Trentham Live FAQs


General Information

Here is all the general information you need about facilities, restrictions and prohibited items. Please note that the information below is subject to change. The main points to be aware of are:

- Gates open at 4pm and live music starts at approximately 7.30pm. The concert should finish between 10 and 10.30pm.

- There is no re-admission after entry. Please plan ahead because once you’re in, you’re in!

- Seats and chairs of any kind not permitted into the event. This includes seat sticks and inflatable seats. You are permitted to bring a blanket to sit on, although you may be asked to pack this up when the show starts and people in front of you may stand at any time. Please see the accessible information below for information on seating for accessible ticket holders.

- We can rely on the British weather to be unpredictable so please come prepared with sun cream and hats if the weather is good and waterproof coats and shoes if the weather is bad! No refunds will be given due
to inclement weather.

- No food or drink is permitted to be brought into the event. Reusable water bottles are permitted, which you can fill at our free water station.

- We will not allow large bags into the event, but you will be permitted to take small bags, no larger than A4, in with you.

- No banners, flags or laser pens are permitted.

- Animals, except for registered assistance dogs, are not permitted in the event.

- The unauthorised use of photographic, video and/or sound recording equipment is prohibited and such items may confiscated, and any tapes or films destroyed.

- Please note that there may be additional measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and guests in relation to COVID-19 which may vary according to health and safety and government advice at the time of the event (and your breach of any of these may lead to you being refused entry and/or ejected from the event).

Yes, we have an initial limited capacity for this event which includes free parking onsite at Trentham.  Once these tickets are sold, we may add more capacity in general admission, however parking will be in a different location. There will be no additional VIP and Golden Circle tickets made available.

General Admission

Access to the main concert arena and free car parking at The Trentham Estate (subject to availability). Please note that the general admission area is standing only, no seats will be provided or can be taken into this event.

Golden Circle

Access to the main concert arena, free car parking at The Trentham Estate and entry into the golden circle area next to the stage.  Please note that the golden circle and general admission areas are standing only, no seats will be provided or can be taken into this event.


VIP parking, a separate entrance, a free shuttle service to and from the event arena, entry into the golden circle area next to the stage (standing only), seating in the VIP area, access to the VIP marquee, a free welcome drink, access to a VIP eatery, bar and toilets and a souvenir lanyard.

Ambulant Accessible

Accessible parking, a separate entrance, a free shuttle service to and from the event arena and access to the general admission area which is standing only – no seats will be provided or can be taken into this event. There will also be a dedicated standing area towards the back of the arena for ambulant accessible ticketholders and their companion, who wish to stand for the event but need a less crowded area and/or the option of sitting for short periods of time, please see further information below.

Wheelchair Accessible (limited availability)

Accessible parking, a separate entrance, a free shuttle service to and from the event arena and access to the main concert arena on a raised accessible platform suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. One seat provided for an accompanying companion and access to accessible toilets.

The safety of our visitors and staff is our number one priority and we therefore always follow government advice and guidance. If events of this nature aren’t permitted at the time of the event, we’ll reschedule Trentham Live to 2023 and all bookings will automatically be transferred across to a new date.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Gardens Entrance (during Gardens opening times).

Tickets are not available to purchase over the phone or online at The Trentham Estate.

Tickets will be sent out via mobile tickets or standard post, depending on what you opt for at the time of booking.

Each person attending the event needs to have a valid ticket, bought through Ticketmaster. Each accessible ticket purchased will enable one companion to attend FOC.

The location of the Trentham Live site has a very large capacity and a completely different set up structure for events than other locations onsite, and therefore chairs are not permitted at the Trentham Live events for health and safety reasons. Freestanding chairs can become a serious trip hazard in large volume where there is low lighting and undulating ground, especially in the case of an emergency evacuation. The numbers we are expecting for Trentham Live 2022 mean that the safest option for all our visitors is to prohibit chairs being brought in for this event.

