Bag a bargain
Many of the shops within the Shopping Village are independent, but several are outlet stores – with value-for-money prices as standard. Whatever your preference, there’s a busy “high street” to explore and enjoy at The Trentham Estate.
Pack a picnic
There are some great locations on The Trentham Estate for family gatherings, light bites, and – best of all – a perfect picnic. Claim your picnic table, and enjoy the views in the award-winning garden.
Smell the roses
Take a stroll around the fourth most-visited paid-for garden attraction in England; and soak up the sights, sounds and smells within the Italian Gardens and adjacent Rivers of Grass. You could also reflect on the wildflower planting around the mile-long lake.
The Miss Elizabeth is The Trentham Estate’s electrically-powered, ecologically friendly, 42-seat catamaran, and is just the ticket for a peaceful jaunt along the one-mile lake. The Miss Elizabeth runs from Easter through to late Autumn.
Find a fairy at the bottom of the garden
Keep your eyes peeled as you walk around the lake, through the woodland, and down to the bottom of the garden, where the Fairies at Trentham live! The latest fairy on the perennially popular Trentham Fairy Trail is ‘Dancing with Dandelions’, who’s flew into the Rivers of Grass area of the gardens last year to visit her fairy friends.
Get naked from the knees down
Get back to nature and brave the Barefoot Walk. Tantalise your toes with an array of testing textures including mud, bark, babbling streams, grass and pebbles. It’s therapeutic too – as you walk you will be improving your health and vitality, using the historic principles of Sebastian Kneipp. Open from the Easter holidays until October half term. https://www.trentham.co.uk/trentham-gardens/adventure-playground/
Thanks to on-going developments, the gardens and grounds at Trentham are fast-becoming a wildlife haven. Keep your eyes peeled for flocks of finches feeding on the meadows or migrating birds on the lake. Wildlife being shy? Discover galloping deer and a fox creeping through the undergrowth as part of a Nature in Bronze wildlife sculptures installation around the gardens.
Dine in style
From ladies who lunch to family feasts, and sumptuous snacks to romantic dinners, Trentham is a foodie destination – with everything from fish and chips to contemporary tapas. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper…and for a perfect pit stop, it’s only a short hop from Junction 15 of the M6.
Take a stroll with the little monkeys
Trentham Monkey Forest is the only place in the UK where it’s possible to walk amongst Barbary macaques. Set in a beautiful Staffordshire woodland, the forest is home to 140 free-roaming monkeys which can be seen close-up on a ¾-mile visitor pathway.
Access for All
The Trentham Estate is committed to making sure that all of its visitors have an amazing experience, and offers free entry for carers on both day and Annual Tickets, as well as free disabled car parking spaces. There’s a full Accessibility Guide which provides valuable information on visiting Trentham, from both the pre-arrival stage to when you are on-site.
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The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.
It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year and was awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland in February 2018 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted just over 725,000 visits in 2017 – making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK. They were also named the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015. Owned and managed by St. Modwen, the expert developer and regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. The Estate boasts: The famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century. The Trentham Garden Centre and newly expanded Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel. Trentham Monkey Forest – a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species. Extensive woodlands.