Etruria Industrial Museum

Distance from site: 8.8 miles

Etruria Industrial Museum, Lower Bedford Street, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7AF

Telephone: 01782 233144 or 07900 267711

Etruria Industrial Museum Website

The museum was the location for an important bone and flint mill providing raw materials to the Pottery industry since 1770. You will be able to see the last steam powered potters mill in Britain.

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Several times a year the 1903 boiler is fired up to run the machinery. Steaming days run from 11am with last entry at 4pm. Please check on their website for ‘in steam’ dates.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Distance from site: 8.4 miles

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda St, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW

Telephone: 01782 232323

The Potteries Museum Website

While visiting Stoke-on-Trent you should definitely head to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery which has free admission.

At the museum you will be able to see the best collection of Staffordshire ceramics on display and a Spitfire from World War 2 (designed by R. J. Mitchell who was born within the local area).

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You will also be able to see items from the Staffordshire Hoard, the videos below explain more about this extraordinary find in a Staffordshire field.

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Gladstone Pottery Museum

Distance from site: 15.3 miles

Gladstone Pottery Museum
Uttoxeter Road
Longton
Stoke-on-Trent
ST3 1PQ

Telephone: 01782 237777

Gladstone Pottery Museum Website

The Pottery from Stoke-on-Trent is famous around the world. At the Gladstone Pottery Museum you can see the giant bottle kilns which were used to fire the bone china tablewear. It is the last complete Victorian pottery factory in the country.

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Experience for your self the working conditions of the men, women and children of the day. Watch daily demonstrations of pottery skill and even try your hand at throwing a pot, making bone china flower or decorating a piece a pottery. There is also a gift shop and tea room which is open to both museum visitors and the general public.

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Jodrell Bank, Lovell Telescope

Distance from site: 13 miles

Address: The University of Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL, United Kingdom

Phone: 01477 571 766

Jodrell Bank Website

You can actually see the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank from Lask Edge Road just a few hundred meters from the caravan site.

The Lovell telescope was completed in 1957 and was operational in time to track Sputnik.

There is also a music festival held every year where images/videos are projected onto the dish.

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Images from rambleswithacamera.blogspot.com, livefromjodrellbank.com

Rudyard Lake and Steam Railway

Distance from site: 4.1

Post Code: ST13 8XB

Phone: 01538 306280

Rudyard Lake Website

Steam Train Days Out Website

This is the local reservoir and it was constructed in the late 1700’s to feed the Caldon Canal. In the 1800s it was a popular destination for daytrippers using the North Staffordshire Railway. The lake is still used for water activities such as boating, canoeing, fishing and also for walks, and for its recreational steam train. Rudyard Kipling was name after the lake.

In 2006 Top Gear visited the Lake for one of their challenges:

There is also a recreational steam train:

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Images from wikimedia.org, tenquarter.org

Little Moreton Hall

Distance from site: 8.7 miles

 Address: Little Moreton Hall, Newcastle Rd, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4SD

Phone: 01260 272018

Little Moreton Hall Website

Little Moreton Hall is a National Trust property and an iconic Tudor manor which has been standing for over 500 years to the amazement of architects and structural engineers.

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Images from wikipedia.org, flickr.com,

 

Biddulph Grange Gardens

 Distance from site: 2.8 miles

Address: Grange Rd, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7SD

Phone: 01782 517999

Biddulph Grange Gardens Website

Biddulph Grange Gardens is National Trust property located close to the caravan site and on fair weather days would be a very nice walk.

This Victorian garden was created by James Bateman it’s a collection of gardens from around the world. From Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a vision of China and a re-creation of a Himalayan glen.

Below is a video from BBC Garden Secrets with Alan Titchmarch.

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Images from wikipedia.org, tripadvisor.co.uk, diligentgardener.co.uk, enjoystaffordshire.com