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discover the top things to see and do in Stafford

If you’re looking for a relaxing day out without compromising on things to do, then look no further. Stafford is the pretty county town in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, midway between Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham. If history’s your thing, check out the famous Stafford Castle with a 900 year history, or the historic architecture of the Ancient High House. Other top things to do include Trentham Monkey Forest, the picturesque Aston Marina, or simply wandering through the quaint streets of this idyllic town.

Best things to do this week in Stafford

The Long Walk, Enville by Kate Mellor FREE EVENT

1 Artists & Places

Another chance to see Rob Pointon's stunning 360-degree painting of Stafford's Market Square, which was commissioned for the Gallery's Architecture exhibition in 2012. It is shown alongside photographs by Kate Mellor and Rick Barks, paintings by Robert Perry and Catherine Brennand and textiles by Rachel Grant.

When: From Jan 14, Mon 9.30am-5pm, Tue 10am-5pm, Wed-Sat 9.30pm-5pm, Sun 1pm-4pm, ends Jan 26
Where: Shire Hall Gallery, Market Square, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 2LD
Contact: +44 (0)1785 278345
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2 Amerton Farm & Craft Centre

Chickens and ducks run freely in the traditional farmyard environment while visitors can also meet Dexter cows, pigs and ponies. The Playbarn caters to energetic children, artistic types can make and paint ceramics in the pottery barn or take a ride on the Amerton Railway.

When: Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm, Amerton Railway operates Sat & Sun 11.30am-4.30pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1
Where: Amerton Farm & Craft Centre, Amerton, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST18 0LA
Contact: +44 (0)1889 270294
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A barn owl, taken in Chelsea Physic Gardens, London. TICKETED

3 The Owl Experience And Bird Of Prey Rescue Sanctuary

Located at Red Lion Farm, the rescue centre is a sanctuary for birds of all sizes and allows visitors to learn about its efforts and meet some of the feathered residents including Misty and Texa the European Eagle Owls, the largest species of owl on the planet.

When: Thu-Sat 10.30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm, Dec 28-31, 10.30am-3pm, closed Dec 25-27, Jan 1-13, ongoing
Where: Red Lion Farm, Church Eaton Road, Haughton, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST18 9JG
Contact: +44 (0)1785 780587
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4 The Ancient High House

This impressive, timber-framed Elizabethan town house is the largest of its kind in England, and was built in around 1595 for the wealthy Dorrington family. Historical delights include the Civil War Room visited by King Charles I, a Victorian room displaying 19th century life, and the Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum.

When: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, ongoing
Where: The Ancient High House, Greengate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 2HS
Contact: +44 (0)1785 619130
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5 Doxey Marshes

This wetland oasis is near the centre of Stafford yet manages to be one of the country's best bird-watching sites. Over 200 species have been recorded and over 80 breeding specimens. There are two hides, a pond-dipping platform and a wax-rubbing trail. Otters, harvest mice and water shrews have also been spotted.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Doxey Marshes, Stafford. ST16 1JR
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