The Fireworks at Trentham Estate
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you’ll remember how much I love Trentham Gardens. So I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to visit the Estate again for the Trentham Gardens fireworks display. Read on to see why I think this is the best organised Fireworks Staffordshire has to offer.
The Theme for Trentham Gardens Fireworks
The theme of the night for the 2019 display was “Out of this World” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Perfectly fitting for a night looking into the sky. Famous events from space explorations were displayed on the huge big screen next to the lake.
And no themed event is complete without some character actors for photo ops. We saw Buzz Lightyear, Astronauts and this amazing A.I. Robot. Piper was captivated.
The comperes for the 2019 event were Liz Ellis and Perry Spiller, they did a great job entertaining the crowds and announcing the events. It was a little tricky to hear them the further you went from the stage. The happy squeals from the fairground rides drowned out any other sound!
Funfair rides at Trentham
The kids second favourite part of the evening (behind the amazing fireworks of course) was the childrens fairground. They had several rides, all child friendly to try. Prices were between £2 and £2.50 a go. Most were aimed at younger children and pre-schoolers.
Trentham Gardens bonfire night
If you’re looking for bonfires in Stoke on Trent then Trentham Gardens will not disappoint. I definitely thing it’s the bigger the better. I like one that I can get close enough to to feel the heat but obviously be kept a safe enough distance to keep the little ones safe. Trentham has got it sorted.
The bonfire was lit at 6.30pm after the obligatory 10.9.8 countdown to work up a bit of excitement in the crowd. It quickly burned high before calming down and letting off a cosy glow and crackle all night.
The food at Trentham Gardens Fireworks
The fireworks event at Trentham offers up all the usual bonfire night food stalls. We saw noodles, jacket potatoes, fish and chips, burgers and hotdogs. There are also several hot chocolate stands, a bar and mulled wine options for the grown-ups.
We settled on hot dogs and cheeseburgers which were very high quality and cost us £5 each. I only had to queue for around 5 minutes to get our food. We also had some hot chocolate to keep us warm as we watched the fireworks.
Many of the food stalls accepted card payments but best to take cash to be on the safe side. Make sure you bring plenty of water, a bottle I bought from the stalls cost £3! Ouch.
A couple of portable toilets had been set up for the event. These were very high quality and clean with baby changing and disabled facilities available.
If we didn’t have tired kids with us, I would have loved to eat at one of the restaurants at the Trentham Estate after the event. Totally Delicious, Frankie & Benny’s or Terrazzo del Giardino were all still open when we were leaving.
And on to the main event, the fireworks! By far one of the best displays I’ve seen in years. Set to music, the display lasted a full twenty minutes and seem to have every firework known to man. Most of the music was space themed as well with everything from Holst’s “The Planets” to ET.
Where you watch the fireworks will depend on how tired the kids are or if you’re visiting child free. The best views are from the edge of lake, just opposite the Italian garden. This is also the busiest. We found a spot closer to the bridge near the main entrance which was quieter and meant we could shoot off quicker at the end. We could still see the amazing display although the music was a bit quieter. You could of course choose any other areas of the garden (that’s open) you’ll still see the sky lit up.
My fireworks pics never do the evening justice so take a look at this short video for more.
Trentham Gardens Annual Pass
If you’re planning on visiting Trentham several times then it’s well worth buying an annual pass. You’ll get so many added benefits including discounts for the fireworks. Adult prices are just £67 per year and even better, kids are just £10, great value. They also accept Tesco Clubcard vouchers meaning you can get days of fun out of your shopping vouchers. Visit the Trentham Website to buy or just turn up and purchase at the door.
Trentham Gardens Fireworks Prices
Tickets on the day are £14 per person but I don’t recommend leaving it that late. For the Friday night in 2019 tickets had sold out the day before. Make sure you plan ahead and book online early.
Trentham Gardens Events are legendary in Staffordshire and always add to a fantastic visit to the Estate. Following on from such a great fireworks display, I’ll definitely be heading back to take part in Trenthams Christmas celebrations which launch at Trentham shopping village on the 27th November.
You can check out what’s on at Trentham Gardens here.
How long to spend at Trentham Fireworks
This is a tricky one, we arrived at 6pm and it felt like quite a long wait till the fireworks at 7.30pm. I think this is mainly down to the weather. As is so often the case at UK fireworks displays, it poured down. We didn’t get too cold as had made sure we wrapped up super warm but I think we would have stayed longer if it was dry. You can always find a tree to shelter under!
How to get to the Trentham Estate
Located in Stoke, Trentham Estate is easily accessible from all of the Midlands. It’s right on the A34 and well signposted as you get close. We arrived at 6pm and didn’t encounter any traffic holdups on the way.
There’s plenty of free parking when you get there and stewards to guide you to the best available slot. On leaving there was a bit of a queue to get out of the car park but nothing more than a ten-minute holdup.
Why not leave the stress of getting home out of the equation and book yourself into Trenthams onsite Premier Inn. That way you don’t have to rush off after the event and can make a mini break out of it.
You can read all my favourite things to do in Trentham over the summer months and all the essential info you need for your visit.
Whilst in Stoke, I highly recommend a visit to the World of Wedgewood, a perfect day out for the whole family. Read about our Wedgwood experience here.
Make sure you pin for next year and your 2021 visit to Trentham Gardens for their fireworks event. It’s bound to be a stunner.
I was invited to Trentham Garden Fireworks as part of my role supporting #mystokestory, an initiative to highlight the many amazing cultural activities Stoke has to offer. All opinions are as always my own. I am proud to be an official ambassador of this wonderful campaign, and am really enjoying all the wonderful activities Stoke has to offer. If you’re looking for more fantastic ideas, events and things to do in Stoke make sure you take a look at the Visit Stoke website for inspiration. If you visit somewhere fantastic in Stoke, make sure you use the hashtag #mystokestory to join the community or search the hashtag on social media for find more great events in Stoke on Trent.
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