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NEWS RELEASE No: 1650917 JULY 2015

Tree-filled fun for kids this summer at Westonbirt

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Free admission for children from 20 July – 31 August

Visitors to the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt can enjoy plenty of tree-filled fun this summer with free entry for kids and a fantastic line-up of events to entertain the whole family.

From 21-23 July, 28 -30 July and 4-6 August families can explore the Hidden Life of Leaves, learning about the vital role leaves play in the tree canopy on a family trail and make their very own painted leaf tiles, leaf stitching or willow leaves to finish!

From 11-13 August and 18- 20 August, children can unearth the characters of trees at Tree Reading, finding out about their amazing structures and create fuzzy leaf twigs, ink-blown forest pictures or pom pom branches to take home!

For wildlife lovers, visit Westonbirt’s signature summer event, Treefest on 29 -31 August and take part in Tree Life. On a trail around the festival site kids can discover how an invertebrate lives and survives in the leaf litter, and then make their own woodland cone creature to take home with them!

For visitors looking to explore Westonbirt solo, they can pick up a play leaflet from the Welcome Building and discover hidden adventures among the trees on the family play trail, exploring ten natural play areas around the arboretum! Those with eagle eyes will spot the resident Gruffalo hiding out in the Old Arboretum.

Simon Hough, recreation manager at Westonbirt commented:

“This summer sees another fantastic line-up for families at Westonbirt. With free admission for kids and plenty of family events, play facilities and trails, it’s the perfect opportunity to get kids exploring the outdoors during the holidays!”

Westonbirt’s summer holiday fun comes to a close with Treefest from 29-31 August. With arena events, children’s activities, exhibitors and free admission for kids, it’s the perfect family day out! Book online now and receive 33% off on the gate prices.
For more information on family events please visit or for Treefest info and tickets see
General admission to Westonbirt for adults until 31 August is £9 and £8 for concessions.

Notes to editor:
Image attached: Children enjoying the natural play areas in the arboretum, credit Forestry Commission.
1. Trail only event for Hidden Life of Leaves from 21-23 July.
2. All of Westonbirt’s family events are accredited with the Children’s University.
3. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to five national collections, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 labelled specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 28,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit

4. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Further information can be found at

5. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985. The charity’s objects are to support The National Arboretum in promoting public understanding of the crucial role of trees to the environment and society. It is funded by membership receipts from over 28,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at  

Media contact: Emily Pryor, Communications Manager, Westonbirt Arboretum ; 01666 881 207