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These are the events taking place in Stoke-on-Trent this year: Page 2 of 3  < 1 2 3 > 

Exploring Josiah Spode's Stoke

Spode's Stoke
The The Canal Warehouse, Etruria Industrial Museum, Etruria Vale Road
Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4RB

Thursday 15th September



Join Spode Museum staff and local experts to explore the legacy of the Spode dynasty and its impact on the town of Stoke-upon-Trent. We will consider the factory site and its transport links, family connections with Stoke Minster and their commercial influence over the town's development. Find out about Spode's "Astounding Inventions", perfecting bone china and transfer printing processes. The walk will cover just a couple of miles and is expected to last around two hours. The museum will be open and free to visitors from 10am before the event.

Booking: Pre-book online

Special Event for HODsToilets on siteOnsite parkingAssistance dogs welcomePartial Wheelchair AccessPram Pushchair FriendlyAstounding InventionsBottle Oven Theme 


Ford Green Hall

Inside Ford Green Hall

Ford Green RoadSmallthorneST6 1NG 


Sunday 11th September 11:00 to 15:00

Sunday 18th September 11:00 to 15:00

Explore everyday gadgets from the past. How would you communicate without email or phone, or see in the dark without electricity? Have a go at writing with a quill pen and play with period toys and games.

Booking: not required


Entry Fee WaivedSpecial Event for HODsToilets on siteBaby change facilitiesOnsite parkingDisabled parkingAssistance dogs welcomeAccessible toiletsPartial Wheelchair AccessPram Pushchair FriendlyRefreshmentsChildren's ActivitiesAstounding Inventions


Oliver Lodge: Scientist and Spiritualist

Sir Oliver Lodge
Penkhull Village Hall, Trent Valley Rd, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 5JB

Friday 9th September

14:00 - 15:30


Penkhull-born Sir Oliver Lodge was a highly regarded scientist, pioneer of radio and electromagnetic radiation, and inventor of the spark plug. Unusually, given his background, he was also a major proponent in belief in spiritualism Local historian, Phil Rowley, presents a fascinating talk about the scientist's life and works in the village that still has a strong association with his legacy.

Booking: not required


Special Event for HODsToilets on siteBaby change facilitiesOnsite parkingAssistance dogs welcomeAccessible toiletsFull Wheelchair AccessPram Pushchair FriendlyAstounding Inventions



Our Lady of the Angels and St Peter in Chains Church

Our Lady & St Peter Church
106 Hartshill Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, ST47LG

Saturday 17th September
12:00 - 17:00, Organ recital 14:45 onwards

Sunday 18th September
12:00 - 17:00

Guided tours at 13:00 & 15:00 each day

Join us for a tour of the church building and an exhibition of historic artefacts and pictures. The church will be open for guided or self guided tours. There will be a a trail for children and you will be able to access areas like the choir loft and cellar which are not usually open to the public. Refreshments will be available and on Sunday 18 September at 5pm our event will end with a free concert by a local acapella singing group.

Booking: not required


Special Event for HODsToilets on siteOnsite parkingAccessible toiletsPartial Wheelchair AccessRefreshmentsChildren's Activities


Phoenix Works

Phoenix Works Interior500 King Street, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1EZ

Monday 12th September

11:00 to 16:30

Explore the bottle ovens at the Phoenix Works, recently discovered to be of an unusual "downdraught skeleton" type, unique survivors within the city. Join local experts and the buildings' owner on site to look at the ovens, integral chimney and the secret tunnels that connect them together. Supported by the Ceramic Heritage Action Zone and the Potteries Bottle Oven Owners Club. An Astounding Inventions event!

Booking: not required


Special Event for HODsNot Usually Open to the PublicToilets on siteDisabled parkingRefreshmentsAstounding InventionsBottle Oven Theme


Potteries Tile Trail | Love Letters Walk

Love Letters
Meet at Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RH

Saturday 10th September


Stoke-on-Trent has an extensive collection of historic street signs made from ceramic ‘tile’ letters embedded in the brickwork of period houses and buildings (late c.19 - early c.20). This walk will explore examples to be found in the Oxford Road area of Penkhull. You will find out a bit more about the fascinating story of 'in situ' ceramic signs as well as this interesting residential neighbourhood. The walk will be led by Danny Callaghan from Ceramic City Stories and Andy Perkin from Potteries Heritage Society.

Booking: Pre-book online:


 Special Event for HODsAssistance dogs welcomePartial Wheelchair AccessPram Pushchair Friendly


Regent Theatre Open Day

Regent TheatreRegent Theatre
Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1AP

Sunday 11th September

10:00 to 16:00

The Regent Theatre will be throwing open its doors to welcome members of the public to come and look behind the scenes of a working theatre! Free activities include backstage tours, technical demonstrations and workshops. Activities will take place between 10am and 4pm, and include backstage tours led by theatre staff, technical demonstrations and live performances on stage, and lots of free, fun workshops for the little ones!

Booking: Pre-book online:


Special Event for HODsNot Usually Open to the PublicToilets on siteBaby change facilitiesAssistance dogs welcomeAccessible toiletsFull Wheelchair AccessChildren's Activities


Salt, Pepper and Vinegar Bottle Ovens

Salt, Pepper & VinegarJames Kent (Ceramic Materials) Ltd
Fountain Street, Fenton
Stoke on Trent, ST4 2HB

Friday 16th September

13:00 to 17:00

See the three calcining bottle ovens known locally as "salt, pepper and vinegar" at close quarters and learn about how the manufactured products were used in the local pottery industry.

Booking: not required


Not Usually Open to the PublicToilets on siteDisabled parkingPartial Wheelchair AccessPram Pushchair FriendlyBottle Oven Theme

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