I have to start off by saying that this place is stunning and what’s more it’s fabulous for kids. Based in Stoke-On-Trent, it’s only 5-10minutes off the M6. We’ve not been paid for this review, it’s just such a lovely place and with school holidays approaching I wanted to share it with you all.
I first went to Trentham last summer and then wondered why I’d never been before. Trentham gardens forms part of the Trentham Estate. Also part of the estate is The Monkey Forest which we’ve still to do. The main attractions are the extensive gardens and lake. Amongst the gardens there is a children’s playground. But this isn’t just any playground. It’s a place for little kids and big kids. Climbing frames, rope swings, obstacle courses and best of all the barefoot trail.
The barefoot trail is what is says on the tin. You take off your socks and shoes and commence the circular walk in your bare feet. You walk over stones, through soil, water, mud and gravel. I think the mud bath at the end is a firm favourite by the looks on the faces and the lingering by many at this section. At the end you have the opportunity to wash your feet with cold water in a purpose made shed. Granted it was a lovely day when I went but there were numerous kids stripped down to their pants to have a wash!
There are walks throughout, the main one being around the Capability Brown designed lake. The walk is made magic by the fairy sculptures that stand proud as you explore. Each one has a name. You can pick up a checklist to tick them off as you spot them.
At one side of the lake is the miniature railway which Pops begged to go on but we’ve saved that for another visit.
Just outside the gardens is a shopping village with small shops and cafes. Perfect to stop for a meal and a walk.
I think most of all this is a firm favourite because it’s so child friendly. We all know if the kids are happy then the parents are happy too.
We were not paid for this review, we just wanted to share a fab day out with you.
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