Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission, is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world.
The 600 acre arboretum is home to 3,000 different species of trees and over 16,000 individual specimens, and is a place of environmental and historical importance. Its Victorian creator Robert Holford was fascinated by rare and beautiful plants and helped finance expeditions to collect specimens from around the world.
Westonbirt offers an unforgettable day out in all seasons - from the magnolias and rhododendrons in spring, the green leafy glades in summer and the autumnal colour explosion of the world famous Japanese maples.
Activites throughout the year
Events, workshops and family activities run throughout the year. Signature events include Treefest in August and the spectacular Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail in November and December.
Free weekend guided walks are available (Easter to October). There are mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs available to borrow (it is advisable to book these in advance), special group rates on request and retail and refreshment opportunities onsite.
Dogs are welcome in Silk Wood and on the Downs, whilst the Old Arboretum is a dog free zone.
Summer at Westonbirt
A feeling of calm seems to filter through the arboretum, creating a wonderful atmosphere for relaxing – particularly in hot weather when the green leafy rides and secluded glades provide cool refreshment from the sun. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August), you can enjoy Treefest - watch as carvers take inspiration from fairytales and nature to create large wooden sculptures, listen to local live music, see traditional woodcraft and woodland skills, meet local food producers and watch live cookery demonstrations.
Autumn at Westonbirt
Autumn is a fabulous time of year at Westonbirt and wherever you go, the natural firework display of colours is superb. Pick up your autumn trail map from admissions or the Great Oak Hall information point to find the best of the season's offering.
A spectacular illuminated trail, crafts, gifts and festive family fun will greet visitors to the 2012 Enchanted Christmas event at Westonbirt Arboretum! The one mile trail highlights the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees as they are illuminated against the winter night sky. The Enchanted Christmas takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 30 November to 23 December, 5pm to 8.30pm (last entry to the trail is 7.15pm).
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