With 2022 now underway and the good news that covid restrictions have been lifted, we looked ahead to see what big events are happening in Staffordshire and just across the border in Derbyshire.
And that’s the game when it comes to entertainment. From music festivals to ultra-endurance challenges, there really is something for everyone this year.
So if you need inspiration for dates with a partner or a family day out for all to enjoy, we’ve got you covered.
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So here is the list of super exciting events people can expect to watch or attend for 2022.
Midlands Grand National
The flagship event of the year for Uttoxeter Racecourse, the Midlands Grand National is an occasion people need to attend if you let yourself go.
The Listed Handicap Chase, just over four miles, is a major event in the show jumping calendar, with people from all over the UK descending on Uttoxeter on the day.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday March 19 and will host eight races as well as a ‘Rugby Village’ so as not to miss the Six Nations Tournament, which will also take place during this period.
The seventh annual Staffordshire Day will take place on Sunday May 1.
Staffordshire comes alive on its county day with events of all shapes and sizes across the county, with a day market and a film festival last year.
People can also find special offers on attractions, restaurants and pubs to celebrate the day.
May 1 has been chosen as Staffordshire Day because it is the birthday of Staffordshire’s most famous son, Josiah Wedgwood, who started his pottery business in 1759. But mark your diary and watch out for events near you you.
Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire
It may not be one everyone wants to attend, but just seeing and cheering on the participants makes for a great day out.
The Ironman triathlon comes in at a staggering 70.3 miles, so it’s not for the faint-hearted, starting with a 1.2-mile swim in Chasewater, Cannock, before participants cover 56 miles through Staffordshire , to Uttoxeter then to Rugeley, before running a half marathon through the streets of Stafford.
This year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 12.
Live concerts from Cannock Chase Forest
Forest Live concerts have become a favorite annual event in Staffordshire for many people, and it’s clear to see why.
With this year’s lineup featuring Rag’n’Bone Man, Keane and Noel Gallagher, it’s easy to see why people come from far and wide to Cannock Chase.
With the natural lay of the land providing an intimate venue to see some of the best-selling musical artists of all time, it’s a great place; too bad it’s not raining.
This year Forest Live concerts begin Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12.
Sausage and Cider Festival
Although it’s a festival with over 30 venues across the country, the Sausage and Cider festival is coming to Derbyshire in June.
It’s probably one for the adults, with an incredible range of drinks and food on offer in all our bars and stalls, an excellent line-up of live music and tribute DJs, and of course plenty of cider on tap.
This year’s festival will take place at Catton Park from Thursday 23rd June to Monday 27th June.
love cheese live
The UK’s biggest cheese festival, featuring culinary inspiration, shopping and tasting, returns to Staffordshire for another year.
With Michelin star chefs, celebrity chefs and Staffordshire’s top chefs cooking up their signature cheese recipes while giving you tips and tricks, it can be as educational as it is tasty.
Throughout the weekend there will also be live music ranging from jazz to brass bands, making it a family day out for all to enjoy.
The festival will take place on the weekend of July 1 and 2.
Stone Food and Drink Festival
This favorite among Staffordshire folks returns for another year.
The Stone Food and Drink Festival is a celebration of all things food and drink, as people experience the finest artisan products, learn from top chefs with live cooking demonstrations, street food, live music and much more.
There really is something for the whole family to do.
The festival will take place in Westbridge Park, Stone, from Friday 15th July to Sunday 17th July.
Commonwealth Games 2022
It’s not every year that some of the best athletes in the world come to Staffordshire to compete for gold medals.
But with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer, Cannock Chase Forest is hosting Mountain Biking.
People can watch finely tuned athletes combine their balance, athleticism and speed in this feat of endurance and bravery.
The Games will start on Thursday July 28 and continue until Monday August 8.
As for the ATV event at Cannock Chase, it will take place on Wednesday August 3rd.
For all you rockers, the annual heavy metal festival is back in Derbyshire.
Bloodstock Open Air started in 2001 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
And with bands such as Lamb Of God, Mercyful Fate and Exodus, the ground is ready to shake as the crowds go wild.
This year’s festival starts on Thursday August 11 and ends on Sunday August 14.
Just like that
Just So is an annual weekend festival that brings with it an imaginative outdoor family adventure like no other.
The festival aims to make it an amazing family time, allowing people to step into a wonderland of world-class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music and comedy.
Held at the beautiful Rode Hall, Cheshire, so just up the road, the festival is sure to be fun for families young and old.
The festival dates for this year are from Friday August 19th to Sunday August 21st.
Trentham Live 2022
Staffordshire’s biggest music event returns for another year with a bang.
Held in picturesque Trentham Gardens, world-renowned performers will grace the stage and entertain the whole family.
The concert series begins with Steps headlining on Friday September 2, Craig David on Saturday September 3 and finally Olly Murs performing on Sunday September 4.
If Alton Towers alone wasn’t one of the top attractions in the country, Scarefest adds a whole new level of excitement and horror.
With spooky, creepy mazes scattered across the park, it’s a great night out full of ghosts, scares, and scares to unlock. The rides also open later than regular park hours, so you can bravely ride the Oblivion or Smiler in pitch black.
The annual event takes place this year in October, with exact dates to be announced in the coming months.
FIFA World Cup 2022
Finally, the biggest sporting competition in the world is about to return.
With England doing so well in last summer’s Euro 2020 competition, the country was in fever mode for the occasion and the World Cup will be exactly the same, if not more so.
And with Gareth Southgate’s side one of the favorites to win the whole tournament, winning the World Cup for the first time since 1966, the celebrations, although in the coldest months of December, will still be warm in the ‘excitation. There will be a host of pubs showing the games across Staffordshire. And don’t forget the England teams’ training base at St St George’s Park, near Burton, so you can spot Harry Kane and his mates around the county during the tournament.
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