What’s on listings: Top events in July and August

Grab your diaries because here’s a roundup of some of the most exciting events happening in Staffordshire and Shropshire this summer

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Top events in July and August

Is your summer getting booked up? Leave some room in your diary for these fabulous events in Staffordshire and Shropshire in July and August. We’ll update this what’s on listings page as and when we hear about events happening in the area, so keep checking in!

The Merchant of Venice

Date: 27 JUNE-13 JULY

Time: Various

Price: From £15

The Merchant of Venice is taking place in the atmospheric surroundings of Stafford Castle for the annual Stafford Festival Shakespeare. Taking on the famous role of Shylock will be a face well-known to TV and film audiences: actor Linal Haft. And Portia will be Jessica Hardwick, who trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Stafford Festival Shakespeare, Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DW
www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com

Guildhall Gallery

Date: 1 JULY – 30 AUG

Time: 10am – 5pm

Price: Free

Visit the Guildhall Gallery to view an exhibition of contemporary art and crafts made by Staffordshire based artists, and to see local artists at work. Creative activities take place every weekday afternoon upstairs in the studio space. Refreshments also available.

45 Mill St, Stafford ST16 2AJ
www.guildhallgallery.uk

Pride and Prejudice Open-Air Theatre 

Date: 4 JULY

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £17.60 Adult, £11 Child

Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s 20th anniversary tour will bring a production of Jane Austin’s Pride & Prejudice to Mitton Manor in Staffordshire this July. See the love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy come to life in an open-air theatre show.

Mitton Manor, Mitton, Near Penkridge ST19 5QW
www.chapterhouse.org

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Sugnall Walled Garden Plant Fair

Date: 7 JULY

Time: 10am – 4pm

Price: Entry £1; Free Parking

A plant fair featuring highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Fair will take place in the wood yard adjacent to the walled garden. Also enjoy a walk on the network of paths and tracks, starting from the lane outside the walled garden, which takes walkers right to the heart of the estate. Ask for a free map. Refreshments available. 

Sugnall, Stafford, ST21 6NF
www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

The Lady Vanishes

Date: 8 – 13 JULY

Time: 7.30pm (matinee, 2.30pm)

Price: From £18.50

Based on the classic Hitchcock film, Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield star in the quick witted and devilishly fun thriller that has kept audiences perplexed for decades. When Socialite Iris’ travelling companion disappears and the other passengers deny having seen her, she turns detective with the help of musician Max to figure out the mystery of how the lady vanished.

Crewe Lyceum, Heath St, Crewe CW1 2DA
crewelyceum.co.uk/Online/

British Motor Museum

Date: 13 JULY

Time: 10am – 5pm

Price: From £14.50 Adult, £9 Child

An exciting new exhibition, ‘The Car. The Future. Me’ will explore futuristic car design and challenge ideas of how we will interact with the cars of the future. Opens July 13.

British Motor Museum, Banbury Rd, Gaydon, Warwick CV35 0BJ
www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

Newport Show

Date: 13 JULY

Time: 8am – 8pm

Price: £15 Adult, £5 Child

Join the crowds at the 110th Newport Show. Attractions at the one-day show include the incredible aerial tricks of the freestyle motocross display team, Bolddog Lings; camel racing, including a chance to meet the camels; live bands; hundreds of trade stands; livestock; horses; the Festival of Food area; and the Education Hub.

Chetwynd Deer Park, 7HB, Shrewsbury Rd, Edgmond, Newport
www.newportshow.co.uk

Barlaston Village Open Gardens 

Date: 13 – 14 JULY

Time: 11am – 5pm 

Price: £2.50 (under 16s free) 

The event, now in its 4th year, has 25 gardens opening to the public this July. A hop-on-hop-off minibus service will take residents and visitors around all the gardens in comfort, plus live music, plant sales, raffles, a cheeky Indian samosa/plant swap, an artwork sale, speciality ice-cream van and a choice of gardens providing a range of delicious homemade cakes and refreshments. 

www.bvog.co.uk

Here Come The Boys

Date: 16 JULY

Time: 7.30pm

Price: From £30.15

Watch Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka Marquez on stage together in Stoke-on-Trent. The giants of the ballroom and Latin world battle it out on the dance floor to find out once and for all who is the best – and you get to decide who is the champion. See them perform in Latin, Ballroom, commercial and contemporary.

Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1AP
www.atgtickets.com

Middleton Hall Plant Fair

Date: 21 JULY

Time: 10am – 4pm

Price: Entry £3; Free parking

It’s just the right time to pick up some late flowering plants to give your garden a boost and we know that the nurseries will have just the right plant to set your summer garden ablaze with colour and add a sparkle to a shady spot, plus lots of expert knowledge on hand to help you choose the best for your and unique garden.

Middleton Hall, Middleton, Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 2AE
www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Date: 23-27 JULY

Time: Various

Price: From £13.50

The Garrick will host an amateur production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe this summer. Based on C.S Lewis’s timeless classic, see Narnia brought to life in a production suitable for adults and children. Packed with adventure, wonder and excitement, go and step through the wardrobe.

Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
www.lichfieldgarrick.com

Innercity Live 2019

Date: 28 JULY

Time: 1pm

Price: £41.25

Doves, back from a long hiatus, will headline Innercity Live 2019 taking place at Perry Park in Birmingham this July. Jimi Goodwin and brothers Andy and Jez Williams went their separate ways in 2010, but they are back performing as a group for 2019. Johnny Marr and The Coral are among the acts to support.

Innercity Live 2019, Perry Park, 281 Aldridge Rd, Birmingham B42 2EY
www.innercitylive.co.uk

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Statfold Barn Festival

Date: 9-11 AUG

Time: From 4pm Friday – 10pm Sunday

Price: From £31 Adult, £16.50 Child

Tony Christie, S Club, Boyzlife and Sophie Ellis Bextor will be headlining a new boutique festival coming to the Midlands this summer. Other acts include Kenny Thomas and Ocean Colour Scene’s Andy Bennett. Camping and glamping also offered.

Statfold Barn Festival, Statfold Barn Railway, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 0BU www.statfoldbarnfestival.co.uk

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Carsington Water Plant Fair

Date: 10 AUG

Time: 10am – 4pm 

Price: Free; charge to park

Carsington Water is a superb free-to-enter venue rich in wildlife, scenery and activities for people of all ages. There are 8 miles of paved walks from short strolls to long serious walks. The venue has lots to see and explore. The restaurant serves a wide range of lunches and refreshments and enjoys panoramic views of the water and park. 

Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST
www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

Just So Festival

Date: 16-18 AUGUST

Time: 12pm

Price: From £30 Adult, £15 Child

This three-day, family-friendly celebration of outlandish arts in the outdoors will take place in the leafy, lakeside grounds of Georgian country house Rode Hall. Day passes and weekend camping available. It’s the festival’s 10th year, with an exciting agenda of midnight feasts, silent discos, and al-fresco theatre.

Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Scholar Green ST7 3QP
justsofestival.org.uk

Wedding Open Day

Date: 21 AUGUST

Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Price: Free

The Boat House at Aston Marina is inviting all to visit its next wedding open day. The events team will be on hand to give tours of The Boat House and facilities. Go along and have a casual peek or for a more in-depth chat about your special day. Parking and refreshments are free. No need to RSVP, just turn up at your leisure.

The Boat House, Aston Marina, Lichfield Road, Stone ST15 8QU
astonmarina.co.uk

International Festival of Glass 2019

Date: 23-26 AUGUST

Time: Various

Price: Various

A festival that celebrates the magical and dynamic world of glassmaking. Watch world class craftspeople in action, with studio glass pioneers, flameworkers, furnace fiends and cool-handed engravers. Meet alchemists, conservators and renowned historians. Auctions, valuations & charismatic BBC experts. Fabulous festival food and the local best brews. Free entry to all festival venues.

Stourbridge Glass Quarter, West Midlands
www.ifg.org.uk

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Scarecrow Spectacular

Date: 24-25 AUGUST

Time: 11am-4pm

Price: £4 Adult, £3 Child

The Staffordshire village of Elford is hosting a scarecrow spectacular. Visitors can expect a display of around 100 scarecrows with creations from Boris Johnson to the Wizard of Oz. Wildlife area, birds of prey, hedgehog trail, games, BBQ and beer tent also available. Everyone welcome. Entry and parking included in price. Under 2s go free. The route is buggy and wheelchair friendly. All proceeds will be shared between local beneficiaries.

www.elfordscarecrowfestival.uk 

Madness Live After Racing

Date: 30 AUG

Time: Gates open 2.30pm

Price: £35 Adult, £25 Child

Visitors can enjoy a day of racing before watching Madness perform a special Live After Racing show this August. They promise to play all the hits including ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘One Step Beyond’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Our House’ and ‘It Must Be Love’, plus some brand new tracks too. First race 4.30pm.

Wolverhampton Racecourse, Gorsebrook Rd, Wolverhampton WV6 0PE
www.vmstickets.com

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