Puppets on Parade

22 July - 1 September

Join us for lots of fun this summer in our interactive exhibition ‘Puppets on Parade’!  Showcasing the collection of puppeteer Douglas Hayward,  experience favourite childhood characters such as Punch and Judy, puppets from around the world dating back to 19th century, and from many favourite fairy tales and stories.  Dress up, make your own puppet and put on a show!  Become a TV star with your own favourite puppet!  Come and explore these fabulous characters and the stories they bring to life!

Crafts Packs, Paper Crafts and Trails - available every day from 50p to £3.50

Wonderful Wednesday Puppet Workshop - Make a string puppet character £4 10.30am- 12.30pm and 1pm-4pm 26 July, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Aug.

Stories & Rhymes with Home Start - join Home Start for stories and activities suitable for families, free activity 2pm Thurs 27 July, Tues 1 Aug, Thurs 10, 17, 24, 31 Aug.

We are very pleased to be the first venue for this family friendly touring exhibition from Staffordshire County Museum, supported by Arts Council England.

Admission is free but a suggested £2 donation would be much appreciated to support the museum.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Staffordshire Poetry Days

10, 17, 21 and 22 August

We are pleased to welcome Staffordshire Poet Laureate Bert Flitcroft as our Resident Poet for the summer. As part of our 'Maps - A Plotted History' exhibition Bert will be running free creative writing & poetry workshops based on people's responses to our map collection. (places are limited and pre-booking is essential) after which he will also be 'at large' in the Museum to chat to visitors.

Bert Flitcroft grew up in Lancashire and is a graduate of Sheffield University. He is an experienced and accomplished poet who has two collections of poetry published, Thought-Apples and Singing Puccini at the Kitchen Sink. He is currently Staffordshire Poet Laureate and is busy curating The Staffordshire Poetry Collection, available on-line now. He was Poet in Residence at The Southwell Poetry Festival in 2015 and The Shire Hall Gallery in 2016, and recently was Resident Poet at The Wedgwood Museum. He has performed at a number of national Festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe,  Birmingham and Lichfield.

10am - 12pm Poetry workshops (booking required)

1pm - 4pm Open to the public

Please call 01782 619705 or email  to book a place.

For more information about Bert Flitcroft visit his website