Recreation & Retail in Stafford


There’s nothing quite like retail therapy – the welcoming aisles of a warmly-lit shop, chattering with friends over coffee, bags gathered at your feet as you decide where to visit next.

Stafford is our beautiful borough’s retail therapy capital, offering exciting big brands and friendly independent outlets. And with all kinds of recreation and activities on offer too, you can trust Stafford to deliver a friendly visitor experience, whether you pop in for a quick visit or stay overnight.

And with so much work being done locally to help you comply with Government guidance on COVID-19, you can be sure of a safe and healthy shopping experience.

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All across our beautiful borough – from the big brand names of Stafford, to Eccleshall’s boutiques and the creative hub of Stone – local shopkeepers are making your safety their priority.

We want to help you follow the Government’s guidelines on COVID-19, so you can be sure of a safe and healthy shopping experience, and you’ll love how we are ready to support you in any way.

That’s because we want you to make yourself at home in our towns and high streets, get to know your retailers and not have to worry about anything other than enjoying yourself.

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We are proud of the fascinating heritage to be discovered in each of our beautiful borough’s three towns. With its impressive castle and historic buildings, the county town of Stafford has so much to see and do as well as fabulous places to stay.

From its founding during the Dark Ages to a centre for the shoe industry in the 17th Century, and from the Norman conquest to the English Civil War, Stafford has played a notable part in the history of England.



Our beautiful borough boasts fantastic healthy open-air places where you can get out and about, get some fresh air and enjoy the scenery with lots of space to enjoy.

In the heart of Stafford, on the banks of the River Sow, is the Green Flag award-winning Victoria Park, which has recently undergone a programme of £2.5M restoration work thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

With its band stand and aviary, bowling green and glass house, this much-loved beauty spot has all the ingredients of an idyllic English park – as well as activities such as a sensory raised garden, splash pad and impressive play area.



When it comes to food and drink and enjoying time together, our beautiful borough boasts the best of all worlds.

In Stafford you can enjoy all kinds of dining, from restaurants offering a wide selection of cuisines to relaxed cafes and bistros for a lighter bite. As the nightlife capital of our beautiful borough, there is plenty to do after you have eaten too – with a great selection of welcoming pubs and bars, as well as nightclubs for those in the mood to party.

All of these venues, from nightclubs to cafes, are fully prepared to help you enjoy your time out in a safe way, following the guidelines with a minimum of fuss.

Stafford has a range of car parks to suit all vehicle and time of stay needs.  You can view more information about the town’s car parks and their locations in the link above.



Where else can you find three unique towns in one place, each one offering a welcoming visitor experience? From the big brands of Stafford to the creativity of Stone and the personal touch of Eccleshall, you can find everything you need nestling safely inside our beautiful borough’s retail triangle.

Together Stafford, Stone and Eccleshall provide a safe, secure, fun and friendly high street visit – all within easy travelling distance via road, rail or bike.


Neighbourhood Shopping Areas to Stafford

We see our neighbouring shopping areas as part of what makes our town unique and each retailer is dedicated to servicing the  community.

While visiting us why not extend your day to explore our surrounding villages and retail areas – there are some little gems just around the corner and we all appreciate your support.

Click on ‘Browse Shops and Traders’ to start planning your shopping trip and making the most of your day.

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We believe in our beautiful borough, and the sense of community that makes it a special place to live, work and shop safely. Now we’re coming together as residents, retailers and as business owners – and uniting our three towns to provide a safe, secure and welcoming high street experience for everyone.

We all need to follow the COVID-19 guidelines to stay safe – but we are here, as a community, to make that as easy as possible for you.

Our motto is ‘All For One’ – because by combining the very best of the three towns that make up our beautiful borough, we can work together to support our communities and each other.

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So, grab your coat and come and see what Stafford has got lined up for you, from retail therapy to great food to exciting nightlife – a safe, secure, warm and friendly experience built on true community spirit.

We’ve been working together to ensure you can enjoy your visit within the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines. We’re here to help.

Let us know what you think by joining the conversation on social media, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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