We are however committed to supporting guests who need to sit down during the concert and have introduced a variety of measures to achieve this.  Everyone is permitted to bring a blanket to sit on and we have ample accessible ticket allocation, for those visitors who require seats or access to the purpose built wheelchair platform for medical reasons. For ambulant ticket holders and their carers, we are creating an ambulant accessible area, where chairs will be provided along with additional staff to support visitors should we have to proceed with an emergency evacuation. In addition, the VIP tickets we offer include seating which we will be providing.  The use of chairs in all these ringfenced areas is managed carefully to ensure the safety of all our visitors. This is comparable to many other outdoor concert venues around the country. We are committed to making our concerts as accessible as possible.

Yes, however all children will require a ticket and children under 16 must be accompanied within the event arena by a parent/guardian (18 or over).

There is a minimum ratio of one adult per four children (under 16). If you are 16 or over, you do not need an adult to accompany you to our events. Entry may be refused without valid proof of age (photocopy of passport or birth certificate is accepted).

Challenge 25 will be in operation, so anybody who appears to be under the age of 25 will be asked for ID when purchasing alcohol from the bar. Please be aware that some artists may use explicit language during their performances and as young children have more sensitive hearing, we encourage the use of hearing protection for very young visitors.

General admission and golden circle ticketholders can park at The Trentham Estate main north entrance for free (subject to availability). Please note that cars cannot be left overnight in the car park.  Parking for accessible and VIP ticketholders is in a separate area of The Trentham Estate.  Full details will be provided to visitors with these tickets nearer the time.

Yes.  The nearest train station is Stoke-on-Trent, which is approximately 4 miles from The Trentham Estate. Stafford Station is approximately 12 miles from The Trentham Estate. Buses and taxis are readily available at both stations. You can also get to us on bus from Hanley Bus Station and Stafford Town Centre.

There will be wheelchair friendly, free, shuttle service provided to take all accessible ticketholders and their companions from the accessible car park to the concert arena. There will be a wheelchair accessible viewing platform (limited availability) in the arena and accessible toilets.

There will also be a dedicated standing area towards the back of the arena for ambulant accessible ticketholders and their companions, who wish to stand for the event but need a less crowded area. For those that may require the option of sitting for short periods of time, chairs will also be provided in this area. If you have booked an ambulant accessible ticket and wish to use this area/use the seating provided, please email so we are aware of the requirements.

Gates open for Trentham Live from 4pm, please do not arrive on site prior to this as your concert ticket will only allow access after this time.  Live music will start from approximately 7.30pm and event entry will be permitted until 8.30pm. Visitors arriving after 8.30pm will be unable to access the event and we do not allow re-entry. Trentham Live concerts normally finish around 10/10.30pm.

If you opt for a mobile ticket, please have this ready along with all members of your party. If you’re arriving separately, then you can transfer this to your friends via your Ticketmaster online account. Or if you have opted for a physical ticket, then please ensure everyone has their own to hand if you’re arriving in separate groups.

Please only bring items that are essential to your evening. Our security team will carry out searches at all entry points and bags larger than A4 are not permitted. The less you bring the quicker it will be for you to enter the arena. Dress for the outdoors – bring something warm for later in the evening and a waterproof.

Similarly to other major music events, food and drink purchased outside of the venue will not be permitted past the search area. There will bars and food outlets available for purchases inside the arena catering for all dietary requirements and access to free drinking water. You are permitted to bring an empty reusable water bottle which you can fill at our free water station.

Which items cannot be brought into the arena?
In addition to the restriction on food and drink, chairs, bags larger than A4 and umbrellas, several other items are not allowed in the arena for both the audience and the artist’s safety and comfort. It is essential that you check the terms and conditions for the complete list of prohibited items –

The most common prohibited items to be aware of however are:

  • Bags larger than A4
  • Chairs (including seat sticks and inflatable seats)
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Umbrellas
  • Glass of any kind including bottles and jars
  • Sharp instruments

PLEASE NOTE: No chairs of any kind are allowed into Trentham Live.  You can bring a small blanket to sit on in between performances but please be aware that people in front of you may stand at any time.  Seating is only provided in the VIP area and on the wheelchair accessible viewing platform.

