Hands-on at the Festival


Come and Get Some Clay Under your Fingernails at BCB! There's workshops, self-guided activities and games to play with your family. All our family friendly activities are free! 

The Hub
New to BCB, The Hub is a place for all visitors to get clay under their fingernails! Join a BCB artist and get creative with clay in lots of different ways, from china flower-making, to printing onto clay, there will be lots to get stuck into.

The Potteries

With its unrivalled heritage, Stoke-on-Trent is officially recognised at the World Capital of Ceramics.

Visitors can enjoy the recently reopened Wedgwood Museum (July 2015); the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, which is also the home of the Staffordshire Hoard.

Middleport Pottery, a Princes Regeneration Trust project has attracted record visitors numbers to its museum, canalside café and Burleigh. For shoppers, there are over 25 factory shops in the area to explore including the popular Emma Bridgewater, Royal Doulton, Portmeirion, Aynsley, and Moorcroft. 


Original Spode Factory Site
The majority of our exhibitions and events take place at the original Spode factory site.  As a former factory, the ground in places is uneven but all exhibitions are on the ground floor. There is disabled parking at the rear of the site, access via Elenora Street, the postcode for disabled parking is ST4 1QD.

Eating & staying

Stoke-on-Trent has a variety of accommodation to meet your needs and budget. From B&B stays to 4* Hotels, explore accommodation in the area an book your stay. Find out more about where to stay in Stoke-on-Trent.

Try a range of foods from around the world in a range of small eateries across the City, showcasing the best of Staffordshire. There's a great selection of places to eat and drink within 5 minutes walk from the original Spode Factory site.

Festival Shop

Many of the artists on display will be selling work in our shop. Look out for our exclusive range of ceramics created especially for the festival, and if you've got home and changed your mind, you can also buy through our online shop.

Featured this year in the BCB Gallery Shop we have: 

Festival Cafe

The Original Spode Factory - Bread in Common

Group visits

Each week during the festival there are a limited number of tours of the main festival site on Thursday's. We would advise that to see the full site you should leave between 2-3 hours. For a cost of £25 groups can recieve a guided tour of China Hall site, a souvenir guide and reserved seating in our onsite cafe - Bread in Common) the site To make a group booking please email in advance info@britishceramicsbiennial.com


The City of Stoke-on-Trent fondly known as The Potteries is made up of six towns. Hanley, Stoke, Burslem, Tunstall, Longton and Fenton. Hanley is the main City Centre, with a wide variety of cultural attractions including The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery; Regent Theatre & Victoria Hall; AirSpace Gallery and Mitchell Arts Centre based in the Cultural Quarter.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation makes grants to organisations which aim to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life, both now and in the future.  In particular the Foundation is concerned with children and young people, and others who are disadvantaged. The Foundation prefers to support work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, is too risky or is unpopular. The Foundation also develops initiatives themselves where new thinking is required or where there are important unexplored opportunities.


BCB 2017 programme by venue

BCB 2017 exhibitions and events are split across venues around Stoke-on-Trent.

The majority takes place at the original Spode factory site but have a look at the venue list for more information about other exhibitions and events