Over the Easter weekend we headed up to the Trentham Estate, just near Stone in Staffordshire and about a 50 minute drive from us. We wanted to enjoy the nice weather, go for a walk and do a bit of window shopping so this seemed like a perfect destination.
On part of the estate is the Monkey Forest, home to 140 Barbary Macaques roaming free in 60 acres of woodland. It was fascinating to get up close and personal with the monkeys and watch them doing their thing (which mainly consisted of eating, sleeping, grooming each other and generally causing trouble!) They really were gorgeous creatures.
We then headed up to Trentham Gardens and retail village. Before setting off into the gardens we had a bit of lunch at Davids Brasserie. I went for a classical salad of Goats Cheese and Roasted Vegetable Salad, while Lee went slightly more off piste, a Spiced Veal Meatball open sandwich. Both dishes were of good size and hit the spot for lunch before an energetic afternoon.
Nicely filled up we headed into the gardens. The sun was shining (mostly!) and we set off on the few mile trail around the lake. The water glistened and we enjoyed watching the rowers plough up and down the lake. It was incredibly peaceful.
At the end of the lake trail (or the beginning if you go anticlockwise..) there are the beautiful gardens, a maze and also some great things for children – an adventure playground and a ‘barefoot walk’ where you take your shoes and socks off and prepare to get covered in mud, water and other things on a specially made trail through the woods.
Before heading home, we took a look round the slightly busier area of the estate; the retail village. There’s a good range of shops, from fashion to gifts and homewares and of course the food and drink orientated. We discovered the fabulous Brown and Green Deli which you can read more about in a future post, and we picked up a few goodies to take home. It took a lot of persuading to drag Lee out of the Whiskey Shop…
There is also a rather huge garden centre on the site, which we didn’t venture into, so there really is something for everyone at Trentham. A great day out for all.
Have you been to Trentham? What did you enjoy the most?
Disclosure: We paid for all meals and events ourselves.