Big Book Swap Picnic 12th June

Join us in Hanley Park on Sunday 12th June from 12 til 2pm for the 

Big Book Swap Picnic!

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Bring your picnic
and join your neighbours for free activities for all ages
on the theme of books!

Take part in games, costume making, stories, family learning, crafts and more!
Karvan with the wonderful Lit Trip Advisor
Comic book workshop for adults and young people.
Write a recipe using ingredients from the new edible green route.
Volunteers will be reading Silly Suzy Goose in many languages
including German, Farsi and Welsh!

Bring a book to swap at our Swap Stall.

Share your photos of the day on twitter #BigRead

volunteers-week-2016-logo If you would like to volunteer to read a short story or poem in your own language other than English, please email  or phone Penny 01782 294540

The Big Book Swap Picnic is just one of many events celebrating the #BigRead in Stoke this summer. Check out what else is happening!

Part of the Big LunchBLLogopark2016


Community Action Day 20th April 2016

20-4-16 action dayWe had beautiful sunshine for the University Quarter Community Action Day on the 20th April 2016.

Based in Hanley Park activites included play, sports and games, walks, health checks, bike rides, a litter pick and gardening. See below for details.
  • Cakes and pizza made by Stoke College students were on sale.
  •  Refreshments were provided by the Friends of Hanley Park (Chair Carole Ware).
Three people had a free health check at Stoke College Sports Academy
  • Blood Pressure Tests
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Body Mass Index
At least 12 Stoke College students did a great litter pick round local streets.
Stay and Play from 1-2.30pm with Thomas Boughey Children’s Centre with 18 people engaged in activities, one new registration for services information on courses for shared with 7 parents. The majority of people would like the Children’s Centre Buzz in the parks delivering activities.
Walks with Living Streets Walking Charity
  • #Try20 – 2 20 min led walks around Hanley Park with individuals
  • Turning brown to green – a walk to identify brown spaces that could be improved as part of the green route with Airspace Gallery with 4 participants.

The #MidweekMile walking group of 8, led by Staffordshire University, walked round the park and stopped to learn about the University Quarter and the 1000 Lives Community Network and reflect on the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Stoke on Trent City of Sport van attended and gave out around 100 packs of information to visitors.

Information was shared with around 100 people about the University Quarter, empty homes, accredited landlords, recycling and family support, thanks to Stoke City Council

Stoke College staff led 2 Bike rides providing bikes for 10 people to take part.

We had a football game and a Kick Rounders match with Sixth Form College SportsMaker, with around 37 participants.

Airspace Gallery artist Anna Francis was gardening in the Bee Friendly Garden.

At least 3 groups of learners from Stoke College visited the event with their lecturers and talked about opportunities to get involved in running other activities in future.

For all organisations involved it was a very positive partnership event.

We look forward to the next event.
Check out our Facebook page or Twitter to find out more…


Welcome to the University Quarter of Stoke on Trent.


Our website will give you information about:

  • where we are
  • who the University Quarter partners are
  • the University Quarter history and development
  • what we do
  • how we work together to support local community development
  • our facilities and events open to the public
  • how you can get involved!


university quarter area map 2016We are in the neighbourhood of Shelton, a vibrant and culturally diverse community between the city centre (Hanley) and the town of Stoke upon Trent.

We have excellent connections, with the main Stoke on Trent Rail Station on our doorstep.The main city trunk road dual carriageway A500 takes you straight to us.
Caldon Canal


The Caldon and Trent & Mersey Canals and the River Trent running through the middle of our patch.

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At our heart is Hanley Park, one of the largest Victorian city parks in the UK, currently undergoing restoration, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.terraced houses and Uni