Balloon Flights over Staffordshire
Staffordshire is one of the smaller counties in the country but it is by no means without great sites to take off from on a hot air balloon flight.
Balloon rides not too far from the National Trust's Shugborough Hall are run by local operator Virgin Balloon Flights.
They fly from Amerton Railway, offering a Staffordshire hot air balloon flight experience not to be missed.
Situated to the North West of Birmingham and midway between the county town of Stafford, Uttoxeter and Rugeley this is a logical destination for those living in the great metropolis because airspace makes it impossible to fly over the city of Birmingham itself.
Shugborough Hall was home to the 6th Earl of Lichfield, the previous Earl who passed away in 2005 was better known as the photographer Patrick Lichfield. This National Trust property has regular attractions and events to view either before or after your balloon ride.
The Trentham Park estate is to the north of the county and just south of Newcastle Under Lyme and Stoke on Trent, home of the "Potteries" and in particular the world famous Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Spode china.
The county of Staffordshire is also home to two of the largest theme parks in the country, Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Park.
Here are some things to do in Staffordshire, UK:
Visit Alton Towers: This theme park offers a chance to enjoy a variety of rides and attractions.
Visit the Trentham Estate: This historic estate offers a chance to learn about the history of the estate and the lives of the people who lived there, as well as the opportunity to explore the estate grounds and gardens.
Visit the Staffordshire Hoard: This Anglo-Saxon treasure hoard of gold and silver objects on display at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, offers a chance to learn about the history of the hoard and the Anglo-Saxon period.
Visit the Tamworth Castle: This castle offers a glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of the people who lived there, as well as the opportunity to explore the castle grounds and exhibitions.
Visit the National Memorial Arboretum: This arboretum offers a chance to learn about the history of the arboretum and to see a variety of trees and plants.
Visit the Churnet Valley Railway: This railway offers a chance to take a ride on a steam train and to learn about the history of the railway.
Visit the SnowDome: This indoor ski center offers a chance to enjoy a variety of winter sports.
Visit the Wedgwood Visitor Center: This visitor center offers a chance to learn about the history of the Wedgwood pottery company and to see a variety of pottery.
Visit the Drayton Manor Theme Park: This theme park offers a chance to enjoy a variety of rides and attractions.
Visit the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: This area offers a chance to enjoy the nature and to see a variety of plants and wildlife.