Free parking for Christmas shoppers in Stafford and Stone

Date: 27 Nov, 2017


Shoppers will be able to park for free in Stafford and Stone town centres on two Saturdays in the run up to Christmas.

The free parking offer aims to encourage more people to shop in both town centres to boost trade for local businesses over the festive season.

Parking charges have been waived for Stafford Borough Council car parks from 1pm on Saturday 16 December and from the same time the following week on 23 December. The free parking period applies to all car borough council run parks in Stafford and Stone town centres except the Riverside and Waterfront car parks in Stafford.

As well as a variety of independent and big name stores in Stafford town centre and great places to grab a drink and a bite to eat, there is the Makers Market on 16 December.

Stone town centre also has a great mix of shops, cafes and restaurants. The town holds its monthly craft and collectibles market in the High Street on Saturday 16 December, giving a chance to snap up some unique Christmas gifts.

Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said: “Whether people are shopping for gifts, festive food and drink or going for a seasonal lunch, they can do so and not have to pay to park on these two afternoons. Both town centres have so much to offer and I urge people in the Borough to shop local for Christmas this year.”

Chris Lewis, Stafford Town Centre Partnership chairman, added: “We need to utilise these opportunities and work together to keep our town centre moving forward. We work closely with the Council and other partners to make sure we have an offer that will help make our town attractive to residents, visitors and potential investors.”

Most borough council car parks offer cash free parking throughout the year so visitors to the town centres can pay for their parking using their mobile phones, and top it up without having to return to their cars.

Details of where to park in Stafford and Stone town centres can be found at

More information on where and how you can use cash-free parking is available at


Press Release No 5406

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