Family Days out by Train

There are lots of great options for family days out by train along the North Staffordshire line (Crewe-Stoke-Derby and stations in-between) as well as Stone, Stafford and Penkridge.

All of the attractions listed are within a 30-minute walk of your destination station. Walk timings are approximate so please plan your route before you travel.

Please do check each attraction’s website for opening times and further information before making your journey.

If you plan to make several train journeys with your family and friends why not purchase a Family and Friends Railcard to receive one third off travel for adults and 60% off for kids. The savings soon mount up! Click on the link below for more information.

Family & Friends Railcard | Official Retailer | National Rail

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Derby Arboretum

Derby Arboretum is a 28-minute walk from the station.

Derby Arboretum, also informally known as Arboretum Park and The Arboretum, is famous for being Britain's first public park. It is picturesque with a fine collection of trees, and is Grade II* listed. Some of the trees are listed on the British Isles Tree Register, a catalogue of notable trees in the country recorded by the Forestry Commission. 

Throughout the park there are roosting and nesting sites for a variety of birds and a wildlife area with a dedicated conservation focus. There is a playground with equipment for a range of ages, sports facilities including a football pitch, practice cricket nets, astroturf outdoor courts and a tennis court.

A programme of events takes place throughout the year and there are often organised walks, nature trails and pond dipping sessions in the spring and summer which are bookable in advance.

Derby Arboretum | Parks | In Derby


The Museum of Making

The Museum of Making is a 23-minute walk from the station.

The Museum of Making showcases the region’s 300-year history of making and innovation. The Museum of Making is located on a site of global significance, where the Derby Silk Mill, widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory, first stood over 300 years ago.

You can follow a bespoke trail through the amazing 30,000 collections, which are displayed and shared in unique ways and include a seven tonne Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine suspended in the new Civic Hall above visitors’ heads, the Midland Model Railway, located in the Railway Gallery and the world’s smallest engine run using a human hair.

Museum of Making | Derby Museums


Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery is a 25-minute walk from the station.

Derby Museum and Art Gallery is a maze of historic architecture and intriguing collections with each room very different from the last. The museum houses a dedicated gallery of internationally significant paintings by world famous artist Joseph Wright of Derby and a ceramics collection from Derbyshire. Further displays include an archaeology collection full of fantastic finds from the earliest prehistory to the 18th century, natural history, geology, military collections and world cultures.

Museum & Art Gallery | Derby Museums


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Osmaston Park

Osmaston Park is a 15 minute walk from the station.

Osmaston Park has three distinct woodland areas, Ash Wood, Oak Wood and Elm Wood. The site has a variety of wildlife and you may spot song thrushes, house sparrows and other wildlife making their home in the woodland around the site.

Osmaston Park also has a large fenced play area located below the trees at the highest point in the park. The playground is designed for all ages and abilities with accessible roundabouts, slides, swing units, zipwire and teenage climbing unit.


Alter Rock Indoor Climbing Centre

Alter Rock Indoor Climbing Centre is a 18-minute walk from the station.

Climb, swing and crawl at Alter Rock Indoor Climbing and Activity Centre where toddlers, kids and adults can get active. There are over 600 square metres of graded climbing walls and bouldering problems as well as other fun activities to suit all ages and abilities such as swinging along the Air Walk aerial assault course or crawling through the Labyrinth Cave.

Alter Rock | Climbing gym and Activity centre in Derby


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Tutbury and Hatton

Chatterbox Ceramic Café

Chatterbox Ceramic Café is a ten minute walk from the station.

The café offer a wide range of crafts including decoupage and pottery painting with something for all the family as well as a café serving food and drinks. (Currently take away only due to COVID).


Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle is a 20 minute walk from the station.

Tutbury Castle is an 11th century castle set in 38 acres perched high on a grassy ledge overlooking the beautiful Dove Valley.

The castle is best known as one of the prisons of Mary Queen of Scots, who was held here on four occasions. It was here that she became involved in the plot that ultimately led to her bloody execution at Fotheringhay.

Since 2000, the castle has taken on a new life, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. With historical re-enactment, archaeological excavation, an authentic Tudor garden and medieval herbery, the ‘haunted’ Great Hall and King’s Bedroom and regular events there’s something for everyone.


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Planet Ice/Cinebowl

Planet Ice/Cinebowl is a ten minute walk from the station.

Test your balance ice skating at Planet Ice. They offer general ice skating sessions, ice penguins for the little ones, ice skating lessons and ice hockey. Also onsite is a cinema and ten pin bowling.


Bramshall Park Road

Bramshall Park is a 30 minute walk from the station.

