North Staffordshire

Home to some of the world's most famous ceramicists such as Emma Bridgewater, birth place of Robbie and Slash, and home of the cheesy oatcake, our city has the reputation for producing some of the finest creatives in the world. Once struggling in the aftermath of the manufacturing slump and the mining closures, Stoke on Trent has reinvented itself and offers a very individual creative scene and a burgeoning vintage vibe. One of Britain's greenest cities, Stoke on Trent has plenty of space for children to be children, with at least one public park in each of the six towns which make up the city. The jewel in the park crown is Trentham Gardens, home of beautiful gardens, a fabulous adventure playground, mini railway and the adjacent Monkey Forest. Trentham Gardens also boasts a wooden-hutted shopping village, and a large garden centre.

The main shopping district is Hanley, home to The Potteries Shopping Centre, expanding at such a rate that another shopping centre/cinema complex is due to open within a couple of years.
For a very individual shopping experience, head to the nearby market town of Leek, home of
stunning Sugden architecture and a very successful Totally Locally project. General markets held
on a Wednesday and Friday, and an atmospheric Flea Market held on a Saturday, add to Leek's
unique charm, coupled with its convenient location on the very edge of the Peak District.
Of course, the Peak District has its own attractions, for fans of the great outdoors. There's
geocaching galore in the rocky outcrop of the Roaches, wildlife spotting at Coombs Valley and the
famous theme park that is Alton Towers.

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