Things to do in Newcastle-under-Lyme

Students walking past trees on Keele University campus

Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity to explore a new city, a new country and a new culture. We encourage students to try new things and get the most from your time in the UK. Here are just a few things you can do while in at Keele University International Study Centre.

The Market

Newcastle has a proud tradition of market trading and hosts a market almost every day of the week. The general market is open four days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. An additional Farmers Market is open every third Friday of the month.

These markets are a great opportunity to pick up fresh local foods and quintessentially British treats. The Antique Forum Group also hosts two markets each Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesdays you can find a range of antiques and vintage items, while on Thursdays there is a varied range of collectible treasures.

Ceramics trail in Stoke-on-Trent

The history Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas were prominently shaped by the pottery industry, which has been a driving force in the city for over 300 years.  Today there a lots of museums, factory shops and events you can visit.

The World of Wedgwood traces 250 years of pottery design and production, traced back to the company’s founder, Josiah Wedgwood, a prominent potter. Josiah Wedgewood is buried in the churchyard of Stoke Minster. The Minster also contains a unique wall tile memorial for Wedgwood. After a day of exploring the town and its ceramic history, you can head to one of the ceramic cafes for some coffee and cake while you try decorating your own pottery.

Explore the campus grounds

The University of Keele is situated on over 600 acres of woods, lakes and parkland. With an astounding backdrop there are lots of outdoor space for relaxing, or a breath of fresh air while studying. For a change of scenery, stroll over to the Springpool Wood. This woodland boasts beautiful paths and ponds.