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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

At the time of writing (early August) there were no legal restrictions in place for outdoor events. However, we have decided to implement a few measures designed to help keep you, our traders and our volunteers safe.

  • Do not come to the festival if you or someone in your household has had a positive Covid result within the previous five days or you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or if you or someone in your household has Covid symptoms i.e. a new persistent cough; high temperature or loss or changes to sense of smell or taste
  • We will be using more of Westbridge Park and erecting fewer marquees to enable us to provide a more spacious layout.
  • There will be no Goody Bags this year. This is to avoid any risks of contamination from leaflets and other contents of the bags whilst packing the bags and handing them out.
  • There will be no Masterclasses this year. This is to avoid the risk of contamination from shared utensils, cutlery and equipment used during these classes.
  • There will be greater spacing between seats in the Lexus Demonstration Kitchen and in the Talks and Tasting Tent.
  • Extra doorways will be provided in covered areas e.g. the Lexus Demonstration Kitchen; the Talks and Tastings Tent and the Gourmet Food Marquee to provide greater ventilation of these areas.
  • Extra toilets will be provided and these will be regularly cleaned and sanitised throughout the weekend. Please use the hand sanitisers on entry and exit.
  • There will be additional hand sanitiser stations across the festival site.
  • We recommend you wear face coverings at the Festival entrance and in covered areas e.g. the Lexus Demonstration Kitchen, the Talks and Tastings Tent and the Gourmet Food Marquee.
  • Wherever possible, please pay by contactless card payments.

We would appreciate your cooperation in helping us to make this another enjoyable and safe festival.

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 Friday and Saturday. We recommend you plan ahead and bring a ready supply of cash in advance to avoid inconvenience. (some stallholders accept credit and debit cards, Contactless payments under £30 are now accepted on the gate; 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– 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 with a Credit Card but only using Contactless, Apple Pay or Android Pay up to £45.

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!

The Stone Food & Drink Festival always takes place over the first weekend in October.

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. The buses operating from ABB (Oulton Road, Stone)  Park & Ride are accessible for wheelchairs and there are also spaces for Blue Badge holders at the pay & display car parks on the corner of Stafford Street and Crown Street.

Free entry for one carer with each disabled visitor buying a full price ticket

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.

The Enjoy Staffordshire card scheme has now ended, however, we have decided that we will honour this offer for 2021 festival.

Holders of valid Enjoy Staffordshire cards will benefit from £1 off per person, at the gate, on the production of a valid Enjoy Staffordshire Card. Maximum of two people per card.

If you are a new trader interested in exhibiting at the Stone Food & Drink Festival, please email info@stonefooddrink.org.uk 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.

The main festival site at Westbridge Park is open:

  • Friday 1st October: 12 noon – 7pm
  • Saturday 2nd October: 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday 3rd October: 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!

Public parking in Stone town centre is under pressure – but we have a solution! Follow the yellow direction signs to ABB on the Outlon Road at the north end of town, park up and hop on a shuttle bus for just £3pp (accompanied under 16s free).

There will be two stops on the route in – at the top of town (highly recommended to check out our fantastic local traders and on Saturday the Farmers’ Market) – and at Westbridge Park itself.

We’d like to say a big thanks to ABB for their support in providing the venue, and to Rob Smith for running the Park & Ride service in support of a local branch of the salvation army and guide dogs for the blind – all profits go directly to support their activities.

The Festival Park & Ride will be from ABB, Stonefield Works, Oulton Road, Stone, ST15 0RS on:

Bus times:
Friday: first bus 10.30am / last 6.30pm
Saturday & Sunday first bus 9am / last 5.30pm

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 info@stonefooddrink.org.uk 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.

Prices for entry to the main festival site at Westbridge Park:

  • Day tickets – £10pp
  • 2 day passes – £16pp
  • Friday evening (after 5pm) £5pp on the gate only
  • Friday concessions (valid NUS card or bus pass) – £5pp on the gate only
  • Enjoy Staffordshire card holders £1 off per person on production of valid card (max 2 people, not to be used alongside any other offer)

*Accompanied under-16s get free entry

Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day of arrival and can be purchased with Cash or using Contactless, Apple Pay or Android Pay for tickets under £45, or ordered in advance for special discounts. Advance ticket holders will also benefit from fast track entry to avoid queues.

Offers cannot be used in conjunction with each other

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 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.

By 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.

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. 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 0RS to this years Park & Ride service

The Festival Park & Ride will from ABB, Stonefield Works, Oulton Road, Stone, ST15 0RS
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Westbridge Park (no parking) Sat Nav ref: ST15 8QW 

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
www.stoneboatbuilding.co.uk for boat chandlery supplies

There are a number of exhibitors specialising in vegetarian & vegan foods both in the Westbridge Park Gourmet Marquee and in the High Street Farmers’ Market.

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 info@stonefooddrink.org.uk or call 01785 526007.

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