Group visits

Each week during the festival there are a limited number of tours of the main festival site on Thursday's. We would advise that to see the full site you should leave between 2-3 hours. For a cost of £25 groups can recieve a guided tour of China Hall site, a souvenir guide and reserved seating in our onsite cafe - Bread in Common) the site To make a group booking please email in advance info@britishceramicsbiennial.com

The following information is to help make planning your group visit as easy as possible, however if you still have any other questions please contact the team on info@britishceramicsbiennial.com

Arrival
Please arrive by the Kingsway entrance. There are set down points on Kingsway next to the King's Hall by the main entrance for BCB. The satnav postcode for this car park is ST4 1JB. 

Coach Parking
Coaches must park in suitable off-site parking. Stoke City Council suggest:
Spark Street, Stoke - road side pay and display (limited to 3 hours)
South Wolfe Street, Stoke - Pay and Display with no height restriction at the entrance - please park across two bays and pay for two tickets
Hinde Street, Hanley (ST1 3TD) free coach parking.

Health and Safety
Visitors should wear sensible, closed toed shoes to the Spode site and something warm as the site can get a little cold.

Group Visits to Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent is well catered for group visitors, whether it is for a day, short stay or longer. Visit Stoke have produced a range of groups attractions guides, maps and drop-off points to make your visit more enjoyable.

Other Places of Interest

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has a large and impressive collection of ceramics  The museum is a short 3 mile journey from the festival site. 

AirSpace Gallery

AirSpace Gallery is opposite to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery are is part of the BCB festival programme. The venue is open Thu-Sat.

Middleport Pottery

The Middleport Pottery factory tour offers the chance to see pottery being made using the same handcraft methods as in the 1880s. The tour will lead you through each stage of production in sequence, showing how a lump of clay is transformed into a finished piece of pottery. You will also see the steam engine which once powered the whole factory. Each tour lasts for around one hour. Tours must be booked in advance. Tours of the factory run from Monday – Thursday at 11am and 2pm, and on Fridays at 11am only.  There are no tours at weekends. To book call 01782 499766 or email middleport@princes-regeneration.org
Cost: £7.50.

World of Wedgwood 

Home to the Wedgwood Collection, one of the most important ceramic collections in the world, the newly displayed Wedgwood Museum offers a unique window into English industrial history and creative heritage spanning over 250 years. The collection has been permanently loaned to the Wedgwood Museum by the Victoria and Albert Museum, a testament to its national significance and its rightful domain at Barlaston, Wedgwood’s home since 1940. Open Monday - Friday, 10am to 5pm & Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. To book call 01782 282986 or email info@worldofwedgwood.com.
Cost: Factory Tours & Wedgwood Museum £7.50.

Spode Museum

The Spode Museum is only open to visitors Fri, Sat and Sun, 10.30am-4pm. Admission to the centre is free, but a donation to support the project is much appreciated. For more information call 01782 411421 or email hello@spodeworks.org

Stoke Minster

Groups may also be interested in visiting Stoke Minster, which is a short walk from the site. The team at Stoke Minster are able to offer short tours of the Minster on request, if you are interested please contact: dp.lingwood@btinternet.com