Easter will rock at Trentham
28 February 2013
One of the UK’s most diverse days out, the Trentham Estate, will be living up to its billing with a fun-packed Easter offering everything from horse and carriage rides to perhaps Britain’s quirkiest Easter Egg Hunt.
And if that’s not enough, visitors to the 725-acre estate on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent - which boasts award-winning gardens, children’s playground, Shopping Village, high ropes adventure and a forest with 140 monkeys - can also test wilderness survival skills and be entertained by a Rock Choir.
Bringing a swathe of colour to the gardens are hundreds of thousands of spring bulbs, while visitors can also follow a two-mile trail around the edge of Trentham Lake, or get naked from the knees down at Britain’s first Barefoot Walk.
Strolling around the gardens or parkland has always been popular - with the added bonus of being able to follow a Fairies at Trentham Trail to discover magical sculptures - as have trips on the lakeside miniature train or a lake cruise on Trentham’s passenger boat.
But there is a new way to enjoy the surroundings for Easter 2013. From 29 March - 14 April, take a carriage ride through the parkland, or for children, a pony ride. In addition to Garden admission, carriage rides cost £3.50 per person and pony rides £3 a child.
For a wilder Easter, get active with Wilderness Survival Skills in the Wilderness Wood (29 March - 1 April, 11am - 3pm daily) when drop-in sessions can help answer your questions about living in the wilderness and teach you new skills.
Or try the Wild Weekend with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (6 April - 7 April, 11am - 4pm daily), with bug hunts, nature trails and scavenger hunts.
Easter would not be complete without egg hunts and Trentham has an egg-box full of them!
Pick up a voucher from the Gardens Entrance and follow Trentham Gardens Easter Egg Hunt (29 March - 1 April) to collect clues around the Gardens and lake before claiming a prize courtesy of Delicious, in the Italian Garden Tearoom.
At Trentham Monkey Forest - home to 140 free roaming Barbary macaques - try the Egg-citing Easter Trail when the resident monkeys are joined by Easter bunnies (29 March - 14 April). The Monkey Forest is also teaming up with The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice for a Mad Hatters T-party (29 March - 5 April) when Alice in Wonderland characters will be on hand to offer visitors a little extra holiday fun!
But perhaps the most unusual will be Aerial Extreme’s Easter Egg Race (Sunday 31 March) when the high rope adventure course invites visitors to grab a raw egg from Barbara the chicken and then race around a course without breaking the egg. Those that manage it win a chocolate gift. For more details visit www.aerialextreme.co.uk.
Elsewhere, there is a full programme of family fun from Friday 29 March - Sunday 14 April, including Rock Choir Nantwich singing a selection of pop, Motown and gospel songs throughout the day (Saturday 30 March) and a chance to test your limits on the Climbing Wall (29 March - 1 April, £2.50 for 2 climbs in addition to garden admission).
One-off admission prices into Trentham Gardens are: Adult £8.50, Child (5-15) £7.25, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £29.50, Family (1 adult, 3 children) £22, Concessions £7.25, and Disabled/Carers £4.25. Value-for-money Annual Tickets are also available (adults - £52.25). A Joint Trentham Gardens and Monkey Forest Ticket costs £15 per adult.
For more information on admission prices, Easter attractions and to check out Trentham’s fun-packed event programme visit www.trentham.co.uk.
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Notes to editors:
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 3m visitors per year and was Highly Commended by Visit England in the Large Visitor Attraction category in their Awards for Excellence 2012. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted 404,000 paying visitors in 2011 - a 27 per cent increase on the previous year, making them one of the most visited Gardens in the UK.
Owned by St. Modwen Properties PLC, the UK’s leading 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. It 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; the Trentham Garden Centre and Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries; Trentham Monkey Forest - home to 140 endangered Barbary macaques; Aerial Extreme, an exhilarating treetop high rope adventure course, and a 119 bedroom Premier Inn Hotel.