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VIP invitation for groups to discover more about one of UK’s most visited gardens

30 May 2017

Great for Groups at Trentham Gardens

Groups looking for a top day out can now enjoy a new incentive at The Trentham Estate in Staffordshire - a special VIP tour to discover more about one of the most visited garden attractions in the whole of the UK.

VIP invitation for groups to visit Trentham Gardens

Set in 725 acres on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, The Trentham Estate is offering groups a chance to take a closer look at the award-winning gardens on the guided VIP Tour.

Already one of the UK’s top visitor destinations, and a firm favourite for group visits, The Trentham Estate is a place where groups can tailor their visit and enjoy everything from a stroll through Trentham Gardens, a ramble around the lake and woodlands and even an up-close and personal monkey experience at Trentham Monkey Forest.

Now as an exclusive added bonus, each month in 2017 groups can join Trentham’s Garden Team Manager, Carol Adams, for a fascinating tour of the Gardens.

Taking in the history of Trentham, the tour will reveal the full story behind the garden’s renaissance after being re-opened to the public 13 years ago, and provide an in-depth look at the impressive planting schemes.

The VIP tour offers the chance for tour groups to see the latest stunning floral displays as part of the ongoing planting within the beautifully restored gardens as well as one of the largest sequential garden meadows in the country.

Costing £3 per person in addition to garden entry, the VIP tour - which lasts around two hours - has a choice of start times of either 10am or 2pm and is available on Tuesday 20 June, Tuesday 11th July, Wednesday 2nd August and Friday 22nd September.

But if groups can’t make one of those VIP dates, they can always take advantage of personalised tours with one of the Trentham team on a general garden tour at any time. Trentham also offers a FREE 15 minute introductory tour to the gardens on Monday-Friday.

All tours must be pre-booked.

Centrally located, Trentham - which offers free parking - is easily reached by coach via dual carriageway, and is less than two miles from J15 of the M6.

Nestling on the edge of the gardens, Trentham Shopping Village is also a popular ‘shop till you drop’ destination for group visitors. From summer 2017 there will be even more to tempt groups when 18 new units open as part of a multi-million pound retail extension, offering a welcome addition to the 60 existing shops, cafes and restaurants.

To book a VIP gardens tour, or a general garden tour, and hear more about group visits, contact Clare Humphreys on 01782 646646, Monday to Friday 9am-3pm; email chumphreys@trentham.co.uk or visit: www.trentham.co.uk

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For all media information, photo-opportunities and images, please contact:

Amanda Dawson. Tel: 01782 657341. E-mail: adawson@trentham.co.uk

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 3.2m visitors per year and was awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland in February 2016 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate welcomed almost 545,000 paying visitors in 2015 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK. They were also named the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015. Owned and managed 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. The Estate 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, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century. The Trentham Garden Centre and Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel. Trentham Monkey Forest - a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species. Aerial Extreme, an exhilarating treetop high rope adventure course. Extensive woodlands.

Group benefits include:

• Discounted admission for groups of 12 or more paying visitors to the gardens.

• The group organiser gets free admission to the gardens.

• Free all day coach parking, free admission to the gardens for coach drivers and all coach drivers receive a complimentary £5 food and beverage voucher.

• There are also coach drop off points.

• Indoor area for school use.

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