UK is known for many things — traditional food, fabulous landscapes and shopping to die for!
But on a recent trip courtesy Visit Britiain, we discovered we discovered the most gorgeous pottery revival taking place at the sleepy town of Stoke on Trent that is firing up a revival in this once sleepy town. Stoke on Trent is high on street art, installations, inspired food and the most gorgeous pottery you will ever find.
Affectionately named ‘The Potteries’; Stoke on Trent in UK is the world capital of ceramics.
The ceramics industry put the towns of North Staffordshire on the map. Factories requiring a large numbers of workers helped drive the expansion of the six towns of modern day Stoke-on-Trent during the industrial revolution and till date their products carry weight in the international market. From the world-famous designs of Josiah Wedgwood’s company and Spode’s bone china to the modern creations of Emma Bridgewater, Stoke-on-Trent’s pottery remains world famous. The royal family of UK is known for using crockery from Stoke on Trent.
In its modern avatar, Middleport pottery, which dates back to 1888, has just undergone a three-year, £9 million project funded by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, designed to bring the ceramic industry back to life.
Follow the Pottery Trail at Stoke-on-Trent
* Firemiddle Port Pottery, Home of Burleigh: An exciting visitor destination in the heart of Burslem, the mother town of potteries. The world famous burleigh potteries have been created here using traditional methods since 1889.
*Wedgewood: The factory is being remodelled and will be ready to receive visitors by the end of 2015. Highlights will be grand factory tours and of course more jobs created within the community.
* Moorcroft Heritage: Described as the world’s best kept secret, Moorcroft is known for quality, collectible and handcrafted art pottery. Factory tours, shopping, a museum and a vintage bottle oven come together to create and unforgettable experience.
* Emma Bridgewater factory: A Victorian working factory where you can relax in the kitchen cafe by a gorgeous Aga after a factory tour, decorate your own masterpiece in the studio, visit the garden and get good deals on factory seconds and other gifts.
Stoke on Trent is 03 hour drive from London and is at 270 Kms from London and 01 hour drive / 72 Kms from Manchester.
There are number of hotels like the Premier Inn, Holiday Inn express, Best Western and more.
I stayed at the Best Western, which was a good 4 star hotel located n the city center.