When it comes to taking some much needed time out and enjoying a day out with your family or friends, it can be difficult to find an activities which don’t break the bank.
That’s why we’ve put together our very own blog on 5 Free Things to Do in Stoke-on-Trent – just for you!
Longton Park (Queen’s Park)
Located directly off Trentham Road in Dresden, Stoke-on-Trent, Longton Park features a lovely new play area with two play zones – one for toddlers and one for juniors.
Packed with exciting play equipment, the area offers fantastic facilities including the unique i-play unit of electronic games of which there are only a few of in the UK at the moment.
The park also features swings, an 8M high space net, 25M cable slide and a ship wreck, and if you keep your eyes peeled you might spot a glimpse of the wildlife! Squirrels, swans and ducks are often out and about, why not settle down for a picnic at one of the many benches to enjoy the relaxing scenery?
Caldon Canal runs through Hanley Park and is known for its array of narrow boats that sail up and down.
The pathways are well maintained and make for a beautiful walk past the potteries and it’s also a lovely cycling path too.
One of the most beautiful parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands, this scenic canal takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Stoke for a peaceful breath of fresh air.
Westport Lake Play Area
Located by the car park off Westport Lake Road, this lovely little play area is suitable for children aged 4-12 and even babies and toddlers aged 0-3 years.
This exciting new adventure play area has a selection of play equipment including the fort climbing frame, swings, a merry-go-round, springy animals, slides and a spinning seat.
Your little ones are sure to have a fantastic time playing around, but if you can prise them away from the playground for all of 10 minutes there are plenty of natural delights in store too.
There are many water birds stopping off at the lake at this time of year for their migration season, and at the conservation area at the northern end you can see shovellers, kingfishers and often lots of dragonflies. The main lake is surrounded by an easy, level footpath which is one mile long: just right for tiring out little legs!
For further information visit http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/visitor-centres/westport-lake-visitor-centre
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Travel back in time and discover the history of the Potteries and of Staffordshire.
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is home to the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found on display, the world’s finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics, Reginald Mitchell’s WW2 Spitfire, Ozzy the famous pottery owl and all sorts of art and crafts.
Fun for all ages, see the unique collection of works of art housed here including Picasso, Degas and Durer plus national touring shows, and take a few hours to enjoy family friendly exhibitions and activities. There’s also an on-site café and Museum Shop if you fancy splashing out as well.
For further information visit http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/pmag/
One of the most beautiful walks around Stoke-on-Trent, Kynpersley Reservoir truly is a hidden gem in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent.
There’s plenty of wildlife to spot while taking a stroll around the waters and at this time of year the bluebells should be sprouting too to make for a stunning scene.
While mostly flat and even, there are some sections which are uphill and slightly more challenging, however you’ll never be too far away from a bench or seating area.
Be sure to follow the signs for the Waterfall and you’ll feel as if you’re walking through Middle Earth, and there’s even a tiny beach-like view as well. The perfect setting for a summer’s picnic!
And there we have it, a short guide on 5 Free Things to Do In Stoke-on-Trent. We hope you spot something which catches your fancy, and let us know how your trip went by commenting on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
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