A Magic May Weekend in Staffordshire
This weekend is a big one in so many ways. Firstly it is our first May bank holiday weekend…a time to celebrate life itself as nature all around us is a riot of colour, hope and magic.
However, Staffordshire is taking the weekend to a whole new level of magic this weekend. There are two celebrations this weekend that are linked but, more importantly, strike at the very heart of everything I love about the place I live.
Kicking off the weekend, the Stoke on Trent City of Culture bid has been submitted officially today…something I thought I would never see in my lifetime. A city that has topped many a ‘Crap Town’ poll, that has been dismissed by the national media and has frequently been the butt of cruel (and unfounded) jokes about all that is worst about an apparent post industrial wasteland. The response of the Stoke on Trent community has been to rise up and present a powerful, passionate and counter argument to all those critics. Not in a grumpy, shouty way (NOT the way of Stoke’s people) but in a typically warm, quietly dedicated, humble, friendly rebuttal in the form of the City of Culture Bid.
You see, Stoke has heart, culture, ceramics, green places, business, academics, theatre, dance, music, entrepreneurs, sport, disruptors, makers, designers, innovation, integrity and above all some of the most genuinely, warm and authentic people you will ever meet.
In a series of events running all tomorrow and culminating in a spectacular water based show in Hanley, Stoke is finally showing the world what is already here and asking them, respectfully, to have a rethink about what Stoke on Trent is all about. Find out how to join the celebration here.
Secondly, Staffordshire will be celebrating it’s second ever Staffordshire Day. A designated day to take a good look around at all the magic that the county as a whole can offer. Across the county, there will be events, competitions and fun to celebrate all that is brilliant about the county. Headed by Destination Staffordshire, the day includes some of the following:
Tour de Lewis – May 1st – a foodie, cycle ride in 3 courses. Starting at the Moat House in Acton Trussell, our route takes us to all 3 rural Lewis Partnership properties in Staffordshire and at each stop you’ll have the chance to sample something tasty with a Staffordshire twist. Call it a gastro tour, we like the idea of a course with three courses. Organised by Ride Staffs – Simply member and all round cycling event geniuses.
World of Wedgwood – Fine Food & Artisan Craft Fair with Kate Malone (ceramic artist from Pottery Throwdown) – May 1st. A fabulous day with handpicked local artisans, makers and designers all in the inspirational surroundings of all that is Staffordshire heritage at World of Wedgwood. The stands include Simply members like Sarah Myatt Glass.