Bramshall Park offers a great day out with a play area, bowls green, tennis courts, skate park, multi use games area, football, benches, dogs allowed on the main field, picnic areas, disabled access and toilets. The Park links into Oldfield’s Park and Hockley Road which contains features such as Picknall Brook where you can see kingfishers darting backwards and forwards, wild flowers, small areas of woodland planting and rugby pitches.


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Blythe Bridge

Foxfield Railway

Foxfield Railway is a 15-minute walk from the station.

Foxfield Railway is one of Britain’s oldest heritage steam railways. It is a volunteer run railway for families & rail enthusiasts where you can enjoy a traditional family day out, create magical memories & enjoy exciting new experiences including afternoon cream tea trains and Santa specials!

The facilities at Caverswall Road Station include a station cafe serving hot and cold refreshments, a small gift shop, a museum area holding locomotives and a miniature railway for children.

Look out for their special events and experience offers through the year!

Heritage Steam Railway Family Day Out | Foxfield Railway Staffordshire


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Gladstone Pottery Museum

The Gladstone Pottery Museum is a 15 minute walk from the station.

Gladstone Pottery Museum is a unique family friendly museum offering a variety of engaging exhibits and hands on opportunities. It is Britain’s only complete Victorian pottery factory and you can have a go at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or painting pottery. There are children’s trails to follow, you can watch expert demonstrators and go inside giant bottle ovens. as well as learning more about pottery and local history. There’s a café and a shop and an exciting programme of activities and events.


Longton Park (Queen’s Park)

Longton Park is a 25 minute walk from the station.

Longton Park, also known as Queen’s Park, is a Grade II heritage park and is famous for its trees, horticulture and lakes. It has a range of facilities including a children’s playground, skate facilities including ramps and rails, multi-use sports and tennis court, exercise equipment and three bowling pavilions. It is also perfect for a leisurely stroll around the well-kept grounds.


Awesome Walls Climbing Centre

Awesome Walls Climbing Centre is a 25-minute walk from the station.

Awesome Walls Climbing Centre is one of England's largest bouldering centres. There are over 900 square metres of bouldering walls, spread over two extensive floors, of every angle including the unique and massive overhanging roof.

Stoke - Awesome Walls


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Hanley Park

Hanley Park is a 10-minute walk from the station.

The Green Flag status park includes several playgrounds suitable for children of all ages, an all-weather floodlit sports zone for cricket, football, basketball, hockey and tennis, crown green bowling green, fishing, lake and fountains and public art sculptures. The 60-acre park, which opened in 1897, has had its bandstand restored, the main pavilion reinstated as a café and its boathouse brought back to life along with a whole raft of other improvements.

Parks - Hanley Park | Stoke-on-Trent


The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is a 27-minute walk from the station.

The Potteries Museum is a family-friendly museum that has a range of interactive displays and frequent family-friendly events. They also offer children’s trails and family activity packs. The Museum has a new addition in the new spitfire gallery which houses a RW388 Spitfire. The permanent exhibition also includes displays and a celebration of iconic designer Reginald Mitchell.

The museum’s collection of Staffordshire pottery is widely acknowledged as the finest in the world and other collections of fine and decorative arts, natural science, social history and archaeology have local, regional and national significance. The museum is also now home to a number of artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard.


Emma Bridgewater Factory and Decorating Studio

Emma Bridgewater Factory and Decorating Studio is a 25-minunte walk from the station.

Decorate your own unique piece of Emma Bridgewater pottery in the decorating studio. Choose your piece of pottery from the selection available and then paint with brushes or sponges. Perfect for a unique gift or just for fun! You can also book in for lunch at the factory café.

Emma Bridgewater UK | Pottery, Personalised Mugs & Gifts


XP-VR Virtual Reality Experience

XP-VR is a 30-minute walk from the station.

Assemble your team, put on your headset and experience the power of virtual reality. Prepare to immerse all of your senses and step into new worlds together. Play as a group, survive as a squad. A variety of VR experiences and retro gaming are available.

XP-VR Virtual Reality Experience | Stoke on Trent


Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park

Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park is a 22-minute walk from the station.

At Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park you can climb, balance, jump and swing across different obstacles using and developing your Ninja skills, plus they also have the famous Warped Wall for every aspiring Ninja to conquer. A great place for supervised family activities and for keeping fit.

Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park | Sun Street, Stoke-on-Trent


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Trent and Mersey Canal

Trent and Mersey Canal is a 5-minute walk from the station.

The Trent & Mersey Canal, engineered by James Brindley, was the country’s first long-distance canal. It is full of interesting features, which reflect its history including Harecastle Tunnel and is perfect for a leisurely walk or cycle and Westport Lake and Middleport Pottery can be accesses from the canal tow path.

