Heritage Events 2014

This is a list of Heritage events for 2014. All details and dates correct at time of publication but are subject to change. For information on disabled access please phone before your visit.  Additional events will be included on this page in advance of the summer opening season.

Art Exhibition at Ancient High House

17 June to19th July 10am – 4pm

Stafford Castle: an artists’ impression
An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Richard Scollins, David Walker and others. These views of how the Castle may have looked in the past were commissioned for interpretation panels on the Castle site.

Stafford Festival Shakespeare Stafford Castle

Sunday 29 June to Saturday 12 July

As You Like It
One of Shakespeare’s best-known farcical comedies, exploring the balance between reality and fantasy, staged in the beautiful surroundings of Stafford Castle, with all-weather covered grandstand seating.
Tickets available from Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Box Office 01785 254 653 or book online Stafford Shakespeare Festival

Live at the Castle, Music Event at Stafford Castle

Sunday 13 July 12noon – 10pm

Part of Stafford Festival
Enjoy the very best of local live music on the main stage and in the acoustic marquee. Admission £2. Car park £5.
For details visit Stafford Festival

Teddy Bears Picnic at Izaak Walton's Cottage

Sunday 13 July: 11am to 5pm

Enjoy family fun and games in the cottage garden, with puppet show, face painting, story telling.  Craft stalls and a bouncy castle and ball park for the younger family members.  Bring a picnic and don't forget your teddy bear!  Free admission if accompanied by a teddy bear

Supported by the Izaak Walton Cottage Chapter 

Stafford and the Great War at Ancient High House

29 July to 18 October 10am to 4pm

History Exhibition
Stafford and Staffordians during the 1914 – 18 War. Highlighting the work of local people on the home front and within the armed services.
Supported by Staffordshire Museums Service, the Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum and local collections

WWI Centenary Commemoration event at Ancient High House

Saturday 2 August 10am – 4pm

Talk to soldiers from the First World War. Meet the recruitment officer to learn how soldiers joined the forces. With children’s ‘drop in’ ration book workshops.
Free admission. Children’s workshops £2

Classic Car Show 10th Anniversary at Stafford Castle

Sunday 3 August: 11am to 5pm

A classic car treat and vintage fun for all the family.  Classic, vintage and collectors cars on display, with trophies awarded to best car in class. With children's games, quizzes and children's activities.  Including mini Landrover rides. Vintage cycles, auto mart and craft stalls.  See Stafford's very own vintage car 'the Autocrat; (by kind permission of Perkins Engines)  Admission free.  Car park £3
Sponsored by RPH Motor Repairs Ltd rp.motor,repairs@hotmail.com(01785 253999 and AA Sport Telephone 01785 213500 

August Summer Fun at Stafford Castle

From 6 August 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Wednesday (5-7 years) Thursday (8-12 years)

A range of summer workshops at Stafford Castle.  £5 per session including refreshments.  Pre-booking essential.
Visit Step Into Holiday Activities 

WW1 British Army Recruitment Day at Stafford Castle

Sunday 17 August 11am

Meet soldiers from WWI with their recruitment stand and tents. Sign up to join the King’s army. Take part in drilling and uniform inspection. See Royal Signals demonstrations and join in the Signals school. View the display of weapons, equipment, posters and accessories from 1914. A full day of family entertainment with a  range of children’s workshops and activities. Local history groups will be in residence with their own WWI displays. Free admission Car parking £3 A Great War Centenary Commemoration event  

Stafford Arts Festival 2014

Saturday 6 September 10am - 4pm

Visit the Ancient High House and over 40 town centre venues for a full programme of arts, crafts, music, literary workshops and activities.  Free admission

Supported by Stafford Town Partnership  

Hands on artefacts: Heritage Open Day event at Ancient High House

Saturday 13 September 11am to 4pm

View artefacts from the collections at the Ancient High House and Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum not normally on public display.
 No booking necessary
 Free admission.
Supported by the Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum
In support of Heritage Open Days

Hands on Arms and Armour: Heritage Open Day event at Stafford Castle

Sun 14 September 11am – 4pm

Try on armour and costumes from the medieval period. With guided tours of Stafford Castle’s Keep.
No booking necessary
Free admission.
In support of Heritage Open Days

Halloween at the Haunted High House at Ancient High House

Saturday 25 October 10.00am – 4.00pm

Go bats at our children’s ‘drop in’ Halloween workshops.
£3 per session. 

Halloween Hands on Horror at Stafford Castle

Wed 29 and Thurs 30, Fri 31 October 11am – 4pm
Children’s ‘drop in’ pumpkin carving workshops
£3 per session. 

A Night of Fright at the Ancient High House

Friday 31 October 6 pm to 7.30pm
A spine chilling and thought provoking talk by Den Siegertsz from Potteries Paranormal Investigations. Learn about the reported supernatural happenings in one of Stafford’s most iconic buildings. And visit some of the notorious rooms!
Be there if you dare!
£8 per person.
Pre -booking essential 01785 619 131

Ghost Hunt at the Ancient High House

Friday 31 October 8.30 pm to 1am

Join Den Siegertsz and the PPI team for a terrifying night at the High House, one of Stafford’s oldest and most prominent properties, the largest surviving Elizabethan  timber framed town house in England.
Investigate paranormal activity using ouija boards, séances, live EVP, scrying, and a range of other paranormal experiments.
Face your fears with a team you can trust…..
£35 per person. Free refreshments
Pre -booking essential 07838 435 646 or visit: ppistoke

Stafford Arts Festival ‘Artists in Residence’ exhibition  at the Ancient High House

Tuesday 4 to Saturday 22 November 10am – 4pm

A show of works by various artists depicting scenes from the town’s annual arts festival submitted for the annual competition.
Organised by the Ancient High House and sponsored by Stafford Town Centre Partnership 

Christmas Craft Fair at the Ancient High House at the Ancient High House

Saturday 22 November 10am – 6pm

Browse the wide range of traditional craft stalls for that exclusive festive gift. Visit Santa in his grotto and enjoy free mince pies and mulled fruit punch.
Free admission 

Christmas Tree Sales at the Castle at Stafford Castle

Saturdays and Sundays 29th November to 21st December 11am to 4pm

Combine a visit to the Castle with choosing your Christmas tree from the dozens of ‘real’ examples on display at the visitor centre. See the wide range of traditional and unusual gifts in the Visitor Centre.
Supported by Greenways – All trees are from sustainable sources

Toys from Times Gone By at the Ancient High House

02 to 24 December

Another nostalgic look at children’s toys, games, and books from the Victorian period to the late 20th Century.
Supported by Staffordshire Arts and Heritage Service, Newcastle Borough Museum, Windmill Antiques, and local collectors

Christmas through the Ages at the Ancient High House

Saturday 06 Dec 10am – 4pm

Meet our costumed characters and learn about Christmas in the Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian periods. Stir a traditional pudding and sing carols in the Victorian Room. Meet Father Christmas and sample free mince pies and hot fruit punch. Children’s Christmas craft workshops and family entertainment.
No booking necessary
Free admission 

Adult holly wreath making and children’s Christmas decoration making workshops at Stafford Castle

Sunday 07 Dec 11am to 4pm

‘Drop in’ sessions throughout the day.
Adults £10, Children £3
Free mince pies and spicy fruit punch