Yeti snowballing and Festive Frisbee… it’s Christmas at Trentham Gardens!
Festive fun at award-winning Trentham Gardens always offers a Christmas mix of sparkling wintry gardens, frosty fairies and seasonal shopping – but this year, how about Yeti snowballing or have-a-go Festive Frisbee?
A family favourite, the beautiful parklands and gardens at the Staffordshire attraction are open every day, apart from Christmas Day, making them a popular spot for a festive day out.
During the winter months, nature stages a spectacular display - especially with a dusting of frost or snow - while there are winter walks through Capability Brown’s sweeping parkland, woodland trails and a circular path around the mile-long lake.
For family fun, Trentham’s ever-popular Fairy Trail - with wire sculptures of fantasy fairies - look even more stunning with a frosty coating, and for 2019 there are new fairies to discover, after an extra five sculptures joined the existing 16 this summer.
Also new for 2019, is a chance to snowball the mysterious Yeti!
From 14 December 2019 until 5 January 2020 (closed Christmas Day), an indoor winter woodland setting within the gardens offers a brand new fun fair-style attraction, where visitors can join in the festive fun by throwing ‘snowballs’ at cut-out Yeti characters. Admission is included with a regular Garden ticket, plus £2 for 10 ‘snowballs’.
Or how about having a go at Festive Frisbee this Yuletide?
Earlier this year, Trentham introduced another new outdoor activity for its visitors to enjoy - Disc Golf, similar to ‘regular’ golf, but played by throwing a flat disc into a metal target instead of hitting a ball into a hole.
This Christmas, it becomes a seasonal game of festive Frisbee set within parkland away from the formal gardens, on the western side of the lake. With the Disc Golf course designed for both beginners and professionals, it’s a seasonal treat for all the family to enjoy. Again, included with Garden admission, plus £5 per person for Frisbee hire.
While nature may provide the starring role in one of England’s most-visited paid-for garden attractions, the log cabin Shopping Village offers the chance for a seasonal shopping spree.
The Christmas Light Switch On, on Wednesday 27 November, launches the festivities at Trentham and this year’s Christmas parade marks 50 years of the first moon landing with an 'out of this world' theme. Head to the stage by the Garden Centre at 5.30pm for a hilarious family show featuring a mad inventor, a rebellious robot and even rockets!
With free parking and a traditional village atmosphere, the Shopping Village will also once again sparkle with Christmas lights and festive events, including seasonal shopping, plus late-night shopping on Wednesday evenings 4, 11 and 18 December, until 8pm, with Trentham Garden Centre open until 9pm.
Catch a performance from the ‘Singing Reindeer’ in the Garden Centre, a festive favourite returning this year from 16 November, and for Christmas cheer, how about Staffordshire gin tasting at Il Gusto during the late night shopping on 18 December? Among other Shopping Village treats are festive wreath and table centrepiece workshops at Yellowstone Art Boutique. Check out the Trentham website for full details.
Winter off peak, discounted admission to the gardens costs £9 for adults, £6.75 children (3-15 years) with under threes free.
For more information, see www.trentham.co.uk.
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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 over 730,000 visits in 2018 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK. 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 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.