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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published April 9th 2019
Head to the South West to Westonbirt
Beautiful, tranquil surroundings, at the heart of the Cotswolds

Westonbirt Arboretum boasts over 600 acres of beautifully kept trees, plants bushes and flowers, with trails and paths running throughout the whole place. Many of the trees are both protected and rare, and all are tended to with immense care and respect by the grounds team. There is a lovely restaurant and shop to enjoy, immaculate toileting facilities and a fully wheelchair accessible site. This springtime it looks magnificent, and we took a whole day to soak up all of the wonderful nature there. Click on the link here to see what this special forest/picnic park/walking centre has to offer you.

A fun-filled haven for kids

Westonbirt is wonderful for little ones, and at the moment offers an interactive 'Zog' trail, which brings to life the lovely characters of Alex Brichter and Julia Donaldson. With tinted lenses to use and maps to follow, it is a great way to inspire children to interact with nature.

The start of the Zog trail. Willing volunteers pay their 3 fee, then don a Zog mask and follow a treasure hunt.

The Stihl sponsored aerial walkway is wonderful and puts visitors at canopy level to enjoy the trees from above. The wooden structure is immense and packed with fascinating information about the huge variety of trees and wildlife.

Along the wooden walkway, with a viewpoint in the distance

Hands on and interactive, as well as scenic

One of many tactile and clever sculptures. This one evoked a seed, and showed off the tactile qualities of wood

The Arboretum is very welcoming and friendly, and visitors are encouraged to touch and feel the trees. We found and enjoyed many art installations and sculptures.

Huge Pine trees
Just a few of the countless, majestic trees

Whatever you choose to do at Westonbirt, it will be lovely. My favourite experience was moving through the place and focussing on tiny details. I loved gazing at unusual mosses and lichens on the branches. There is so much to see, and more than enough space to feel that you have the entire place largely to yourself. The birdsong is also stunning, with all manner of wild songbirds singing way in the treetops. This place really is not to be missed!

Some mossy lichen on one of the branches of a tree

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Why? Wonderful trees and outdoor space
When: Consult website for 2019 openings
Phone: 0300 067 4000
Where: Westonbirt, near to Tetbury in the Cotswolds
Cost: Varies with groupings, but very affordable for such a wonderful experience.
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by Tom Fieldhouse on 29/07/2020
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