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Crows at Stone Food & Drink Festival

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Festival Information

Westbridge Park

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 are provided on the main food festival site at Westbridge Park. The site is accessible for buggies.

Most stallholders accept credit and debit cards, plus contactless payments under £100 are now accepted on the gate; as are a number of stalls, food outlets and bars. There are no cash points on the main Westbridge Park festival site.

There is a cash point outside Morrisons 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 Farmers’ Market on Saturday. Cash points are also located at at Waitrose, the Shell Garage on Walton roundabout and inside the Co-op at Walton Shops on Eccleshall Rd. 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!

School groups are encouraged to join us on festival Friday – please email [email protected] to arrange your visit. Accompanied under 16s get free entry to the main Westbridge Park site throughout the event (no ticket required) and there’s plenty to keep them entertained– including children’s rides and our Kids Zone. More information

Groups and coach parties are welcome at the festival – especially on Friday which tends to be a little quieter than the weekend days. Please contact us in advance to discuss group ticket discounts and for information on parking.

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 by credit or debit card.

Stone is bustling during food festival week – if you don’t really like crowds, we recommend you plan your visit for Friday afternoon; when the main festival at Westbridge Park are quieter than on Saturday and Sunday.
At peak times there can be queues to get into the festival – avoid by buying your tickets in advance online!

This year, the Stone Food & Drink Festival will take place on 5th, 6th & 7th July 2024. There are also a host of other events going on in and around town all festival week.

We want the festival to be accessible and welcoming to all and make every effort to ensure the majority of the site is accessible by wheelchair.
Please do be aware, however, that the large number of visitors can make navigating the main shopping village during peak times difficult for less mobile visitors.
Accessible toilet facilities are provided and there are parking spaces for Blue Badge holders at the pay & display car park at the Leisure centre next to the festival site plus those on the corner of Stafford Street and Crown Street.
For those needing the support of a carer free entry for one carer is offered with each disabled visitor buying a full price ticket. DLA letter will be required on entry to qualify.

To comply with advice regarding Food Hygeine Regulations, we regret that dogs (except guide dogs) are NOT allowed on the main Westbridge Park 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 fill in our application form or 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 Westbridge Park. Public defibrillators can be found at (list to follow)

The main festival site at Westbridge Park is open:

  • Friday 5th July: 12 noon – 7pm
  • Saturday 6th July: 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday 7th July: 10am – 6pm

Last admission 1 hour before closing

Stone Farmers’ Market is in the High Street from 9am – approximately 3pm on Saturday of food festival week; but please note as many traders sell out early an early start is advised!

There is no visitor parking available for the festival at Westbridge Park itself, but there are numerous Pay & Display car parks within walking distance of Stone High Street and the main festival site of Westbridge Park.

They include:
Short Stay – Crown Street – ST15 8QN; Stone Leisure Centre – ST15 8QW
Variable Stay – Christchurch Way – ST15 8GG

More information on parking in Stone can be found here: https://www.staffordbc.gov.uk/car-parking-in-stone

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. Any profits from the event are ploughed back into the festival, helping to ensure its future.

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, 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 event please email [email protected]

Gate prices for entry to the main festival site at Westbridge Park:

  • Three-day pass: £25pp
  • Two-day pass: £20pp
  • One-day pass: £12pp

SAVE by booking your tickets online in advance

Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day of arrival and can be purchased with cash, card or online in advance for special discounts. Advance ticket holders will also benefit from fast-track entry to avoid queues.

CONCESSIONS:
Friday only (valid NUS card or bus pass must be shown) – £6pp on the gate only.
Accompanied under 16s are free of charge and do not require a ticket
Disabled guests can bring a career with them for no extra cost; a DLA letter is required.

Portable toilets are to be found in several locations on the main Westbridge Park festival site. Stone town centre public toilets can be found 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.

By Rail

Stone Railway Station is a five-minute walk from the town centre, and approximately a 15 minute walk from the main festival site at Westbridge park in total. 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.

By Bus
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 from Monday – Saturday. Click here for the Firstbus 101 timetable. On Sundays D&G run this service – 101 – Hanley – Stafford
Bennetts Travel operate several local services including a service to and from Longton.

By car to Stone

Stone is located off the A34 between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent. From the M6 take J14 or J15 and follow directions to Stone town centre.

Westbridge Park (no parking provided – limited disabled spaces on the adjacent Leisure Centre car park) Sat Nav ref: ST15 8QW
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By Canal

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

The majority of traders offer options that cater for special dietary requirements, including Vegan & Gluten Free. Please ask the individual traders for options and discuss direct with them any food allergies or intolerances.

The Stone Food & Drink Festival relies heavily on its amazing 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]

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Today Ange & Richard have been up at the Cross Rhythm Radio studio in Hanley chatting to Sonya from Babababoon in the Business Spotlight segment all things food fest, the Staffordshire food scene & more… 

@babababoon2017

Today Ange & Richard have been up at the Cross Rhythm Radio studio in Hanley chatting to Sonya from Babababoon in the Business Spotlight segment all things food fest, the Staffordshire food scene & more…

@babababoon2017
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It’s time for a sponsor shout-out! Big thanks to...

Main Sponsor - DRAC
Sustainability Sponsor - Brown Recycling
Music Stage - Joule’s Brewery
Talks & Tastings Tent - The Clubhouse Stoketoke
Volunteer Army Uniform - IEIS
Car forecourt - Barlow Motors
Coffee Shop - BEAR
Pop-up Bar - Proven Pizzeria
Ticket Sponsor - Gent Law
Map Sponsor - Stonegate Wealth Management

Thanks also to…

Tylman of Stone
Dourish & Day
EPX Technical Services
Aston Marina, Stone, Staffordshire
Maze Consulting
Plants the Jewellers
BusinessLodge Stoke

@joulesbrewery @the_clubhouse_stoke @theieis @bemorebear @provenpizzeriastone @gent.law @dourishday @epxtechnicalservices @astonmarina_ @plantsjewellers @businesslodgestoke

It’s time for a sponsor shout-out! Big thanks to...

