There’s lots going on in and around Stone for the whole of food festival week – whether you need a place to stay for the weekend or are planning a longer break there’s a good choice of hotels & B&Bs, in the area for you to choose from – plus, as a canal town, there are canal boats for hire and several options for moorings. Click here for our guide to local accommodation.
Baby changing facilities and a breastfeeding / bottle prep area are provided on the main food festival site at Kibblestone Scout Camp in the Family Hub near the Little Foodies’ Zone.
There are no cash points on the main festival site. There is a cash point outside Morrison’s on Christchurch Way, and there is a cashpoint outside Lloyds Bank at the top of the high street where you’ll also find the Festival Edition Saturday. On the gate entry payments will be card only or correct change only for cash. All stallholders accept card payments but if you want to use cash we recommend you plan ahead and bring a ready supply in advance to avoid inconvenience.
Children are welcome at the Stone Food & Drink Festival!
Accompanied under 16s get free entry to the main Kibblestone Scout Camp site and there’s plenty to keep them entertained on Saturday & Sunday in the Little Foodies’ Zone. Wristbands are also being offered at the gate for children to wear with parent’s contact details and a lost child point is located at the family hub in the Little Foodies’ Zone. More information
Most of our exhibitors have their own credit card payment facilities, but a few do not. Tickets on the entrance gate are available to be purchased with card, Apple Pay or Android Pay contactless up to £100.
Stone is bustling during food festival week – especially during the Festival Edition Market on Saturday. At peak times there can be queues to get into the main festival site – which can be avoided by buying your tickets in advance online
This year, the Stone Food & Drink Festival will take place on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July. There are also a host of other events going on in and around town all festival week – for full details, check out the festival programme.
We welcome disabled visitors to the festival and make every effort to accommodate their needs, with the majority of the site being accessible by wheelchair. Please note however that Kibblestone is on a slight slope and is grass so may not be suitable for everyone.
Disabled toilet facilities are provided and there is ample, free disabled parking on-site at Kibblestone Scout Camp. Free entry for one carer with each disabled visitor buying a full price ticket – DLA letter required on entry to claim free carer space.
We regret that dogs (except assistance dogs) are NOT allowed on the main Kibblestone Scout Camp site during the Stone Food and Drink Festival.
On Saturday the High Street also gets very busy with the Farmers’ Market, so we recommend that people leave their dogs at home to avoid undue stress.
If you are a new trader interested in exhibiting at the Stone Food & Drink Festival, please email [email protected] with details of your company, products and address and contact information. No applications will be accepted over the festival phone.
First Aid practitioners are on site at all times during the main festival at Kibblestone Scout Camp.
The main festival site at Kibblestone Scout Camp is open:
Saturday 15th July: 10am – 7pm
Sunday 16th July: 10am – 6pm
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
The Festival Edition Market will be on the High Street from 9am – approximately 3pm on Saturday 15th July; but please note as many traders sell out early an early start is advised!
By foot or by train? Hop on the shuttle bus!
If you’re travelling from Stone town centre, by far the easiest way to travel is to hop on our fast, efficient – and FREE – shuttle bus service; with thanks to Stonegate Wealth Management for their generous sponsorship.
Shuttle bus pick up points will be located at all bus stops around Stone – including outside Morrison’s, by Mojo’s Curry House and corner of Abbey Street, Crown Street and at the Granville’s Square bus stop by Wetherspoons (best for those who’ve travelled to Stone station by train*). With no less than four coaches on the route all day, both days of the festival it’s by far the easiest way to get to and from Kibblestone from Stone – and perfect if your want to head into town from the festival site to explore the market and town centre shops on Saturday.
Shuttle Bus times:
SAT: First buses leave town at 9.45am on; last bus leaves Kibblestone at 7.30pmpm
SUN: First bus leaves town at 9.45am; last bus leaves Kibblestone at 6.30pm
*From Stone station it’s a 10-minute walk to the shuttle bus stop. Simply head down Station Approach toward town, turn right onto Station Road then in just under half a mile you’ll arrive in Granville’s Square outside Westherspoons, where you’ll find the shuttle bus stop.
