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Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre

         
Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire England
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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 Apedale Valley Light Railway

         
Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire England
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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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National Brewery Centre

         
Burton upon Trent Staffordshire England
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The National Brewery Centre Museum incorporates large elements of the original Bass Collection. Learn about the legendary Bass family and their role in the development of brewing. The museum also celebrates the social history of the development of brewing - the real life experiences and stories of the people who helped to build Burton's world-renowned brewing reputation.

 


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Wightwick Manor and Gardens

      
Wolverhampton Staffordshire England
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The haven of a romantic industrialist, Wightwick's timber beams and barley twist chimneys, rich William Morris furnishings and Pre-Raphaelite paintings make it an idyllic time capsule of Victorian nostalgia for medieval England.

 


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Moseley Old Hall

      
Wolverhampton Staffordshire England
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Built in 1600, Moseley Old Hall is home to an amazing tale; that of a future king fleeing for his life.

 


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Featured Attraction


Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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