Summer Holidays in Stoke-on-Trent

Apollo 50 Exhibition at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

It’s the Summer holidays and there’s plenty of events and activities taking place across Stoke-on-Trent…

A lot of events are FREE and include anything from Museum activities to Reading challenges and leisure fun at various venues throughout July, August and September.

Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “There’s such a great mix of fantastic events across our sites during the school break and we’d encourage as many people as possible to make the most of them. There’s everything from special museum activities to sports sessions and reading challenges, so everyone should be able to find something interesting to get involved in. And remember, when you’re out and about make sure to take some photos and put them on social media with #MyStokeStory to spread the word about the brilliant things going on across Stoke-on-Trent.”  

Here’s a rundown of what’s on offer over the summer holidays and head over to BabaBaboon’s What’s ON for more:  The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, in Hanley has the revamped Staffordshire Hoard exhibition to mark 10 years since the discovery of the treasure. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery also has an Apollo 50 exhibition, marking 50 years since the historic moon landing.

Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton has craft activities for families throughout the holidays including brick carving, badge making, windmill models, and create your own clay toilet and ‘paint your own decorative plate’ sessions. At Gladstone you can also see regular demonstrations of traditional skills and try your hand at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or painting pottery for a small extra charge. Head over to BabaBaboon’s What’s ON for more details.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019. The challenge asks four to 11-year-olds to borrow and read any six library books over the holidays. This year’s theme is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey. All children who complete the challenge will receive a certificate and medal. Space Chase is at Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s libraries until Saturday, September 14.

There is also a programme of library events and activities planned for families over the holidays to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including science workshops, storytelling performances, space discos and Little Library Van roadshow visits.

There’s also a mix of activities taking place at Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s leisure centres. Including at Fenton Manor Sports Complex and Dimensions Leisure Centre. Places need to be booked at each leisure centre.

The Port Vale Foundation are also running football development courses at Dimensions Leisure Centre each week and are based around the World Cup or Champions League. The courses are available to children aged five to 12 of all abilities and run from 9.30am to 3.30pm (drop off from 8.40am). For more information about the football courses, please call 01782 757066.

Outdoor tennis, sports hall activities, family fun swims and the popular inflatable ‘aqua run’ sessions will be taking place at New Horizons Leisure Centre. The prices are £2.50 per sports hall session, £2.50 per swimming session, £3.50 for a swim session and use of the sports hall, and £5 for a tennis court for an hour (up to four people). For more information about New Horizons, visit

Wallace Sport and Education Centre has trampoline sessions provided by Jump2it trampoline club. There are 20-minute sessions on Thursdays between 1pm and 4pm. Advanced bookings are required – please call Jenny on 07732 814510. These sessions are open to juniors and adults and cost £50 (six weeks for the price of five). For more information, about the Wallace Sport and Education Centre, visit visit

Northwood Stadium has Bee Active holiday sports clubs. Children can try new sports and develop skills. The sessions are open to children aged between four and 12. Head over to Baba’s What’s ON for more information.

Stanley Head are also hosting various summer holiday activities for  eight to 14-year-olds. Activities include climbing, abseiling, high ropes, canoeing, paddle boarding, caving and more. The clubs run from August 6 to 30, 9.15am to 4pm (early drop-off available). It costs £25 per day or five days for £115. Get in touch to reserve a place or call 01782 503208.

ParkLives Stoke is back for another summer of fun-packed, free activity. A variety of events will be taking place across parks over the summer months with activities such as Tai Chi, Buggy Mums, Zumba and Health Walks. to find a great, fun-filled day out for the family. Please remember that all activities are subject to change so please check the online timetable for any updates.

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is an exciting programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. There are several sessions a week which are free or low cost across the city. For more information, visit

Using funding provided by the Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office, a number of leisure passes are provided to young people across the city as part of the Space programme. The passes give the holder access to the holiday clubs and gyms (15 years old+) free of charge. For more information about the Space programme, please visit

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