Trentham prohibits photography and use of video/recording equipment during performances, unless for private use. We therefore do not permit the following items to be brought into the events arena.

  • Tripods
  • Audio visual and video equipment
  • Cameras with detachable lenses

Please note, on the night of the event, artists may make specific requests limiting photography. The security team’s decision is final.

Trentham Live events are all open air and are not classed as enclosed spaces where it would be illegal to smoke or vape. Whilst smoking and vaping is permitted, it is only allowed in clearly signposted dedicated smoking/vaping areas where the risk from fire and smoke can be managed. Please ensure that you move to these areas if you wish to smoke or vape. Smoking and vaping is strictly prohibited in the Golden Circle and VIP area.

The Trentham Estate operates a zero tolerance drugs policy. You will be searched on entry and anyone seen to be in possession of drugs or psychoactive substances / so-called ‘legal highs’, risks being ejected from the venue and reported to the police.

Searches will be conducted at all entrances and prohibited items will confiscated.

Trentham Live will take place in Trentham Gardens on The Trentham Estate in Staffordshire.  The concerts will be held on the events arena which is approximately 0.5km walk from the main gardens entrance. It is not a covered area and therefore is open to the elements so please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Please use the main gardens entrance in the centre of the Shopping Village for both General Admission and Golden Circle tickets. Be prepared to go through the search area prior to entering.  VIP and accessible ticketholders will access Trentham through a separate entrance. Security and searches will be conducted in this area and transport will be provided to take you to the main event arena.

Those ticketholders who have purchased Golden Circle or VIP tickets will be permitted entry into the golden circle area of the arena by showing their wristband and/or lanyard at the entry gate.  This area is limited access and is closest to the stage providing the best view and placing you in the heart of the action.

Most of our customers will be arriving by car over a period of 2-3 hours. In some cases it may take over an hour to exit the car parks safely due to the number of vehicles leaving at the same time. Thank you in advance for your patience as our traffic marshals work to get everyone out as quickly and safely as possible.

Please contact the local tourist information website, Visit Stoke, for full details of local accommodation. The Trentham Estate does not allow camping on site or in the car park area.

Concerts will go ahead regardless of weather, except in extreme conditions where the venue is deemed unsafe or unfeasible to hold the event. We advise all customers to wear suitable clothing and footwear for an outdoor event.

Our concerts are only cancelled in extreme circumstances. Every effort is made to proceed with the event, but if there is a need to cancel, please be advised that the decision to cancel will not be made until the day of the event(s) and will be announced on social media/website.

Fully licensed bars and a variety of food and drink outlets are available in the events arena. To minimise contact, card payments are preferred across all concessions. A ‘challenge 25’ policy is in operation at the bar. You may be asked to present your ID when purchasing alcohol. Acceptable forms of ID are passport, driving licence or the government proof of age scheme card. If you do not have ID when challenged, you will not be served. 

Food vendors cater for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets. We encourage you to discuss any allergies or intolerance with the food vendors on site. You are not permitted to bring any food or drink of your own past the bag and security check.

Trentham Live is a standing event therefore seating is not provided, except for the VIP area and wheelchair accessible viewing platform. You are permitted to bring small blankets to sit on but please be aware that the audience may choose to stand throughout the event in any part of the arena.

Laser lighting may be used at some events however we don’t use strobe lighting at our concerts. Check the venue pages for more details, or if you have any accessibility concerns please see our Access Statement.

Trentham Live takes place in our dedicated events arena – on the outskirts of the historic gardens. It is surrounded by Trentham Parkland which is robust and can absorb sound. After each concert litter teams clean the site. It takes about 72 hours to de-rig the infrastructure and return the site to its original state.

We are committed to preserving the beauty and heritage of The Trentham Estate and opening the gardens to new visitors. Through Trentham Live we can reach new audiences and give them the opportunity to appreciate The Trentham Estate.