Stafford Music Festival 2018

In it’s 17th year of bringing to Stafford a variety of music to suit all tastes from classical to popular music, jazz, folk and blues, choral and big bands.

There’s so much going on between the 4th to 19th May in Stafford

Tickets for all concerts can be bought on the door; prices vary and are listed in this brochure. Concessionary prices are available at a number of venues for students (children and young people in full time education) see individual concert details. At Stafford Gatehouse concessions apply to children under 16, full time students, the over 60’s and people claiming unemployment benefit.

For more information please click here to visit the Stafford Music Festival website

Thanks to Peter Taunton -

Stafford’s very own British Town Crier for helping us #GetVocalAboutLocal for our town.

Click on the photo to go to the website

Click here to find Peter on Facebook

Stafford Music School

Stafford Music School opened its doors in 2008, teaching piano and keyboard lessons to children and adults. Since then, the music school has grown to include guitar and vocal tuition and we currently see over 230 students a week for lessons.

As a Yamaha Music Point, we deliver Yamaha Courses on keyboards and guitar taught in small groups of up to 8 students. We also offer group lessons on vocals and one to one lessons on all instruments.

We have our annual concert each year at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre to give all of our students the chance to perform live as a band.

Students can also work towards exams if they wish and we strive to make learning easy and fun!

Most recently we have a brand-new Adults Vocal group on Mondays from 6-7pm and there are still a few spaces available for any enthusiastic singers who would like to improve their skills and confidence! Whether you have previous experience singing with a choir or group or have always wanted to improve your voice, our sessions focus on improving technique, performance and self-confidence and most of all, are lots of fun!

Please visit our website or get in touch if you would like more information on any of courses.

Why you should make Time to Float

Just look at that photo, does this look stressful to you?

If you are a Staffordian, you may know of local man Mark Smethurst, owner of Time to Float in the #NorthernQuater of Stafford, but did you know these things about him?

He (and his business) boast the following

Winner of Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday (#SBS) Award
Small Business 100 2017 winner
Royal Connection #Kingof Floatation

Please pop over to the website for more information on floating and read the latest blog post.

Stress awareness month.
We fully understand the effects of stress that’s why we wrote this little blog piece.

Stafford Publishers

Stafford Publishers aim to offer a friendly reliable and affordable book publishing service. If you are thinking about publishing your book, there are many ways they can help you.

Theycan offer a full publishing package, that is aimed to be affordable with their step – by step programme. They also offer a range of publishing services such as –

Illustration only

Proof reading


Book cover Design


Support and advisory service

Marketing assistance

They publish both fictional and non-fictional books – if you have a book you want to publish,  then please get in touch, they are always happy to offer advice –     Tel: 07702139046

Stafford Publishers can also help with your book launch, making this a bespoke event, that will give your book the introduction it deserves. Sometime they can even bring the characters to life!

CTJ Home and Leisure are a Stafford independent DIY Hardware store, who opened the doors to their customers in November 2015, and are located in Sidney Avenue, Just off Silkmore Lane, Stafford

Run by Husband and Wife partnership Mark and Charlotte, the business originally started at home in 2010 selling Locks and Hardware online, which fitted in with family life.

Charlotte said “The shop is in an area with a great community spirit and we have received many good will messages since opening, which is really nice.”

Mark says “Our mission is to offer excellent customer service with top quality products at everyday good value”
“We are here to serve the local community and are within walking distance for many residents, we can also offer free parking right outside the shop for those who are driving”.

in addition to the locks and key cutting service, we now offer a good range of – Tools, Paint & Decorating supplies, Gardening accessories, Electrical, Plumbing, Fasteners & Fixings, Homewares, Car & Bike accessories and Bird and Small Pet Feed, with some well-known DIY and Trade brands such as Yale, ERA, HG Cleaning product, Hilka Tools, Everbuild & Soudal adhesives & Sealants, Centurion, Kingfisher.

So, whether you are a keen DIYer, Tradesmen or just looking for that odd small item, Charlotte & Mark will offer you a warm welcome and service with a smile that they hope you will want to return too.

You can visit the website here

A few months ago we launched the event calendar as a place to start this project. There have been quite a few interesting classes, courses and events added so far and more people are becoming aware of it. As the calendar fills up we will provide pages with just Live Music listings, and other catagories as they become viable.

In the meantime, please add your events as they come along, you an directly link your own websites in the posts to help build up SEO for Stafford business, groups, traders, performers, artists etc.

We hope you discovered something new about Stafford in our round up of just some of the great things on offer in our fabulous county town.

*For more info on The Royal Connection and their #Kingof & #Queenof Twitter awards, click here to visit the website and get following Andy Quin on Twitter  for a chance to win

Theo Paphitis is looking for your small business every Sunday on Twitter  Find out more about it here

This year Small Business Saturday is once again highlighting 100 small businesses, one a day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday 2018. Applications open on June 01, 2018!