SureStore Recommends: The Best Things to do in Burton-on-Trent
The brewing capital of the UK, Burton-on-Trent has plenty to offer from tasty ales to historical and outdoor attractions and, of course, an affordable storage facility in Burton for local business and domestic use! Located in Staffordshire, the market town lies close to the Derbyshire border offering both a thriving town centre with shops, theatres, restaurants and bars as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside and fantastic commuter routes.
So, if you’re a Burtonian or considering moving to the area, then take a look at this list of the best things to do in Burton-on-Trent, as recommended by SureStore. Whether you’re a keen historian or planning your next family-fun adventure, you’ll find an attraction in Burton-on-Trent to suit you.
The National Brewery Centre
The National Brewery Centre is a truly unique attraction celebrating the towns historic, international reputation as the brewing capital of the UK. The centre offers something for all from the museum where visitors can explore the art of brewing and Burton-on-Trent’s legendary Bass family. Marvel at steam engines, vintage vehicles and magnificent Shire horses at the original Victorian stables or solve the puzzles and steal the brewer’s recipe at the Hour Escape Rooms.
If all that talk of beer has left you feeling thirsty, the centre is also home to Cooper’s café, and gift shop, the Brewery Tap Bar and Restaurant and the Beer Boutique where visitors can choose from a wide range of beers brewed both locally and around the world. These make an ideal gift or souvenir, as long as you don’t drink them before-hand!
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
History enthusiasts searching for the best things to do in Burton-on-Trent should visit the Claymills Victorian Pumping Station. The most restored and complete Victorian sewage pumping station in Britain, the attraction offers a fantastic insight into the Industrial Revolution and prides itself on it’s enthusiastic and very knowledgable volunteer staff who are on-hand to demonstrate and answer any questions.
Ideal for visitors of all ages, the pumping station runs workshops exploring the technology behind the impressive pumping beam engines as well as the chance for younger children to get hands-on, dress-up and even ride a model traction engine. After exploring the engineering feats, head to the Stoker’s rest for food and drink.
National Forest Adventure Farm
Are you planning an exciting family day out in the Burton-on-Trent area? Well, look no further than National Forest Adventure Farm! The attraction offers plenty of outdoor fun and is home to a range of animals from chickens to shetland ponies, donkeys, cows and even alpacas! In the animal barn, youngsters can meet pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas and more or why not take a tractor ride and see the reindeer, Highland cattle and woolly sheep.
In season, you can also explore the impressive maize maze and other activities around the farm, and if the weather isn’t on your side, there’s also a huge indoor soft play barn with ball pits, slides, building areas, under 5s zone and restaurant.
Located in the heart of the UK canal network Barton Marina is Staffordshire’s unique canal-side attraction and home to over 300 boats. The stunning marina is lined with restaurants including The Waterfront serving home-made food and a range of drinks. There’s also The Apple Tree, where you can treat yourself to an Afternoon tea, Thai Marina restaurant and the independent Red Carpet Cinema and cafe bar offering deals on film and food.
As well as great views of the water and award-winning food and drink, Barton Marina is also home to fashion boutiques, a monthly Artisan Market, a gallery, and the Mug Tug where children and adults alike can explore the therapeutic experience of painting ceramics.
Brewhouse Arts Centre
The Brewhouse Arts Centre is Burton-on-Trent’s home of theatre, dance, film and the arts boasting a large auditorium, rehearsal studios, a cinema, multi-media suite and a cafe.
The vibrant venue offers an impressive programme packed with performances from touring companies as well as local amateur dramatic clubs and dance schools. Whether you fancy some family entertainment, comedy, or drama, there’s always something on at the Brewhouse! So, if you’re looking for a night of show-biz or culture in Burton-on-Trent then head online to book your tickets.
Also, for those hoping to get involved, the arts centre hosts a large number of workshops for all ages and interests from arts and crafts, to digital media, music and dance.
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