The first ever Staffordshire Day will take place on Sunday 1st May, and we want you to get involved!
While many other counties have their own official celebrations, we have never had one until now, so this is our chance to shout about the greatness of Staffordshire!
So if you’re thrilled by our theme parks, honoured by our history and heritage, proud of our people, or cherish our countryside, help us spread the word on social media, using the #StaffordshireDay hashtag.
You can download the Staffordshire Day logos, to use on Facebook and Twitter, from www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffsday
There will be lots of events and activities going on in towns and cities, and at visitor attractions across the county.
‘How the Monkeys came to Staffordshire’ will tell the story of how the macaques, which originate from Algeria and Morocco, came to the Trentham Monkey Forest, near Stoke-on-Trent, and why the county was chosen over any other.
And ‘A Day at the Lake’ at Rudyard Lake near Leek will recreate a famous event from 1864, when Carlos Trower – also known as ‘The African Blondin’ walked across the lake on a tightrope!
A major event is also planned for the World of Wedgwood visitor experience in Barlaston.
More events will be added to the dedicated Staffordshire Day web page, and we’re organising special offers and competitions too! And some of our top places to eat will be offering Staffordshire-themed menus!
Let’s make Staffordshire Day a party to remember!
MORE ABOUT STAFFORDSHIRE DAY
• This year is a very big one for Staffordshire – the county is 1000 years old!
• The first recorded mention of the county was in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a collection of historical records chronicling the story of the Anglo Saxons, in 1016.
• We’re also marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown, the famous landscape architect known for designing many beautiful gardens and parklands in Staffordshire.
• And it’s 300 years since the birth of James Brindley, the engineer who spent most of his life in Leek and pioneered the canal network.
• So 2016 is a fitting year for the first Staffordshire Day. The date itself, 1st May, was decided by a public vote on the Enjoy Staffordshire website, and marks the anniversary of when the world-famous Wedgwood pottery company was established.
• With your help we’ll make it a great success and it will become an annual event, giving you an opportunity to show your pride in your county.
• It will also show people who have never been to Staffordshire why they should pay us a visit, helping us to grow the county’s tourism industry, which currently supports 28,000 jobs and brings over £1bn a year into the local economy.