During a visit down to my parents in Staffordshire, we lucked out to have one day of sunshine during a week that had been otherwise blighted by rain.
So instead of staying in, we decided to pack up and head across to Trentham Gardens which sits on the outskirts of Stoke on Trent.
It’s a place I visited as a child, not that I can remember it in all truth. We tend to go and wander around the chalet-style gift shops or mooch in the huge garden centre, but since they started charging to visit the estate it was something we never bothered with.
I was put off by the price to be honest, £12 per adult but we managed to find a 2 for 1 discount voucher which made it much more affordable, especially as under 4’s go free.
I needn’t have worried about the price though as I believe it is worth every penny.
This place is vast. We arrived, four children in tow, and immediately hit by the space on offer. The flowers hadn’t bloomed yet but this didn’t detract from the beauty of the Italian Gardens. What I found really refreshing was that there was no ‘keep off the grass’ signage, making it the perfect place for the kids to let off steam.
Donned in their splash suits and trusty wellies, they rolled down hills, ran about and climbed a small tree. My youngest – who is still a little wobbly on his feet – was safe crawling and stumbling over the grass. We also managed to enjoy a sit down with a coffee on one of the many picnic benches. The wide paths are perfect for buggies too.
The lake is stunning and deserves a moment to stop and soak up the view. There is a circular walk around the lake, but with four children under 5 in tow we didn’t quite manage it.
The kids’ loved the adventure playground and had a good dig one of the two sandpits. They played on the car track and tore around in the cosy coupes – which my F1-obsessed nephew loved.
Jack had great fun getting lost while running about in the maze. The real highlight for the kids was the barefoot walk where they ditched the wellies and followed the sensory 1km path where they squelched in mud, walked across pebbles, bark and splashed in babbling streams. I had a go too and some of the textures were a bit rough underfoot!
We had a pit stop for lunch at the restaurant near the adventure playground but if we had been more prepared I would have packed a picnic and taken in the beautiful views and fresh air.
There is so much more to explore at Trentham Gardens, including a fairy trail and a wildlife garden area and I’d love to see the gardens in full bloom.
The prices are:
Child (aged -15 years): £9.00
Family Friendly (Two adults and three children): £42
If I lived in the area I would probably purchase an annual ticket for the family which costs £154.
You can also use exchange your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Days Out tokens. It’s a great option as £10 Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be exchanged for £40 Days Out tokens which can be redeemed against all Garden Day Tickets and Annual Tickets – but can’t be used in conjunction with any offers.
Please visit the website for more details.