What’s On

Some events & things-to-do happening in and near Draycott-in-the-Moors, including Cresswell and Totmonslow and surrounding villages. We rarely know of late changes, so please check details before you travel.
To be sure that an event will appear on this page, we ask organisers to submit their events via the ‘Comments’ form at the bottom of this page or contact us by email.

(For recurring or regular events, see special section halfway down this page.)  For local eating out, click here or scroll to the bottom of this page.  For local sports organisations, click here and scroll to the sport section

JULY

Hilderstone Community Food Market – every Thursday, 9am-noon

The new Draycott in the Moors Community Playgroup (Little DrayTots) runs on Thursdays 9.30-11am at Draycott Church & Community Hall.

Wednesday Afternoon Tea Dances & Saturday Evening Dances return at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell on July 20th. (The rule of limited numbers in dance classes has been lifted).

Summer Craft Session for children of all ages on Thursday 29th July (and 12th August) from 9.30-11.30 at Greatwood Hall, Tean.  Run by Mum Art Makers

Blythe Cricket Club Summer Camp every Monday and Tuesday 9am-3.30pm from 26th July to 31st August, £25 a day or £40 for a Mon/Tues double.

Flower Festival and Church Tours at Hilderstone Christ Church, 10.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4pm on Sat 31 July

Hilderstone Big Village Party on Sat 31 July 2021 includes:
Arts & Crafts Market at Hilderstone Village Hall, 9.30am-1.30pm
Kids’ activities (weather dependent) on Hilderstone Village Field, 10.30am-12.30pm
WI Afternoon Tea at Hilderstone Village Hall, 3.15pm-5pm
BBQ & Pop-Up Pub (& live music) at Hilderstone Village Hall, 5pm-8pm

Buck Fest – live music festival – at The Roe Buck, Hilderstone, 2pm-9pm, on Sat 31 July

Twisted Biscuit (hard rock) at Roebuck Inn in Forsbrook on Sat 31 July

AUGUST

Summer Fun sessions at Blythe Bridge Library Centre in August include Busy Bug Club (4-7 years), Sewing Bee (11-16 years), Myth & Mysteries Session (9-14 years), Eco Club (4-7 years), Groovy Gardeners (4-7 years), Teddy Bears Picnic (for kids up to age 7). Please book ahead

Monthly Blues Club Session on Sun 1 Aug from 6pm at Roebuck Inn in Forsbrook

Multi-Sports Camps for ages 6 to 17 at Draycott Sports Centre from Wed 04 Aug to Fri 27 Aug, 9:30am – 3pm, £17 per day, £45 per week

Draycott in the Moors Community Playgroup (Little DrayTots) is holding a one-off Dads/Male Carers session on Saturday 7th August at Draycott Church & Community Hall.  This is for carers with children aged 0-5 (though older siblings can attend).

Blythe First XI vs Endon from 12.30pm at Blythe Cricket Club on Sun 8 Aug. Free entry to the club’s ground at Cresswell; all welcome; social distancing in place. See all fixtures

Luke Jackson on Sunday 8th Aug from 7pm at Fulford Village Hall (SOLD OUT). Presented by A500 Music 

Summer School Workshop Week at Draycott Fitness Club, for young dancers to enjoy learning the official Disney’s The Little Mermaid routines from 9th-13th August, 10am-2pm, with a performance on the Friday 13th evening for parents. This opportunity is also available to children who are not currently enrolled in the dance school.

Summer Craft Session for children of all ages on Thursday 12th August from 9.30-11.30 at Greatwood Hall, Tean.  Run by Mum Art Makers

There is no Meeting of Draycott Council in August

Live Band Night in the marquee at Highfields Farm, main Uttoxeter Road, Draycott on Sat 21 Aug 2021 – with Superiorsounds Disco (Phil Wragg), Unlucky Strike and Bear Withers. From 6pm ’til late;food and a bar. Entry £3 (plus booking fee online) Part of the St Margaret’s Church Fayre Weekend

St Margaret’s Draycott Summer Fayre takes place on Sun 22 Aug from 11am-5pm at Highfields Farm, main Uttoxeter Road. Attractions include: Hawkeye Birds Of Prey Static & Flying Display, ‘Black Bear’ Vikings, Aardvark Archery & Axe Throwing, Classic Vehicles Rally & Display, Dog Show at 12noon, Christopher’s Reptiles, Children’s Sports Activities, Beat The Goalkeeper, Car Boot Sale, Draycott Arms bar, barbecue, teashop & food. Adults £3, school-children free. In support of our 13th-century, Grade 2 listed village church.

SEPTEMBER

Autumn Flower & Produce Show on Saturday 11th September from 2pm on Fulford Village Green (open stalls and gazebos). Free.  Other attractions include BBQ at the pub, Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre display

Meeting of Draycott Council at Draycott Church & Community Hall from 7.30pm on Monday 13 Sept. Questions & comments for the council should be submitted by email to them seven days before the date of the meeting, or spoken in ‘Public Participation’ at the start of the meeting.

