri 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sun & Bank Holidays 11.00am – 4.00pm. Closed Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day. Factory Tours: By prior arrangement only. £3.00 per person. Minimum 12 people for the tour. Refreshments: Coffee shop seating up to 60. Open: Tues to Fri 11.00am – 3.00pm, Sat 10.00 – 4.00pm. Coach Parking: On site. aynsley.co.uk Coach park Toilets Wheelchair accessible toilet With Spode and Royal Worcester now under Portmeirion Groups umbrella, our factory shops have even more choice, with seconds at least 30% off retail prices. Including Spode’s Blue Italian, as well as Royal Worcester’s Evesham Gold, Portmeirion’s Botanic Garden and Sophie Conran. You’re sure to find a bargain. Visit the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal burning ovens made the world’s finest bone china. See traditional skills, original workshops, the cobbled yard and huge bottle kilns that create an atmospheric timewarp that has no equal. Visit the gift shop with exclusive handmade pottery, books and gifts. Unit 230 Trentham Shopping Village, Trentham Estate, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8AX T: 01782 657828/743418 E: [email protected] portmeiriongroup.com Advanced Booking Necessary: No. Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1PQ T: 01782 237777 E: [email protected] Minimum Number: 15 Group Rate: Adult £4.25, Guide £26.00. Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes. Contact: Visitor Services. portmeirion.com Overseas delivery Refreshments Contact: Barbara Hobson. Open: 10.00am – 5.30pm Mon to Sun all year. Closed Christmas Day. Coach Parking: On site. Open: Tues to Sat & Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00am – 5.00pm (April to Sept). 10.00am – 4.00pm (Oct to Mar). Refreshments: Tearoom offering snacks and light lunches, including buffets – booking essential. Maximum capacity 54. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 2 hours. Coach Parking: Free on site. stoke.gov.uk/museum visitstoke.co.uk/groups 11 Shopping and Markets The Wedgwood Visitor Centre & Wedgwood Museum 34 The site is closed some days between Christmas and New Year. Please check our website for dates. Factory Tours: Please see our website for Have-a-Go opening times and factory tour availability. Refreshments: 100 seater restaurant. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 2 hours. Coach Parking: On site. wedgwoodvisitorcentre.com wedgwoodmuseum.org.uk Perfect Setting 30 Perfect Setting by Steelite International is the professional chef’s preferred choice in tableware. It combines durability and performance with award-winning ceramic design to transform the home entertaining experience and give your dinner party the professional touch. Step inside for an exclusive look at the finest tableware, glassware and cutlery chosen by some of the world’s best restaurants and hotel chains. Our tableware is all proudly produced in Stoke-on-Trent. Trentham Shopping Village, Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke on Trent Staffordshire, ST4 8JG 194 Osmaston Road, Derby, DE23 8JZ T:: 01332 712800 E: enquiries @royalcrownderby.co.uk Open: Mon to Sat 10.00am – 5.00pm. Factory Tours available Tues to Thurs 11.00am & 1.30pm, Friday 11.00am only (pre-booking essential). Admission: Please telephone 01332 712800 for group prices. Spode Works Visitor Centre Car park 21 Elenora Street, Stoke, Stoke on Trent, ST4 1QQ T: 01782 792525 E: [email protected] Advanced booking necessary: Yes. Open: 7 Mar - 2 Nov Fri, Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4.00pm. Mon to Thurs - pre booked groups welcome. Group rate: Free, donations welcome. Coach Parking: Set down point opposite gate. spodeworks.org Denby Visitor Centre 36 Discover a huge range of new, current and discontinued seconds in the largest Denby Factory Shop, along with unique offers and first quality in the Denby Home Store. The Visitor Centre has pottery tours, free daily cookery demonstrations, cookery, garden and gift shops, a museum, restaurant and regular events throughout the year. Denby, Derbyshire, DE5 8NX (just off A38 north of Derby) T: 01773 740799 E: [email protected] Group Rate: : Free admission to Visitor Centre & Shops. Discounts for groups of 10 or more on Tours and Shopping. Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes. Open: Mon to Sat 9.30am – 5.00pm, Sun 10.00am – 5.00pm (Visitor Centre) 11.00am – 5.00pm (Factory Shop & Home Store). Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 2 hours. Refreshments: Self-service restaurant. Coach Parking: On site. denbyvisitorcentre.co.uk Coach park Toilets The Trentham Estate Shopping Village 27 As well as fantastic factory shopping, Stoke-on-Trent has plenty more to offer for shopaholics with great discount shopping at Freeport Talke, brilliant High Street shopping at intu Potteries, and a fine array of specialist shopping at The Trentham Estate Shopping Village. intu Potteries 17 A fascinating exhibition at Josiah Spode’s former pottery, the birthplace of bone china. There are films, activities, stories of the factory, the workers and the everyday and the amazing things they made. There is also a selection of ceramic items from the huge collection cared for by the Spode Museum Trust. T: 01782 641411 E: [email protected] Open: Monday to Sunday 10.00am – 5.30pm. perfect-setting.co.uk Shopping and Markets royalcrownderby.co.uk 101,X1 12 35 Come and see Masterpieces in the making at the Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre. Royal Crown Derby Fine Bone China is manufactured from start to finish here in Derby by true artisans. They are part of a rich heritage of skilled craftspeople who have, through generations, continued to produce hand-finished objects that are cherished throughout the world. We are proud of our reputation for quality, creativity and commitment to the highest standards. Set in beautiful parkland just 10 minutes from junction 15 of the M6, a day out at Wedgwood offers something for every group. Guided factory tours offer a unique insight into the world of Wedgwood ceramics. Watch the skilled workers as they create iconic Jasper pieces and fine bone china tableware. Our “Have-a-Go” experience provides a great opportunity for visitors to work with a master potter and the chance to create their own masterpiece! Take a self-guided tour around the award winning Museum galleries, housing more than 6,000 artefacts that shaped Wedgwood and the ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent. Our “Taste of Staffordshire” award winning Restaurant offers a range of speciality main courses, light lunches or delicious afternoon tea all served on Wedgwood’s finest bone china, of course! In the Shop and Factory Outlet you will find the world’s largest selection of tabletop, crystal and gift products by all our brands including Wedgwood, Waterford Crystal, Royal Albert and Royal Doulton. Open 7 days a week with ample free parking. Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, ST12 9ER T: 01782 282986 E: [email protected] Minimum Number: 12. Group Rate: Adult £8.00, Child (5-16) £7.00, Concessions £7.00, School groups £6.00 Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes. Contact: Visitor Centre. Open: Mon to Fri 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sat & Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm. Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre Wheelchair accessible toilet Overseas delivery Treat yourself at Trentham with 50 shops, 14 cafes and restaurants and a massive garden centre all set in a charming timber lodge village. With art and ceramics, outdoor, craft, hobby, fashion, accessories, home and lifestyle, food, health and beauty, gifts and collectables – there are shops to suit every taste. Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8JG T: 01782 645215 E: [email protected] Advanced Booking Necessary: No. Located in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent intu Potteries is the largest shopping centre in Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Boasting big names including Primark, Debenhams, Pandora, Swarovski, schuh, Starbucks and Costa Coffee and a multi storey car park. With events and competitions every month. intu Potteries, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1PP T: 01782 289822 E: potteries.information @intu.co.uk Open: Jan to Mar 10.00am – 5.00pm everyday. Apr to Dec 10.00am – 5.30pm everyday, except Christmas Day (opening times can vary). Coach Parking: FREE on site. trentham.co.uk Freeport Talke 6 Open: Mon to Wed 9.00am – 5.30pm, Thu 9.00am – 8.00pm, Fri 9.00am – 5.30pm, Sat 9.00am – 6.00pm, Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm, Bank Holidays 10.00am – 5.00pm. Coach and Car Parking: Adjacent. intupotteries.co.uk Markets All the markets are general markets, selling food, clothing and household goods. Tunstall: Weds, Fri, Sat (indoor). City Centre: Mon to Sat (indoor), Weds, Fri, Sat (outdoor). Stoke: Weds, Fri, Sat (indoor and outdoor). Fenton: Thurs (outdoor). Longton: Weds, Fri, Sat (indoor). Newcastle: Mon, Weds, Fri, Sat (general), Tues & Thurs (antiques, collectables, memorabilia). Farmers market 3rd Friday of every month. Leek: Weds, Fri, Sat (indoor), Wed (outdoor), Sat (antiques), Fine Food Market 3rd Saturday of every month. Discover over 40 famous name stores including M&S Outlet, Gap Outlet, Thorntons, Nike and Denby, all offering up to 60% off every day. Plus, with