North Staffordshire is not the first place you'd think of as a major tourist area, but it is. If you haven't visited, you really should. From the Peak District to the Potteries, from Alton Towers to Trentham Gardens, indoor entertainment and outdoor adventure, there is something for everyone.
Tourist and visitor information
Visit England has a page dedicated to things to do in Staffordshire, many of them in the North of the county so it is a good place to start.
See Visit Leek for places of interest in and around Leek.
Fancy a walk in the park? Here is a list of Staffordshire Moorland district parks, with location and information about each one and here is another from Staffordshire County council, which manages some beautiful country parks including Greenway Bank and Rudyard Lake.
Of course there is also the City of Stoke on Trent, centre of "The Potteries" which offers theatres, museums, leisure and recreation activities and shopping. You might be surprised. See Visit Stoke.
And if you like walking and you promise to take care and not drop litter or pick the flowers or let your dog chase the squirels you can always try one of our own local walks.
Must eat: Oatcakes
Elizabeth Cooper in her oatcake bakery c1955
Anyone visiting North Stafforshire has to try the the famous North Staffordshire oatcake, which any North Staffs exile will go to great lengths to import, to where ever in the world.
My maternal grandparents owned and ran an oatcake bakery. After my grandfather's death my grandma and uncle continued the business until she retired. My dad also worked for her at weekends and I went along to help when I was a schoolgirl. So OK, I have two reasons to be biased - location and family history - but they are delicious. Try one and see!!! Even if you have coeliac disease like me you can even get them gluten free (in some places and if you eat them fresh straight from the hot plate or grilled with cheese they are pretty good, although I do still envy anyone who can eat the genuine article).
Learn the lingo
The North Staffordshire dialect and its small local variations has a long history but is now in danger of dying out. The people of "The Potteries" don't speak Brum or Scouse. There is a distinct local dialect and this project explains more about it and includes a short film with lots of local accent and a few examples of dialect (set cookies to include features). There used to be some good recordings available from the BBC but they have been archived, which is a pity, but you can still try reading it and learning a bit of the Potteries vocab.
Just like Ladymoor Gate, North Staffordshire is on a border: between the West Midlands and the North West regions. Officially part of the Midlands it is often overlooked by mainstream media, but to get a flavour of the community, including some close neighbours in South Cheshire (North West), try visiting The Sentinel newspaper (but beware the noisy advertisements).