Days out & exhibitions this week in Stafford
1 Loynton Moss - FREE EVENT
A post-glacial landscape formed when the glaciers melted leaving first a lake and then a boggy area of land. The wetland is home to rare insects, and plants such as marsh cinquefoil, cowbane and elongated sedge.
When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Loynton Moss, Woodseaves, Stafford. ST20 0NX
More Details: www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/reserves/loynton-moss
2 Stafford Castle - TICKETED
Built by William the Conqueror, the castle has dominated the Stafford landscape for over 900 years. Visitors can follow the castle trail, explore the ruins and take in the splendour of views from the hill top.
When: Jan-Mar, Nov & Dec, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm, Apr-Oct, Wed-Sun, Bank Hol Mons 11am-4pm
Where: Stafford Castle, Newport Road, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 1DJ
Contact: +44 (0)1785 257698
More Details: www.staffordmuseums.co.uk/museums/stafford-castle
3 St Chad's Church - TICKETED
Dating back to the 12th century, the church features painted and gilded altarpiece by Sir Walter Tapper and a striking church organ, built in 1881, loving restored thanks to a National Lottery Heritage grant.
When: Tue 9.30am-12noon, Thu & Fri 11am-1pm, Sat 10.30am-2.30pm
Where: St Chad's Church, Greengate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 2HP
Contact: +44 (0)1785 526001
More Details: www.stchadsstafford.co.uk
4 The Wolseley Centre - TICKETED
A network of paths guide visitors around 26 acres of beautiful grounds and wildlife-friendly display gardens including three lakes and a children's play trail.
When: grounds Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, visitors' centre Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm, Jan 2-31, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun 10am-3pm, ongoing
Where: Staffordshire Wildlife Trust The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST17 0WT
Contact: +44 (0)1889 880100
More Details: www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/wolseley-centre
5 Amerton Farm & Craft Centre - TICKETED
Chickens and ducks run freely in the traditional farmyard environment while visitors can also get up close to Dexter cows, pigs and ponies.
When: Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1
Where: Amerton Farm & Craft Centre, Amerton, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST18 0LA
Contact: +44 (0)1889 270294
More Details: www.amertonfarm.co.uk
6 The Ancient High House - TICKETED
Originally built in 1595 and now fully restored, the house features a Civil War Room visited by King Charles I or the Victorian room displaying 19th century life.
When: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Apr 14, ongoing
Where: The Ancient High House, Greengate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 2HS
Contact: +44 (0)1785 619130
More Details: www.staffordmuseums.co.uk/museums/ancient-high-house/
7 English Heritage: Boscobel House And The Royal Oak - TICKETED
The timber-framed house is fully restored and furnished with panelled rooms and secret hiding places. Notably Charles II hid in the house to avoid capture by Cromwell in 1651.
When: Apr 1-Oct 31, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm, Nov 1-Mar 2018, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm, closed Dec 24-26, Jan 1, last adm 1 hour before closing, ends Mar 29 2018
Where: English Heritage: Boscobel House And The Royal Oak, Boscobel Lane, Bishops Wood, Stafford. ST19 9AR
Contact: +44 (0)1902 850244
More Details: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/boscobel-house-and-the-royal-oak
8 Doxey Marshes - FREE EVENT
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.
When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Doxey Marshes, Stafford. ST16 1JR
More Details: www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/reserves/doxey-marshes
9 The Owl Experience And Bird Of Prey Rescue Sanctuary - TICKETED
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 the European Eagle Owl, the largest species of owl on the planet.
When: Tue-Sat 10.30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm, ongoing
Where: Red Lion Farm, Church Eaton Road, Haughton, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST18 9JG
Contact: +44 (0)1785 780587
More Details: www.theowlexperience.net
10 Victoria Park - FREE EVENT
This immaculate park, covering almost five acres, has essentially the same layout as when it opened in 1908, and features formal gardens, an aviary, band stand, tea kiosk and bowling green.
When: Mar & Oct, 8am-6pm, Apr & Sep, 8am-8pm, May-Aug, 8am-9pm, Nov-Feb, 8am-4.30pm, ongoing
Where: Victoria Park, Tenterbanks, Stafford. ST16 2QP
More Details: www.facebook.com/victoriaparkstafford
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