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Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

(Staffordshire Attractions)

Lichfield Staffordshire England
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Visitors enjoying the Cathedral splendour of Lichfield shouldn't miss one of the city's smaller gems, the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. A Grade I listed townhouse built in 1707, the beautiful building on the market square offers an insight into the life of an 18th century bookselling family and their very famous son.

Best known as the author of A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755, Samuel Johnson was also a playwright, poet, journalist and editor, and is highly regarded as one of the 18th century's most important men of letters. Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life in the house before moving to the London literary scene, and regularly revisited Lichfield in his later years.

A warm welcome awaits at the house, which is now a Museum to his life and times. Displays over five floors include period room settings, an introductory film, interactive exhibits and hands-on fun for families. The bookshop is still open and sells second-hand titles on all subjects. A programme of events for all ages and interests takes place throughout the year.

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 2019 Events

Imagination and Reality: Samuel Johnson and the Use of Travelling

Saturday 2th May – Sunday 7th July Exhibition on maps, travelling writing and 18th century journeys.
Paintings in Focus Saturday 13th July - Sunday 8th September An in-depth look at the Museum's art collection with a self-guided tour leaflet available daily, plus a programme of special tours and sketching sessions throughout the summer.

Johnson's 310 Birthday Celebrations

Saturday 14th September: Activities and free entry at venues across the city, as part of Lichfield's Heritage Weekend

The Girl in the Picture Frame

Saturday 28th September: Inside us all is the child we once were... how events and people around her shaped Lucy Porter, Dr Johnson's step-daughter. Performance from Intimate Theatre.

Plus family activities during the school holidays, history workshops... and much more! For full listings and more information please visit the museum website at www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk

Admission is free of charge,
but donations are welcome.

Open Daily
April - September 10.30am - 4.30pm
October - March 11.00am - 3.30pm

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Unreal Paintball

(Staffordshire Outdoor Pursuits)

Madeley Staffordshire England
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Unreal Paintball is the ideal place to go paintballing in Stoke on Trent, Based on the border of Staffordshire and Cheshire, and also being only 5 minutes from junction 15 and 16 off the M6 makes Unreal Paintball an accessible location from anywhere in the Northwest and Midlands and Stoke on Trent . Open all year round, whatever the weather, this action packed paintball site will ensure you have the time of your life!

Entry including all equipment hire is from £5 per player
Times 8.45am to 3.30pm


Staffordshire Regiment Museum

(Staffordshire Museums and Arts)

Lichfield Staffordshire England
Description : 

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum tells the story of the Staffordshire Regiment and all its antecedents from its formation in Lichfield in 1705.


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Boscobel House & the Royal Oak

(Staffordshire Historic Buildings)

Bishop's Wood Staffordshire England
Description : 

Boscobel House was built in about 1632, when John Giffard of Whiteladies converted a timber-framed farmhouse into a hunting lodge.

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The National Forest

(Staffordshire Outdoor Pursuits)

Swadlincote Derbyshire England
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The National Forest is one of England's most ambitious environmental projects.

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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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