As the Prime Minister announces the roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions, people are already looking forward to the things we can do together later this year.

From enjoying some of the world's most exciting rollercoasters to taking a step through nature, there is a wide range of things to do in Staffordshire once coronavirus restrictions have eased, which is something we are sure that people will be excited to get out of.

There is so much available for all members of the family across the county, including some hidden gems that you may not know about.

Under the current roadmap, places such as Alton Towers are set to reopen from Monday, April 12 at the very earliest, with indoor entertainment venues such as The National Brewery Centre set to reopen on May 17, 2021. This is before June 21, the date when the government hopes to be able to lift all restrictions.

So here is looking forward to a positive year and we can finally start saying goodbye to covid restrictions and truly appreciating the county in which we live and work. Remember to check with the venues they are open and what the restrictions are before you set off, including if you need to book first.

Dimmingsdale

Located near Alton Towers, the Dimmingsdale provides a quieter, more tranquil option than the thrills of the nearby theme park. The valley is a haven for walkers, nature lovers and those seeking tranquillity and spectacular scenery all set against the backdrop of the breath-taking Churnet Valley.

The area was known as “Little Switzerland” and “Fairy Glen” by the Earl of Shrewsbury, who once owned the land, it was also described by a local priest as “the closest place to heaven”.

Address: Churnet Valley, ST10 4BU

Alton Towers Resort

Well, I couldn't not include it. Alton Towers is a world-renowned theme park featuring rides such as Oblivion, the world's first vertical drop roller coaster, and Nemesis, which is regarded as one of the best rollercoasters in the world.

Later this year, Alton Towers is opening a brand-new area inspired by the world of David Walliams, including Gangsta Granny: The Ride. The former Little Britain star and top Children's author will be bringing some of his most beloved characters to life including Gangsta Granny and Raj's Shop.

Address: Alton Towers Resort: Farley Lane, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 4DB.

National Forest Adventure Farm

The National Forest Adventure Farm in Tatenhill, near Burton has a wide range of activities to keep kids of all ages entertained. This includes an assault course, a maize maze, an indoor play area, an animal barn and tractor and trailer rides, there is fun for everyone no matter what the weather.

The park also boasts many events running throughout the year including the Easter Eggstravaganza, Summer Maize Maze, Halloween Spooktacular and Christmas North Pole Adventure.

Address: National Adventure Farm, Postern Road, Tatenhill, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 9SJ.

Trentham Gardens

Located on the estate that dates back to the 11th century, Trentham Gardens is a haven for nature and people of all ages wanting to enjoy a day out.

From the floral labyrinth to the fairy trail, there a whole range of things to enjoy on the Trentham Estate. The gardens will also see live music this year, as McFly and The Vamps are set to perform at the new Trentham Live music event.

You can also enjoy a spot of shopping in the adjacent Trentham Shopping Village, which has recently announced that it will be opening up two new food outlets for when coronavirus restrictions ease.

Address: Trentham Estate, Stone Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG

Drayton Manor

Located in Tamworth, this theme park opened in 1950 and hosts about 1.5 million people each year. The park is home to Thomas Land as well as the Drayton Manor Zoo, which features a wide range of animals such as tigers, meerkats, and kangaroos.

However, thrillseekers can also enjoy Shockwave, Europe's first stand-up rollercoaster, and Apocalypse, a drop tower once named ‘Britain’s Scariest Ride’.

Address: Drayton Manor Dr, Fazeley, Mile Oak, Tamworth B78 3TW

The National Brewery Centre

The epi-centre of the brewing world is in Burton on Trent, so there is no better place to host the National Brewery Centre than in Burton. The museum features a presentation of the history of brewing, with the guides taking visitors through each step of the brewing process and explain the roles that the industrial revolution played in the development of the brewing industry. The museum tells the experiences and stories of the people who helped to build Burton's world-renowned brewing reputation.

Address: The National Brewery Centre: Horninglow Street, Burton upon Trent, DE14 1NG.

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