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......Trentham Estate.

In the last few years Trentham has undergone a 100M facelift & has regenerated into one of the top attractions in Staffordshire with something for all the family! Whether you want shopping, food, something to entertain the kids or just some lovely scenery then Trentham ticks all the boxes!

Walkway to Italian gardens.

~Trentham Retail Village.

Trentham Retail Village.

Trentham retail village also boasts the U.K’s largest indoor & outdoor garden centre with an incredible collection of plants & flowers & an equally as impressive selection of divine homewear!!

More garden centre....

~The Italian Gardens.

The retail village is constantly expanding & there will soon be over 100 shops to choose from with everything from outdoor & leisure wear, arts & crafts, gifts, homewear & groceries-click here for a review of The Country Larder! If you’re hungry there’s also a great selection of restaurants & cafes-click here for a review of Cafe Davide!

Trentham Garden Centre.
.........& more!!!

The beautiful Italian Gardens were officially opened in 2005 by HRH Prince Andrew. Originally designed by Sir Charles Barry in the 19th Century, they have been given a stunning makeover by award winning garden designers Tom Stuart-Smith & Piet Oudolf.
Walking around these amazing floral displays one can only imagine the hard work that has gone in to a project like this! The viewing platform allows you to see the gardens just as guests of Trentham Hall would have done in years gone by. This is defintley worth a look-remember to bring your camera!

The Italian Gardens from viewing platform.
Children's activity area.

Amongst the many areas to see in the gardens are the Western Pleasure gardens which has a range of attractions for all the family including a “Hide & Speak Maze” for you to get lost in & the “100 Ideas Garden” where you can gain some inspiration for your own back garden!
Get some refreshment at the Garden Tea Rooms while the kids go wild in the activity park & try the Barfuss Park walk. This is a barefoot walk along a path of different textures like sand, mud & fir cones-a real back-to-nature experience! There’s even a shower at the end so you can wash your mucky tootsies!!
There is a charge to enter the gardens but we felt it was money well spent!!

Woodland waterfall 1.
Peeking!

~Woodland Discovery.

What better way to learn more about nature than a woodland discovery trail?! All walks are clearly signposted & are suitable for experienced walkers or those just wanting a casual stroll!
See Black Fallow Deer on the deer lawn, watch Herons & Kingfishers share the lake with Otters & all the other wildlife & flowers that live in the woodland itself! There’s also a Leaf Trail in which you can find out about all the trees that surround you!

Trees!

~What else?!!!!

Woodland waterfall 2.
Woodland.

That’s a very good question!! There is so much to see & do at Trentham that we didn’t have time to do it all so for those of you that haven’t been yet here’s what else you can discover!!

~Trentham Monkey Forest is a unique experience! Walk with 140 Barbary Macaques in 60 acres of forest land. Don’t forget to take your little monkeys to the Jungle Shop & feed them at The Banana Cafe!

~Trentham Fern Minature Railway takes you along the lake shore & back again-All Aboard!!

~Cruise the beautiful lake on Trentham’s very own eco-friendly 42 seat catamaran Miss Elizabeth, this is a great way to get a better look at the Heron Colony! If you prefer to take the helm yourself why not hire one of the rowing boats available!

~The daredevils among you can visit Aerial Extreme! This tree top assault course is 40ft above ground & is not for the faint hearted (i.e. Me!)

Trentham Lake 1.
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The Last Word!

Stafford 247 Verdict? Trentham Estate has truly been transformed into an excellent day out for all the family. Although not cheap, the variety of activities, shops & eateries shows why it become so popular & why scores of people are visiting every day. The ever growing list of attractions is sure to keep people returning year after year!!

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Trentham Lake 2.
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