A TOURIST attraction near Stone celebrating a decade of success is inviting everyone to join the party.
Trentham Gardens, previously owned by the Dukes of Sutherland for over 400 years, had fallen into disrepair by the end of the 20th century. But after regeneration firm St Modwen stepped in to revive the site it reopened to the public on May 29 2004.
The attraction has gone from strength to strength ever since, adding the Monkey Forest, a high wire adventure course and a winter ice skating rink to its list of activities in recent years. It is now the fourth most-visited “paid entry” garden in the country.
On Thursday, May 29, Trentham Gardens will mark its dynamic decade with a 10th birthday party, complete with celebration staples including tea and a balloon – in this case the Trentham Hot Air balloon, which will be inflated in the parkland during the day, weather permitting.
A vintage tea party will be held in the tearooms, which overlook the gardens and the lake, and there will be live entertainment from Trentham Brass Band and Rock Choir.
Entry to the party, which runs from 9am to 8pm, will cost £3, with proceeds being donated to the nearby Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. Annual ticket holders get free admission but are welcome to make a donation to the charity.
There will be some magic in the air when the gardens, statues and fairies come to life, thanks to some cheeky strolling gardeners, a giant flower and a massive butterfly.
The head of garden and estate, Michael Walker, will lead a 10th anniversary garden tour at 2pm. And younger visitors can join a wilderness survival team to build dens in the woodlands and try nature-themed crafts with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.