Tour Staffordshire’s 300-year-old ceramics industry, enjoy a spa break in Essex or take the family to a cut-price Eurocamp in France

Why go?
At one time the skyline of Stoke-on-Trent was dominated by 4,000 red-brick kilns. Today just 47 of these distinctive bottle-shaped structures remain. Fortunately, the six towns which make up the Potteries are waking up to the importance of their industrial heritage. Last year saw the restoration of Middleport Pottery, the oldest continuously operating china factory in the UK, and in June a £34m visitor centre at Wedgwood (wedgwoodvisitorcentre.com) is launched. The return of the British Ceramics Biennial in the autumn (britishceramicsbiennial.com), featuring the best in contemporary ceramic art and craft, means there’s never been a better time to visit.

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