Home of the world-famous Burleigh Pottery, Middleport is also known for playing host to the BBC's Great Pottery Throw Down presented by Sara Cox.
Not many people know this, but on average, it takes 25 pairs of hands to make a single piece of Burleigh Pottery - and the results are incredible.
As one of Stoke-on-Trent's finest creative outlets, Middleport Pottery is home to a lively ceramics-based art studio, a working pottery factory, an intriguing visitor centre, and a tea room with peaceful views of the nearby Trent and Mersey Canal.
Middleport Pottery is not only a shining example of Stoke's cultural heritage, but it also offers a fantastic family day out.
In fact, Sara Cox is so bowled over with the place, she said, "being back at Middleport Pottery is a genuine real joy. It's so exciting. It's nice to be up in Stoke-on-Trent; I absolutely love it there. You see the kilns in the distance as you get off the train, it's lovely."
As the Prince of Wales is a patron of Middleport Pottery, there’s another working studio in the factory dedicated to him. The venue runs a number of factory tours most days of the week so it's possible to gain a greater insight into this industrial city gem and learn some cool pottery-based facts in the process.
The Visitor Centre
Featuring heritage offices, a steam engine, a Grade II listed bottle kiln, and a ceramic design archive, the visitor centre offers a glimpse back in time and it's as fun for the kids as it is for the adults. Plus, the pottery showroom is incredible.
The Tea Room
The child-friendly tea room serves traditional cream teas as well as coffee, a host of soft drinks, and hot food including soups and paninis – and as we mentioned earlier, the views of the canal are lovely. Sitting here is also like taking a step back in time and it makes the perfect end to the perfect visit at Middleport Pottery.
This must-visit attraction is a shining example of the vibrancy of The Potteries and if you're looking for something fun, rewarding, and of course, pottery-based to do on a weekend, a trip here is sure to impress.
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