Creativity & Crafts in Stone


Stone offers a friendly welcome – and a taste of culture and creativity. From hand-crafted goods and artisan values to fine food and drink served with a smile, Stone is a place where you can ‘meet the makers’ on a fascinating day out.

We have been working hard to help you comply with Government advice on COVID-19, ensuring a safe and secure visit to Stone.

As the creative hub of our beautiful borough, visitors can expect a warm and welcoming experience in Stone – from a colourful community that is bursting with ideas.

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All across our beautiful borough – from the creative hub of Stone, to Eccleshall’s boutiques and the big brand names of Stafford – 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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Stone’s reputation for creativity and craftsmanship reflects its historic status as an ancient market town – but its origins lie in the dark and distant past, at the time of the Anglo-Saxons. 

The town has played an important role in the story of transport, first as an important coaching stop on the main route from London to the north, and then as a centre for the canal network.



Stone is steeped in a long and colourful history as a canal town, situated midway along the Trent and Mersey Canal, and visitors can break their visit up with a healthy, enjoyable stroll along the town’s canal and wharf, a perfect setting to find the space we all need to stay safe.

Aston Marina provides an idyllic waterside haven for food lovers and boaters alike, while the town is also known for its open-air Farmers Market and popular festivals, which fill the streets with delicious aromas and colourful quality  goods.



Stone has a wonderful reputation for its cafés, bistros and restaurants, serving great food, quality drink and outstanding real ales.

Diners can choose from hearty meals at a number of pubs and bars, or delicious dishes at stylish restaurants – while the town also boasts a wide range of international cuisines to enjoy.

And, of course, we’re ready to help you enjoy your visit safely.

Stone has a number of short stay car parks that are perfect for visitors to the town. 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 creativity of Stone to the big brands of Stafford and the personal touch of Eccleshall, you can find everything you need nestling safely inside our beautiful borough’s retail triangle.

Together Stone, Stafford 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 Stone

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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Why not ignite your imagination and soak up a little local culture in our beautiful borough’s creative hub?

From relaxing waterside walks to inspirational artisan outlets, Stone offers a colourful visitor experience with fantastic shops, friendly restaurants and welcoming pubs.

And, of course, you’re safety is paramount – that’s why we’ve been working together to ensure you can enjoy your visit within the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines.

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

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