Fun worksheets and games for children can be downloaded from the Explorers section of the Canal & River Trust website to use on your walk including Waterside Bingo.

Trent and Mersey Canal | Canal Map | Canal & River Trust

Middleport Pottery

Middleport Pottery is a 15 minute walk from the station.

Middleport Pottery, situated on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stoke-on-Trent, was built by Burgess and Leigh in the late nineteenth century. The Grade II* listed building is the UK’s last working Victorian potbank in continuous production. After 130 years, Middleport Pottery remains home to world-famous ‘Burleigh’ pottery.

Middleport Pottery offers factory tours and a self-led heritage trail, family activities including Play with Clay, the Burleigh Factory Shop and studios housing creative businesses plus a canal-side Tea Room.


Westport Lake

Westport Lake is a 20 minute walk from the station.

This is Stoke-on-Trent’s largest expanse of open water and an important home to overwintering birds. It’s a great spot for bird-watching and walking with a footpath around the lake of about 1 mile.

The Westport Lake Visitor Centre has a cafe with panoramic views of the water and there are regular family activities provided by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. There is also a children’s play area with equipment suitable for a variety of ages.


Kilnworx Climbing Centre

Kilnworx is a 20-minute walk from the station.

Kilnworx is the transformation of the Old Church and School of Wycliffe Hall into a climbing centre. It offers top rope, sport, lead, bouldering, abseiling and traversing.

Kilnworx Climbing Centre - Indoor Climbing & Bouldering


Royal Stafford Ceramic Café

Royal Stafford Ceramic Café is a 23-minute walk from the station.

The Royal Stafford Ceramic Café Ceramic Cafe is a lovely place to enjoy decorating your very own, individual piece of pottery.  Staff will guide you through the process from selecting one of the many shapes on offer to how to wash your design off if you change your mind halfway through! Your unique piece will then be glazed and fired and ready for collection or posting to you within a week.

Ceramic Cafe - Royal Stafford


Teamsport Indoor Carting

Teamsport Indoor Carting is a 26-minute walk from the station.

Kids and families can race it out in the Ultimate Race Experience for a chance to find out who’s the fastest in the family! The mixed racing sessions mean that parents, and older siblings can race together with younger children and other groups alike.

Go Karting Stoke-on-Trent | UK's #1 Indoor Karting | TeamSport


Story Quest

A Story Quest is an exciting story trail that guides families around local outdoor spaces while they complete physical and written challenges, discover fascinating facts and travel through time to uncover local history. There are a range of Story Quest trails available and many are accessible by foot from Longport Station. You can sign up for free and download a trail from their website or pick up a hard copy in local libraries.

Delivered by Stoke Reads | National Literacy Trust


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Ski Kidsgrove

Ski Kidsgrove is a 25-minute walk from the station.

Ski Kidsgrove offers lessons for beginners and improvers age 6+ as well as recreational skiing for members. It has two 90 metre slopes, with the main slope for lessons and general recreational skiing while the second slope is dedicated to Freestyle for authorised members. 



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Salt Line and Borrow Pit Meadows

Salt Line and Borrow Pit Meadows is a 25-minute walk from the station.

The Salt Line is a well surfaced walking and cycle route along 1.8 miles of disused railway track with path side picnic tables and site information boards. There are two self-guided trails, Solar System and Tale of Trees, as well as Ranger guided walks throughout the year.

Borrow Pit Meadows is adjacent to the Salt Line and linked to it by access points and paths. Borrow Pit Meadows are about 40 acres in size with 1.25 miles of well surfaced undulating paths, with a further 0.6 miles of unsurfaced paths. It is a mosaic of habitats including meadows, woodland, wetland, grassland, farmland and scrub. With benches located at regular points along the surfaced routes, it is ideal for quiet recreation on foot or bike and will also be of interest for those who enjoy birds, plants, trees and wildlife.

Salt Line and Borrow Pit Meadows


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Crewe Heritage Centre

Crewe Heritage Centre is a 17-minute walk from the station.

At Crewe Heritage Centre you can see history brought to life and discover the story of how a small town made a big impact on the world becoming a manufacturing powerhouse producing everything from steam locomotives to luxury cars, ice cream vans and porridge oats!

There’s plenty for all the family to see and do, from live signalling demonstrations to taking a ride on our 600 metre long Miniature Railway.

Crewe Heritage Centre | A Great Day Out For All The Family


Good Time Charlies

Good Time Charlies is a 20-minute walk from the station.

