Half Term at Trentham: wilderness skills, treetop adventure, fairy spotting and monkey antics…

Already one of the region’s top visitor destinations, The Trentham Estate is promising some extra fun-filled adventure treats during the February Half Term.

Head to the award-winning gardens for a host of events, including a chance to enjoy the great outdoors and spot some of the wildlife that makes the 725-acre Estate its home.

There’s a chance to learn how to survive in the wild, find water and build a shelter with Wilderness Survival Skills during the first weekend of half term (18-19 February), while animal lovers can discover why Trentham boasts one of the biggest heronries in the country – nesting on an island in the lake – by joining the RSPB for special events on 18-19 and 25-26 February.

There will be the chance to not only see some beautiful wildlife wood carvings, but also watch chainsaw carver Andy Burgess – the man who has already created The Diving Otters, Stag Beetle, Kingfisher and Cedar Cone sculptures in the gardens – as he creates another lasting sculpture during special sessions (15-18 February).

Discover his other wood carvings, as well as willow decorations, by taking the Winter Trail around the lake and parkland or spot the 15 fairies on the magical Trentham Fairy Trail – not forgetting to share a photo on Trentham’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages using #trenthamgardens.

Both trails will be running throughout February Half Term along with the Trentham Fern*, the Estate’s miniature train, which will be taking passengers up and down the lake for free.

Stop off at the south end of the lake and warm up with a hot chocolate at the lakeside cafe, or stroll to the Italian Garden Tearooms, which overlooks the children’s Adventure Playground to tackle the assault course, zoom down the zip wire and fly high on the swings – and new for 2017, try out a toddler zone with a natural and nautical themed adventure area.

Still not sure what to do with your own little monkeys? How about getting up close to the real-life variety at Trentham Monkey Forest, which reopens for the February half term with face painting on the 18-19 February and open every day during the Half Term week. Stroll along the woodland path to see the free-roaming Barbary macaques roaming through their 60-acre forest home as they would in their native Algeria and Morocco.

Or let them have their own treetop adventure at Aerial Extreme which will be reopening for the whole of February half term, offering a spectacular treetop journey through the woodland with courses that cater for enthusiastic novices or an adrenaline junkies.

For full details of all events, admission and booking, visit www.trentham.co.uk.