The weather is definitely improving as we head into spring and then summer, which means we can start thinking about a few family days in the sun. And if you live in Staffordshire, we’ve got some great destinations just a stone’s throw away that will appeal to people of all ages.
We are lucky to have some amazing attractions in Staffordshire and neighboring Derbyshire. We have everything from top theme parks filled with rides to incredible beauty spots and quaint villages. We certainly don’t need to travel miles because we have so many beautiful days on our doorstep. We have selected some of the best day trips for people to enjoy this holiday weekend.
From relaxing walks to visiting ruined castles, there’s something for everyone in Staffordshire this spring and summer. So if you’re thinking of taking your friend, partner or family out for a day, be sure to check out our list below.
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Cannock Chase, Birch Valley, Rugeley, WS15 2UQ:
With a children’s playground, Go Ape treetop adventure, orienteering trails, and even a dog activity trail, people won’t be stuck for something to do in Cannock Chase Forest. The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers a range of woodland walks to suit all ages and abilities, and for those wishing to explore the forest on two wheels, be sure to check out the cycle routes for some of the best opportunities for family and mountain biking. the Midlands.
If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one from the Birches Valley Cycling Centre. and when it comes to food, you can bring a picnic or cafe lunch. Come rain or shine, people will all return home after experiencing a fantastic adventure in the forest.
Stafford Castle, Newport Road, Stafford, ST16 1DJ: The castle which can be seen from most of the county town is a former Grade II listed building located two miles west of the town of Stafford. Since the time of the Norman Conquest and as recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, it was the seat of the powerful Anglo-Norman Stafford family.
The castle was remodeled in the early 19th century by the Jerningham family in the Gothic Revival style, on the foundations of the medieval structure, and incorporates much of the original stonework. At present, there is a purpose-built museum with a gift and refreshment shop located on site below the castle mound.
Matlock Bath, Derbyshire: Developed as one of the country’s premier tourist destinations, Matlock Bath retains much of the character and interest that impressed early visitors. 1.5 miles south of Matlock town, Matlock Bath is set in the stunning Derwent River Gorge, with beautiful riverside gardens, an aquarium, wooded hills and limestone rocks. There is also the cable car from the heights of Abraham to admire the view.
A popular tourist destination since the late 17th century when the thermal waters were discovered, its peak was in Victorian times when it was dubbed “Little Switzerland” by poet Lord Byron. These days, there’s plenty to do for families, bikers and fun-seekers, like parades of decorated boats, entertainment and, on certain dates, fireworks. If you like motorbikes, Sunday is the day to visit as the city is a mecca for bikers.
Twycross Zoo, Burton Road, Atherstone, CV9 3PX: Twycross Zoo has just opened its major new multi-million pound attraction based on the classic children’s book The Gruffalo. The new attraction, called ‘The Gruffalo Discovery Land at Twycross Zoo’ spans four acres, featuring characters from the best-selling children’s book it is named after, created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
But Twycross is also teeming with wildlife, including big cats like snow leopards and the zoo, just 13 miles from Burton, is the only place in the UK home to all four great apes – chimpanzee, orangutan , gorilla and bonobo – the closest living cousins of the human race.
Ecclesbourne Steam Railway, Wirksworth Railway Station, station road, coldwell street, Wirksworth, DE4 4FB: Recognized as a Heritage Diesel Railcard Center of Excellence by the Department for Transport, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway offers stunning views of the Staffordshire and Derbyshire valleys, plus friendly customer service and afternoon teas. luxury in the afternoon. And what could be more exciting than traveling by steam train?
Visitors can hop on and off the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway all day with a day ticket from either Duffield or Wicksworth stations, or enjoy unlimited travel for a year with an annual pass.
Les Gardons, near Le Poireau: The Roaches is located in the north of the county in the Peak District. The steep and craggy sandstone ridge is said to be home to mythical mermaids. The rocks and moors are also home to a wide variety of wild birds; listen for willow ptarmigan clucking in the heather and watch out for birds of prey like buzzards and sparrowhawks.
The Roaches brings together two main sandstone outcrops, ‘Ramshaw Rocks’ famous for the ‘Winking Man’ rock formation and ‘Hen Cloud’ offering stunning panoramic views. On a clear day it allows people to see much of Cheshire, Winter Hill in Lancashire and even as far as Snowdon in Wales.
Conkers, Millennium Avenue, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6GA: There are a host of outdoor and indoor activities for the whole family to do at Conkers in the National Forest. Visitors can explore 120 acres including the Barefoot Walk, Observation Tower, Adventure Game, Fairy Maze before burning off energy with the whole family on the activity course. Families can also take the Conkerchoo train between the Discovery and Waterside centres.
And as we head into warmer weather, there’s now a brand new water park that opened over the Easter holidays that the whole family will love.
Rosliston Forestry Centre, Burton Road, Rosliston, Swadlincote, DE12 8JX:
This gem just outside of Burton is home to woodland walks, indoor and outdoor play areas, bike rentals, fishing, gift shop and restaurant and is also in the national forest. There are also educational programs, archery, laser tag in the woods, all available for people who book ahead to enjoy a day at the center. And there are many beautiful walks.
Alton Towers, Farley Lane, Alton, ST10 4DB: The famous Staffordshire theme park invites visitors to discover its new festival centered on the park’s seven main roller coasters; Nemesis, Rita, Oblivion, Th13teen, Wicker Man, Galactica and The Smiler.
But for families who may not all be able to experience the thrill of the big rides, the Cbebbies Gardens and Grounds are great alternatives for some down time at the park. There’s also the new Gangsta Granny ride, based on David Walliams’ best-selling children’s book.
Drayton Manor, Drayton Manor Drive, Fazeley, Mile Oak, Tamworth, B78 3TW:
Enjoy your favorite rides, such as Shockwave, Apocalypse, River Rapids, Accelerator and more. With the only Thomas Land in Europe – with over 25 rides and attractions, live entertainment and Sir Topham Hatt himself. So whether you like thrill rides or family favorites, there’s something for everyone.
And don’t forget there’s also the park’s fascinating 15-acre zoo with over 500 animals to explore, including cheeky meerkats and adorable red pandas. Plus, they’ll have plenty of exciting entertainment, from board games with Rory the Lion to the Thomas Land Balcony Show with Sir Topham Hatt.
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