Activities in North Staffordshire
North Staffordshire has a wide selection of activities to offer - whether you are looking for an adrenaline filled day, a stag or hen activity or family fun, the following should offer you some choice
The following are details of activity providers in the area, as well as specialists providing experience or training in one activity there are others providing a wide variety from one location – so if you do not find a specialist take a look at the Multi-Activity providers section
Arts & Crafts
Emma Bridgewater Pottery Lichfield Street, Stoke-on-Trent - The decorating studio offers a number of activities and events throughout the year as well as factory tours
Royal Stafford Ceramic Cafe Wedgwood Place, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent - Paint a Pot sessions - Decorate your very own, individual piece of pottery at the Ceramic Cafe
Valentine Clays Valentine Way, Fenton - Courses and workshop themed events in a new workshop facility
World of Wedgwood Wedgwood Drive, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent - In addition to factory tours, on selected dates, the Decorating Studio offers the chance for both adults and children to get creative with ceramics, paint and glaze also other events such as “Creative Craft Activities” and “Family Friendly Play with Clay” again on selected dates
Airsoft Combat / Paintballing
First and Only Airsoft at Anzio Camp which is a disused M.O.D. barracks and training facility. This site is perfect for everyone from first time players to airsoft veterans as the site and scenarios cater for all types of play.
Ashcroft Park & National Paintball Games – their 2 sites are near Tean and offer a wide variety of activities
Audley Climbing Centre by Peak Pursuits is an indoor centre, packed with routes and challenges for climbers of all ages and abilities
Kilnworx Climbing Centre in Burslem offers great indoor climbs, slabs, angles, overhangs, bridging, corners, arêtes, overhanging arêtes, it's got it all.
Awesome Walls Stoke is England’s largest dedicated bouldering centre. It comprises over 900 square metres of bouldering made up of walls and features of all angles
Jubilee2 Climbing has a bouldering wall,14.5 metre wall with a variety of features,16 routes with grades ranging from 3 to 7a
Clip ‘n Climb Stoke Douglas Park, Opal Way, Stone Business Park
Indoor Climbing - You don't need any previous climbing experience. The standard climbing session is open for 4 years + and there is a Soft Play area for under 4’s
Cycling / Mountain Biking
North Staffordshire has a number of National Cycle Routes traversing it - the 5 / 555 runs North South along the Trent and Mersey Canal, the 550 runs along the Caldon Canal from Etruria as far as Cheddleton and then on across the Staffordshire Moorlands to Waterhouses and the 549 which runs through the Manifold Valley. The 559 leaves the Caldon Canal (550) at Densford (Deep Hayes Country Park) and heads north through Leek on to Meerbrook (Tittesworth Reservoir). In the South of the area route 5 leaves the Trent and Mersey Canal at Aston-by-Stone and takes lanes and roads to Stafford where it joins route 55 which then heads out to Newport and on to Telford. There is also a section of route 55 running from Stoke up to Biddulph and on to Congleton and Cheshire beyond
Biddulph Valley Way – signed as National Cycle Route 55 - This runs for 10 miles between Stoke and Congleton, from the Caldon Canal towpath at Milton to Congleton – it utilised the track bed of the former Biddulph Valley railway line – download a map from our archive
Biddulph to Whitemore – Old railway line this section is 4.5 miles long with surfaced trail Start at the Old Station Car Park off Smokies Way Biddulph - Whitemore Local Nature Reserve at the northern end – though the trail continues to Congleton see www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/article/844/Biddulph-Valley-Way
Manifold Track – Manifold Valley, Hulme End, Near Hartington – 9 miles from Waterhouses to Hulme End it follows the route of the disused Leek and Manifold Light Railway, the track is surfaced and fairly level throughout its length with most being off-road or on quiet lanes – Bike Hire and Tea Shops - download a map
Oakamoor (car park) – take the cycle path along the Alton Valley at the 1st Stone Bridge exit cross the bridge and the path brings you to Dimmingsdale (see above) or continue and exit after the old station taking the road to the right up to Alton Village (left and its Alton Towers) and return the same way or take Red Road, the lane past the Dimmingsdale car park, back to Oakamoor
Stafford to Newport Greenway - About 12 miles long, this old railway trackbed is now a surfaced trail between Castlefields in Stafford and Audley Avenue Newport. It forms part of The Way for the Millennium and NCR 55
see www.staffordshire.gov.uk/... and .../familyfriendlycycling/stafford-greenway
Traffic Free National Cycle Routes
