Tours & Heritage

Tours & Heritage

FACTORY & HERITAGE TOURS

Available daily

The Middleport Pottery factory tour is unique. The tour leads you through each stage of production, showing how a lump of clay is transformed into a finished piece of iconic Burleigh ware. Burleigh’s production methods have changed little in 130 years, including the highly specialised ’tissue transfer’ decoration method which cannot be seen in production anywhere else.   Factory Tours run Monday – Thurs, 11am & 1.45pm.  Friday, 10.30am. Booking required – Online Booking Or call reception: 01782 499766   Heritage Trail available 7-days a week. 10am – 4pm. No booking required.

 

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MIDDLEPORT POTTERY – A VICTORIAN INNOVATION

Opens: Friday 19th July

Entrance included in admission to the Heritage Trail (£5.50/£4.00)

 

‘Middleport Pottery – A Victorian Innovation’ – Exhibition, from July 19th 2019

Delving into the archives of Middleport Pottery, the British Library and The National Archives, ‘Middleport Pottery – A Victorian Innovation’ reveals a 130 year-old history of ground-breaking architectural design, innovative industrial engineering and progressive social welfare.

Middleport Pottery is a Grade II* Listed heritage building and is one of Historic England’s ‘100 Places – Industry, Trade and Commerce’ for its contribution to ceramic design and production. Purpose-built by manufacturers Burgess and Leigh in 1888, the site quickly gained industry-wide recognition as the ‘Model Pottery’ of Staffordshire.

This exhibition/project was made possible with a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant from Art Fund

 

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HISTORIC NARROWBOAT EXPERIENCE – Middleport to Harecastle

** Now Fully Booked

Saturday 7th September

£20pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

Date: Saturday 7th September, 10am. Please arrive 10 mins early to ensure prompt departure.

This experience will last approximately 2.5 hours. Please note, this journey does not go through the tunnel.

Accessibility: Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users. In addition, there are steps down into the boat – for further information please call us to discuss. In inclement weather, the boat will be covered in areas to provide shelter.

 

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WALKING TOUR  – Industrial Middleport

Sunday 8th September – 10am

£5pp  – 01782 499766

From Longport to Newport Lane (Middleport), the tour will look at how Middleport’s industry has evolved along this stretch of the Trent and Mersey Canal incl. Price and Kensington, Middleport Pottery and Shelton Bar. This walk can be enjoyed on its own or as the first walk in our summer series.

The walk begins at Middleport Pottery (free parking). Please arrive 10 mins before departure (9.50 am). The terrain mainly is via the canal towpath, as well as via public footpaths and alongside local roads, easy-moderate difficulty. Sensible footwear advised.

The walking tour lasts approx 2 hours and returns to Middleport Pottery where you can relax and recharge in our Tea Room. A very popular tour – it is advised to book early as places are limited.

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Sunday 8th September, 10am – 12pm.
£5pp. Booking required, call: 01782 499766

Accessibility: Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users. 

 

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WALKING TOUR  – Old Burslem (South)

Sunday 29th September – 10am – 12pm

£5pp  – 01782 499766

Old Burslem South:

A walking tour from Middleport including the Burslem Branch Canal, St John’s Church Yard, Bournes Bank and the lower side of Burslem.

The walk begins at Middleport Pottery (free parking). Please arrive 10 mins before departure (9.50 am). The terrain is mainly via public footpaths and alongside local roads, including some off the path walking, moderate difficulty. Sensible footwear advised.

The walking tour lasts approx 2 hours and returns to Middleport Pottery where you can relax and recharge in our Tea Room.

A very popular tour – it is advised to book early as places are limited.

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Sunday 29th September, 10am – 12pm.
£5pp – Booking required. Call: 01782 499766.

Accessibility: Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users. 

 

 

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WALKING TOUR  – Old Burslem (North)

Sunday 20th October – 10am – 12pm

£5pp  – 01782 499766

Old Burslem North:
 
A walking tour around Burslem North taking in the built heritage of Trubshawe Cross, Newcastle street and the upper side of Burslem.
 
The walk begins at Middleport Pottery (free parking). Please arrive 10 mins before departure (9.50 am). The terrain is mainly via public footpaths and alongside local roads, easy-moderate difficulty. Sensible footwear advised.
 
The walking tour lasts approx 2 hours and returns to Middleport Pottery where you can relax and recharge in our Tea Room.
A very popular tour – it is advised to book early as places are limited.
 
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Sunday 20th October – Burslem North, 10am – 12pm.
£5pp. Booking required. Call: 01782 499766
 
Accessibility: Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users. 
 
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