Five reasons to… visit Stoke on Trent

16/03/22Five reasons to… visit Stoke on Trent

Aside from being famous for its delicious oatcakes, ceramics and being the birth place of many famous artists and musicians, there are a plethora of reasons why visiting Stoke on Trent should be on your list of things to do during your next stay with Woodland Park Lodges.

Here’s five reasons to explore the historic yet vibrant Stoke-on-Trent:

The Potteries

Home of Channel 4’s highly popular TV show The Great Pottery Throw Down, Gladstone Working Pottery Museum is where history is brought to life. Still used as a functioning ceramics workshop, the bottle kilns are a famous feature of the Stoke skyline. Visitors can get hands-on to paint and make their own pottery, as well as there being educational tours available, to learn all about this slice of Stoke history

Trentham Monkey Forest

The perfect way to keep your little monkeys amazed and amused, the Monkey Forest at Trentham is home to over 140 Barbary macaques. Explore the ¾ mile trail through the 60-acre wooded enclosure, where the monkeys roam free, with hourly feeding talks available to learn all about these majestic creatures. You can also adopt your favourite, so you can stay up to date with all of their monkeying around.

Longton park

If a gentle stroll in the park is more your thing, Longton Park offers the perfect scenic surroundings. Queen’s Park, as it is also known, provides beautifully tended flower beds, tree lined pathways, lakes and ponds. Largely unchanged since its original layout in the 1880s, visitors today can still spot glimpses of its Victorian history; including the grand wrought iron entrance gates, the bandstand, and the elaborate stone clock tower.

Stoke Ski Centre

For those who are missing hitting the slopes, or even if you’ve never clipped a pair of skis on before, the Ski Centre at Stoke offers plenty of fun on its dry slopes for all ages and abilities. From tube sledging which is a hit with kids of all ages, to ski-ing and snowboarding, lessons are available for beginners, while the more adventurous might enjoy the freestyle options, with pipes and rails to test your skills.


Kids and adults of all ages will love to make a splash at Waterworld. With over 30 rides, from gentle slides to exhilarating sluices, including Thunderbolt, the UK’s first trap door drop waterslide, the whole family will love their day at Waterworld. Hungry appetites can be sated at the poolside café, and for those looking for a relaxing break from the adrenaline rush, there is also a spa facility on site.

Our lodges also include a relaxing hot tub, so after your busy day exploring Stoke on Trent, you can return to your cosy lodge for a restful evening and good night’s sleep, ready for the next day’s adventures.

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