Staffordshire Day

May Day was traditionally a celebration of spring and this year is going to have a different flavour as we also celebrate our first ever Staffordshire Day on Sunday May 1, and everyone should join in this traditional English celebration with a Staffordshire twist.

Staffordshire Day is our first ever celebration of all things great about the county and will see a host of special events and community activities taking place across the county. 1 May was the date voted by the public last year and marks the creation of Staffordshire’s world-famous Wedgwood pottery company in 1759.

Lots of our tourist attractions and businesses will be offering special offers on the day. But as well as this we also want community groups and organisations to join in the celebrations and organise their own community activities.  To help with this, groups can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 from the Community Arts Fund for arts based activities to celebrate Staffordshire Day.  People can find out more at

2016 is also a particularly special year for the county and is the year we celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the first recorded mention of Staffordshire in the old Anglo Saxon Chronicle. This is one of the most famous manuscripts in English History, second only to the Domesday Survey and perhaps after last year the Magna Carta.  To celebrate the anniversary, our Archives and Heritage Service will be holding a special Staffordshire History Day on Saturday 7 May.

You can find out more about Staffordshire Day, what’s planned and how to get involved at

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