We’ll meet again at Trentham – with the D-Day Darlings
Staffordshire’s Trentham Estate is set to turn the clocks back this June, when the parkland will echo to the nostalgic sounds of 1940s Big Band swing to celebrate the gardens 15th anniversary, and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D Day Landings.
Britain’s Got Talent finalists the ‘D-Day Darlings’, the UK’s premier wartime act, will headline an evening of music and fireworks, offering a chance to ‘Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag’ in a special night of nostalgia.
Staged in the week Trentham celebrates the 15th anniversary of the historic gardens re-opening to the public, “We’ll Meet Again’ on Saturday 1st June will also mark this year’s special D-Day anniversary.
Fittingly, as well as patriotic flag waving and wartime musical memories in a beautiful lakeside setting, there will also be a rousing speech from ‘Winston Churchill’ himself, who will also be helping host the event.
In a nod to the history of the centuries-old estate - the Staffordshire seat for the Duke of Sutherland for over 400 years as well as a pleasure garden and a famed Dance Hall – Trentham will travel back to the 1940s, when patriotism was the mood of the moment.
During the Second World War, Trentham’s Dance Hall, built just after the First World War and once regarded as one of the best in the country, became the temporary home for the London Clearing Banks, while the grounds also housed army camps too.
The Dance Hall where locals danced the night away may have long gone, but the Big Band sound returns for this one-off event, which will also feature a local orchestra along with the D Day Darlings, who were finalists in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show in 2018.
The seven-strong 40s themed singing group will take crowds ‘Over the White Cliffs of Dover’ as ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to wave flags to the sounds of the University Hospital Orchestra creating a colourful ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ atmosphere. The night of nostalgia culminates in a fabulous fireworks finale.
Tickets for ‘We’ll Meet Again’ on Saturday 1st June cost £27 in advance (£30 on the day), and go on sale on Monday 8 April at 1pm online and at the Trentham Gardens Entrance. For Annual Ticket Holders, tickets are £24 in advance, or £27 on the day.
Gates open at 4.30pm for the event, the concert starts at 7.15pm and the firework finale will be at 9.30pm.
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Owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, the 725-acre estate had fallen into a state of despair at the end of the last century when the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, stepped-in to breathe new life into the gardens, which re-opened to the public on May 29, 2004. Fifteen years on, it has matured to become one of England’s most visited paid-for garden attractions, and has won awards for horticultural excellence, and its visitor welcome.
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 2018 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted just over 725,000 visits in 2017 - 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, the expert developer and 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 newly expanded 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. Extensive woodlands.