eateries such as Costa Coffee and Burger King, you can sit back and relax after a hard days shopping. Talke Retail Park, Pit Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1XD T: 01782 774113 E: [email protected] Open: Mon to Sat 10.00am – 6.00pm (Thurs open until 8.00pm), Sun 11.00am – 5.00pm, Bank Holidays 10.00am – 6.00pm. Coach Parking: On site. freeport-talke.com Refreshments visitstoke.co.uk/groups 13 Gardens and Houses Gardens and Historic Houses The Trentham Estate – Trentham Gardens 27 Stoke-on-Trent has some fantastic garden attractions, including the most exciting day out in the country at the Trentham Estate. There is something for everyone – formal gardens and fountains, wild and colourful prairies, show gardens, woodland and lakeside walks, art and sculpture trails and Britain’s first 2 mile Barefoot walk, great for your feet, health and general well being. Discover the world at Biddulph Grange Garden. This unique Victorian garden consists of smaller hidden interlinking gardens including an Italian terrace, Chinese garden, Egyptian pyramid, dahlia walk, and a Scottish glen. Energetic displays of rhododendrons and azalea’s burst into life in late spring. Rode Hall also has sensational seasonal displays with its snowdrop walks in February, and stunning rhododendrons and azaleas in May. The City is also home to Ford Green Hall, a 17th century manor house with richly furnished rooms and a herb garden. With parkland originally designed by Capability Brown and gardens laid out by Sir Charles Barry, this former estate of the Dukes of Sutherland, became a playground of the people in the early 20th century. The contemporary revival of the Italian Gardens was led by renowned designer Tom StuartSmith, who along with the Trentham team revitalised the 10-acre Victorian garden ten years ago. Piet Oudolf’s Rivers of Grass and Floral Labyrinth schemes add further contemporary inspiration to garden visitors. Trentham Floral Labyrinth Biddulph Grange Garden 2 Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8JG T: 01782 645215 E: [email protected] Minimum Number: 12. Group Rate: Summer (31 Mar – 2 Nov) Adult £8.25, Concessions & Children £7.00, Disabled persons/carers £4.50. Winter (3 Nov – end March 2015) £4.00 all ticket categories. Access to Trentham Shopping Village is FREE. The new look gardens have now matured into some of the finest in Britain, and were highly commended by Visit England Excellence in Tourism awards 2012, in the best large visitor attraction category. Whether your group is looking for a garden with peace and quiet, or fun and action with its adventure playground, Barefoot walk, maze, fairy trail, miniature train and lake cruises, bring them to Trentham to enjoy quality time in the great outdoors, all year round. Open: Every day except Christmas Day. See www.trentham.co.uk or call 01782 645215, as seasonal variations apply. Refreshments: Italian Garden Tearoom & Lakeside Café within Trentham Gardens. See Meal Stops for Trentham Shopping Village. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: Half day. Coach Parking: FREE on site. Driver Incentive: Free admission and £5 meal voucher for drivers bringing groups of 12+ to Trentham Gardens. trentham.co.uk Ford Green Hall Biddulph Grange Garden 14 Car park Amazing Victorian garden created by Darwin’s contemporary James Bateman as an extension of his beliefs, scientific interests and collection of plants. Visit the Italian terrace, Chinese inspired garden, dahlia walk and the oldest surviving golden larch in Britain brought from China by the great plant hunter Robert Fortune. Home to the Ford family for nearly 200 years, Ford Green Hall is a 17th century timber-framed farmhouse complete with period garden offering visitors a fascinating insight into the life of the 17th century. The rooms are furnished with an outstanding collection of textiles, ceramics and furniture. Family friendly displays. Grange Road, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, ST8 7SD T: 01782 517999 E: [email protected] nationaltrust.org.uk Minimum Number: 15. Maximum Group Size: 52. Group Rate: Adult £6.75. Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes. Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1NG T: 01782 233195 E: fordgreenhall.museum @gmail.com Minimum Number: 15. Group Rate: Please call for details. Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes. Contact: Administration. Open: 1 Jan – 16 Feb 11.00am – 3.30pm, 17 Feb – 26 Oct 11.00am – 5.30pm, 27 Oct – 2 Nov 11.00am – 4.30pm, 3 Nov – 31 Dec 11.00am – 3.30pm. Refreshments: Tearoom, open as garden. