There’s no doubt about it, summer is in full swing, and Stoke-On-Trent is home to amazing outdoor spaces waiting to be explored! With scenic parks and tranquil gardens, the city has a wide array of outside areas for you to enjoy. The city also offers plenty of child-friendly adventures, perfect for you and the family. So, lace up your walking shoes, stock up on sun cream, and get ready to embrace the summer weather in Stoke!
Explore the vast beauty of Trentham Gardens this summer, spanning 725 acres. Admire the Italian Garden, Floral Labyrinth, and Rivers of Gras, masterfully designed by Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf. Additionally, the extensive plantings of wildflowers and woodland meadows by Nigel Dunnett make it perfect for a daytime stroll to take in the breath-taking scenery.
Trentham Gardens are also a paradise for children! They can embark on the enchanting wire fairy sculpture trail, have a blast in the adventure playground, and make new friends. For a day on the water, set sail on Capability Brown Lake and soak up the sun during a delightful boat trip.
Trentham Monkey Forest
Discover the extraordinary Trentham Monkey Forest, based alongside the stunning gardens. Here, you can walk among the monkeys for a truly unique adventure! Children can explore the willow maze, as they discover all about the monkey’s anatomy through clever riddles and rhymes. Additionally, adults can enjoy a VIP experience assisting the guides in feeding the monkeys their breakfast! This is a truly exhilarating summer outing, for thrill-seekers of all ages.
Westport Lake is an ideal outdoor spot for families, walkers, and nature lovers. You can observe fascinating wildlife like water birds, kingfishers, and dragonflies as you stroll through the grounds. Top tip: remember to look out for rare species!
After exploring the conservation area, head to the Westport Lake Visitor Centre. The café offers panoramic views of the water and a beautiful lakeside balcony. Parents can indulge in delicious treats overlooking the lake, whilst children can unleash their energy in the play area!
When it comes to summer spots in Stoke-On-Trent, Hanley Park cannot be missed! It is one of the city’s largest heritage parks and filled with activities. Located near the city centre and the railway station, it is a summer haven which offers something for everyone.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the all-weather, floodlit sports zone, whether it’s cricket, football, basketball, hockey, or tennis! Those looking for a more peaceful afternoon can fish in the lake or visit the public art sculptures. Families with children can explore the sensory play area and the dedicated children’s play zone, which provides endless fun and entertainment.
Here at Smithfield, we have plenty of outdoor space for you to enjoy! On our doorstep is our neighbour Six Bar & Restaurant, with outside seating that’s perfect for al fresco dining. We are also thrilled to be hosting a number of outdoor activities! Summer at Smithfield is guaranteed to entertain friends and families of all ages, so stay tuned for a thrilling line-up of events to make the most of this wonderful season.
Essentially, Stoke-On-Trent is a haven of incredible outdoor activities for the summer, offering something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, excitement, or quality time with loved ones, there is no shortage of options to enjoy.