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A Winter Wonderland at the fairytale Trentham Gardens

One of the UK’s most-visited garden attractions provides a spectacular seasonal show for winter – not only offering a natural wonderland, but also frosty fairies, a festive willow trail and even handy tips on looking after feathered friends.

The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.

Staffordshire’s beautifully restored Trentham Gardens, which lie at the heart of The Trentham Estate visited by more than 3.2m people a year, opens every day, except Christmas Day.

During the winter months, the gardens, woods and parkland are perfect for frosty walks, while Trentham Shopping Village, 60 timber lodges housing shops, cafés and restaurants on the edge of the Gardens, is transformed with festive treats.

And the popular Trentham Ice Rink is back (9 December 2016 – 8 January 2017, except 25 December), this year relocated to an area beside the River Trent. Once again, it’s a real ice rink, with under cover skating inside the comfort of a marquee.

Within the gardens, the famous Italian Garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, as well as Piet Oudolf's acclaimed Rivers of Grass are stunning in winter. Set against the backdrop of the mile-long Capability Brown lake, frost clinging to the structured box beds and seed heads can really make visitors feel like they are walking in a winter wonderland.

Along with nature’s seasonal displays, visitors can also enjoy Trentham Garden’s Winter Willow Decoration Trail (26 November - 26 February), discovering some larger than life sculptures and learning fascinating woodland facts along the way. For even more magic, follow Trentham’s hugely popular Fairy Trail, with sculptures of fairies and giant dandelions.

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