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The Forestry Commission's National Arboretum at Westonbirt is coming to the rescue of parents and grandparents this summer holiday, with free entry for kids and a host of free activities and trails.

Kids go free at the arboretum from 20 July to 31 August and Westonbirt's learning team have tree-discovering activities planned to keep kids entertained and get them excited about being outdoors.

Young (and old) visitors can also enjoy the new areas of Westonbirt's play trail in Silk Wood. Clamber over giant tree roots or balance your way along the length of the tallest tree in the arboretum. Pick up a free play trail map from the Great Oak Hall information point between 10am - 4pm.

To help plan your summer, here's what's coming up:

High Fibres

Tuesday 31 July - Thursday 2 August

10:30am - 4:30pm

Crafts and a trail to discover plants that provide us with the fibres that help us make our world.

Summer Secrets

Tuesday 7 - Thursday 9 August

10:30am - 4:30pm

Join us as we delve deep in the undergrowth to find the hidden secrets of summer: leaves that communicate, deadly poisons and a rubbery wonder await! Create secret summer pictures and design your own pipe cleaner woodland bugs.

Arboretum Art Attack!

Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 August

10:30am - 4:30pm

Calling all artists! Explore the artistic origins of Westonbirt and discover how we use trees instead of paint. Build your own stick frame, create natural art to add to our photo gallery and design a picturesque tree garden.

Young Plant Hunters' Academy

Wednesday 22 - Monday 27 August

10:30am - 4:30pm

Take a trip around the world as an intrepid plant hunter. Discover death defying stories, solve our mystery tree quiz and find out why we continue to go on plant hunts today. There will be different craft activities and explorer challenges each day. This activity forms part of Treefest (25 - 27 August).


Saturday 25 - Monday 27 August

10am - 5pm

Alongside activities in the Young Plant Hunters' Academy, families can enjoy storytelling, archery, falconry, a Medieval Village and crafts at Treefest. Find out more at www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-treefest.

Image courtesy of Rob Cousins.

    Westonbirt Arboretum offers free summer fun for families

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