Halloween Happenings here in Stoke-on-Trent

October 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’ve been looking into half term events in my surround area of Stoke-on-Trent and I’m delighted by the huge variety of things to do- all local, all offering something beneficial and all sound largely enjoyable for both myself and grandchildren.

Emma Bridgewater Factory-


Famous for her polka dot designs and kitch finishes Emma Bridgewater creates her pottery master pieces right here in the city. Attracting visitors from all over the Emma Bridgewater factory is open to explore and this half term has a special Halloween theme.

pumpkin archBoasting lots of creative activities children are encouraged to get into the spirit of Halloween with fancy dress as those in costumes are welcomed to enjoy time in one of the Emma Bridgewater decorating studios free of charge.

Additionally, the Emma Bridgewater team have created a rather spectacular pumpkin arch –the perfect place to pose for a family photo- and are willing all guests to guess the weight of the pumpkins.

With face painting and mask making facilities this really is a creative day out for the children. If you’re interested in learning more about how the factory works then I’d recommend the factory tour– a wonderful half term afternoon here in Stoke-on-Trent.

trentham estateTrentham GardensA huge local attraction Trentham Gardens offers lots to its visitors. A walk around the beautiful lake in the crisp autumn is a particularly nice way to spend time with loved ones.

Right in time for Halloween Trentham Gardens’ are hosting a ‘Wild Weekend’ complete with scary street performers, pumpkins carving and Halloween treats at the Monkey Forest, which children will undoubtedly adore.

The Potteries MuseumFor most the local museum is a brilliant place to retreat to during school holidays and The Potteries Museum is no different. Located here in Stoke-on-Trent the museum is a local hub for arts and culture and is currently in the midst of British Ceramics Biennial 2011 exhibition.

For half term, and not forgetting Halloween the museum is hosting ‘Who’s Afraid of…’ which will see children’s favourite baddies from Captain Hook to Cruella De Ville roaming around the museum. Children can also get their faces painted and take part in Halloween craft workshops during half term.  


In additionally this Saturday The Potteries Museum is taking part in The Big Draw, a campaign which gets people drawing, thinking and creating wonderful ideas which will be displayed on a Halloween inspired giant spider web at the museum.

I think all of these local events are brilliant ways to keep children entertained during half term. For me a visit to the local museum is a great way to keep heritage facilities in your local area alive. Admission is generally free so why not go alone and see what’s on.

Annette’s Websites of the Week 22nd-26th August 2011

August 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk Having watched ‘Harry’s Arctic Heroes’ I went onto search the Walking with the Wounded team online to find out more about their expedition to the North Pole.

I was happy to see that they have a charity website where supporters can donate, read more about the North Pole expedition and a future 2012 mission to Everest.

The site is terrific as it display the enormous amount of the support which the Walking with the Wounded team have- I particularly enjoyed reading the messages of support featured on the online blog which are very inspiration. It’s great to see people appreciating the hard work and determination of wounded soldiers.

walking with the wounded webpage

The site is also another chance to get to learn more about the team and how they’ve ended up where they are today. With everything from a team blog which details the team’s journey and fantastic image gallery documenting the trek visually. 

I’m looking forward to watching the concluding episode of ‘Harry’s Arctic Heroes’ on BBC one on Tuesday evening, until then I’ll be showing my support through the website, Twitter and Facebook.


www.omlet.co.uk – Prior to my daughter Lucy getting chickens we did lots of research into breeds and how to look after the chickens properly which is how I came across omlet.co.uk an all you need to know site regarding outdoor animals.

The site is probably best known for selling the ultra-trendy range of chicken coops, rabbit huts and bee hives by Eglu which come in a variety of bright colours which are perfect if you’ve got children.


Much like an outdoor animal handbook http://www.omlet .co.uk provides informative information on all sorts including breeds, how to maintain healthy pets and even features a TV site filled with videos documenting the stories of chickens, and demonstrations on how to keep beehives. Best of all Omlet has a free to use course finder. Simply type in your postcode and find a credible course which will help you learn more about your new pets. Courses range from beginner to advance with both evening and weekend classes.

Omlet is definitely worth checking out if you’re planning on getting chickens. I additionally like the community aspect of the site, which features a forum and blog. Providing plenty of opportunity to ask others users questions about maintain these sorts of pets.


trentham estatewww.trentham.co.uk – Local events are a great way to get the family together especially during bank holiday weekend so I’ve been looking into what’s on in my local area this weekend.

As local attractions go The Trentham Estate is a definite favourite of mine with a lovely shopping village, fantastic garden centre and some delicious restaurants to grab a bite to eat, it’s somewhere which is always a delight to visit.

This weekend it’s the perfect place to take the whole family with a food fair offering the chance to have a nibble on some of the best local foods, a summer evening showing of Mamma Mia and face painting throughout the weekend for the kids.

Search The Trentham Estate site to see if there is any events which your family will enjoy over the long weekend.

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