We were kindly invited to Trentham Estate for their “Christmas at Trentham” event last week. The brand-new illuminated light trail covers the stunning, historic gardens and creates such a magical atmosphere!
There is just so much light and sparkle to see at every corner. The beautifully lit Christmas tree takes centre stage and is the perfect photo opportunity. As you walk around the light trail there are 16 enchanting zones to explore including the Laser Garden, I Saw Three Ships, Frost Fairies, The Love Seat, and so much more!
Our favourite parts were the gorgeous Trellis of Lights, Laser Garden, toasting marshmallows, and Frost Fairies. It was so lovely just to soak in all of the magical, festive atmosphere. The music throughout was such a lovely touch too - it really added to the sensory experience. The staff were really friendly, offering to take photographs for us so we could have some as a whole family.
Near the end of the trail, there are two rides - a Ferris wheel and a helter skelter. If you would like to see my video of Christmas at Trentham event click here. But beware, it does contain some spoilers ;-).
Unfortunately, the little Christmas market and food and drink stalls were not open when we were there on the preview evening so we cannot comment on price or quality but they do sell hot and cold drinks, as well as hot food and festive bakes. It’s not a cheap event but compared to other illuminated light trails of a similar price in the Midlands area, I’d definitely say it’s one of the best. I say this because the lights and projections were stunning and all working, the staff were friendly, and the event as a whole was really well organised. Although I do think if the ticket price included a free drink each or free ride tokens for example, it would really justify the price and would probably entice even more people in.
Just before the entrance to Trentham Gardens, there is Trentham Shopping Village which has a mixture of high street stores as well as independent shops in over 80 wooden lodges. Here you can discover cafes, fine dining restaurants, gift shops, and not forgetting Trentham Home and Garden centre a short walk away.
£21.50 per adult, £14 per child (aged 3-15), under 3s free. Family bundles (2 adults, 2 children) available.
26th November 2021 - 9th January 2022. First entry 4/4.30pm, closes at 10pm or 11pm depending on the day you visit.
The trail took us over an hour to complete. But you can stay as long as you like.
Takeaway refreshments available along the trail route and in the Lakeside Market. Card payment only.
Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are situated at the Gardens Entrance and at the Terrace Bar.
Pushchair friendly but some areas can be made more challenging by wet weather.
Parking is free but you must select a free parking permit when you purchase your tickets.
The Trentham Estate, Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8JG.
Disclaimer: Gifted tickets but all views expressed are my own.
Update: We revisited “Christmas at Trentham” on 11/12/2021 with our extended family. It was just as magical both times! Since the preview evening, Trentham have added more signage so the trail can easily be followed and all of the food and drink huts as well as the market was now open. The prices ranged from £2.50-£4 for a hot drink, £7-£9 for a hot dog/ burger, £4 for fries, etc. They also do carvery-style food e.g., Yorkshire pudding wraps and sweet treats like churros, cakes, and donuts. Although the smell of donuts in the air was lovely, they were sadly sold out when we got there.
*Paid for tickets for our second visit.