Christmas Fun!

Trentham Shopping Village

Christmas fun


Have a look at some of the fantastic events happening in Stoke-on-Trent leading up to Christmas.  From late night shopping at Emma Bridgewater to Christmas markets at the Trentham Estate. Shugborough has some wonderful Christmas candlelit evenings planned and the Wedgwood Museum will have a Christmas Fairyland. Why not have a Tudor Christmas at Ford Green Hall with ideas on how to make decorations like they used to in the 17th century and then see Santa Claus arrive at Etruria Industrial Museum on a canal boat. Sleeping Beauty will be playing at the Mitchell Arts Centre and the Regent Theatre is showing Aladdin with TV star Joe Swash.

See for more ideas on things to do.


Deck the Halls

This has got to be the place to come for all your Christmas Shopping. From dinner services to mugs, christmas decorations, casual dining, giftware and homeware, jugs and jewellery you are sure to find something for every difficult friend or relative. Maybe you need a new dinner service for this years christmas dinner? You will defiantely find one here. Check out Emma Bridgewaters Christmassy products or go along to the marquee sale at Portmeirion – on until Sunday 27th November. There are bargains galore with 25 pottery factory shops all over the City – so come and do your shopping here. 

Emma's Christmas table

A christmas table

Christmas Lights Switch On

Stoke-on-Trent’s Christmas lights are switched on next Thursday 24 November, and it’s the start of late night shopping in the City Centre.

Join us in Fountains Square, City Centre, 5 – 7.30pm. There will be live bands, Christmas stalls, plus special guest appearances including Santa, (well it wouldn’t be the same without seeing him).

Find out more details by clicking here.

Winter Wonderland

The real ice rink is back in it’s stunning lakeside setting at the Trentham Estate from this Friday 18 November until 19 February 2012. Hot and cold drink and snacks will be available at the rink side. Click here for session times and prices.

Also on Friday night is the Trentham Shopping Village Christmas Launch. Join fire performers, stilt walkers, jugglers, tumblers, magicians, escapologist and sword swallowers who’ll be entertaining in the Shopping Village from 3pm onwards. Signal Radio will be at Trentham for the build-up to Santa and and the reindeer switching on the Christmas Lights at 6pm. Watch out for the daring acrobatic displays.

Christmas Shopping

You are sure to please even the most difficult friend or member of the family by doing your Christmas shopping here in Stoke-on-Trent. With over 25 pottery factory shops selling everything from formal dinner services, to casual dining, giftware, homeware, jugs and jewellery. The world renowned brands of Wedgwood, Portmeirion, Aynsley and Moorcroft are all here and you can even go on a factory tour to see it being made. No-one should go home without a bargain! See here for more shopping…….Christmas Shopping

Last chance to see…

British Ceramics Biennial

As well as the chance to buy some of the ceramics on display there’s still plenty to see and do over the last weekend of the British Ceramics Biennial which ends this Sun 13 Nov.  

  • Have a go at making your own pot on the ‘Book a Slot – Throw a Pot’ activity on Saturday 12 Nov between 2 – 5pm.  Booking essential but you can do this on the day. 
  • Exhibitions to view include A Great Wall, Exploring Spode, Fresh, Mould Store, Open Store and Sunday Morning @EKWC all at the original Spode factory site.
  • Have a brew at the Factory Refectory.
  • Don’t forget to go to the City Centre to see the ‘Stick Up – Unpredictable Collaborations’ exhibition at the Airspace Gallery (ends 13 Nov) and the Award Show at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery that continues until 11 December.

More details on the festival website

Sell Out Weekend

The final weekend of the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), 12 and 13 November, is a ‘Sell Out Weekend’, and is your last chance to see and buy ceramic artwork from this major cultural festival, and shop for some unique Christmas gifts. 

British Ceramics Biennial Sell Out Weekend

Highlights include:

  • Objects from FRESH, an exhibition of work by the ceramics stars of the future, featuring beakers by Jill Shaddock for £25 through to a £5,700 dinner set by Bethan Lloyd Worthington.
  • In celebration of the British Ceramics Biennial, the Spode plates on show in the Spode Room will be sold for 50% off the suggested retail price. All proceeds will be invested in the future of the biennial.
  • A chance to buy work from AWARD, an exhibition featuring some of the biggest names in the ceramic world.  Objects include beakers by Su Kim for £40 through to a Philip Eglin sculpture for £12,500.
  • A one-off opportunity to buy work from Flux, a newly launched Stoke-based design company whose work is normally only available for trade buyers.
  • A range of other BCB products including Earthen Vessels from Gujarat, India, brought over by BCB in 2009, and a selection of specially made stools from The Factory Refectory.

You can download the price lists by clicking here.