For hundreds of years, Staffordshire has been known as the “Creative County” and this creativity is especially prominent in Stoke on Trent with its outstanding museums, theatres, creative spaces, artists, performers, craftspeople, designers and creative practitioners. Here are 5 ways in which the city is embracing creativity this Christmas:
Middleport Christmas Markets
On 30th November and 1st December Middleport are celebrating the city’s craft and heritage with their Craft and Heritage Christmas Markets. You can browse over 50 artists and makers, enjoy mulled wine and mince pies & take part in traditional festivities. Over the weekend there will be free heritage walking tours, free children’s activities and free historic narrowboat trips to Longport. Click here for more information.
Emma Bridgewater Christmas Events
My kitchen cupboards are full of Emma Bridgewater pottery…but there’s always room for more! (I hope Santa is reading this!) In the Decorating Studio at Emma Bridgewater you can decorate your own unique piece of Emma Bridgewater pottery which would make the perfect Christmas present. You can then treat yourself to a Christmas Afternoon Tea in the cosy cafe. (N.B. Make sure to visit the Decorating Studio before 8th December to be in time for Christmas delivery.)
Also at Emma Bridgewater, on Saturday 30th November you can make your own bespoke, screen-printed Christmas cards inspired by Emma Bridgewater festive patterns with professional printers and designers. Click here for more info and to book. And don’t miss the Living Nativity at Emma Bridgewater on Sunday 8th December from 10am-3:30pm where you can see, hear, feel and smell the Christmas story! Click here for more details on all of the Emma Bridgewater Christmas events.
Christmas at World of Wedgwood
At World of Wedgwood you can design your own Christmas bauble and have your design digitally processed, applied to the bauble and fired in a kiln for a permanent finish. Perfect for a unique decoration on the Christmas tree! (Available until 11th December, 10am-4:30pm every day. Click here for more details) You could combine your decorating session with a visit to the Wedgwood Tea Room for Festive Afternoon Tea which is available until 5th January; or why not visit on the 7th and 8th December for the World of Wedgwood Christmas Markets where there will be over 50 stalls of festive gifts and treats from local producers and artisans; street food and live music.
Denise O’Sullivan Ceramics at The Quarter Cafe
Denise O’Sullivan Ceramics is running some fabulously creative workshops at the Quarter Cafe in Hanley over the next couple of weeks. Families can paint their own plates, mugs, baubles and more on Saturday 30th November and Thursday 12th December from 9:30-11:30. For more information and to book click here.
Christmas Theatre in Stoke
Stoke on Trent has a thriving Performing Arts community and this festive season there are plenty of opportunities to get your theatrical fix! No Christmas in Stoke on Trent would be complete without the Regent Theatre panto, courtesy of our very own Jonathan Wilkes and his comedy pal, Christian Patterson. This year (13th December-5th January) the panto is Sleeping Beauty and if it’s as good as last year’s, we’re in for a treat! Click here to book your tickets!*
The award-winning New Vic Theatre is bringing the classic tale, The Prince and the Pauper to life this Christmas (16th November-25th January) and it’s already received fantastic reviews. With imaginative storytelling, live music, humour, puppetry and festive magic it sounds like it’s a not-to-miss experience. Get your tickets here.
At the Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley this Christmas, you can watch the fun-filled family pantomime, Aladdin; and don’t miss Claybody Theatre‘s cantata version of A Christmas Carol at Middleport on 1st December.
For more inspiration on things to do in Stoke on Trent, visit the Visit Stoke website.