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Royal Stafford

(Staffordshire Shopping)

      
Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire England
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The Royal Stafford Factory shop is a shopper's dream of individual pieces that are perfect as gifts or as a treat for yourself! The shop is an ever-changing emporium of traditional patterns, modern shapes and contemporary items available at heavily reduced prices.

 


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Royal Stafford

(Staffordshire Attractions)

      
Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire England
Description : 

The Royal Stafford Factory shop is a shopper's dream of individual pieces that are perfect as gifts or as a treat for yourself! The shop is an ever-changing emporium of traditional patterns, modern shapes and contemporary items available at heavily reduced prices.


Every piece is guaranteed to have been made in England and better yet, in the factory just next door to the shop!
And after bargain hunting, why not stop for a coffee and a cake in the cafe?

Our Ceramic Cafe is a lovely place to wind down and enjoy decorating your very own, individual piece of pottery. Our helpful and friendly staff will guide you through the process from selecting one of our many shapes on offer to how to wash your design off if you change your mind halfway through!

Prices start from just £5.50 including the studio fee, the cafe is a great low cost way to keep the kids and the adults entertained! Your unique piece will be glazed and fired and ready for collection (free) or posting (delivery charge) to you within a week.

Something to celebrate? We can also help you organise a special occasion or party, whether it's a birthday party, a relaxing hen party or a baby shower. For parties of 10 or more, we'll even offer a reduced studio fee! Contact us to tailor your special event.

We also hold events throughout the year at the factory so keep your eyes peeled for Christmas gift ideas, spooky Halloween activities and Easter fun!

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Lealans Garden Centre

(Staffordshire Shopping)

      
Pattingham Staffordshire England
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Lealans Garden Centre started on its present site just before the Second World War, when the present directors grandfather Frederick William Lealan bought the land the garden centre now stands on in 1935.


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Lealans Garden Centre

(Staffordshire Gardens)

      
Pattingham Staffordshire England
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Lealans Garden Centre started on its present site just before the Second World War, when the present directors grandfather Frederick William Lealan bought the land the garden centre now stands on in 1935.


Along with his son James, and daughter Elizabeth, they moved from Darlaston where Frederick William had a greengrocers shop. They grew vegetables during the war years, gradually moving over to tomatoes, cut chrysanthemums, bedding plants and ornamentals.

For many years they stood on Wolverhampton's outdoor market, before concentrating on the garden centre in the 1970's.

The present directors are James' son Peter and daughter Ann, along with James' widow Phyllis. Elizabeth now in her nineties no longer takes an active role in the business.

The garden centre has been greatly improved over the last few years with the outdoor shrub area being completely rebuilt during the late 1990s. It now holds an extensive range of shrubs, climbing plants, conifers, roses and trees.

In 2004 the existing gateways were closed and a new purpose built entrance and driveway were opened, greatly improving the access.

The indoor pot plant area was revamped during the early part of this year, with new floor and tables being put in.

The range of goods available for customers to purchase has been greatly increased over the last few years and now includes garden furniture, barbecues, giftware and Christmas items, but of course the main focus is still on plants.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge of plants and friendly helpful staff.


Guildhall Shopping Centre

(Staffordshire Shopping)

      
Stafford Staffordshire England
Description : 

The Guildhall offers a modern shopping environment and has 40 retail outlets including many popular national chains and local traders.


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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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