Roll up, roll up for spectacular springtime fun at Trentham 

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Trentham Gardens is the perfect spot to make your own family adventure this May Bank Holiday weekend.

Try your hand at some classic circus skills including scarf juggling and stilt walking, ‘fly through the air with the greatest of ease’ on the zip wire in the adventure playground or tackle the Altitude Tower and enjoy an exhilarating slide back down to earth.

Get naked from the knees down and try out the new liquid clay and jelly sections on the barefoot walk, learn Wilderness Survival Skills to become the next Bear Grylls or hang out with the RSPB, making bird feeders and bug homes.

This May Bank Holiday is particularly special as it marks the first ever ‘Staffordshire Day’, a celebration of all things great about the county. It also marks the 30th anniversary of Stoke-on-Trent’s Garden Festival and, to carry on the St. Modwen legacy, fans of Trentham Gardens will have a chance to win a family annual ticket.

Amanda Dawson, Marketing and Promotions Manager, said:

“There’s so much to do at Trentham that one day just isn’t enough. We think that Staffordshire should be celebrated and enjoyed all year round, so we thought we’d mark Staffordshire Day by giving away a family annual ticket.
“To enter, we’re asking everyone to go onto the Trentham Estate Facebook page and comment using #StaffordshireDay before 12 noon on Friday 29th April. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page that afternoon. For more information go to www.facebook.com/trenthamestate.”

The Monkey Forest will also be celebrating Staffordshire Day with a one day only family ticket giveaway on Twitter. Head to @Monkey_Forest for more information. Walk among more than 100 Barbary macaque monkeys as they swing from the trees, lounge on the grass and roam around the woods. Learn about their lives and watch one of the hourly feeding talks to see some more monkey antics.

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May is a beautiful time of year to visit the award-winning Trentham Gardens. The Upper Flower Garden will be in bloom with a mix of tulips, primroses and violas, and a mosaic of colour is starting to reveal itself from flowers and foliage in the woodland perennial meadow. Colour themed mixes create ribbons of interest beneath the mature oak and beech woodland from Capability Brown’s original landscape plans. Sit down and enjoy the views, bring a picnic or refuel in the Italian Garden Tearoom.

May 1st also harks back to the founding of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, so what better way to give a nod to the county’s pottery heritage than to splash, squelch, paddle and tiptoe through liquid clay, (as well as jelly, mud, bark, babbling streams, grass and pebbles) for a fun toe-tingling experience on the barefoot walk.

Pick up a Fairy Trail map from our garden entrance and go on a fairy hunt around our beautiful mile-long lake, and through the woodland, maze and gardens where the Fairies at Trentham live.
Spot our wood carvings along the way. There’s lots of wildlife that calls Trentham Gardens home. Some animals are very friendly and love to meet our visitors. Others, like the Otter, Kingfisher and Stag Beetle, are a little harder to find!

Our wooden sculptures, created from fallen trees found on site, are all hand crafted by Andy Burgess using only chainsaws and power tools. These sculptures pay tribute to our shy animal friends and give you the chance to meet them.

Glide across our lake on board the Miss Elizabeth, an eco-friendly catamaran powered by electricity, which sets sail at 1pm offering a guided cruise of the lakeside or hire a rowing boat – the perfect way to travel around our mile-long lake created by landscape design legend Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
For the return journey you can hop on board our miniature sit-astride light gauge diesel train, the Trentham Fern and arrive in time for afternoon tea at one of the 18 cafes and restaurants at the Trentham Estate.

The timber lodge Shopping Village is home to more than 50 independent family run businesses offering really unusual presents and gorgeous bits and pieces for your home that you won’t find anywhere else. Parking is free, so you can take your time to browse and stop for a snack.
You can also have a Trentham adventure at Aerial Extreme tackling the treetops via ropes and zip wires for a family day out that’s unforgettable.

For more information about all the events happening at Trentham and to buy an Annual Ticket call 01782 646646 or visit www.trentham.co.uk