Gladstone Pottery Museum first started off as a factory in 1787 and was later converted into a a working museum in 1974. Located in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, the museum holds various activities for its visitors such as tours, video demonstrations, kids painting activities and throwing a pot amongst others. Visiting Gladstone, has always been one of our favourite places to visit especially during term breaks and when kids are itching to do some pottery related activities. There is always something fun to do there, such as themed activities, free balloons, free face paintings, free magic shows, trails for a small fee and pottery painting which cost between £1 – £3.
I would totally recommend getting a family ticket if you, like us, love all things pottery. The ticket will enable you to visit the place all year around for a fixed fee. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 kids would cost you £22.
As you enter in the museum you will see a beautiful visitor’s shop where you will be spoilt for choices when it comes to souvenirs. The reception acts as the ticket counter as well as the cashier for purchased items. You can also find out what is happening for the day, get a map etc. from the staff who are very informative and helpful. You will be next guided to the video room, situated just behind the reception desk to watch a short video on the history of Gladstone Pottery.
The kids could not wait to add another painted clay item into their already large collection at home. They both choose a cat which cost £1. The paints were free, the kids also had aprons to wear to keep themselves clean. The room has lots of paper towels as well as a sink if your kids to find themselves covered in paint. Once your items is dry, you can pack it up in a brown bad and take it with you.
I love the mural in the pottery room. The staff are super friendly and will come around to help you if you need any guidance. There is also a corner with colouring activities for those who would like to colour pictures instead.
Although we have been to Gladstone many times now, we never got around to visit the museum as we always had some other activities to participate in. This time we decided to do the tour. Lots of rooms are available showing the history of the place. This particular room had lots of the types of tiles which we used through out the years. Kids also had a go at the spinning wheel. They did the trail hence were very excited to discover hidden alphabets in each section of the museum.
Here’s a short video if you enjoy listening to the sound of the equipment used at the factory.
Uttoxeter Road, Longton
Tel: 01782 237777
Tea room: 11am to 3.30pm (Between October to March and extended until 5pm from April to September
Children: £5.25 (4 to 16 years)
Family Ticket: £22 (2 adults, 2 children)