The town is supplied with primary healthcare by the South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust.[32]

Celebrate the end of the Theme Park season and enjoy a day of rides and entertainment, see a world class Fireworks show and then ride the rides afterwards in the dark!

Former prize winning photojournalist Paul Pickard, now an advertising photographer, was born in the town and attended King Edward VI Grammar School.

There is also a local hockey team[55] with eight adult teams.

Choose from the beautiful Peak District National Park, the National Forest, tranquil Cannock Chase and unspoilt South Staffordshire.

Stafford is the County Town of Staffordshire in the heart of the UK, our Town Centre Partnership is in place to make Stafford a better place for residents, visitors, and local businesses, and this is the place to find out all about our town.

Residents of Stafford Borough and the surrounding areas come together to watch Stafford’s Big Christmas Switch On Show. The evening will be filled with show-stopping performances, dazzling fireworks and a heart-warming atmosphere.

Here you can find lots of useful information on town centre shops and businesses and markets. You can also find out about the attractions of Stafford - places to eat and drink, where to stay, what to do, events in the town centre and more...

British poet, playwright and freelance writer Carol Ann Duffy, although born in Glasgow, Scotland, grew up in Stafford and attended Stafford Girls' High School. She was awarded an OBE in 1995, and a CBE in 2002. Many of her poems describe experiences and places in Stafford. She has been the Poet laureate since 2009 and now lives in Manchester.

Our website is packed with Staffordshire tourist information, so start planning your visit right now!

Autumn kicks-off the food festival season in Staffordshire. The Chilli Festival returns to Dorothy Clive Gardens 17 & 18 Sept and the ever popular Stone Food & Drink Festival will take place 30 Sept - 2 Oct.

Staffordshire University has a large campus in the east of the town and focuses heavily on computing, engineering and media technologies (film, music and computer games). It also runs teacher training courses. The university has 2 halls of residence opposite the campus, the smaller Yarlet with 51 rooms and the larger Stafford Court with 554 Rooms. Stafford Court is divided into 13 'houses' named after local villages.

Notable people from Stafford include the 17th century author of The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton, whose cottage at nearby Shallowford is now an angling museum, and the 18th century playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan was once the local MP. Also, the 1853 Lord Mayor of London, Thomas Sidney, was born in the town.

Stafford is covered by BBC Midlands Today, and ITV Central, both broadcasting from Birmingham. These cover the wider West Midlands area. Stafford is mainly served by the Sutton Coldfield transmitting station, just north of Birmingham, however, some residents in Stafford use The Wrekin transmitting station, near Telford, to obtain a watchable picture.

A weekend of spectacular fireworks marks the end of Drayton Manor Park's 2016 season! The display will be accompanied by music and will set the night sky alight with all the colours of the rainbow.

Welcome to Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering! Over the past decade, the Stone Food & Drink Festival has grown from humble beginnings in the town’s Georgian High Street into one of the Midlands’ biggest and busiest food festivals

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Thomas Land is full of activity as the engines prepare for Christmas. With over 21 rides and attractions to enjoy, spectacular decorations, festive music and we guarantee it will snow at least 3 times a day!

Staffordshire County Council's headquarters are in the centre of Stafford. Its administrative base is at County Buildings in Martin Street, with the majority of its staff in the town in the Staffordshire Place development, which opened in 2011. Numerous council bases across the town are closing as staff centralise at Staffordshire Place. Stafford Borough Council is headquartered at the Civic Centre on Riverside.

Watch our latest video to get a flavour of what a Staffordshire Short Break can offer you.

All are welcome to attend the Remembrance Sunday Service, which will take place on the steps of the Armed Forces Memorial from 10.30am. The service will be led by The Revd Canon Peter Holliday of Lichfield Cathedral.

The town is also home to the computer science and IT campus of Staffordshire University. The Beaconside campus houses the Faculty of Computing Engineering and Technology and part of the Business School, and the adjacent Blackheath Lane campus houses the School of Health, which teaches nursing. The main campus in Stoke-on-Trent is located about 18 miles (30 km) north.

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Stafford is served by five large taxi companies: Aerobright's, Anthony's AJ's, Kaminski Hire, Westside and SmartCars. There are also a large number of independent operators who work from the ranks at the station, Bridge Street, Broad Street and Salter Street.

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In 1999 they were awarded a £200K lottery grant towards a new pavilion completed in 2000. The pavilion has 6 changing rooms and a lounge/function room for members and guests.

When James I visited Stafford, he was said to be so impressed by the town's Shire Hall and other buildings that he called it 'Little London'.[2]

At around this time the county of Staffordshire was formed. Stafford lay within the Pirehill hundred.[8]


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Perkins Engines has a factory making diesel engines in Littleworth. Adhesives manufacturer Bostik has a large factory in the town. Stafford is also a major dormitory town for workers commuting to Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham.

Stafford means 'ford' by a 'staithe' (landing place). The original settlement was on dry sand and gravel peninsula that provided a strategic crossing point in the marshy valley of the River Sow, a tributary of the River Trent. There is still a large area of marshland northwest of the town, which has always been subject to flooding, such as in 1947, 2000 and 2007.

The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal runs close to the Baswich and Wildwood areas, and was previously linked to the River Sow by the River Sow Navigation.

Stafford is home to three association football clubs; Stafford Rangers F.C., Brocton F.C. and Stafford Town F.C., none of which play at a fully professional level.

Stafford has its own parliamentary constituency, represented since 2010 by Jeremy Lefroy, a Conservative.

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Dig up your own potatoes for free! Take the Spud Shuttle tractor and trailer ride to our potato plot.

South Staffordshire College has a base in the village of Rodbaston, on the edge of Stafford. It is an agricultural college and provides most of its training in this sector.

King Richard II was paraded through the town's streets as a prisoner in 1399, by troops loyal to Henry Bolingbroke (the future Henry IV).

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The Lady of Mercia, Æthelflæd, ruled Mercia for five years after the death of her father and husband, dying in Tamworth in 918.