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A glass-making heritage in Colton

Lying a mile north of Rugeley, this small Staffordshire village boasts a long history, dating as far back as the Bronze Age. It was a big player in the glass-making industry in the Middle Ages, and provided glass for such prestigious buildings as York Minster.

Colton is well placed for exploring Staffordshire's attractions, whether you're looking for peace and quiet or adrenaline-filled adventures.

Out in the fresh air at Cannock Chase

With its rolling hills, purple heather and quiet pathways, Cannock Chase Forest is an idyllic spot for leisurely walks and bike rides. You might even catch sight of the fallow deer that wander through the birches and pines.

You'll also find the Shugborough Estate here, where costumed characters bring the past to life, as well as Go Ape! Tackle zip wires and Tarzan swings, and Segway through the forest.

Thrills at Alton Towers

Alton Towers is a 30-minute drive from Colton. Swoop and soar on the stomach-churning Galactica ride, scream at the top of your voice as you plunge 20 metres on Oblivion's vertical drop and face your fears on the legendary Nemesis. If that hasn't unsettled you too much, stop off for a bite to eat in the UK's first rollercoaster restaurant.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Colton? Travelodge Rugeley Hotel is a great base, less than 2 miles from the village. Slightly further afield is Travelodge Stafford Central Hotel.