Attractions, community groups and residents in East Staffordshire have joined forces to help create a packed programme for the second annual Staffordshire Day. The county-wide celebration, organised by Enjoy Staffordshire, returns on Monday May 1, with plenty of events and special offers to enjoy within East Staffordshire and beyond.

Dinosaurs will be taking over at the National Forest Adventure Farm, in Tatenhill, with the T-Rex and Velociraptor on the prowl and handlers offering tips on controlling them (adults/children £9.50).

At Claymills Pumping Station, Stretton, there will be an open day with original stationary steam engines on display, with the chance to have a go, plus Victorian costumes for younger visitors to try on (adults £5, concessions £4, children £2).

And at the National Brewery Centre , you can enjoy Simply Tina, a Tina Turner tribute act, on Saturday, April 29 (tickets £15), and explore Burton's brewing heritage with two for one museum tours on May Day.

The Brewery Centre is getting involved
The Brewery Centre is getting involved

Fans of traditional pursuits can help residents celebrate their plentiful water supply at the free Newborough Well Dressing, where there will be stalls and family entertainment too.

For something more sedate, explore the Bluebell Walks in ancient woodland at Yoxall (adults £2.50, children £1), followed by tea and cake in the pop-up café.

Or head for the National Memorial Arboretum, where the free-to-enter Curly Magpie Spring Fair returns for two days on Sunday, April 30, offering vintage and handmade bargains, plus a nostalgic tea dance

Claymills Pumping Station will be in full steam
Claymills Pumping Station will be in full steam

Finally, Uttoxeter Racecourse will be hosting the inaugural Staffordshire Plate Raceday on Saturday, May 6, with seven thrilling races and family entertainment including inflatable fun fair, trampolines and The Mighty Smith Show with feats of strength like a vehicle pull (tickets from £12)

Sarah Montgomery, chairman of Enjoy Staffordshire and managing director at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: "We're delighted with the way people have rallied to the Staffordshire Day cause and there are lots of ways to get involved in East Staffordshire.

"The day is all about celebrating what's great about our county and just how much there is on offer for visitors.

Fancy a day at the races?
Fancy a day at the races?

"In East Staffordshire alone there are a wealth of events and special offers to celebrate our family attractions, heritage, traditions and natural beauty. It promises to be a great day and we hope as many people as possible turn out and show their pride in their county."

There are 50 events to enjoy across the whole Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday, April 29 to Monday, May 1), highlighting the range of visitor attractions on offer in Staffordshire and helping communities show their pride in their county.

If you fancy going further afield. . .

A number of pottery attractions are running Staffordshire Day events, including Emma Bridgewater, which is hosting a plant fair in their secret garden. Middleport Pottery will be holding lots of activities and the Gladstone Pottery Museum has a two for one offer on admission.

And there's the chance to celebrate North Staffordshire's beauty, as the Leek and Rudyard Lake Steam Railway reopens for 2017 and the Rudyard Lake Sailing Club's open day offers a free introduction to sailing.

Meanwhile, Stafford Hockey Club hosts its annual, free to enter beer festival on Saturday 29, with 24 beers and ciders to sample, plus hockey and rugby tournaments and live music from the Rock Dogs.

The life of David Garrick, the ground-breaking actor born in 1717, will be celebrated in and around the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, in Lichfield, at the free Garrick 300 Community Party , featuring community market, art and local history displays, crafts activities and more.

The storyteller will be in residence on Bank Holiday Monday at Tamworth Castle. Visitors are invited to come along dressed in their favorite costumes and listen to stories of knights, dragons, princesses and other castle-related themes. Visitors can also participate in craft activities.

For those who love Staffordshire's stunning countryside, Cannock Chase Trekking Centre's all-day pub ride offers a sedate journey through the Chase for experienced riders, plus a tasty lunch at the Horns near Rugeley (£85 per person, not including lunch).