Welcome to the Backstamp Club


Today I became a member of the Backstamp Club. The Backstamp Club is built solidly on pride and the roots of the Club go as far back as the turn of the century when local author Arnold Bennett was an international celebrity. Something me and my family have always done no matter where we are holidaying is turnover our plates to check not only whether it was “Made in Stoke-on-Trent” but also the name of the manufacturer on its backstamp – This always makes us feel very proud of coming from The Potteries!

Membership for the Backstamp Club is both free and open to anyone in the world. It entitles you to the freedom to turn over cups, plates, saucers wherever you are in the world. When joining the Backstamp Club, all members receive their own personal Backstamp Club card. The Backstamp Club is also useful as it keeps you up-to-date with regular eshots on what is happening in the Club and you can enter a range of competitions throughout the year with chances to win some fantastic prizes.

Overall, I highly recommend the Backstamp Club to anyone. If you are interesting in becoming a member or want more details about our offers and competitions for club members, visit our Backstamp Club page at http://www.visitstoke.co.uk/backstampclub or check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BackstampClub and make sure you like us!


Explore and Experience Animal Magic at Trentham Monkey Forest

Jon and his familly on path with monkey on rail

Unique to the UK and open seasonably from March until November, today I visited Trentham Monkey Forest. Set within 60 acres of beautiful Staffordshire woodland and meadows where 140 monkeys live in total freedom, Trentham Monkey Forest is a fantastic day out for animal lovers of all ages.

The actual forest is a 3/4 mile winding path that takes you through the splendid forest of the Trentham Estate woodlands where the monkeys live. Throughout walking around the forest, I embarked into the fascinating world of the Barbary macaques. It was certainly an interesting and unique experience as the monkeys were roaming freely around me and they were walking across the path in front of me, you are so close to them. The forest has just had some new arrivals and I was lucky to see the new babies – they are so cute!

Trentham Monkey Forest

Trentham Monkey Forest has a good range of facilities. There is ample free parking in front of the entrance to the site. When entering the Monkey Forest, you will find the banana café that serves a selection of drinks, baguettes, soups, jacket potatoes and daily specials. If you want something to remember your unforgettable day out, the jungle shop sells shelf upon shelf of monkey memorabilia. Lastly, for those warm summer days there is a picnic area and two adventure playgrounds, which is great fun for children.

The Monkey Forest sits within the grounds of the Trentham Estate and is easily accessible by car, bus and train. For more information on how to get here and other useful information, visit Stoke website. Admission prices are also very reasonable at £7.50 for an adult, and £7.00 for a concession. For children between the ages of 3 and 14, admission is just £5.50 and children under the age of 3 get in for free.

On the whole, I would recommend Trentham Monkey Forest to anybody who is seeking a memorable day out that is fun and educational for all ages. For more information about this brilliant attraction and others in the area, visit our website on www.visitstoke.co.uk.

Trentham Monkey Forest Details:

Opening Times – Open every day in 2013 from the 23rd March – 3rd November including all bank holiday weekends.
23rd March to the 19th July – 10am to 5pm – last entry 4pm.
20th July to the 1st September – 10am to 6pm – last entry at 5pm.
2nd September to the 26th October – 10am to 5pm – last entry at 4pm.
27th October to the 3rd November – 10am to 4pm – last entry at 3pm.
Open 9th and 10th November – 10am to 4pm – last entry 3pm.

Telephone – 01782 659 845

Website – http://www.trentham-monkey-forest.com