12 March 2013
From blossom printing to investigating pollen under microscopes, families can get into the swing of spring this Easter at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt.
From Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 March (10.30am – 4pm), Westonbirt hosts the Easter Challenge. Children will have the opportunity to create spring themed crafts including flower sewing cards and blossom printing, and solve riddles on the family trail for a sweet reward.
The following week, from Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 April (10.30am – 4pm), families can find out more about the creatures that live in our woodlands.
Crafts and activities will enter the realm of giants and tiny micro-worlds, discover tree champions and uncover the incredible hidden processes that help trees to survive.
Commenting on the activities, Ben Oliver, the Forestry Commission’s Learning and Participation Manager at Westonbirt Arboretum said:
“These activities focus on family fun, but give a great opportunity for everyone taking part to connect with trees and nature as our woodlands spring back into life.”
Westonbirt Arboretum is open across the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and self-guided seasonal and family play trails are available from the Great Oak Hall or downloaded from www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-families.
All family craft activities take place in the Learning Centre from 10.30am to 4.00pm and are free after admission.
From 1 March to 30 September, admission to the arboretum is £8 for adults, £7 concessions and £3 children. Visit on a Wednesday throughout April and May and take advantage of half price admissions.
Westonbirt Arboretum is three miles south west of Tetbury on the A433 (Tetbury to Bath Road). It is 10 miles north east of Junction 18 of the M4, and south east of junction 13 of the M5.