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 2 hours. Coach Parking: On site. nationaltrust.org.uk/biddulphgrange Coach park Toilets 3 Wheelchair accessible toilet Overseas delivery Open: Please telephone or see website for opening days and times. Refreshments: Small tearoom serving light refreshments. Larger groups will be split into two. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 1 hour. Coach Parking: Adjacent. stoke.gov.uk/museum fordgreenhall.wordpress.com Refreshments Rode Hall & Gardens 4 An 18th century house set in a Repton landscape containing fine furniture and porcelain. The garden is renowned for snowdrops in February followed by rhododendrons and azaleas in May. Rode Hall, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QP T: 01270 873237/882961 E: [email protected] Admission: House & Garden Adults £7.00, Children under 16 free, Concessions £6.00. Garden only Adults & Concessions £4.00, Children under 16 free. Open: Snowdrop walks: 8 Feb – 16 Mar Tues to Sun 12.00pm – 4.00pm. Summer openings: 1 Apr – 25 Sep: Gardens open Tue to Thu & Bank Holidays 12.00pm – 5.00pm. Hall open Wed and Bank Holidays 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Refreshments: A selection of homemade cakes, cream teas and hot and cold drinks are available from the tea room. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 1 hour. Coach Parking: On site. rodehall.co.uk visitstoke.co.uk/groups 15 Leisure and Entertainment Leisure and Entertainment Go Ape at Cannock Chase The Trentham Estate Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8JG T: 01782 645215 E: [email protected] Minimum Group Size: Varies per attraction, see separate entries. Group Rate: Varies per attraction, see separate entries. Open: Varies per attraction, see separate entries. Refreshments: A variety of food and drink outlets, see Meal Stops. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: Varies per attraction, see separate entries. Coach Parking: FREE on-site. Home to Trentham Gardens, Trentham Monkey Forest, Aerial Extreme and Trentham Shopping Village – this is a destination with something to please everyone! For an uplifting experience visit Trentham Gardens with its vast perennial plantings providing breathtaking vistas that change throughout the seasons. This stunning contemporary revival of an historic garden has made it amongst the very best in the UK. Encompassing 725 acres, take a stroll around the Estate with its mile long lake, through the woodlands and parklands and search for fairies along the way. For the young and young at heart, get naked from the knees down and take the UK’s first barefoot walk. Hide and speak in the maze, swing into action in the adventure playground, take a trip on the catamaran or miniature train. Experience distinctively different shopping at Trentham Shopping Village, with 60 timber lodges housing over 50 shops, 14 cafes and restaurants and the massively impressive Trentham Garden Centre. Get up close and personal with 140 free-roaming Barbary macaques at Trentham Monkey Forest or take a high rope adventure at Aerial Extreme. You can even stay over at the on-site Premier Inn! Check out our fun-packed events programme and latest information at www.trentham.co.uk Broad Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4HG T: 01782 409307 E: [email protected] The UK’s number 1 forest adventure at Cannock Chase. Enjoy the classic and original experience. We brief you for safety before you fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan swings in a beautiful setting. Or why not try our forest Segways and get off the beaten track with Go Ape. Release your little monkeys onto our NEW Go Ape Tree Top Junior course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids! Birches Valley Forest Centre, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2UQ T: 0845 6439215 E: [email protected] Open: See website for details. Group Rate: Please check website for details as all three activities are different. Refreshments: Available on site. Coach Parking: On site. Tickets: Please see website for performance/show dates and prices. Open: Tue to Sat 10.00am – 5.00pm, open late on performance/show days. Closed Sun & Mon except show days. mitchellartscentre.co.uk New Vic Theatre Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0JG Box Office: 01782 717962 E: [email protected] Minimum Number: 10. Box Office Open: 10.00am – 7.00pm. Refreshments: Restaurant and bar areas. Coach Parking: Yes, pre-booking essential. newvictheatre.org.uk goape.co.uk/days-out/cannock Alton Towers Trentham Monkey Forest The Alton Resort ThemeOpen: Park Varies has anper amazing Stone Road,Towers Trentham, Stoke-onattraction, see selection of thrill rides, amazingseparate live shows and family Trent, ST4 8JG entries. trentham.co.uk Telephone: 646646 Refreshments: A variety attractions.01782 Opening in May 2014 is the world’s first of food Email: [email protected] and drink outlets, see Meal CBeebies Land which will be home to a unique range ofStops. co.uk trentham.co.uk Minimum Recommended Visit themed rides, attractions and live entertainment! Minimum Group Size: Varies per Time: Varies per attraction, see attraction, see separate entries. separate entries. Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB Minimum Recommended Group Rate: Varies per attraction, Coach Parking: Visit Time: All FREE day. on-site T: 0870 444 4455 see separate entries. Open: Please visit Group Rate: Please telephone www.altontowers.com for for rates. opening times as they vary throughout the year. Coach Parking: On site. altontowers.com Kilnworx Climbing Centre 11 Kilnworx is an indoor climbing and adventure centre with over 100 routes equipped for top rope and lead climbing, complete with traversing wall. Wycliffe Hall, Wycliffe Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3ET T: 01782 938491 E: [email protected] Open: Mon to Fri 12.00pm – 10.00pm, Sat & Sun 10.00am – 8.00pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day. Group Rate: Adults from £4.00 to £9.00, Child (16 and under) from £4.00 to £8.00. kilnworx.org Car park Mitchell Arts Centre Mitchell Arts Centre is a community arts centre offering a varied programme of events and also houses the wonderful licenced Spitfire Café Bar serving sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as delicious cakes. Mitchell Arts Centre originally opened in 1957 as a tribute to Reginald Mitchell – the designer of the Spitfire. 27 trentham.co.uk 16 32 31 Toilets 18 Find the Fairies at Trentham Gardens A unique experience for everyone. Come to the only place in Britain where you can walk amongst 140 Barbary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of beautiful English Forest. Walking in the park you are transported into a different world through close contact with the monkeys. Guides are positioned along the paths and are happy to answer any questions. Hourly feeding talks. Trentham Estate, The South Entrance, Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8AY T: 01782 659845 E: [email protected] Minimum Number: 20. Group Rate: Adults £6.50, Child (3-14) £4.50. Advanced Booking Necessary: No. Contact: Joy. Coach Parking: On site. Open: School holidays and weekends from 15th Feb to 30th Mar. Every day from 1st April to 2nd Nov. Open from 10.00am (see website for seasonal variations in closing times). Last admission one hour before closing. Refreshments: Banana café offering home cooked food. Picnic area. Minimum Recommended Visit Time: 2 hours. monkey-forest.com Coach park Regent Theatre & Victoria Hall Wheelchair accessible toilet At the heart of the Cultural Quarter, The Regent Theatre & Victoria Hall play host to some of the biggest names in music, comedy and theatre. You’re sure to find something for your group to enjoy! Cultural Quarter, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent. Refreshments: Bar areas. theambassadors.com Minimum Number: 10. Street and Clough Street. Coach Parking: Pick up and Group Hotline: 0844 871 7619 set down points in Piccadilly. E: [email protected] Coach Parking on Hinde Box Office Open: Mon to Sat 10.00am – 6.00pm. atgtickets.com/stoke Overseas delivery Refreshments Trentham Monkey Forest visitstoke.co.uk/groups 17 Accommodation and Meal Stops Accommodation and Meal Stops The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Café BEST WESTERN PLUS Stoke-on-Trent Moat House The Trentham Estate Meal Stop 27 Aynsley Coffee Shop, Longton 26 19 A wide selection of hot and cold food and beverages, including ‘Staffordshire Oatcakes’. Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW T: 01782 232323 E: [email protected] Maximum number: 40 Open: Mon to Sat 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sun 11.00am – 4.00pm. A modern hotel offering excellent facilities and a unique and contemporary style décor throughout. Full leisure club, spa and beauty, large restaurant, comfortable bar and lounge. Situated on Festival Park and near to Alton Towers. Free Wi-Fi. Free Porterage. stoke.gov.uk/museum Gladstone Pottery Museum Tearoom 25 Tearoom offering snacks and light lunches, including buffets. Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1PQ T: 01782 237777 E: [email protected] Maximum Capacity: 54. Advanced Booking Necessary: Yes. Coach Parking: On site. Minimum Number: 9 rooms. Group Rate: From £20 pppn B&B; £25 pppn DBB. Contact: Reservations. Coach Parking: Free on site. Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8JG T: 01782 645215 E: [email protected] Meals Offered: 14 restaurants and cafes on site. £5 meal voucher for all coach drivers. Sutherland Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1HZ T: 01782 339420 E: [email protected] Maximum Number: 60. Open: Tues to Fri 11.00am – 3.00pm, Sat 10.00am – 4.00pm. Contact: Alison Bennion. Coach Parking: On site. Maximum Capacity: 300. Open: Jan to Mar 10.00am – 5.00pm, Apr to Dec 10.00am – 5.30pm (opening times can vary). Coach Parking: FREE on site. stoke.gov.uk/museum bw-stokeontrentmoathouse.co.uk trentham.co.uk Quality Hotel Stoke-on-Trent BEST WESTERN Manor House Hotel Wedgwood Restaurant Situated within the heart of The Potteries and central to most locations. Only 18 miles to Alton Towers. Also close by is Wedgwood Visitor Centre & Museum, the Trentham Estate, and Trentham Monkey Forest. Children welcome. Free coach parking. Free WiFi. 135 en-suite bedrooms. Ideally located 3 miles from junction 16 of the M6 motorway on the Staffordshire/Cheshire border. The BEST WESTERN Manor House Hotel is an ideal base for touring The Potteries and Cheshire countryside. We offer 57 newly refurbished ensuite bedrooms, swimming pool and sauna, restaurant and bar. Free WiFi and parking. Our award winning Wedgwood Restaurant offers a range of speciality main courses, light lunches, snacks and cakes, all served on Wedgwood’s Finest Bone China....of course! Enjoy everything from a cream tea to a three course meal, a Sunday carvery to a delicate afternoon tea. Groups can take advantage of individual menus, waitress served at their own reserved table. The University campus offers a wide range of accommodation perfect for any large group event. During the Easter and summer vacations there are total of 2,000 bedrooms available in our Halls of Residence. Free WiFi is available throughout the campus, alongside numerous restaurants, cafés, bars and shops, all on hand to make your group visits comfortable and enjoyable. Keele Hall, which is Grade II listed, and the Italian Gardens are the ideal location for historical and woodland tours. Both available on request. 66 Trinity Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5NB Bedrooms: 20S 32T 49D 29F 135PBS. T: 01782 202361 E: [email protected] qualityhotelsstoke.co.uk Audley Road, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 2QQ Bedrooms: 9S 15T 29D 4F 57PBS. T: 01270 884000 E: [email protected] Minimum Number: 20. Wedgwood Visitor Centre, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, ST12 9ER T: 01782 282986 E: [email protected] Maximum Number: 100 Booking essential. Keele University, Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG T: 01782 732020 E: [email protected] Bedrooms: 2,000 bedrooms (800 en-suite, 1200 with shared facilities). Minimum Number: 10 rooms. Maximum Number: 90 rooms. Group Rate: From £20 pppn B&B; from £27.50 pppn DBB. Single Supplement rates apply. Contact: Reservations. Coach Parking: On site. princehotels.co.uk 18 Etruria Hall, Festival Way, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5BQ Bedrooms: 19T 20D 108T/D/F 147PBS. T: 01782 609988 E: revenue.manager.stoke @qmh-hotels.com Just 5 minutes from J15 M6, Trentham Shopping Village is the ideal stop with 50 shops and 14 eateries, there’s something to suit every taste, from traditional pies to Mediterranean brasserie! Most have alfresco tables too, with covers ranging from 30-300 with a choice of table, buffet or informal service. Serving tea and light refreshments including home made cakes and local Staffordshire oatcakes, the coffee shop is available to all visitors. Everything served on Aynsley’s fine bone china. Car park Maximum Number: 54. Group Rate: From £25 pppn B&B; from £30 pppn DBB. Contact: Reservations. Coach Parking: Free on site. manorhouse-alsager.co.uk Coach park Toilets Wheelchair accessible toilet Overseas delivery wedgwoodvisitorcentre.com Refreshments aynsley.co.uk 34 Open: Mon to Fri 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sat & Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm. Meals Offered: Traditional English afternoon tea, plus a wide range of hot and cold meals and snacks. Contact: Wedgwood Visitor Centre. Coach Parking: On site. Keele University 37 Minimum number: 10 Maximum number: 2000 Group Rate: From £20 prpn to £30 prpn Contact: Keele University Conferences & Events. Coach Parking: Free on site. keele-conference.com T – Twin, D – Double, S – Single, F– Family, PBS – With private bath or shower. visitstoke.co.uk/groups 19 SUPPORT SERVICES Stoke-on-Trent Tourism is pleased to offer a range of support services to help you when planning your group visit to the City, be it for a day, short stay or longer. Contact details Web Site For further information please contact: Tim Sharman, Stoke-on-Trent Tourism, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Hanley Town Hall, Albion Street, Stoke-on-Trent City