Bordering no less than 7 other counties to its north, south, east and west, Staffordshire is an expansive and versatile county offering lots in the way of things to do – with a number of cities, towns and villages as well as tourist attractions and natural beauty on offer. When it comes to planning family days out in Staffordshire, the hardest part is making a decision.
1. Enjoy a spot of culture in a Cathedral City
Boasting the furthest possible place from the sea, you’re truly in middle England here. The 7th smallest city in England by population, Lichfield is well known for its Tudor architecture, cobbled streets and dominant three-spired Cathedral. Along with its beautiful scenery, a high street home to chain and independent shops alike, and a selection of traditional pubs mean it’s well worth the day out. Things to do in Staffordshire don’t get much more versatile than a trip to the home of the man who defined the country’s language himself, Samuel Johnson. Suitably well connected, there are two large train stations for ease of access.
2. Cannock Chase AONB
When it comes to parks in Staffordshire, you can’t quite beat the sheer size, beauty and versatility of Cannock Chase. A registered Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s not technically a park, but if you’re looking for unparalleled greenery, there are 26 square miles to keep you busy. Home to wildlife, trails, forestry and even a Go Ape course for a more adrenaline-fuelled day, you could visit Cannock Chase every weekend of the month and still have something new to do afterwards.
3. Take a Walk in Staffordshire
There are countless walks and bike trails in Staffordshire, meaning there’s something for all interests and abilities, dependent on what kind of environment you’re interested in exploring. The South Staffordshire Railway Walk is a five and a half mile trip stretching from Castlecroft to Wall Heath. Its length and terrain mean it’s great on a warm day whether you’re going it alone, as a couple, or even with the kids – and you can even tackle on bikes or with the dog too. Given that the trail hasn’t seen a train in more than half a century, you know you’re in the realms of real untouched beauty, making it ones of the best walks in Staffordshire for natural beauty.
4. Explore the outdoors in the Peak District
Accounting for a significant portion of the south west of the Peak District, Staffordshire boasts some amazing limestone valleys in the national park within its confines. From camping to hiking, fishing to rock climbing, it’s an explorer’s paradise, with something to offer all families, in all weather conditions. While days out in Staffordshire that start out in the Peak District may call for an entire weekend just to make the most of it, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a lengthy day visit if you’re within reach. Why not check out or top things to do in the peak district for a little inspiration.
5. Get your adrenaline fix at a theme park
When it comes to family days out in Staffordshire, (by which we mean something for the kids to get stuck into), you truly are spoilt for choice. Home to two of the biggest theme parks in England, you have a choice between Drayton Manor and Alton Towers, the former boasting a zoo within the grounds and the latter some of the most hair-raising rides the country has to offer. And if the weather lets you down? Grab your swimsuits and head to Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent for some sheltered fun instead.
So there you have it – things to do in Staffordshire with a little something for everyone. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker and adrenaline junkie or you’d rather the serene and relaxing, there are things to do in Staffordshire for all interests. Why not check out our Men’s Outdoor Lifestyle Collection and Women’s Outdoor Lifestyle Collection to get kitted up in style for your next outdoor adventure.