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Welcome to the Cheadle Discovery and Visitor Centre’s website.

The Discovery Centre is located on the ground floor of Lulworth House, in the heart of Cheadle’s High Street opposite the historic market square. The building was formerly the town’s police station, and was also the hub for the town’s Pugin celebrations in 2012.

The centre is managed by the Cheadle Discovery Group, who are all volunteers and seek to keep the spirit, heritage and uniqueness of Cheadle alive.

In the Discovery Centre, there are free exhibitions all year round; and a permanent collection of items related to Augustus W.N. Pugin, the nineteenth century architect who built the town’s historic and outstanding St. Giles Catholic Church and made extensive alterations to Alton Towers.

For more information about things to see and do in Cheadle, download the town’s tourism pack below:

Cheadle Staffs Tourism Pack

Featured Display

Peeps into the Past

The display this year is an updated version of the High Street display from 2016. The display is part of an ongoing project to record all the shops to have ever been on the High Street.

Also available for visitors to look at are bound copies of the Cheadle Post and Times. The years available are 1958-1983 and 1991-2003, it is hoped that visitors will help the Discovery Group to create an index of these issues, by recording what they look up and making a note of the issue it is featured in.

Arts Festival 2018 Programme

Mother’s Day Workshop

Cheadle Flower Club

Wednesday, 7th March (7.30 pm)
Make two flower arrangements and other gifts for mum.

The Guild Hall
£10 to include all materials
Ticket only, limited numbers

Cre-8 Day

Saturday 10th March (10am – 4pm)
For crafter’s galore
Demos, “have a go”

The Guild Hall
Free Entry

Saturday Night is Music Night:

Lee & Friends and The Wabash Jazzmen

Saturday 10th March (8pm)
The Guild Hall
Admission £5

Bring your own drinks and nibbles

C.A.T.S. One Act Plays

Wednesday 14th March
National One Act Play Competition
The Mitchell Memorial Theatre
Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

We wish them well!

Showcase Day

Saturday 17th March (10am – 4pm)
Artists work on show in many different mediums
The Guild Hall

Rock and Roll Night

with Vital Sparks

Saturday 17th March (7.30pm)
The Guild Hall
Admission £5

Bring your own drinks and nibbles

Exhibition of Photographs

by Pat Bradshaw

Shapemaster Toning Studio

Alton Handbell Ringers

Wednesday 21st March (7.30pm)
Open rehearsal session, “Have a go” at ringing
Alton Village Hall
Free Entry
Refreshments provided

Cheadle Flower Club

Wednesday 21st March (7.30pm)
“Tubs and Baskets”
Paradise Nurseries
Members Competitions
“Paradise” – using tub/basket and fresh flowers
The Guild Hall

All welcome

High Street Gallery

10th – 19th March
Over 50 artists display their work in the High Street shops

Cheadle Community Expo

Saturday 24th March (1pm – 3pm)
Get to know your community groups
Cheadle Methodist Church
Contact Stella Heritage for further details: Stella Heritage

Opening Hours

Opening Hours :

Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Volunteers are needed to open on more days, if you can help please contact us.

Please Note:

Special openings can be arranged for parties, contact us for details.

Occasionally a volunteer may have to close the centre early. This is a rare occurrence, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. If the centre is a key part of your visit to Cheadle, please contact us ahead of time so we can ensure that we’ll be open as advertised.




Guided Tours

Members of the Cheadle Discovery Group are able to conduct guided tours for groups (£2.50 per head), of the following venues:

Cheadle – Town Centre
St. Giles RC Church *
Croxden Abbey
Alton Castle, Hospital (outside only) and St. Johns Church

All tours last around 45 minutes to an hour, this can be altered to fit your groups needs.

Please contact us for more details.

Click below for information about our tour guides:
John M. Smith

* By request, a contribution to the church is made annually by the CDG, out of funds raised through tours of the building.

Upcoming Events

Unveiling of Mary Blagg Plaque (TBC)

The groundwork has been completed in order to retain some of the funding secured earlier in the year.

The date that plaque will be unveiled has yet to be decided – however April 29th 2018 has been tentatively suggested, as this is International Astronomers Day.