Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering will be going ahead as planned on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2017 following meetings between organisers and Stafford Borough Council.
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.
There are no cash points on the main Westbridge Park festival site. Several cash points are located in Stone High Street, where you’ll also find the Festival Farmers’ Market on Friday and Saturday, but we recommend you plan ahead and bring a ready supply of cash in advance to avoid inconvenience (some stallholders accept credit and debit cards, but ticket payment on the gate is cash only; as are a number of stalls, food outlets and bars).
Children are welcome at the Stone Food & Drink Festival!
Accompanied under 16s get free entry to the main Westbridge Park site and there’s plenty to keep them entertained on Saturday & Sunday– from circus skills workshops to free kids’ cookery classes.
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.
Many individual exhibitors have their own credit card payment facilities, but a significant number do not. Tickets on the entrance gate are cash only, as is the Beer Tent bar, so we recommend you also bring a ready supply of cash with you to Westbridge Park.
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 – by buying your tickets in advance online or from the festival office you can avoid these and benefit from a special ‘fast track’ entry lane.
The Stone Food & Drink Festival always takes place over the first weekend in October. The dates are:
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 do be aware, however, that the large number of visitors can make navigating the main marquees during peak times difficult for less mobile visitors.
Disabled toilet facilities are provided. There are a limited number of disabled parking spaces available on the Leisure Centre car park next to the main festival site at Westbridge Park. There is also a car park for Blue Badge holders at the corner of Stafford Street and Crown Street.
To comply with advice regarding Food Hygene 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 Friday and 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.
Thanks to our main sponsor, Taste of Staffordshire, holders of valid Enjoy Staffordshire cards will benefit from 2 for 1 entry on the gate on production of card. To obtain your Enjoy card apply on line here.
If you are a new trader interested in exhibiting at the 2016 Stone Food & Drink Festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your company, products and address and contact information.
First Aid practitioners are on site at all times during the main festival at Westbridge Park. The First Aid point is located near to the Demonstration Kitchen marquee.
The main festival site at Westbridge Park is open:
Last admission any day 1hr before close; visitors will be asked to clear the site by 7pm on Friday and 6pm Saturday & Sunday
Stone Farmers’ Market is in the High Street from 9am – approximately 5pm on Saturday of food festival week; but please note as many traders sell out early an early start is advised!
Award-winning farm shop & Bistro Aston Marina is once again generously hosting the festival Park & Ride service.
Aston Marina is located on the southern outskirts of town on the A51 - follow the yellow road signs from all the major roads into Stone.
Return shuttle bus ticket - £2 per person (please note, last bus back to Park & Ride will leave at 6.15pm on Sunday 2nd Oct 2016.
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@example.com or the postal address on our contact page stating the nature of the problem and the stallholder(s) involved.
We have been advised by Staffordshire County Council that the B5026 road will be closed from September 2016 until March 2017 to all traffic between Stone and Norton Bridge due to motorway bridge repairs.
This will affect all Festival traffic approaching Stone from the Eccleshall direction.
Although there may be local diversions on minor roads, the official Diversion Route advises travelling out of Eccleshall on the A519 (signposted Newcastle) for approx 5 miles then taking the A51 (signposted Stone) for approx 2 miles and finally onto the A 34 southbound (signposted Stone). Remain on A34 southbound and follow yellow signs for Festival Park and Ride at Aston Marina.
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 this page /sponsors.htm
Prices for entry to main festival site at Westbridge Park:
*Accompanied under-16s get free entry
Tickets can be bought on the gate on the day of arrival (cash only please), or ordered in advance via this website for special discounts. Advance ticket holders will also benefit from fast track entry to avoid queues.
Male, female and disabled portable toilets are to be found in several locations on the main Westbridge Park festival site. Stone town centre public toilets are located on Station Road, just up past Granville Square and the Poste of Stone; and adjacent to the Crown Street car park.
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 Crewe to London Euston service operated by London Midland trains 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 10, 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.
By car to Stone
ST15 8QU to the Park & Ride service.
Sat Nav ref: ST15 8QW will take you to Westbridge Park
From the north on M6, leave at Junction 15. Continue straight ahead at first roundabout onto the A500 towards Stoke on Trent. In 1 mile take the next slip road to join the A34. At roundabout at bottom of slip road take third exit to continue south on A34. After five miles, follow signs to the Park and Ride car park at Aston Marina.
From the south on M6, leave at Junction 14. Take third exit on roundabout towards Stafford and Stone. At second roundabout turn left onto A34 continue for four miles to Stone. Follow signs to the Park and Ride car park.
If you're not travelling by motorway, from the east, Stone is easily accessed from the A50 at Meir (near Stoke on Trent ) along the A520. From Lichfield and Rugeley, take the A51 and on approaching Stone follow the signs to the Park and Ride car park at Aston Marina.
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
www.stoneboatbuilding.co.uk for boat chandlery supplies
There are a number of exhibitors specialising in vegetarian foods both in the Westbridge Park Gourmet Marquee and in the High Street Farmers’ Market. Vegetarian options are also on offer in the sit down dining venues on site.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07564 378 916.