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Etruria Canals Festival

Running all weekend, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June, 10am to 5pm daily. Lots to see and do - historic canal boats, street food & beer, live music & entertainment, stories & entertainment, working forge, craft demos and stalls, mill in steam, games & activities.

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Last Bottle Oven Firing Talk

Do you want to know what ousters, bungs, bonts and baitings are?Last Firing

Kathy & Paul Niblett were members of the organising team for the last firing of a bottle oven, with coal, in 1978.
Their fascinating talk covers the organisation behind this significant event and the challenges it involved.

2pm, admission to this event is free and normal admission applies to the rest of the museum. To book your place please call 01782 237777.

Walk the Ovens

Join us for a walk lasting approximately an hour to look at most of the remaining bottle-ovens in Longton, as well as a number of other interesting buildings. 2pm. This event is free, please call 01782 237777 to book a place.

Oatcakes all Round!

Celebrate Oatcake Day at Gladstone with ‘Baxstuns, Sprittles and Oats’, a historical review of the origins and development of the Staffordshire oatcake, from the Pennine moorlands to the Potteries by Dr. Pam Sambrook, historian and author of ‘The Staffordshire Oatcake – A History’. 11.30am.

At 2.30pm join Ray Johnson MBE to celebrate all things oatcake -the king of foods in Stoke-on-Trent. Witness the ancient ceremony of the Grand Order of Oatcake Tasters as performed down the centuries - ending with the immortal “Oatcake Anthem”.

Festival of Bottle Ovens (throughout August)

In August and September 2018 Gladstone Pottery Museum will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Last Bottle Oven Firing.

At their peak over 2000 bottle ovens dominated the skyline of the City of Stoke-on-Trent. They created the very character of The Potteries. Today only 29 biscuit and glost bottle ovens remain standing and two thirds of those are within a five minute walk of Gladstone Pottery Museum.

Hartshill Midsummer Fair

Potteries Heritage Society will be setting up our display at this free event bringing together local residents, businesses, craftspeople, community groups and public services around the twin themes of the environment and the arts. The Lord Mayor and Ward Councillors will be visiting all the stalls, and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by local musicians, singers, dancers and sports performers. Children will have the chance to see and touch the Farm on Wheels small animals, and handle some of Christopher's Reptiles.


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