Great May Days Out In Staffordshire!
If you want to learn how to forage in the woodland, grow your own food, rock climb, raft build, or watch world famous actors in a magical outdoor performance, then head to Staffordshire for some great days out this bank holiday weekend and May half term.
Spend the bank holiday weekend going wild in the great outdoors and learn Advanced Wilderness Survival Skills at the Trentham Estate. Between 10am and 2pm visitors can learn about edible plants in the woodland, create structures on and off the ground, make and use a selection of hunting tools and get dirty camouflaging themselves. The Wilderness Survival Skills will continue on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June from 10am to 2pm.
Wildlife enthusiasts can join the RSPB at the Trentham Estate from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May between 10.30am and 3.30pm and get creative making fat feeders and dragonflies to take home. Also at the Estate during half term will be junior rowing crews from all over the country as they take to the water for Trentham Boat Club’s Regattaon Sunday 5 June. Races start at 9am until 3pm.
Discover your green fingers at the National Trust’s Grow Your Own Weekend at Moseley Old Hall on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May. Learn about growing your own fruit and vegetables and keeping chickens and bees with demonstrations and activities from 12 noon to 4pm.
If the kids need to burn off some excess energy over the holidays, 7 to 14 year olds can spend their days climbing, canoeing, kayaking, scrambling and raft building withPeak Pursuits at Tittesworth Water and Audley Climbing Centre from 28 May to 5 June 2011. Activities vary on each day and booking is essential.
For watery wonders, get involved in the Etruria Canal Festival at the Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June, a family-friendly festival which brings together narrowboats, canal boats and steam engines in a lively carnival. Sculptor Charis Jones of Sculpted Steel will also be opening the doors of his forge and demonstrating his blacksmithing skills as part of the weekend. Visitors will be able to buy a Sculpted Steel creation 'hot from the forge’ and see the work of six local artists in the Creative Showcase at the museum.
For thespian thrills during May half term, Shakespeare Globe Theatre on Tour are staging William Shakespeare’s 'As You Like It' in the grounds of Shugborough Estate from 3 - 5 June. Performed on an Elizabethan-inspired outdoor stage, a small troupe of travelling players from the world famous Shakespeare Globe Theatre will breathe new life into one of Shakespeare's most well-loved plays. Take along a picnic for a truly magical outdoor theatre experience. Performances begin at 7:30pm and tickets can be purchased from Shugborough Estate or Stafford Gatehouse Theater.
Step back in time at Tamworth Castle as part of their Tudor Living History Days on Sunday 29 and Bank Holiday Monday 30 May and meet Tudor musicians, learn dance steps from the Lord and Lady, watch the servants at work, help the herbalist make beauty treatments and try your hand at Tudor writing.
Discover the ancient custom of well dressing in the village of Endon in the Staffordshire Moorlands from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May. The blessing of the water supply, in the form of the village well, is unique to the Peak District and surrounding areas and will be celebrated with maypole dancing, a brass band, fine foods, duck racing and much more.
For more information about events in and around Staffordshire this May visit www.enjoystaffordshire.