Uttoxeter

Uttoxeter is a small and vibrant Staffordshire market town near the Derbyshire border, home to the JCB World Headquarters and a Fox’s Biscuits factory. It offers small independent shops, supermarkets, a library, a museum, pubs, a microbrewery, two medical centres and places to eat and stay. You can also visit the Uttoxeter Leisure Centre, including the Adam Peaty swimming pool.

 

Places to Visit

 

The Staffordshire Way

This 92 mile, long distance footpath passes right by the station and is waymarked with the Staffordshire knot. Starting in Mow Cop in Cheshire and finishing in Kingsford Country Park in Worcestershire, it links with the Cheshire Gritstone Trail, the Heart of England Way and the North Worcestershire Path.

Uttoxeter Racecourse

A few minutes’ walk from the station

Fancy a day at the races? Uttoxeter Racecourse is one of the leading racing venues in the Midlands, offering quality horse racing, as well as fun events throughout the year. The Midlands Grand National has been hosted by the Racecourse for the past 50 years and is the second longest race in the National Hunt calendar after the Aintree Grand National.

From Ladies Day to Oktoberfest, Uttoxeter Racecourse has something for everyone.

Uttoxeter Cinebowl

Uttoxeter Cinebowl is a 10 minute walk or 5 minute cycle from the station.

This is Uttoxeter’s premier entertainment venue, offering films, ten pin bowling and ice skating. At the ice skating rink you can watch an ice show, learn how to skate or even hold a party.

Samuel Johnson Memorial

The Samuel Johnson Memorial is a 10 minute walk or 5 minute cycle from the station.

Exit the station onto Station Road. At the end, turn left to reach the A518 roundabout. Take the second exit onto Bridge Street, then turn third left into Market Place. 

Perhaps the most famous event to have occurred in Uttoxeter is the penance of the 18th century writer, Samuel Johnson. Samuel Johnson is considered one of the greatest 18th century literary figures, known for his publication of A Dictionary of the English Language. There had been previous dictionaries produced, but none to the scale and detail of Johnson’s. It took him 9 years to write and has been acclaimed as “one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship”, bringing him popularity and success.

Johnson’s father ran a bookstall on Uttoxeter market, and young Samuel once refused to help out on the stall. As an older man, Johnson returned to Uttoxeter to stand in the rain (without a hat) as a penance for his failure to assist his father. This event is commemorated with the Johnson Memorial in the Market Place and is marked with a Dr Johnson Celebration every September.

Bramshall Road Park

Bramshall Road Park is a 27 minute walk or 9 minute cycle from the station.

Bramshall Road Park is a great place to get out and about with the whole family. It has a range of facilities including a play area, football pitches, tennis courts and picnic areas. If you head down to Picknall Brook from the park, you might be lucky enough to see some kingfishers darting backwards and forwards, or simply enjoy the wild flowers and woodland planting.

Redfern’s Cottage – Museum Of Uttoxeter Life

Redfern’s Cottage is a 10 minute walk or 5 minute cycle from the station.

Follow directions as for the Samuel Johnson Memorial. At the end of Market Place turn left along Carter Street. After a few hundred feet you will see the Museum on your right. 

Redfern’s Cottage is a 17th century timber-framed cottage that now houses a museum about Uttoxeter. It offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the town within the setting of an historic cottage.

The museum tells the town’s fascinating history from the Norman Conquest to the present day and features local personalities including Francis Redfern, Mary Howitt and the Bamford family.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers is a 52 minute cycle or 30 bus ride from the station.

Alton Towers is one of the UK’s biggest destinations for thrill seekers. Known for its rides, Water Park, spas and hotel breaks, there’s something at Alton Towers for the whole family. From New Year’s Eve to Scarefest, be sure to check out their special events on the website.

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