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Giant dandelions, fairies, Halloween mad science

Join mad scientists for vampire blood making and Frankenstein snot experiments, create your own spooky pumpkin, learn to survive in the wilderness and meet live bats…or follow the magical Fairy Trail and meet the Fairyman and his Dandelion Daughter!

Whether you’re looking for fairy tale memories this half term or frighteningly good fun, The Trentham Estate on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent offers one of the most diverse days out in the UK.

Just in time for the school holidays, 12 giant dandelion sculptures will be unveiled as a new addition to Trentham’s magical Fairy Trail. The five metre tall steel sculptures have been created by Amy Wight, daughter of Robin Wight who designed the world-famous Trentham fairies. Robin and Amy will be in the gardens on Sunday 25 October from 11am to 3pm to talk about the creation of the fairies and Amy’s giant new dandelion installation.

Later in the week, as we approach Halloween, mad scientists will be taking over an indoor workshop in Trentham Gardens for some crazy hands-on Halloween themed experiments. With vampire blood making and Frankenstein snot on the agenda, this weird science lesson will appeal to little monsters aged 3+ (11am–3pm, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October).

For those who want to get into the Halloween spirit in the great outdoors, Halloween wilderness survival skills, complete with spooky pumpkins and pumpkin soup will be on offer (10am-4pm, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October).

Trentham Monkey Forest is going batty the weekend before Halloween, offering visitors the chance to learn about protecting and conserving the UK’s bat species (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October 10am-4pm) and rounding off the week with lots of gruesome activities for its Haunting Halloween event (Monday 26 to Saturday 31 October).

And you can even unleash your own inner monkey by swinging through the trees at the Aerial Extreme high ropes adventure course.

Throughout the week, families are guaranteed to have their own #TrenthamAdventures, as young explorers slide, jump, zoom and fly their way around the adventure playground.

For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground why not brave the barefoot walk and sink your toes into mud, bark and babbling streams or lose yourself in the hide and speak maze.

If little legs are tiring, you can take a trip aboard the Trentham Fern miniature passenger train along the lakeside, saddle up for a pony ride or take a seat in a horse-drawn carriage (24th, 25th, 31st October and 1st November).

Those looking to relax and unwind can stroll through the historic Italian Gardens or along the shady wooded trails and mile-long Capability Brown designed Trentham Lake, before stepping aboard the Miss Elizabeth for a lake cruise followed by a break for tea and cake at the Italian Garden Tearoom.

There’s something to satisfy every appetite at Trentham Shopping Village, where you can sink your fangs into a feast of food choices from pies to panninis, or shop for devilishly good Halloween treats, crafty costume ideas and pick up a pumpkin or a witchy broom at Trentham Garden Centre.

Annual Tickets are the best value way to visit the gardens and also offer discounts at participating shops and restaurants, 20% off day tickets for friends and even discounts on special events.

For full details of all events, opening times, discounts, restaurant and shops visit www.trentham.co.uk

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