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Ten ways to get the most out of your extra daylight hour at Trentham

The clocks will spring forward this Easter Sunday, 27th March, marking the start of British Summertime and giving us all an extra hour of daylight to enjoy.

We’ve been changing the clocks in the UK since 1916, so to celebrate 100 years of British Summertime and a basket-load of family-friendly Easter activities at The Trentham Estate, we’ve asked some of our regular visitors to give us their top tips on how to spend your extra hour this Easter:

“Go on a fairy hunt! I like to look for all the fairies with Grandma and Grandpa. We walk around the lake and in the woods trying to find them. Some of them are really easy to see, like Wishes and the Spiderman one but some of them are really small or hiding up in the trees and they’re hard to find.”

Connie Timmins, aged six, Mobberley, Cheshire

“Do the barefoot walk! We did it last summer and it was really good fun. You walk on all different surfaces and it feels really weird. Like, in one section you have to go through squelchy mud and then there’s another bit where it’s all bark and another where you’re walking through a stream or on pebbles. The stones tickle my feet and I like the bits where you can splash.”

Isaac and Eliza Barrett, Aged seven and four, Yarnfield

“Visit the Monkey Forest! It’s just across the lake and there are over 100 Barbary macaques roaming around in the woods. Our two year-old son loves the monkeys so we’ll probably head over there and do the Easter trail at some point over the long bank holiday weekend.”

Jont Whittaker, 34, Trentham

“Watch the wildlife! We’ve seen all sorts of wildlife on our visits to Trentham from Ladybirds and bees to herons. There’s even a herd of black fallow deer in the woodlands and parkland. I’d suggest using the extra hour just to have a good look around and see what you can see.”

Liz Peck, 38, Barlaston

“Hire a rowing boat! I took my niece and nephew out last summer and we rowed all around the lake at Trentham. The views are amazing and it’s really peaceful to be out on the water. You don’t have to be Steve Redgrave or anything, you can just float about and enjoy the scenery.”

Jackie Gregory, 45, Stoke

“Enjoy the gardens! The planting is beautiful all year round and there should be some beautiful bold colours from hyacinths, daffodils and alliums starting to bloom for Easter.”

Karl Wilson, 50, Packmoor

“Do the assault course in the adventure playground! There’s a climbing wall, a zip wire and a massive pyramid tower with a slide back down. It’s like Ninja Warrior but for kids.”

Ewan and Poppy Hawkins, aged 12 and seven, Meir Heath

“Enjoy a boat trip on Miss Elizabeth! Miss Elizabeth is an eco-friendly catamaran that’s powered by electricity. I’d highly recommend using your extra hour to go on one of the guided cruises, with the Captain’s highlights of the lake.”

Linda Fradley, 74, Madeley

“Take a train ride on the Trentham Fern! It’s a little sit-astride light gauge railway that runs alongside the lake. We like to jump on the train, go for a little walk and then round it all off with an ice-cream or a hot chocolate at the café.”

Rachel Pringle, 31, Kidsgrove

“Hit the shops! I love a good mooch around the Shopping Village. Most of the shops are local independents, so you can find really unusual presents and gorgeous bits and pieces for your home that you won’t find anywhere else.”

Irene Bloor, 62, Newcastle

And if that all sounds a little sedate, you can also have a Trentham adventure at Aerial Extreme tackling the treetops via ropes and zip wires for a family day out that’s unforgettable.

Whether you decide to float on the lake, follow the fairies, smell the fragrant flowers, hop aboard the Trentham Fern, enjoy some toe-tingling, barefoot fun or monkey around with the Barbary macaques, we hope you make your Easter day out a memorable one.

For more information about all the events happening at Trentham and to buy an Annual Ticket call 01782 646646 or visit

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