Stone to Stoke via Trent and Mersey Canal Towpath - Signed as NCR 5, passing through Stone, Barlaston, Trentham and Stoke
Stoke to the Harecastle Tunnel From Stoke the Trent Mersey Canal Towpath becomes NCR 555 and passes through Etruria (Junction with the Caldon Canal and Etruria Industrial Museum), Festival Park Marina, Middleport (Middleport Pottery), Westport Lake (Nature Reserve) and on to the Harecastle Tunnel
Hanley Park to Cheddleton Station - National Cycle Route 550 runs from Hanley Park along the Caldon Canal Towpath to Cheddleton Station (Churnet Valley Railway) – passing through Endon, Endon Canal Junction, Denton (Deep Hayes Country Park) Cheddleton (Flint Mill Museum) and on to Cheddleton Station (Heritage Railway)– the 550 then continues on quiet lanes to Waterhouses where it meets the NCR 549 Manifold Valley Way
(a detoure here is possible from the Endon Canal Maintenance Yard, via Park Lane cross the main road to Hallwater Lane, Gratton Lane to Graton and on to Rudyard Lake)
Denford to Leek / Meerbrook NCR 559 – Leaving the Caldon Canal NCR 550 at Denford taking Denford Road and joining the towpath of the Caldon Canal Leek Branch to Barnfeild Road, Leek – the 559 then utilises suburban streets and country lanes continue to Meerbrook (Tittesworth Reservoir and The Roaches)
The Biddulph Greenway signed NCR 55 it runs from Birches Head Road, Milton (just off the Trent and Mersey Canal Towpath see NCR550) and Congleton passing Ford Green Hall, Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve and the Whitfield Valley Heritage Country Park, Biddulph (a small diversion via Marshgreen Road and Congletong Road will take you to Biddulph Grange Gardens (NT) and the Adjoining Biddulph Grange Country Park) or continue on NCR 55 through Whitemoor Nature Reserve and on to Congleton
Stafford to Newport Greenway NCR 55, it forms part of The Way for the Millennium, about 12 miles long, this old railway trackbed is now a surfaced trail, from Castlefields in Stafford to Audley Avenue Newport (Aqualate Mere National Nature Reserve can be reached by leaving the track and taking country lanes)
Churnet Valley Cycle Hire – Manor House Farm, Prestwood, nr Alton – cycle the Churnet Valley cycle path
Staffordshire Gliding Club - Seighford Airfield offer -
1. Half-day course consisting of 3 aerotow flights or an equivalent number of winch flights lasting a total of about one hour in the air.
2. Aerotow launch behind a light aircraft to over 2000’ for a flight lasting about 20 minutes.
3. Winch launch for a flight lasting about 5 minutes. Climbing steeply to about 1000 feet in 30 seconds.
4. “taster session” for groups. They can provide 10-15 of you with a flight on a Wednesday evening in the summer months.
Horse Rides and Pony Trekking
Northfield Farm at Flash in the Staffordshire Peak District offers Horse Rides, Pony Trekking and Trail Rides
Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre at Bradnop
Ingestre Stables Ingestre nr Stafford, for Hacking on Cannock Chase
Fastlane Karting – King Street, Stoke On Trent - Indoor Karting Circuit operate Biz karts for Corporate & Group Parties, and Sprint karts for our arrive & drive sessions, also have Go-Karts for kids
Flip Out Stoke - Opal Way Stone Business Park, Stone – Indoor Play, Trampoline, Adventure and Inflatable Parks
Adam Evans is a professional outdoor instructor based in the UK’S Peak District, provides high end tailor made courses and often ‘one to one’ coaching and guiding in the outdoors.
Peak District Hang Gliding Centre Experience the exhilaration of free flight as you learn to fly safely with the longest established BHPA registered school
Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre is owned and run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council for schools, but it is also offer a wide range of options for adult parties (including Hen and Stag parties)
Stoke Ski Centre Dry ski slope at at Festival Park, open practice sessions, Ski and Snowboard lessons
North Staffs Ski Club based at Kidsgrove Ski Centre in Bathpool Park give basic lessons for beginners and improver or refresher lessons for experienced or returning skiers on a dry slope
Virtual Reality Experience
Gamegrid formerly XP-VR – Staffordshire's premier virtual reality experience and the only attraction of its kind in the region - 62-64 Piccadilly, located in the Cultural Quarter of Hanley
Tittesworth Water Sports and Activity Centre – British Canoeing Accredited Centre with Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and Sailing
North Staffs Sailing Club – members club based at Stanley Pool – RYA affiliated
Potteries Paddlers – a multi-disciplined, inclusive, canoe and kayak club based at Rudyard Lake
Trentham Canoe Club – one of the largest canoe clubs in Staffordshire offering opportunities for children and adults of all abilities in fun, recreational canoeing and competitive kayaking – based in Trentham Gardens Lake
There is also the Stoke-on-Trent's Heritage Canoe Trail - click here to download the Trail PDF from britishcanoeing.org.uk