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Great things to do with the kids in Stoke-on-Trent during the school holidays!

So the school holidays are here and you're wondering what to do with the kids? Well, here are some great ideas of where to visit, and what to see and do in Stoke-on-Trent to stop the kids getting bored over the school holidays...

Let them go potty!

Get creative with the many hands-on opportunities available

Let your kids' creative juices flow over the holidays by creating their very own ceramic masterpiece with the many hands-on opportunities available at the World of Wedgwood, Emma Bridgewater, Royal Stafford and Gladstone Pottery Museum. From throwing a pot to hand painting your own dinner service there is something for all ages to enjoy.

Hey, hey, we are the Monkeys!

Monkey fun at Trentham Monkey Forest

Visit Trentham Monkey Forest and bring your little monkeys to meet ours! Meet the playful Barbary macaques who are roaming free in 60 acres of beautiful English forest!


Find out more about Trentham Monkey Forest

Find the fairies!

Find the fairies at the Trenthsm Estate

Everyone knows that fairies live at the bottom of gardens and Trentham Gardens is no different. Keep your eyes peeled as you walk around the beautiful mile-long lake, and through the woodland, maze and gardens where the Fairies at Trentham live. Each fairy is different, some are bold and will want to shake your hand, others are shy and are harder to spot high up in the trees. Can you find them all?


Find out more about the Fairy Trail at the Trentham Estate.

High rope adventures at Aerial Extreme

High rope adventures at Aerial Extreme

Take on Aerial Extreme's High Ropes Adventure Course at the Trentham Estate with fun obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, swinging logs and balance beams, plus many more!


Get 20% discount over the summer holidays! Enter code SUMAE20 at checkout! Visit for details (Terms and conditions apply).


Explore our beautiful gardens

Spring in Stoke-on-Trent

It's a lovely time to enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful gardens.


Whether you’re looking for a garden with peace and quiet, or fun and action you will find a great day out at Trentham Gardens. Discover the world in one garden at Biddulph Grange Garden and see the magnolias, early flowering rhododendrons and daffodils at the 12 acre hillside Dorothy Clive Garden.

Peak Wildlife Park

Get face to face with endangered animals at Peak Wildlife Park

Go face-to-face with endangered animals from across three continents in a truly unique and immersive animal experience. Whether you love lemurs, have a passion for penguins or want to wander with wallabies the park has something to offer you!


Discover more about Peak Wildlife Park

Make a splash at Dimensions Leisure Centre

Have fun in Dimension's splash poolWhether you want to make a splash under the water fountains, ride the rapids, shoot down the dragon slide or simply relax in a hot spa, the splash pool at Dimensions Leisure Centre is a great value-for-money place to ensure you and and your kids have fun!

Explore the City's Museums

Explore Stoke-on-Trent's fun museums

Discover the history and heritage of The Potteries at our award-winning museums and visitor centres. From the world's largest collection of Staffordshire ceramics at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery to the history of the toilet at Gladstone Pottery Museum! Find out what a saggar makers bottom knocker is, and discover over 250 years of British social, design and industrial history at the Wedgwood Museum. Experience Dudson's heritage from 1800 to the present day at the Dudson Museum and visit the last working Victorian pottery factory at Middleport Pottery.


Browse Stoke-on-Trent's brilliant museums

Fancy a Paddle?

City Adventures

Last Summer, City Adventures was one of the most popular activities put on by the European City of Sport Team.


We're delighted to say that City Adventures is back for 2017 - with a difference! With a host of dates and hire options, you could spend the whole summer on the water.


Find us:

    • 29 July - Etruria Industrial Museum
    • 7 - 10 August - Longton Park
    • 14 - 17 August - Central Forest Park
    • 27 August - Westport Lake
    • 20 August - 2 September - Hanley Park
    • 16 September - Etruria Industrial Museum


Hire prices start from £10 per person per craft for one hour or £30 for a half day. Price includes all safety equipment and instructions.


Craft must be booked 24 hours in advance of the individual session by calling either Fenton Manor on 01782 233222 or Dimensions on 01782 233500


More details on craft and climbing wall hire can be obtained from the City of Sport team at


Upcoming events

Saxon Pots and Potters

Sat 23 Apr 2016 - Wed 1 Apr 2020


Cheadle Outdoor Market at Cheadle

Fri 17 Nov 2017 - Fri 28 Dec 2018


Mini Museums

Mon 1 Jan - Sun 3 Jun 2018



Tue 2 Jan - Sat 28 Apr 2018



Tue 2 Jan - Sat 28 Apr 2018


Spring Trail

Wed 3 Jan 2018 - Fri 31 Jan 2020


Chinese New year Trail

Thu 1 Feb 2018 - Sat 29 Feb 2020


Thomas Allen

Mon 12 Feb - Mon 30 Apr 2018


Nocturnal Animals

Thu 1 Mar 2018 - Tue 31 Mar 2020


Stories on the Mantlepiece

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 1 Jul 2018


Easter Trail

Sun 1 Apr 2018 - Thu 30 Apr 2020


Liz Watts Exhibition: Beached

Mon 9 Apr - Fri 11 May 2018



Mon 16 Apr - Sat 5 May 2018


Educating Rita

Wed 18 Apr - Sat 5 May 2018


Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Tue 24 - Sat 28 Apr 2018


Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Apr 2018


Here to be Heard

Thu 26 Apr 2018


Wannabe - The Spice Girls Show

Fri 27 Apr 2018


Mary Magdalene

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Apr 2018


Creative Rage

Sat 28 Apr - Sun 2 Sep 2018