- March – The Great British Spring Clean (with Burslem Port Trust)
- April – Spring Celebration (with Root ‘n’ Fruit Community Garden)
- April – Easter Egg Hunt
- June – The Big Lunch
- July – Teddy Bears Picnic
- August – City of Sport Community Event (with City of Stoke-on-Trent)
- September – Doggy Tea Party with Pawfection Dog Grooming (for Douglas Macmillan Hospice)
- October – Pumpkin Party (with Root ‘n’ Fruit Community Garden)
- Dec – Christmas Party
- School Holidays – Feral Spaces of Middleport (with Feral State)
- School Holidays – Free Fishing Days (with Canal & River Trust)
- Various – Community Night Walks
- Various – Family Film Viewings (with Safer Communities CIC)
The Great British Spring Clean
After the success of our event in 2016, called Clean for the Queen, we repeated the event under the name The Great British Spring Clean in 2017 for a day of cleaning up the park, canal and surrounding areas. Burslem School of Art came down to the canal and painted murals along the towpath walls.
We litter picked along the line of the Trent and Mersey and Burslem Branch Canals and in the streets of Middleport. This is always a great day that pull together the many groups who care about Middleport, so in March 2018 find your old clothes, strong boots, be prepared for the weather and come and join us!
All equipment is supplied. Under-18s welcome but must be supervised by a responsible adult.
Last year we filled a whole truck full of rubbish! Let’s make Middleport sparkle!
Middleport Park pavilion is open all day for free refreshments and you are welcome to join us at any time. Please report to the pavilion when you arrive to sign in and collect equipment.
The Big Lunch
We held this event in 2016 and 2017 at Middleport Pottery, and we’re planning our third one in 2018. So, join us for a get-together with neighbours for a community lunch (inside if the weather is bad). Please bring a picnic with you (or you can purchase food from the café).
FREE craft activities for children from 11am – Help us make some bunting and other decorations for the picnic! Come and meet some new neighbours, listen to relaxing live music and play some fun games, all for free in your local area! Children MUST be supervised by an accompanying adult at all times.
City of Sport Community Event
In 2016, we ran our first City of Sport Community Event, one of 11 across the city. Around 400 people attended and so we were pleased to be able to hold another event in 2017, which was even bigger and better!
The events are popular because we have support from the Council as part of the City of Sport programme, and they have been able to loan us a number of inflatable games. We would love to continue the momentum that we have started by producing a bigger and better event next year, to continue to grow the public confidence in our group and encourage more locals to get involved and discover that Middleport is a great place to live.
After our pilot event, there was a buzz of activity on our social media accounts, sharing of photos and positive comments, including hopes for the next event!
The events provide a wide range of activities to generate interest from all local residents and ensure that there is something for everyone. It’s open to all, regardless of ethnicity, gender, ability or age, etc.
Local people deliver all aspects of the event: games such as an egg and spoon race and tug-of-war, play-with-clay, canoeing on the canal, climbing wall, zorb football, gladiator jousting, inflatable sumo wrestling, face-painting, balloon modelling and more! There are lots of local clubs at the event, to provide taster sessions of their sport such as canoeing, bowls, fishing, football, lacrosse and more!
Feral Spaces of Middleport
Feral Spaces of Middleport is a community project celebrating art and nature in urban spaces.
In 2016, Feral Spaces created Middleport’s first Art Trail which led people through an interactive Nature Trail to an Exhibition of Feral Creatures created by local young people and visiting artists. Feral Spaces returned in 2017, with Urban Explorers including den building and raft building.
The event details for 2018 will be confirmed shortly.