Festival Information

The Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival will be held at:

Factory exterior

Emma Bridgewater Factory,
Lichfield Street,

From the M6, exit at junction 15 or 16. Then come off the A500 at Stoke and onto the A52 Leek Road. Lichfield Street is on the A50 near The City Centre.

It’s the big Victorian factory, you can’t miss it! If you’re using a SatNav, put in Pelham Street and you will get the best directions to the factory.

Bus Links

Bus Service 6, 6A every 20 minutes

Train Station

Stoke-on-Trent train station is only a few minutes away by taxi.

Local Taxis

Sids Taxis – 01782 713999

Intercity – 01782 855855
Roseville Taxis – 01782 613456

Car Parking

There is free parking at the factory although it is limited and disabled parking is available (please advise in advance by calling tel: 01782 201328). There is also additional paid parking available at the city council’s Birch Terrace and Hinde Street car parks (5 minute walk). We will have car park attendants on the day who will help with parking.

ROAD CLOSURES On Thursday 8th June the elite cycling series The Women’s Tour visits Stoke-on-Trent for another fantastic stage.  The 144km stage starts and finishes in the city and there are likely to be some temporary road closures in the afternoon as the climax of the race makes its way into the city centre. Check out this timetable to see when the race is due to pass by. It may be helpful to factor this into plans for travelling to the Festival and parking. The race comes into Stoke-on-Trent from Leek along Leek Road, goes up Bottleslow Street into Hanley, moves along the Potteries Way and Albion Street to finish outside the town hall.)


There are many places to stay in around Stoke-on-Trent. Please visit the Visit Stoke website www.visitstoke.co.uk for listings. Alternatively, you can contact Stoke-on-Trent’s Tourist Information Services  on  01782 236000 or email stoke.tic@stoke.gov.uk

Food & Drink

There will be plenty of refreshments available to purchase in the Emma Bridgewater Cafe served all day besides the world’s biggest Polka Dot Aga, plus free WiFi too. Choose from hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and a delicious choice of salads, sandwiches and daily specials. Visit the complimentary tea station too in the courtyard for a quick cuppa!

Festival Bookshop

All of the authors’ books will be available to purchase  in the Factory Shop operated by Waterstones of Hanley.


Our main venue The Meakin Room seats 200 guests and is wheelchair accessible. The Eastwood Room seats 60 guests and is accessed via a set of external stairs. We apologise but unfortunately this room is not accessible to wheelchair users. Click here for detailed access information or please contact us via literaryfestival@emmabridgewater.co.uk if we can offer any assistance to help you to enjoy your visit.


Fully Accessible toilets are available in the decorating studio in addition to standard toilets in the cafe and gift shop, plus temporary event toilet facilities outside the casting shop. Please ask for assistance at the courtyard marquee from any of the stewards or follow the signs.

Volunteer Stewards

Look out for our very friendly volunteers in their blue festival t-shirts who will be happy to help you in any way they can.

Box Office

Collect tickets and see if any on-the-day returns are available for sold out events from our friends The New Vic Theatre in the courtyard marquee.

Terms and Conditions

~ All information is correct at the time of publication.
~ Events are subject to change without notice
~ The management reserves the right to refuse admission.
~ Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable


Registered Charity Number 1156937 HOT AIR – STOKE ON TRENT LITERACY FESTIVAL