Main Sponsor - DRAC
Sustainability Sponsor - Brown Recycling
Music Stage - Joule’s Brewery
Talks & Tastings Tent - The Clubhouse Stoketoke
Volunteer Army Uniform - IEIS
Car forecourt - Barlow Motors
Coffee Shop - BEAR
Pop-up Bar - Proven Pizzeria
Ticket Sponsor - Gent Law
Map Sponsor - Stonegate Wealth Management

Thanks also to…

Tylman of Stone
Dourish & Day
EPX Technical Services
Aston Marina, Stone, Staffordshire
Maze Consulting
Plants the Jewellers
BusinessLodge Stoke

@joulesbrewery @the_clubhouse_stoke @theieis @bemorebear @provenpizzeriastone @gent.law @dourishday @epxtechnicalservices @astonmarina_ @plantsjewellers @businesslodgestoke
...

Here are four more of the fantastic food stalls you’ll find in the Shopping Village on Westbridge Park on 5, 6 & 7 July…

Paper Mill Distillery – Spirits distilled in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands

Wiga Wagaa – Chilli products offering a fusion of flavours from across the world

O’Donnell Moonshine – Homemade spirits

Mrs & Mrs Olive - Olives, nuts, dried-fruit, sun-dried tomato, baklava, Turkish-delight, liquorice, fudge & confectionaries

@papermilldistillery @wigawagaa @odonnellmoonshineuk 
  #enjoystaffordshire #stonefooddrinkfest #stonefoodandrink #staffsfoodanddrink #staffordshirefoodandrink #westmidlandsfood #foodfestivals2024 #FoodFestivalFun #stokefoodie #westmidlands #wearestaffs #artisanfood #foodanddrink #foodiesofinstagram #stonefoodanddrinkfest

Here are four more of the fantastic food stalls you’ll find in the Shopping Village on Westbridge Park on 5, 6 & 7 July…

Paper Mill Distillery – Spirits distilled in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands

Wiga Wagaa – Chilli products offering a fusion of flavours from across the world

O’Donnell Moonshine – Homemade spirits

Mrs & Mrs Olive - Olives, nuts, dried-fruit, sun-dried tomato, baklava, Turkish-delight, liquorice, fudge & confectionaries

@papermilldistillery @wigawagaa @odonnellmoonshineuk
#enjoystaffordshire #stonefooddrinkfest #stonefoodandrink #staffsfoodanddrink #staffordshirefoodandrink #westmidlandsfood #foodfestivals2024 #FoodFestivalFun #stokefoodie #westmidlands #wearestaffs #artisanfood #foodanddrink #foodiesofinstagram #stonefoodanddrinkfest
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As it’s #nationalvolunteerweek we wanted to give a big shout out to our amazing team of volunteers.

Without them, as a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company, the show simply couldn’t go on.

Thanks to every single one of you that gives up your time to make the festival happen.

Think you might like to get involved? Email volunteers@stonefooddrink.org.uk - whether you can spare a few hours during set up or break down or are keen to work the whole of the ‘big weekend’ we’d love to hear from you… 

#staffsfoodanddrink #stonefoodandrink #stonefooddrinkfest #westmidlandsfood #enjoystaffordshire #FoodFestivalFun #foodfestivals2024 #community #staffordshirefoodandrink #volunteer #getinvolved #stonestaffs

As it’s #nationalvolunteerweek we wanted to give a big shout out to our amazing team of volunteers.

Without them, as a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company, the show simply couldn’t go on.

Thanks to every single one of you that gives up your time to make the festival happen.

Think you might like to get involved? Email [email protected] - whether you can spare a few hours during set up or break down or are keen to work the whole of the ‘big weekend’ we’d love to hear from you…

#staffsfoodanddrink #stonefoodandrink #stonefooddrinkfest #westmidlandsfood #enjoystaffordshire #FoodFestivalFun #foodfestivals2024 #community #staffordshirefoodandrink #volunteer #getinvolved #stonestaffs
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All set up at Joule's Brewery Crown Wharf - come and say hi, you can buy discounted tickets and also enter a comp to win a FAB foodie hamper!

All set up at Joule`s Brewery Crown Wharf - come and say hi, you can buy discounted tickets and also enter a comp to win a FAB foodie hamper! ...

A big shout out to our Live Music Stage sponsor Joule's Brewery - it’s Food Festival warm-up weekend at Crown Wharf with great live music and more ahead of the main event which will take place on 5, 6 & 7July 2024 at Westbridge Park.

Members of the festival team will be in the wharf this afternoon - pop in for a chat. You can also buy tickets online at a special discounted rate using QR codes you’ll find in the pub! 🍻

@joulesbrewery @crownwharfstone 
#stokefoodie #westmidlandsfood #enjoystaffordshire #stonefoodandrink #stonefooddrinkfest #staffsfoodanddrink #westmidlands

A big shout out to our Live Music Stage sponsor Joule`s Brewery - it’s Food Festival warm-up weekend at Crown Wharf with great live music and more ahead of the main event which will take place on 5, 6 & 7July 2024 at Westbridge Park.

Members of the festival team will be in the wharf this afternoon - pop in for a chat. You can also buy tickets online at a special discounted rate using QR codes you’ll find in the pub! 🍻

@joulesbrewery @crownwharfstone
#stokefoodie #westmidlandsfood #enjoystaffordshire #stonefoodandrink #stonefooddrinkfest #staffsfoodanddrink #westmidlands
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