My Birthday : Trentham Gardens & Estate

Following my Birthday trip to Monkey Forest we took a stroll down to the gardens... If you have just read my Monkeytastic post, welcome back. If you haven't, why not take a look here?

"The Trentham Estate is one of the country’s top visitor destinations. Comprising of 725 acres, it is the last remnants of one of England’s great garden estates. The estate attracts in the region of 3 million visitors a year, due to its wide appeal and diverse activities to engage every generation."

As you come out of Monkey Forest and back into the free carpark you can take a walk down to the garden's entrance (this is situated at the South Entrance). 

We got a 2 for 1 ticket offer to the gardens (see link here) which was great! We walked around to the left hand side of the lake. It was huge! A great expanse of water, with a couple of islands with plenty of wild birds swimming around. What was really lovely were the fairies. Yep, totally real. Well, I wish they were but the way the Artist, Robin had captured them they looked as if they could suddenly spring into life. They were gorgeous, I wanted to take them with me. 

The walk towards the Estate was peaceful, everybody was friendly and seemed it relatively quiet. Once we got to the Italian Garden Tearoom we were certainly looking forward to some lunch. I asked the waiter for a spot where we could see the lake from a table outside and he offered us the perfect spot. The weather was stunning so it was so nice to sit outside and enjoy some rare British sunshine! We both had a hot wrap, it was really tasty so I recommend the restaurant if you do go. You can check out the menu here.

Next we walked through the gardens. It was very colourful considering it is only Spring. Most of the buildings are derelict but still beautiful to look at. Maybe one day they will be restored to their former glory.

Did I mention, there's a shopping village? There are a lot of craft and gift shops and clothing shops plus they have an Outdoor and Country store too, selling the likes of Barbour, Joules, Le Chamaeu and other country brands. Unfortunately we were running out of time (the gate closes at 5pm) so we had to rush the shopping experience but we managed to pick an oaky (ice cream to you normal folk) up and eat it on the way back. 

All in all it was a lovely day and my boyfriend and I had a great experience! Have you been to Trentham or want to go soon? I really do recommend it. 

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