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Latest News (22/06/2017 10:21)

If you're planning on paying us a visit over the next few days then please be aware that the STIHL Tree Top walkway and the path up to the shop and restaurant area will be closed, Thursday 22 - Saturday 24 June. This so we can carry out essential maintenance work. Alternative routes in SIlk Wood and up to the shop & restaurant will be provided. We apologise for any inconvenience

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Advanced notice: the STIHL Treetop Walkway will be closed 22-25 June

Please be aware that the STIHL Treetop Walkway and the walk up to the restaurant and café will be closed from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 June. This is so that we can carry out essential maintenance work to the path and the walkway. The rest of the site will be open as usual. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Westonbirt BioBlitz 

There's something lurking in the grassy Downs at Westonbirt. Help us find out what it is at the Westonbirt BioBlitz on Sat 8 July. Join us as we explore the Downs and examine the amazing creatures and plantlife that live there. You’ll be able to get involved looking for wildlife, report your findings to BioBlitz HQ, and attend exciting walks and talks led by our visiting experts 

Calling all Tree Detectives! We need you to help solve the mystery of the sickly beech!

Follow our new Tree Detective trail to hunt for clues, examine the different suspects and crack the case at the end. We’ve even put a few natural play features along the way in case you get tiered from all that detective work! Pick up your Tree Detective trail guide from the Welcome Building

Gruffalo Spotters at Westonbirt

From 20th February, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

What do other visitors say?

When will westonbirt be open to come for a day out with our dogs? Thanks Sian

Sian Coupland, 18/Jun/2017

Hi Sian, We are open everyday 9am - 5pm, last entry to the arboretum is at 4:30pm. Please note that dogs are welcome in Silk Wood, which makes up around two-thirds of the arboretum, however we do ask that the Old Arboretum remain a dog free zone. If you ask the staff at the Welcome Building as you come in they should be able to point you in the right direction. Please also be aware that this week Thursday 22 - Saturday 25 the STIHL Tree Top walkway and the path down to the café and shop will be closed for essential maintenance work. We hope you enjoy your visit to us and look forward to seeing you soon.

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Saw Elbow at Westonbirt on the 16th June 2017 who were fantastic.

Couple of problems in that there was a huge gap between the support act and Elbow which I think was caused by one act not appearing although there was no announcement.

Expected the usual car park problems when leaving the event but it was particularly bad at Westonbirt taking over an hour to move from the parking space with another 45 mins to finally get to the exit.

So a good evening spoilt by poor organisation and as such would not attend a concert again.

Mike, 16/Jun/2017

Hi Mike, Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback. We do allow a gap in between the support act and the main act. This is to allow time for the backstage team to set up for the main act, and also time for our visitors to use the facilities and purchase refreshments, without missing any of the performance. We're sorry to hear that you had a bad experience leaving the car park. We had new parking arrangements in place this year and are working hard with our parking partner to improve the procedures for next year, to ensure that leaving the concert is as easy and stress free as possible for our visitors.

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I appreciate all the comments by dog walkers who want to let their dogs off the lead and I know it is difficult to keep everyone happy. However, this is supposed to be a sanctuary for wildlife too, and many owners just let their dogs crash around in the undergrowth and chase anything in sight. Some owners do not have their dogs under control and they rush up to people, disturb picnics, etc. and if you say anything they say "He is only playing, he won't hurt", or similar, and you have to fend off their dog. My daughter (adult) actually had her trousers torn and leg bruised by a loose dog running up from behind and nipping her leg. The owner did not apologise or get the dog back. I do not see why dogs should not be on leads everywhere except a fenced exercise area where they can play with other dogs off lead (similar to many places in America). They can have extendable leads elsewhere and that way cannot frighten or even injure people or disturb wildlife. Also I do not think this is a place where children can be allowed to rampage around willy-nilly, screaming their heads off, as the school parties often do in the old arboretum. This is definitely not the peaceful place it used to be and is definitely over-commercialised.

Anonymous, 13/Jun/2017

Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback. We work hard at Westonbirt to strike the balance between providing a peaceful sanctuary, and a place where families can enjoy a fun day out. We provide 17 miles of pathway throughout the arboretum to try to ensure that visitors who wish to, can always find a peaceful spot away from the crowds, and we at all times ask our visitors to be mindful of others. We feel that by allowing dogs in Silk Wood, provided they are kept under control, and keeping the Old Arboretum dog free we cater for the needs of all our visitors, and provide a happy balance between a dog friendly site and a space where non-dog owners can enjoy a quiet walk in the woods.

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  • Arboreta
  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toliets
  • Dogs
  • Dogs are free to roam Silk Wood. We ask dogs to be kept on a lead near the cafe/ restaurant and shop. The Old Arboretum is a dog free zone.
  • Walking
  • Hard paths can be found throughout the arboretum. Call 0300 067 4861 to book an electric scooter or manual wheelchair.
  • Wildlife
  • The bird viewing area can be found near Holly Bush Gate in the Old Arboretum.
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