Friday, August 9, 2013

Stoke on Trent

One of the very first things I wanted to do when we moved to the UK,
was to visit "The Potteries" and Stoke on Trent.
I'm not one for Shopping Bag Tourism, but I do love me some pottery.
And Stoke on Trent is the World Capital of Ceramics.

After 18 months, I finally got Matt to reluctantly agree to take me there.
I had to play a fine game of balance for this little weekend journey with my spouse.
Not too much shopping and enough other stuff thrown in to keep him happy.

A bit of history, some shopping, a carvery (buffet with roast), a movie involving aliens and pubs, and some monkeys.
I think we did pretty good.

The Potteries and Stoke on Trent

We'll start with the pottery and the shopping.
We were only there for a short time and most of the factories only offer tours
during the week so this was just a small part of our trip.
(I need to plan another trip with some girlfriends next time.)

We stopped in at just three factory stores.
Matt sat in the car for one of them.  He was just having none of it.
I on the other hand was giddy.

Emma Bridgewater Factory

Emma Bridgewater is one of my favorites, so we spent a bit of time exploring her
factory shop.  We had some tea and cake next to her polka dotted Aga.
I was hoping to pick up some royal baby commemorative pieces, 
but they weren't ready yet.  

Emma Bridgewater Factory Store

Emma Bridgewater Factory Store

Emma Bridgewater Factory Store

Emma Bridgewater Factory Store

Emma Bridgewater Factory Store

Emma Bridgewater Factory Store

Emma Bridgewater Factory Store

Emma Bridgewater Factory Store

 Stoke on Trent and the surrounding area is still very much industrial and everything is pretty spread out.    It's not really someplace that you can visit by train, stay in the city center and explore everything on foot, like say York.  You really need a car or to book a special bus tour to see everything.  We stayed at a hotel right off of the carriageway/highway.

In spite of my husband being allergic to shopping, I did manage to get some great deals.
I spent £50 and got all of this.  Most of it from the Churchill Outlet Store.

Wedgewood Teacup

This is a beautiful little Wedgewood teacup.  I love the teal and the silver.  It's so delicate. 

Emma Bridgewater Mugs

 Living in the UK you can never have enough mugs.  Squirrel!

Sugar Bowl

 I absolutely adore this little sugar bowl.  Every time I look at it I smile. 

Dog Bowls

Yep.  Those are dog bowls.  Just in case, you know.  (Happy face!)

Cath Kidston Mug

 A nice oversized Cath Kidston mug.

Cake plates and Mugs

And finally these four little plates and mugs.
Squirrels and owls and bunnies!  And do you see the little hedgehog?  So stinkin' cute!
Now I need to have a few friends over for tea and cake.

I'm tickled to death with my purchases and so happy that we got to visit Stoke on Trent.

Next time I'll tell you a little more about the history of the area.

How do you feel about shopping bag tourism? Yea or Not so much.  

By the way, this week I'm so lucky to be guest posting on not one, but two wonderful blogs. 

Casey at True Colours is an amazing travel blogger.
She lives in Oregon but is rarely at home.  She is so down to earth and smart.

Amanda from Living in Another Language has such an adventurous spirit.
She is living in South Korea and has a pet bunny!
You're gonna love her. 

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  1. Oooooh, pottery!! I love picking up pieces on our travels!

  2. THAT AGA!!! I love it!! I also love that blue bunny plate! I do enjoy your posts Selena -. my little dose of home over a cuppa! :)

  3. I went to Stoke three times whilst living there. Two Julys and one January, all for the sales, and I only went to the seconds shops. I've meant to do a post on what I bought, but I only did one quick one after my first trip. Love that you went! Stoke is a drug, for sure! I never took Paul along, though- I went with a different girlfriend each time.
    My favorite shops were Port Meirion/Spode, Wedgwood/Royal Doulton, Royal Stafford (cheapest bakeware you can find!), and Emma Bridgewater. I wasn't a fan of Burleigh, but every other Stoke fan I know is!
    I actually have the Wedgwood saucer you've got, but with a different (still matching) teacup! And I love, love that sugar bowl! So cute!!

  4. I love your selections! Wish I lived close enough to have tea....long trip from Southeastern USA:)

  5. I love tea cups and the blue and white pottery is my fave!!! Thanks for sharing. And I do love to pick up a little something(s) in my travels as well!
    Gay @ Captive Heart

  6. wow, look at all the lovely things you found! that first teacup is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. I love those patterns! Never heard the term shopping bag tourism before but I wouldn't normally go for it, either. You've made me want to visit Stoke-on-Trent! :)

  8. Speaking of travels... You should come over to London for a visit!!! You can just crash at our place and have a good explore. Just sayin'. xoxo

  9. Thanks, Paula!! Too bad about the whole distance thing. Nothing better than tea with a girlfriend. So glad you stopped by and commented! xoxo

  10. Gesci! So good to hear from you. England misses you :( I so should have gone with some girls instead of Matt. He is the worst shopper ever!! I need to go back. I love that little teacup! My pottery makes me so happy. It's the little things, isn't it? xoxo

  11. So sweet of you to say :) That makes me so happy. I don't know what I'd do without my blogger friends. We are heading out to the Baltics this Friday. And I got in at Schonnemanns!! Thanks for all of the great tips!!!

  12. Yey! You will love it. My favourite involved fried bread, spinach, a beautiful egg and smoked salmon, I think it was called Simon's something or other! Enjoy and don't forget the snapps! :) Give CPH a kiss from me! I do miss it! :)

  13. Oh! How I would love to come for a visit!! I'm having a hard time trying to figure out how to get back home to the south to visit family I haven't seen in 7 years before the year is out. How expensive are flights from the US to the UK these days? Definitely something to think about and possibly begin to plan for...hmmm. ;-)

  14. I am dying to go here!! Do you know if they ship? We're in Germany, so I'm not sure if I could cart everything back with me on a plane... If it's not a very walkable city, are tours easy to find? I doubt we'd rent a car if we end up going, but I am so eager to visit here. My pottery lust knows no bounds. I am in love with all the thing you found!

  15. If you love pottery then you must visit! You will be in heaven. It was hard to restrain my purchases, but my husband was standing over my shoulder. Unfortunately, it's not very walkable at all. Everything is really spread out. So a tour would be the way to go. There are quite a few tours offered. Tripadvisor might be a good place to start. Let me know how it goes :D


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