Driving? Choose on-site parking or Park & Ride
Those travelling by car have two options – either head to Hitachi (formerly ABB) on Oulton Road, Stone – ST15 0RS (£3 per car, with FREE bus to and from Kibblestone) or park on-site at Kibblestone Scout Camp – ST15 8UJ (£8 per car, payable on the gate). Please note last return bus from Kibblestone is 7.30pm on Saturday and 6.30pm on Sunday.
Huge thanks to Hitachi for the kind use of their site for the Park & Ride, Stone Army Cadets for providing on-site traffic management at Kibblestone, and to Rob Smith for managing the Park & Ride service.
Our taxi service partner, Star Private Hire, will be operating a rank service from Kibblestone. To book a cab through them call 01785 822822.
The Stone Food & Drink Festival is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC). It is run by a team of volunteers with the aim of promoting Stone as a destination and Staffordshire produce. All profits from the event are ploughed back into the festival, helping to ensure that it grows year on year with new additions to the programme.
While we cherry-pick exhibitors for the quality of their products, should you have an issue with the quality of an item purchased please, in the first instance, please raise it with the stallholder. If you don’t have their contact details please get in touch and we will pass them on so you are able to resolve the issue. We wish the festival to remain of an exceptional quality across the board so if you have a major problem with product quality that you think we should be aware of please let us know in writing via [email protected] or the postal address on our contact page stating the nature of the problem and the stallholder(s) involved.
Stone Food and Drink Festival is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and is run entirely by volunteers. We are thererfore very grateful to all those organisations, companies, businesses and individuals who together make it possible for us to organise the Festival each year. For more details visit our sponsors page. If you’re interested in sponsoring the festival, please email [email protected]
Prices for entry to the main festival site at Kibblestone Scout Camp:
- Two-day pass: £20pp (Online early bird offer £18 until 30th June)
- One-day pass: £12pp (Online early bird offer £10 until 30th June)
Accompanied under 16s are free of charge and do not require a ticket
Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day of arrival – card payment only via contactless, Apple Pay or Android Pay*.
Advance online booking is advised to avoid queues.
*Cash will only be accepted if correct sum as no change is available
Male, female and accessible portable toilets are to be found in several locations on the main Kibblestone Scout Camp festival site. Stone town centre public toilets are located adjacent to the Crown Street car park and in Station Road.
Stone is a beautiful market town situated midway between Stafford and Stoke on Trent, close to the A34 and alongside the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Trent. The town is easily accessed from all parts of the country by road and rail.
Stone Railway Station is a five minute walk from the town centre. Stone is on the direct Stoke to Stafford service and connections to other parts of the rail network can be accessed by changing at Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.
Reliable and regular bus services operate between Stoke, Stafford and Stone.
Firstbus operates a twenty minute service, the 101, between Hanley via Newcastle and Stafford calling at Stone. Click here for the Firstbus 101 timetable. Bennetts Travel operate several local services including a service to and from Longton. This year, a FREE shuttle bus service will also operate from all of the main bus stops around the town centre to Kibblestone Scout camp, where the festival is being held.
By car to Stone
ST15 0RS to this year’s Park & Ride service at Hitachi (formerly ABB) Stonefield Works, Oulton Road, Stone, ST15 0RS – £3 per car with FREE bus to Kibblestone Scout Camp.
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Parking is also available on-site at Kibblestone Scout Camp ST15 8UJ. What3words identifier: depend.crop.mouth (£8 per car, payable on the gate)
The Trent and Mersey Canal runs through the town and there is ample towpath mooring. Further information can be found on the following websites.
The Inland Waterways Association site
The Canal and River Trust
www.canalcruising.co.uk for boat hire and services at Crown Street Wharf
Almost all of our Street Food traders offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Please check with the individual stall holder for further details.
The Stone Food & Drink Festival relies 100% on a volunteer workforce! From gate staff to stewards, help with setting up to litter pickers – and everything in between – we need a small army every year to ensure the festival goes without a hitch. If you’re interested in becoming one of our hard-working volunteers and having great fun with a team of like-minded individuals, email us on [email protected] or call 01785 526007.