We all love an oatcake or two, a walk by the potteries factories, and the odd ‘ayup duck!’ in the street, but only the people of Stoke-on-Trent really know what their culture is. Here are our top seven reasons why Stoke should win the title of City of Culture 2021.
- The entertainment
Stoke-on-Trent has several fab theatres, museums and parks that really are a sight to behold! From The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery all the way to Gladstone Pottery Museum, there is culture as refined as the pottery they make. Organisations like Appetite work hard to bring entertainment to the streets for free, which never fails to brighten up your day if you see a brass band casually playing some tunes in the middle of Hanley.
- The artists
Art is everything to the people of Stoke, from making the finest pottery to the head tilting exhibition pieces; Stoke-on-Trent has an artist to do it all. Incredible artists, be they local and proud or born and bred elsewhere, seem to flock into creative crowds to share and express themselves in ways only artists from Stoke really know how. Take a look at my review of Trading Love, one of the most recent art exhibitions in Stoke-on-Trent this year!
- The oatcakes
Every city has a little quirk or delight that people from other cities just can’t hack, but only Stoke-on-Trent has the most delicious. The glorious oatcake wraps up your favourite breakfast, lunch and dinner foods into one easy meal, and damn do they taste good! You’d be mad to not have an oatcake when visiting Stoke; it’s just unheard of! One of my personal favourites is Oatcakes and Milkshakes, winner of the best oatcake shop this year!
- Ancient Treasure
If you’ve not heard about the Staffordshire hoard then you may as well have been living under a rock, just like the thousands of gold pieces discovered in 2009. One of the largest hoards of Anglo-Saxon gold ever to be found is displayed right in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery for all to come and delight over.
Trentham Gardens is one of the best places to take that leisurely stroll after a good meal. Getting in touch with your inner nature side is encouraged here and you wander along pathways into a real secret garden-esque world of plants, trees and flowers.
- Potty potters
It wouldn’t be Stoke-on-Trent without mentioning the fantastic pottery that they produce. From Wedgewood to Spode, Stoke has produced incredibly intricate pieces of work that may even grace your kitchen right now. They have tons of museums dedicated to the rich heritage of pottery, including Gladstone Pottery Museum and the Emma Bridgewater Factory.
- The people
Never will you meet people so friendly. With a good old ‘ayup duck!’ and a wave you will be welcomed into the city as if you’d been there your whole life. People mad for the oatcakes, with hands caked in clay, down to the men and women that have been here since the mining days, Stoke-on-Trent accepts all. Why not come on down and see for yourself if you don’t believe me?