Trentham Estate – Trentham Gardens
near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Average time spent – 3-4+ hours.
Things to do Trentham Estate – Trentham Gardens review
Wander the beautifully landscaped gardens of the Trentham Estate, and pick a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic with a view over the lake. During Summer take advantage of the free traditional deckchairs and relax for the day.
Trentham Lake, designed by Capability Brown has a circular path which is home to sculptures signposting the wildlife that can be found in the area. A kingfisher, frog, fox and a stag can all be found on route.
Trentham is also renowned for its whimsical wire fairy sculpture trail. They can be found dotted across the whole estate, find them hanging from wisteria or gently blowing in the breeze clinging onto a dandelion clock. Pick up a map from the visitor’s centre, can you find them all on your visit? Be warned it’s harder than it sounds some are really quite good at hiding!
Children are kept entertained by the adventure playground complete with sandpit, mechanical diggers and a ride on tractor track, as well as the usual playground equipment. I recommend trying the barefoot walk too for some squelchy splashy fun or a game of disc golf. Take a trip on Miss Elizabeth, Trentham’s electrically powered boat, or ride the Trentham Fern, a miniature train that runs alongside the lake (additional fees apply).
Popular with dog walkers there are many other footpaths and routes to try out too. Trentham Estate is just as beautiful in the winter months and with two cafés at either end of the lake it’s easy to warm yourself up again. Trentham Estate is also host to Summer Concerts by the lake in the natural amphitheatre, and also hosts seasonal events such as a pumpkin trail.
Eating – Totally Delicious at Lakeside Café and Italian Garden Tearooms Kiosk by adventure playground serves Snugburys ice-cream. You can picnic in the gardens. More eateries can be found just outside the entrance to the estate within the shopping village.
Facilities in brief – Landscaped gardens with sculptures including a wire fairy trail. Adventure playground with sandpit, ride-on tractor and more. Barefoot walk, disc golf, boat rides and a miniature train. There are toilets and places to eat.
Entry price – *Mid-Range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – An adult ticket online costs £12.00 and £9.00 for a child aged 3-15. Under 3’s are free.
Opening: Trentham Gardens is open every day except Christmas day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Stone Rd, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG, Staffordshire, England. Phone: 01782 646646
Written by Emma writer at Dirt Diggers and Dinosaurs
Category – Great outdoors – suitable for all ages
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