Our Higgidy Picnic at Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire


Last week we decided to head outdoors to make the most of the last weekend of the Summer Holidays. We thought we’d head to Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire to do their fairy trail. Higgidy had kindly sent us some of their tasty treats to test out so thought this would be a great opportunity for a picnic on our day out.

I’ve heard of Higgidy before, but to be honest I just thought they made pies. I was pleasantly surprised to discover their range was quite a lot more expansive than that with quiches, frittatas and even lots of vegan and vegetarian treats. We were sent the following to put to the taste test:

  • Barbeque Pork Sausage Rolls
  • Chorizo, Feta and Pepper Frittata
  • CherryBell Pepper, Feta and Spinach Frittata

All of the items are ready cooked and found in the fridge aisle at the supermarket. Whilst they all can be heated, they are also ready to eat which made them perfect for our picnic. Picnic prepared we headed out for the day.

Trentham Gardens is part of the wider Trentham Estate, which also includes Trentham Monkey Forest, a large garden centre and a shopping village. We had visited before as a family however it was a few years ago. We used our Tesco Clubcard vouchers as part payment towards the entrance fee which made the day much better value. Whilst I think Trentham is a lovely day out, I do find that the prices are on the more expensive side.

We started our visit with the Fairy Trail, which is included in the entrance fee. Mini had a map and was tasked with finding the 15 fairy sculptures around the gardens. I really enjoyed looking at the fairies, which are made from stainless steel by local artist Robin Wright. The majority of the fairies are located around the lake. We took the 3.5km walk at a leisurely to ensure that I could keep up, being 28 weeks pregnant.

Trentham Gardens

Half way around the lake we found a beautiful picnic area. That, coupled with our rumbling bellies confirmed that it was time to enjoy our picnic. Having set up our feast including our Higgidy treats, Mini decided that she wanted to start with one of the sausage rolls. As a normal sausage roll fiend, she took a few bites to get used to the Higgidy variety, as they have a lot more flavour than standard ones. Mr Mack and I both really liked the sausage rolls and thought they had a lovely rich, sweet flavour.


We also tried the Fritattas, which are pasty free and both coming in under 250 calories for half of the frittata. I’m not a huge fan of sandwiches so am always on the look out for alternatives for picnics and things to take to work for lunch. My favourite was the Chorizo, Feta and Pepper Fritatta; it had a lovely smoky flavour and I felt that it was substantial enough for a lunch. Mr Mack enjoyed them too however, he commented that he would also like to try them out warm too.


Team Mack were impressed with the tasty treats from Higgidy and I’d definitely consider them for our future picnics and as part of our family meals. I also look forward to exploring more of the Higgidy range.


Fuelled by our Higgidy picnic, we felt ready to tackle the rest of the fairy trail. Once we had completed the trail, we had plenty of energy left to explore the other attractions at Trentham Gardens.

There is a huge children’s play area that has an assault course, a sand play area and a track for little ones to drive tractors around. I’m pretty sure that Mini would have happily spent the whole day exploring the playground.

However, she was lured away by the chance to get muddy doing the barefoot walk. The idea of this is that you get to explore different textures underfoot, and of course have fun getting a bit muddy along the way too. Mini enjoyed the walk so much she asked to do it all over again. Luckily there are showers and foot dryers provided to clean up at the end.

Trentham Gardens

We also enjoyed exploring the maze at Trentham and looking at some of the other sculptures around the gardens. I loved looking at the giant dandelion sculptures, made by Amy Wright, Robin’s daughter.

Trentham Gardens

We had a great family day out at Trentham and I particularly felt good for topping up on some fresh air and gentle exercise. I’d definitely recommend Trentham as a day out suitable for all ages. However, try to get hold of some Tesco Clubcard vouchers if you can.

For up to date ticket prices and visitor information visit the Trentham Gardens website here.

For more information about Higgidy and their full range of products visit their website here.

Disclaimer: We were sent the food products from Higgidy in order to review. All views and opinions are entirely our own.



  1. September 10, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Ahhh lovely we are a big fan of all things Higgidy – the perfect stash of goodies for the perfect picnic!

    • mommamack15
      September 11, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      I’ll definitely be checking out more of their range now 🙂

  2. September 10, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Sounds like a great day spent with the family. I am not familiar with Higgidy but need to check them out.

    • mommamack15
      September 11, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      It’s always nice to discover new brands isn’t it, especially those with tasty food options.

  3. September 10, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    I have never heard of Higgidy before however I will now be looking for them when I next go shopping. I am always searching for new ideas for lunches 🙂

    • mommamack15
      September 11, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      Me too, I really don’t like sandwiches so new options are also a bonus to quick and easy lunches at work.

  4. September 10, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    I’ve seen this range a Waitrose and it looks really yummy, but unfortunately they don’t seem to have any gluten free products so I can’t eat it. I was excited to see they had crustless quiches and pastry free options, but the crustless quiches have a pastry base and the pastry free options still contain wheat flour 🙁

    • mommamack15
      September 11, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      Oh no, I’m hoping they expand their range soon and add some gluten free options for you.

  5. September 11, 2018 / 6:47 am

    That food looks so yummy! Perfect fodder for a picnic. We love Trentham Gardens and the kids loved the barefoot walk!

    • mommamack15
      September 11, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      That was definitely a highlight, being allowed to get extra muddy for a change!

  6. scrapbookadventures365
    September 11, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    Mmmm this picnic looks right up my street – I’ve not heard of that brand before though so will look out for it! Love the gardens, they look like a nice place to explore.

  7. September 11, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    What a great place! The HIggidy food looks very tasty, I haven’t heard of it before. Kaz

    • mommamack15
      September 13, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      There are so many more products available than I thought, very pleasantly surprised.

  8. September 12, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Oh wow what a wonderful place to have a picnic and an outdoor adventure, also love Higgidy food, great for on the go and full of good stuff

    • mommamack15
      September 13, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      It was lovely to have a picnic with a beautiful view.

  9. September 13, 2018 / 5:41 am

    Yum – Higgidy!! I’m like you when it comes to sandwiches. I dread the possibility of ‘wet bread’ in the picnic bag. What a gorgeous setting for a spot of lunch xx

    • mommamack15
      September 13, 2018 / 7:08 pm

      Soggy sandwiches are definitely the worst!

  10. September 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

    What a lovely day out! I didn’t realise Higgidy had so many products!

    • mommamack15
      September 13, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      I was pleasantly surprised too, so much more than just pies.

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