Programme of events

September 2023

8 September

Please note: fully booked

Chris Malkin Memorial Lecture: The Knights Templar of Keele by Robin Studd

Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0QP

Friday 8 September 2023 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

A special talk by Dr Robin Studd of Keele University about the Knight's Templar who lived at Keele during Medieval times and the newly restored templar window at Keele church.

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14 September

B's Dementia Cafe

Sammy Bell's tea room, Belong Newcastle, Lower Street ST5 2RS

Thursday 14 September 2023 - from 14:00

This event will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month. sessions are free and will include entertainment, refreshments and opportunity to access support whilst forming friendships. Please book in advance.

Cost: free

How to book: contact Emma Palin or Isis Whitmore on 01782 986300

16 September

Heritage Open Days: Battle of Blore Heath anniversary event- talks and living history weapons display

Sponsored by Keele University & Staffordshire Community Foundation

Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0QP

Saturday 16 September 2023 - from 12noon-4.30pm

Did you know there was a medieval battle in Newcastle-under -Lyme?

Learn more about the 1459 Battle of Blore Heath near Loggerheads in this series of introductory talks by battlefield expert Mark Hinsley. There will also be chance to see and hold replica weapons that were used in the battle with local medieval re-enactment group "Bellum Fraternum"

Cost: Free
​Thanks to the support of ​Heritage Open Days, this event is now free as part of the festival. If you have purchased a ticket recently you will receive a full refund.

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What's on?

12noon-1pm Talk: An introduction to the battle of Blore Heath

2pm-3pm Talk: Medieval Weapons, Tactics and Motivations

3.30pm-4:45pm Talk: Finding the battle site and archaeological finds

16 September

St Margaret's Church heritage day

St Margaret's Church, Knutton Road, Wolstanton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0HU

Saturday 16 September 2023 - from 10.00am

The church will be open to the public including belfry tours and commonwealth war graves cemetery tour. Heritage displays within in the church include Wolstanton heritage photographs and church records access, a WW1 display is also available including artifacts from the conflict and public access to soldiers photographs published during the war within the Weekly Sentinel. Refreshments are available.

Cost: free

How to book: no need to book, just turn up

21 September

Fascinating folk of Newcastle film: Fanny Deakin

Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0QP

Thursday 21 September 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

A special film show by Ray Johnson about the life of activist Fanny Deakin, including footage from the recent New Vic production "Go see Fanny Deakin"

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23 September

Astley's astounding adventures

New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0JG

Saturday 23 September  2023 - 7:30pm

Join us this autumn as we bring our most spectacular show ever back to the stage from Saturday 23 September to Saturday 21 October 2023. When Philip and Patty meet, they both know their lives are about to change. As the couple begin their adventure together, they are unaware that they will become the legends of one of the greatest stories ever told… This is the story of Philip Astley, local town hero from Newcastle-Under-Lyme who became the international impresario that invented Circus, the spectacular phenomenon that captured the hearts of millions of people all over the world! Astley’s astounding adventures, written by Frazer Flintham and directed by Theresa Heskins and Vicki Dela Amedume MBE is filled with fast-paced action, laugh-out-loud humour, gripping drama and breath-taking circus spectacle. Revived to coincide with Newcastle-under-Lyme’s 850th anniversary, this is a bold, colourful celebration of a local hero that you won’t want to miss!

For more information, including accessible performance dates, visit the New Vic Theatre website.

Cost: £10.00 to £30.50.

How to book: call the New Vic Theatre Box Office on 01782 717962 or visit the website.

28 September

Fascinating folk of Newcastle talk: Fanny Deakin

Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0QP

Thursday 28 September 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

A special talk by Barbara Andrew about the life of activist Fanny Deakin.

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