People in Staffordshire are being urged to opt for a ‘staycation’ over the Easter holidays and explore the county’s many attractions and hidden treasures. There’s a great video below which shows why….
Staffordshire has a thriving tourism economy with a wealth of great attractions, including many leading national sites, drawing in millions of visitors from across the UK and beyond.
For adrenalin seekers and families the county has two of the UK’s top theme parks in the Alton Towers Resort and Drayton Manor Park, as well as Tamworth’s SnowDome and Waterworld. All four of these fun-filled attractions can be visited using the value-for-money Thrill Hopper multi-attraction pass available online at www.thrillhopper.com.
Staffordshire is also home to the National Memorial Arboretum, where HRH Prince William recently officially opened the brand new £15m Remembrance Centre. The county also boasts the national football centre at St George’s Park and the National Brewery Centre both in Burton upon Trent, as well as a wealth of smaller museums and attractions.
Darryl Eyers, Director for Economy at Staffordshire County Council explained that the county was a fantastic place to explore with something for everyone, with many more hidden and more quirky attractions just waiting to be discovered.
Darryl said: “We have a rich tapestry of attractions here in Staffordshire, many of which are nationally acclaimed, in addition to some that are perhaps less well-known but which play a vital part in our visitor economy. The Easter holidays offer a great opportunity to get out and explore some of our wonderful attractions right on our door step. With so much to see here, I’d definitely urge people to consider a ‘Staycation’.”
The Trentham Estate is now the UK’s 4th largest paid-for garden attraction and the award-winning adjacent Monkey Forest is the only place in Britain where visitors can walk through the enclosure where the monkeys roam freely.
World of Wedgwood was launched in 2015, a major £34m redevelopment at the Wedgwood Factory in Barlaston, which created a brand new visitor centre integrated with the Wedgwood Museum, giving people even more reasons to visit Staffordshire.
There are historic houses and sites to visit like Lichfield Cathedral, the Shugborough Estate, Tamworth Castle, the Ancient High House and Weston Park. And, Staffordshire is also a great place for the outdoors, from the Peak District National Park in the north to Chasewater and Cannock Chase AONB in the south and the National Forest in the east, not to mention hundreds of miles of footpaths, cycleways and a canal network amongst the largest of shire counties.
In 2015 alone almost 25 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed a day or overnight trips to Staffordshire, helping generate over £1.7 billion for the local economy. The tourism sector also supports 29,979 jobs in the county.
Since 2008, the overall sector spend has grown by 31%, overnight stays by 36%, day trips by 31%, and employment by 28%.
People can find out more about what Staffordshire has to offer this Easter at www.enjoystaffordshire.com/easter