Good Time Charlies soft play has a castle theme running throughout a multi-level adventure play frame and toddler zone. There are balls and bridges, tunnels, hide holes plus a 6.5m high 14m long astra slide. Adults are encouraged to go and get physical on the frames with their children!

Good Time Charlies | Crewe – Soft Play & Family Fun in Crewe


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Come into Play

Come into Play is a 12-minute walk from the station.

Come Into Play is a place to let imaginations run wild with towers to climb, rope bridges to cross, slides to race down and arenas for ball cannon fights.  Come Into Play has a unique play area with bespoke timber structures mirroring outdoor play with three separate areas for different age groups. 

Come Into Play - Every Visit Is An Adventure


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Ancient High House

The Ancient Hight House is an 8-minute walk from the station.

The Ancient High House is one of the finest Tudor buildings in the country. Once dominating the skyline of Stafford, it is the largest remaining timber framed town house in England. In 1986 the house opened as a museum and now provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who have lived there over the centuries.

An exciting programme of exhibitions by regional artists takes place in two gallery spaces and a changing history exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to view a range of artefacts not generally on public display. With hands on activities, children's games and quizzes there is something for all the family and throughout the year they also have an exciting range of events, activities and workshops that bring added colour and bustle to the rooms.

Ancient High House Stafford


Stafford Castle

Stafford castle in a 23-minute walk from the station.

Originally built by Robert de Toeni, (later known as Robert of Stafford), in the Norman period, Stafford Castle has dominated the local skyline for over 900 years. The site extends to over 26 acres and consists of Keep, inner bailey, outer bailey, woodland, herb garden, visitor centre and car park.

The Visitor Centre has an audio-visual display which tells the history of the castle; hands on items including arms, armour and costumes; a timeline to put the history of the castle into a national context; a display area with a changing programme of exhibitions and exhibits; and the opportunity to try your hand at coin minting and brass rubbing. There is also an events programme that includes the annual Stafford Festival Shakespeare production each summer.

Stafford Castle


Victoria Park

Victoria Park is 5-minute walk from the station.

Originally named the Victoria Park Pleasure Grounds, the site opened in 1908 and is Stafford Boroughs principal destination park covering an area of 4.95 acres.

The park offers a wide range of facilities all year round for all ages to engage in recreation activities. With the River Sow running through the park, the grassy bank offers a perfect opportunity to sit and relax whilst watching the ducks. The park features riverside walks, a sensory raised garden, bowling green, aviary and Glass House as well as a play area featuring climbing net, sand pit and sand diggers, Multi-play Units for seniors and toddlers, Skate Simulator, trampoline and a Splash Pad (open during Summer season only).

Victoria Park | Stafford Borough Council (


Stafford Hunt Fun

Stafford Hunt Fun is a 10-minute walk from the station.

Stafford Hunt Fun is a family friendly treasure hunt will take you past many local attractions including the Gatehouse Theatre, The Ancient High House, St. Marys Church and Shire Hall, opening your eyes to so many things you would ordinarily just walk straight past! The DIY treasure hunts are pre-written so all you need to do is buy one and you're set with everything you need including directions, clues, a map and the answers.

Treasure Hunt in Stafford, Staffordshire for Kids Families Friends & Pensioners from huntfun


The Play Shed

The Play Shed is a 10-minute walk from the station.

The Play Shed soft play centre is situated in a grade II listed railway building offering a three-storey climbing frame with twin lane slide, crawl tubes, obstacle courses and a soft play ball court. It’s great for both younger and older children with two play areas.

The Play Shed - Play & Party Centre - Stafford


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Penkridge Market

Penkridge Market is a 6-minute walk from the station.

Penkridge Market is regularly described as one of the best markets in the Midlands and runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays with up to 100 stalls selling a huge variety of products. They also hold a number of event markets throughout the year including the Children’s Market and the very popular Victorian Christmas Market.

Penkridge Markets


Play @ Lower Drayton Farm

Play @ Lower Drayton Farm is a 30-minute walk from the station.

With indoor and outdoor play zones, friendly animals to look at and the chance to learn about life on a working farm

Set on a 750-acre working farm in the heart of Staffordshire, Play @ Lower Drayton Farm offers a great way to spend time as a family while the kids let off some steam in the countryside. Kids can explore the 900sqm indoor play area featuring the longest racing Astro slide in the UK, gravity drop slides, traverse climbing wall and much more. There are also baby and toddler areas.

Outdoors, the adventure continues with activities that include racing zipwires, grass toboggans, bouncy pillows, sand and water play. Animal lovers can pet friendly rabbits and Guinea Pigs, and get up close with goats, pigs, cattle and other farmyard favourites.

Play @ Lower Drayton Farm


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