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

Saturday 27th July

£20pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

Date: Saturday 27th July, 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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HISTORIC NARROWBOAT EXPERIENCE – Middleport to Etruria

Saturday 10th August – Includes 3x guided tours, lunch and refreshments.

£40pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

This full-day experience includes a guided tour of Middleport Pottery’s Heritage Trail, a guided narrowboat cruise and a guided tour of the last remaining steam-powered Potters’ mill, Jesse Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill (not in steam) at the Etruria Industrial Museum. Lunch and refreshments are included.
 
Date: Saturday 10th August. Please note, there are two starting times available. Please specify your preferred tour time when booking.
 
Accessibility: Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users. In addition, there are steps down into the boat and at Etruria Industrial Museum. For further information please call us to discuss. In inclement weather, the boat will be covered in areas to provide shelter.
 
Heritage Narrowboat Tour One: Arrive at Middleport Pottery at 9.00am. The narrowboat will leave at 9.30am. This tour ends at Middleport Pottery approximately 3.30pm.
 
Heritage Narrowboat Tour Two: Arrive at Middleport at 11.00am. This tour ends at Middleport Pottery approximately 5.00pm.
 
Lunch: Staffordshire Oatcakes. Please inform us of any dietary requirements upon booking.
 
Tickets: £40pp – Includes admission, guided tours, return boat journey (approximately 2 hours) refreshments and lunch.
 
To book call: 01782 499766 (10am – 4pm). Full payment required upon booking. Early booking advised as spaces are limited. Free parking available at Middleport Pottery.
 

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PITS AND POTS TOUR – New for 2019!

Sunday 25th August – 10am – 4pm

£40pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

This whole-day tour starts with an immersive underground journey through Apedale’s drift mine. Visitors will discover how coal, and its abundance in North Staffordshire, gave rise to ‘The Potteries’. The tour then leads to Middleport Pottery for an exclusive ‘Pits and Pots’ heritage experience. Retracing the journey of coal, the tour will lead you through the Victorian Pottery Factory; from Boiler Room to Bottle Oven, learning how this ‘Model Pottery’ once relied on coal to create its world-renowned ceramic products. Breakfast and Lunch Included.

Admission: £40pp – (Over 8’s only) – Price includes: Guided Underground Mine Tour at Apedale, Guided Tour at Middleport Pottery – Oatcake breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Travel to each venue is included via a vintage coach. Free car and coach parking is available at Apedale. Limited places – Early booking advised. With regret, this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Tour Times: Starts at 10am at Apedale Heritage Centre (ST5 7LB)  – Ends at 4pm at Middleport Pottery (ST6 3PE)

 
Education Prices Available: Tours times can also be adjusted.- For enquiries, please call. 01782 499766

 

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HISTORIC NARROWBOAT EXPERIENCE – Middleport to Harecastle

Saturday 31st August

£20pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

Date: Saturday 31st August, 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.