This summer, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is helping families to enjoy trees and nature with a kids go free offer and six weeks of fun, trails and crafts.
Westonbirt Arboretum is offering free admission for children from 20 July-1 September 2013.
Treefest (24-26 August)
Families can also take part in a programme of exciting activities, finishing with the ultimate celebration of trees at Westonbirt’s summer Bank Holiday event, Treefest (24-26 August).
Forest Folk (30 July – 1 August)
Look closely during Forest Folk (30 July – 1 August) and you’ll discover the arboretum is full of mysterious characters. Children can use the arboretum for inspiration and then use natural materials to create their own woodland goblins.
Tree Potions (6 – 8 August)
Did you know that over a quarter of all medicines have plant origins? Join Tree Potions (6 – 8 August) to discover tree treatments for cancer, bird flu, sunburn and memory loss and have a go at making your own astronaut cream.
Trees for Time Travellers (13 – 15 August)
Go back in time with Trees for Time Travellers (13 – 15 August) to travel back to when all our trees were young. Discover how Westonbirt was first created and find out about the daring plant hunters and their passion for plants. Then explore the future and meet some of our rising tree stars.
Treefest (24 – 26 August)
Leading up to and becoming part of Treefest (24 – 26 August) find out how trees make the world go round with Wooden Wonders, 23 – 26 August. Forget oil, concrete and steel – discover how wood contributes to our daily lives and make your own wood products.
Free play trail map
There is also a free play trail map available from the Great Oak Hall information point to discover the arboretum’s fantastic play pieces; from giant tree roots and tree forts to walking the length of one of the tallest trees in the arboretum.
Find out more about summer activities at www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-families.
Westonbirt Arboretum is three miles south west of Tetbury on the A433. It is 10 miles north-east of junction 18 of the M4 and south-east of junction 13 of the M5.
Admission is £8 for adults and £7 for concessions. Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum visit free.