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.
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.
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.
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.