So what’s famous about Stoke-on-Trent? You may think of it as the home of china and ceramics, or where the great Sir Stanley Matthews played most of his football or for being the hometown of Robbie Williams.
For those arriving early for the Revitalisation Meeting on Tuesday 7-9pm at the White Star in Kingsway, Stoke there is plenty to grab your interest.
If the sun is out you may want to take some air before the CAMRA debate in the evening along the Trent and Mersey or Caldon Canals. There are many attractions situated near to the canal network including Wedgwood Visitor Centre and Museum, Emma Bridgewater pottery design, Portmeirion, Stoke Minster, Spode Works Visitor Centre, Middleport Pottery and the Festival Park.
Discover the fantastic trails around Stoke-on-Trent including The Ceramics Trail, The Stoke-on-Trent Sculpture Trail, The Mercian Trail, The Two Saints Way, and the Fairy Trail at the Trentham Estate.
Of course, you may prefer to take CAMRA’s The Real Ale Trail with a string of pubs.
Closest to the station is The Glebe, an appealing Joule’s establishment which, according to the Good Beer Guide, has impressive features including beautifully restored windows and candlelit tables.
The host pub is the White Star which is a Titanic pub and has won several awards.
There are also two pubs in Stoke featured in CAMRA’s Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs book.
If you can get to Hanley the Coachmakers Arms is worth a visit. A real gem, the front bar is small and snug, only holding around eight people. A serial award-winner with the local CAMRA branch the pub is still on the council death list due to the new bus station opposite. So visit whilst you can.
Another is The Vine, the small 19th century Grade II-listed back street pub in Burslem is certainly worth a trip, too.
So if you have time, there’s plenty to do and see in Stoke.