Centre, ST1 1XP T: 01782 236084 E: [email protected] visitstoke.co.uk/groups Log on to visitstoke.co.uk/groups for more information on The Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent. Coach Drivers Maps Series of maps highlighting coach parking, factory shops and attractions in the individual towns. If you require more copies please call 01782 236084. Promotional Print Supplies of consumer print, general visitor maps etc, for distribution to members of booked groups. Image bank on visitstoke.co.uk A comprehensive selection of images available for use in your promotional print. Familiarisation Visits Come and see everything that Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area has to offer group visitors at a time and date convenient to you. Let us know what your group are interested in. We will then do a personalised itinerary, liaise with the relevant attractions who will show you around, and give you all the contacts and information required to ensure that your future group visit is a success. Contact the Groups Desk on 01782 236084/232817 with an idea of dates when you would like to do your familiarisation visit and we will organise everything for you from there. Itinerary Planning For suggestions and ideas for itineraries/ packages telephone 01782 236084. Factory Holidays Factory Tours are not available during factory holidays. The dates here are inclusive and show factory holidays for 2014. Most factory shops remain open but we advise you to check before you travel. The Visitor Centres are open throughout the year except Christmas week and New Year’s Day. Stoke-on-Trent based Coach and Tour Operators The operators listed below offer a wide range of transport arrangements and can also help you with route and itinerary planning. • B akers Coaches The Coach Travel Centre, Prospect Way, Victoria Business Park, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, ST8 7PL. T: 01782 522101 F: 01782 522363 Easter – Fri 18 April and working week of 21 April May Day – Monday 5 May Annual – Thursday 19 June, Friday 20 June. Working weeks of 23 and 30 June • P rocters Coaches Dewsbury Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2TE. T: 01782 846031 F: 01782 744732 Late Summer – Thursday 21 August, Friday 22 August. Working week of 25 August Christmas 2014 – From Wednesday 24 December 2014 until 2 January 2015 • C opeland’s Tours 1005 Uttoxeter Road, Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 6HE. T: 01782 334466 Tourist Guides For further details please telephone 01782 236084. Drive times to Stoke-on-Trent Town MilesDrive-time Town MilesDrive-time Birmingham 45 47 mins Manchester 44 1 hr 2 mins Brighton 217 3 hrs 43 mins Bristol 126 2 hrs 17 mins Newcastle -upon-Tyne 192 3 hrs 27 mins 95 1 hr 43 mins Cardiff 145 2 hrs 44 mins Northampton Derby 35 47 mins Norwich 199 3 hrs 50 mins Edinburgh 250 4 hrs 31 mins Nottingham 53 1 hr 22 mins 116 2 hrs 3 mins Hull 127 2 hrs 25 mins Oxford Leeds 91 1 hr 41 mins Peterborough 100 2 hrs 17 mins 53 1 hr 22 mins Leicester 66 1 hr 23 mins Sheffield Liverpool 56 1 hr 4 mins Southampton 183 3 hrs 23 mins London 159 3 hrs 5 mins York 119 2 hrs 17 mins Distances and drive-times courtesy of AA Route Planner. Drive times may be longer for coaches but these give a general indication of journey times. 20 visitstoke.co.uk/groups 21 This map is not to scale and should not be used as a comprehensive road map. A-Z guides are available for purchase from the Tourist Information Centre, local newsagents and bookshops. 1 Churchill China hell Mitc Kidsgrove 16 Chester and North Wales A527 2 d St yd Sn e Dudson Factory Outlet St re et 12 No rth El de r Road e kN 14 ee Moorcroft L ad Ro w Rudyard Lake Heritage Visitor Centre Rd Central Forest Park Skate Plaza Local Bus Information T: 0871 200 2233 www.traveline.info First Customer Services T: 0845 602 0121 www.firstgroup.com Quad ran t Sq rke t ine St reet ay low e Str et Leek Emma Bridgewater Ma ld S tr Ca s tte ies 20 h f ie l na on ld Ca Bo on ce eet Pic cad ill y St re et d Alton Towers Lic ek Le R Alton Towers d oa KEY Parking A50 d oa Other place of interest M W oad 24 Portmeirion King Stre et WC Anc hor R Artbay Gallery on R o ad S ths Ro ad M ar M ket A5007 Utt ox oa d Canal Tra ns po rt A34 32 Tittensor Dunoon eter R es oad ton C oyn o ey R ad Fire Station A50 Derby/Nottingham/M1 A5035 The Trentham Estate Road Go Ape 33 31 Trentham Monkey Forest Wedgwood Visitor Centre 34 and Museum Douglas Macmillan Hospice d oo tw gh Li 30 Aynsley Perfect China Setting Normacot R h am Trent Stone/ Stafford The Trentham Estate 28 29 25 26 Aynsley China Suth erland Road Gladstone Pottery Museum Longton Cricket Club Wedgwood Visitor Centre and Museum A34 nd St Co m m er ce A50 Trent & Mersey tra The S