James Kirby on Sunday 26 Sept from 7pm at Fulford Village Hall – £12 advance tickets. Presented by A500 Music

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There are regular Moorlands Police Online Surgeries when officers will be on line to answer any questions or discuss concerns you may have. 

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Watch this space for the return of in-person sessions of:

Pub Quiz from 8pm every Thursday at The Greyhound Pub in Saverley Green.  Free food included in the £1 per-person entry; proceeds to charity.

Drop-in Advice Sessions with your Draycott & Cresswell police community support officer (PCSO) at Blythe Bridge Library Centre from 10-12noon

The ‘Patients Forum‘ for Tean & Blythe Bridge Doctors’ Surgeries Patients is held every three months. If you’d like to be part of the forum, apply to the practice manager: jane.bentley@north¬Staffs.nhs.uk

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Regular or Recurring Events

The Draycott Whist Group meets on the first Tuesday evening of the month at the Draycott Church & Community Hall.  Contact Joyce for details.

The Draycott Craft Club meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evening of the month at the Draycott Church & Community Hall. Contact Pauline (01782 396190) for details.

Draycott Women’s Institute meets on third Tuesday evening of the month (not summertime), at Draycott Church & Community Hall (in Church Lane), at 7.30pm.  Guest speakers.  Details: 01782 397883

Circle Dance – dancing for mind, body and spirit – on the 3rd Saturday afternoon of the month from 2.30-4.30 at the Draycott Church & Community Hall. Contact 07930 435045. For more about what circle dance is – click here

Afternoon Tea Dances every Wednesday at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell.  Non-members welcome – £3

The St Margaret’s Church Bellringers group practices most Monday evenings. New members welcome: contact the church wardens

Draycott in the Moors Church Hall

Draycott in the Moors Church Hall – open for use by the community…

The Moorlands Home Link (Blythe Bridge & District) Outreach Group meet every Wednesday, currently at St. Peter’s Church, Blythe Bridge. Older people are invited to come along for a chat, tea – and cake!

Blythe Bridge Camera Club meets every Monday evening from September to April at Blythe Bridge Village Hall

Blythe Bridge & Forsbrook & Surrounding District History Society meets monthly on first Tuesday from April to November: the annual membership is £10 (plus £1 entry to a meeting). Non-members pay £2.50 a meeting.

The nearest nursery classes are at William Amory Primary School in Blythe Bridge (which also runs an after-school club and breakfast club), and The Acorns Nursery in Tean.

Tean History Group meets monthly (01538 722153)

Many regular activities take place in the nearest townships to us – at Fulford Village Hall (including residents’ coffee morning on the 3rd Thursday of month), Blythe Bridge Village Hall, Blythe Bridge Library Centre, Hilderstone Village Hall and at Great Wood Hall Community Centre in Tean. Worth checking them out too.

Surgeries with Bill Cash MP take place locally on occasional Saturdays from 11am. (Bill Cash’s constituency covers Draycott).  Call 01785 811000 for details or to to book an appointment

CLOSED:  Brownies Sessions at Draycott Church Hall have not taken place since 2019, due to lack of volunteers. If you feel you can help, contact Denise Wheat, the Commissioner for Threapwood Division.

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EATING OUT / FOOD & DRINK (all now re-opened)
For such a small district as ours, it’s amazing how much well-cooked food is on tap.
* Draycott Arms Pub – serving food six days a week, lunch & dinner, in its restaurant. Closed Mondays & Tues lunchtimes
* Izaak Walton Inn  – CLOSED (in 2019). Now a home.
* The Gandhi Indian Restaurant South-Asian restaurant behind The Hunter pub in Cresswell
* Chandni Cottage Indian Restaurant in Uttoxeter Road
* Golden Keg on Uttoxeter Rd serving Indian & English.  It also has a bar.
The Greyhound in Saverley Green has specials most nights from 5pm-8pm: Tuesday is Grilled night, Thursday is Curry night, Friday is Chippy night.
* The Little House Lunch Box (8am-2pm) hot-food stall at Cresswell; will also have your cooked breakfast all ready for you if you phone ahead.

…and, just drink
* Draycott Arms Pub – also has a public bar and open fire, just right for that quiet drink. Check opening times.
* The Hunter Pub in Cresswell – has an open fire too
* The at Draycott Sports Centre bar welcomes all. The club is open until 10.30pm on weekdays, to 4pm on Saturday, and to 9.30pm on Sunday
* Golden Keg on Uttoxeter Rd has a bar area, with real ale available
* Blythe Cricket Club runs a bar in its pavilion on Saturdays and Sundays during the cricket season, from early afternoon until well in the evening. Visitors are welcome, especially those who want to cheer on the team at the same time; you may be asked to sign the visitors’ book.

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