Staffordshire Libraries, in Partnership with the Friends of Hednesford Park, Inspiring Health Lifestyles, Cannock Chase District Council, Staffordshire County Council and local community organisations have created a FREE family story trail to be hosted in parks and green spaces across the Cannock Chase district during the school holidays.


The story trails will take place in Cannock Park, Cannock Stadium Park, Heath Hayes Park, Brereton’s Ravenhill Park, Rugeley’s Elmore Park, Green Lane Park, Hednesford Park, ‘The Skelly’ green space and parks across Norton Canes during August


How we use our green spaces has changed over the past few months. As we emerge from lockdown, we want families in Cannock Chase to be able to enjoy their daily exercise in our green spaces in a safe, fun and innovative way.


The Story trails have been created to celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest reading challenge for children aged four to eleven and takes place in libraries across the United Kingdom each year. This year’s theme is Silly Squad, and in the current climate we think everyone can benefit from a bit of silliness. We are encouraging people to get ‘Silly in Staffordshire’. Included in the story trail will be ideas for silly activities, stories, competitions and signposting to online family events.


Story Trails launch across Cannock Chase Parks from Monday 27th July.

Councillor Christine Mitchell, Portfolio Leader for Culture and Sport at Cannock Chase Council said


“I am delighted that we are able to put some activities for children on in our parks over the summer holiday’s.  Our young children have had a hard time during the coronavirus pandemic, and this brings a little bit of normality back into their lives, but in a safe way.  Story trails will take place in 7 of our parks across the District, I hope you will all get out in the fresh air and be ‘Silly in Staffordshire’.”