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Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre

(Staffordshire Attractions)

         
Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire England
Description : 

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The Moorcroft Museum enables the visitor to look back in time: you can let your imagination run wild and absorb the fascinating history of this unique company and its hand-crafted pottery. The Moorcroft Museum display sparkles in cabinets made by Liberty of London in 1924, enabling the visitor to look at past examples of the very first pieces designed by William Moorcroft at the end of the 19th century. You move forward into the fascinating renaissance of Moorcroft's art ten years ago, before passing through the millennium to the present day. Themed exhibitions relating to Moorcroft's history are an ever-changing feature of this vibrant and colourful Museum display.
 
Shop and Bottle Oven
 
Steeped in history, massive yet gracious, the Moorcroft Bottle Oven stands in the centre of the factory shop. Although its final commercial firing took place in 1962, the bottle oven is now one of the few remaining in Stoke-on-Trent. As a Grade Two listed building, shop visitors have the opportunity to step inside, and there experience the mood of a bygone age.
Described as the world's best-kept Moorcroft secret, the shop offers a comprehensive collection of pottery and table lamps.
 
Moorcroft pottery, is displayed to breath-taking effect on oak stands. On hand will be Moorcroft's highly knowledgeable and friendly sales advisors. You can browse at your leisure without obligation.
 
Factory Tour
 
Why not book a factory tour and witness the highly skilled craftsmen at work.  The method of making Moorcroft has remained virtually unchanged for over 100 years.
 
You are looking at the making of a piece of Moorcroft Pottery, the ancestors of which first appeared in 1897. 
 
Today, Moorcroft is as alive and vibrant as it has been at any time in its long and colourful history.  Old pieces now fetch substantial sums in the major salesrooms of the world while many pieces sold less than five years ago have more than doubled in value. 
 
Christies the international auctioneers, hold two specialist Moorcroft sales each year.  Another remarkable fact is that for a hundred years Moorcroft employed only four full-time designers.  This changed in early 1997 when the Moorcroft Design Studio was formed.  The Design Studio now comprises of no less than nine designers with Rachel Bishop at the head.
 
Every piece of Moorcroft is individual and made entirely by hand.  The method of production of Moorcroft pottery originated by William Moorcroft is almost exactly the same today as it was a hundred years ago.  Most pieces are still turned on a lathe to perfect the shape.  Designs are applied by Tubelining or Slip trailing as it is sometimes called, a process by which the raised outline is applied to the pot in the form of a fine extrusion of liquified clay or slip squeezed through bag held in the hand.  The colours are based on metallic oxides, and are applied entirely by hand, with one colour gently washed over another to enable them to blend together at high temperatures, firstly with the clay pot then the transparent glaze.  It is a second firing which produces the brilliance and depth of colour which has become the unique hallmark of Moorcroft Pottery.
 
 
Opening Hours : Monday to Friday - 10am to 5pm, Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm (Inclusive of Bank Holidays)
Car Park and Admission are Free. Coach Parties are Welcome.
Closed Sunday.Closed Christmas to New Year for annual holidays.
Telephone 01782 207943
 
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The Dorothy Clive Garden

(Staffordshire Gardens)

         
Market Drayton Shropshire England
Description : 

The peaceful and serene Dorothy Clive Garden was created in 1940 when Colonel Harry Clive began his transformation of a disused Victorian quarry for his wife Dorothy, who was suffering from Parkinson's disease. 


 

The garden became the focus of Colonel Clive's life and in 1958 he set up the Willoughbridge Garden Trust to preserve Dorothy's memory. The charity has two key purposes which are to maintain, enhance and further develop a garden inspired by the memory of the late Dorothy Clive to be used for the enjoyment of the public, and to promote and support horticultural education, for the continuing benefit of both students and the general public. These two charitable objects are underpinned by an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and ecological sensitivity.

Both intimate and informal, the 12 acre site boasts a Royal Botanic Glasshouse, winter garden, edible woodland, spectacular woodland quarry with waterfall, dazzling azaleas and rhododendrons, thousands of spring bulbs, spectacular summer flower borders, a pool and alpine scree, a rose walk and zingy tropical borders. The garden also includes a south facing Hillside Garden, providing a wealth of seasonal interest. Plant enthusiasts will find many unusual species throughout the garden along with many specimens of trees and shrubs.

Delicious homemade scones, light lunches and a selection of sumptuous cakes are available in the garden tearoom. Plants and gifts are also available to purchase in the gift room.

Enjoy Staffs Tourism Awards GOLD 2018 2The Dorothy Clive Garden won Gold in the Staffordshire 2018 Tourism Awards 'Best small visitor attraction' category. Curator of the Dorothy Clive Garden, Kathryn Robey said, "This is no small achievement in the current climate and a huge achievement by the whole team at the Dorothy Clive Garden. We would love to say thank you to all staff, volunteers, trustees, patrons and members who support us so well."
The Garden has also been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant which will enable us to record, document and tell the story of the garden for future generations. Since the National Lottery was set up in 1994 over £4million has been raised to protect and celebrate Newcastle's heritage. From repairing historic places of worship to commemorating the world wars and from celebrating local traditions to opening up historic gardens, National Lottery players have supported over 70 community projects across the borough.

2019 promises to be a vintage year at the Dorothy Clive Garden., with some wonderful events taking place including 2 Plant Hunters Fair's in April and August and our 8th Annual Chilli, Cheese and Chocolate Festival in September. 

The garden is open 10.00am - 5.30pm daily from mid March until the end of September. There are various events taking place, please see our website for further details www.dorothyclivegarden.co.uk

There is also a garden tea room with a terrace lawn which is open from 10.00am - 5.00pm for mid morning snacks, lunch and afternoon tea (with home baking).

Situated on the A51 on the north Staffordshire/Shropshire border, the Dorothy Clive Garden is two miles out of Woore village, mid way between Nantwich and Stone. From the M6, exit at junction 15 and take the A 53 then the A51.

Facilities are available for disabled visitors. Parking is free and dogs are admitted on leads.

Prices in the High season (mid March – 3th Sept) :

£8.50 per adult, £2.00 children aged 5-17, a yearly membership is £17 (single) £34 (joint)

For further information, please contact our Administrator on 01630 647237 or email at info@dorothyclivegarden.co.uk
www.dorothyclivegarden.co.uk

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The Apedale Valley Light Railway

(Staffordshire Attractions)

         
Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire England
Description : 

The Apedale Valley Light Railway is a 2'0" narrow gauge railway operated by the volunteers of the Moseley Railway Trust. 


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Sandon Spring Fair

(Staffordshire Festivals and Shows)

         
Stafford Staffordshire England
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Stone Food & Drink Festival

(Staffordshire Festivals and Shows)

         
Stone Staffordshire England
Description : 

Welcome to Staffordshire's biggest gastronomic gathering!
4th - 6th October 2019


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