I recently had the opportunity to attend the Great British Food Festival at the Shugborough Estate in Stafford which was held on 11 and 12 July 2015 with my family. We found it to be a fun day out for the whole family especially since the weather was beautiful. I found the festival to be very laid back and relaxed, there were some food tents with vendors selling and promoting their products, live music, various kid’s entertainment, live cooking demonstation by Chefs (such as Great British Bake Off and Masterchef Finalist) as well as competitions such as Men vs Food and Cake Off for the avid baker. A lovely way to spend some quality time with the family, just remember to bring along a picnic mat, your suncream, hat and sunglasses or umbrella if it rains.
The Great British Food Fair was held on the Shughborough Estate grounds, if you are a National Trust Member then you can use the opportunity to also visit the beautiful mansion, servant’s quarters and enjoy the scenic riverside garden. Nevertheless the Food Festival ticket does include entrance to the Formal Gardens, Walled Gardens and Island Arboretum (non National Trust members need only pay an small additional fee to enjoy the rest of the the estate). I enjoyed my tour and found the artwork and porcelain collection in the Earls of Linchfield’s mansion to be just magnificent!
Carpark in Shugborough is free during the Food Fair but unfortunately we had to park on the open grass area (behind the horse),which was about 15 minute walk to the Food Fair area. No complains though, as the walk was scenic as we passed a lot of animals such as the horse above. Most of the open area was full of cars by the time we got back.
The food fair grounds are easily accessible by wheelchair as well as baby prams
Dogs are allowed at the Food Fair so long as they are on a lead. For hygiene purpose, they are not allowed into the food tents
A woman with her dog reading the free program booklet
Crowds were entertained with live music played by local bands every hour
There were lots of family entertainment organised at the Food Fair such as kid’s cookery class, bouncy castles (one for the bigger kids and another for the younger kids), fair rides, shows and marquees offering free kids craft & activities to keep the little ones happy.
After a long tiring day, if you don’t fancy a walk back to the carpark, then hop on one of these train rides to the car park area
A sheep enjoying a nice nap on a hot summery day
As we were walking back, we even spotted the Scotish Thistle, the National Flower of Scotland
Hope you enjoyed reading the blog entry, for fair timings, entrance fee details and more information on all the fairs available for the rest of the year and next year, head to the Great British Food Fair website.