Stoke City Football Club Britannia Stadium A5035 Premier Inn Longton Town Hall Rd Moulton St Ba Ch adw ick Duke St Grove Road Access restrictions in place. No motor vehicles except from certain allowances. See visitstoke.co.uk and click on ‘Get Around’ for further information. Park Hall Country Park La ne Gle b St sda le Lon bell Roa d Cam p Police Station Fenton Park City Ro ad The Trentham Estate 27 Toilet Railway Station Fenton A34 Maer Estate Cottages Market WC Bus Station Fenton Manor Sports Complex A5007 hi eld M Vic to ria R eS te et r Ch WC ur 22 Stoke Minster c M h S tr eet Fl e min WC gR d on Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre t ool R Liver p K w gs in Shopmobility Road Leek Road Ro ad St rra Northwood Stadium es Way s St Ro nt ge Re Leek Lo nd teri t tree hS Pot rle ha eld et tre A500 Portmeirion r Hanley Town Hall ad WC M6 South Junction 15 tte Police Station Bucknall New Road oad A50 Newcastle -under-Lyme hfi n d oa Portmeirion e hT Staffordshire University St Ele d S ora A52 Spode Works Centre 21 Civic & Kings Hall Visitor Centre ay tre et Lic Po Law Courts 4 Attraction Staffordshire University nR ld nO Stoke-on-Trent Mainline Station Rd d lan pe Co ad l Ro hil ts Stoke rc W 2 t o ati St elto Sh C le v el a nd R ad Ro ge lle Co Hanley Park C St Street Bi Library 2 3 Tourist Information A52 Ha r d oa t de S eR k Sto Meig Tontine e Stre Hin A500 nt Row 18 Park & Ride Newcastleunder-Lyme & North Staffordshire Hospital Complex Parliame Victoria Hall St 3 t WC 4 nall hn Jo ll S Ha d Ol WC Bag 1 St nn Ca l Hil ow Sn Newcastle-under-Lyme et tre rS rne Wa Shelton New Road Regent Theatre treet Albion S Potteries Museum & Art Gallery oa Br e Newcastle-under-Lyme 19 ll a sd the Be Mitchell Arts Centre 18 Ma id CULTURAL QUARTER ps ll Percy St t ee Str Pa et Clough Stre oad Basford St Sq rk Ma ick nsw Bru ine e an L et 1 St ach ntb Hu M Tont WC ea Etruria Industrial Museum R Vale New Vic Theatre 37 Keele University Fountain Square t ree y St Trinit Ch Etruria Graythwaite Guest House 17 Lamb St ford Staf Street M intu Potteries Foundry St Trinity South Marsh Street Quality Hotel Road t Lower Foundry S et North Str e Etruria Post Office Pi cc ad ill y Cob ridg eR sh ar ad Ro Weaver Street Ro a Town Road M ne e La Forg a uri Etr Octagon Retail Park lings Road all St New H Odeon Cinema Snooker Ten Pin Marina City Centre Coach Park d Sampson St Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel ee K ay Retail Park Brewery Street et e Stre Hop lW Hanley Potte ries Way Hanover St Dudson 16 Museum Bryan St City Centre A53 22 National Express T: 08717 818181 www.nationalexpress.com Passenger Transport www.stokebus.info t Stree York tiva Fes Stoke Ski Centre Sentinel Offices 23 National Rail Enquiries T: 08457 484950 www.nationalrail.co.uk oa d Retail Park A527 Hi ll S T R A N S P O R T D E TA I L S Town Road oad treet Moorcroft Factory Shop Elder Road R oo terl 13 A53 FESTIVAL PARK Wedgwood & Royal Doulton 15 Outlet Store Barlaston Staffordshire Peak District Leek A53 t ee Str Wa St Johns Waterworld 32 A34 M6 ell Ch ne ile N La Birmingham and the South The Wedgwood Visitor Centre ad Ro bank St St Burgess A500 A50 Derby and the East Stone and The 27 Stafford Trentham Estate ley W Fu rlo ng A5051 re qu a School of Art Centre Newcastle -under-Lyme nd l 11 Kilnworx Climbing Lane Newport S Port Burleigh Pottery 9 and Leeds Pottery Middleport Pottery 10 M r la oo n St oo d Alton Towers 15 ad Ro et P e Que A5051 Longton n Ha WC Mark New t castle Stree Burslem Park S an Sw Davenport Street d ad he 7 Royal Green Stafford 8 Barewall Gallery Fenton A50 A500 Port Vale Football Club a Stoke A53 Ham il R oa d A527 Westport Lake Manor House Hotel Burslem ad R W ion es rat tp de or t R Fe o Freeport Talke Alton Towers & Ashbourne Hanley 3 l Ro 6 ia Brown hill ot Denby Factory Outlet Shop City Centre Newcastleunder-Lyme Ford Green Hall Hil Sc al an 5 A53 Burslem A34 Dimensions Leisure Centre s Rd C ey ers &M Rode Hall B5051 A52 son St William nt Tre 4 Staffordshire Peak District Tunstall A500 Biddulph Grange Garden A50 Sandbach Roa d WC M A50 M6 The distance from Royal Stafford, Burslem, to the Wedgwood Visitor Centre is approximately 11 miles. Tunstall A527 W inald R eg A34 Manchester and the North Tont M6 North Junction 16 Ro ad Wedgwood Visitor Centre and Museum Alton Towers Royal 35 Crown Derby Visitor 36 Denby Centre Barlaston This map is reproduced from the Ordnance Survey material with the permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office © Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown copyright and may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings. Stoke-on-Trent City Council 100024286 2007.
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