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A remarkable place for people to enjoy and learn about trees - 15,000 specimens from all over the globe offer the perfect place to relax, learn  or have an adventure!

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 

The Wolfson Tree Management Centre scoops a  prestigious national award!

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced 49 winners of its national awards, and sitting amongst the luxury townhouses and a new wing for the Tate Modern, is the Wolfson Tree Management Centre at Westonbirt Arboretum.  The awards scheme ‘recognises the best buildings created in the last 12 months’. Read more

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?

Why have you closed the tree too walk way on a weekend?! Disappointed as we were looking forward to it.

Anonymous, 23/Jun/2017

Hi, We're sorry to hear you're disappointed about the closure of the walkway. Unfortunately, due to essential maintenance works we did have to close the walkway from Thurs 22 - Saturday 23 June, however, it has now re-opened to the public.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Friends and I attended the Rick Astley concert on Saturday 17th June, the event was well managed and didn't take much time to get in or out.

A couple of super size screans would have been good as I couldn't see much of the stage from where I was.

I also think that a more up beat supporting artist would have been better, I do like Rumour's music, but it was like a wind down to Rick's show.

Ali, 22/Jun/2017

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback - we're so glad that you enjoyed the concert. The reason we tend not to provide large screens is that we are committed to keeping ticket prices as low as possible and the hire of the screen, associated cameras and staff would significantly increase the cost of putting on the event, which would be reflected in the ticket price. We have, though, passed your suggestion onto the events team, and will bear in mind when planning for next year.

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3 Stars 3 Stars

Further to Mike's comment below about exiting the car park following Elbow's concert, we had the same experience whilst leaving after Rick Astley. We were parked in N5 and were directed to the end of the exit queue by a marshall, where we sat without moving for 45 mins, all the while almost the entire area cleared by people not queuing where told and pushing in further down the line. After eventually moving we turned towards the main onsite road and were joined by a second line of traffic from areas N1-4 - and somewhere a third line of traffic appeared! As we approached the gate to turn left onto the main onsite road the three lanes had to go into one - and there ensued lots of tooting and road rage anger and basically whoever was fastest got through the gate first. All while a marshall watched the chaos unfurl! I was expecting the exit traffic to be managed much better than previous years due to a chunk of cars being parked in the school rather than onsite but it seemed a lot worse. Although we really enjoyed the concert we'll have to consider next year whether it's worth the hassle of the nightmare of the car park.

Vicky, 19/Jun/2017

Thanks for taking the time to send us your comments, we are continually looking for ways to improve, and welcome your feedback. I’m sorry to hear that you had a bad experience leaving the car park. As you can imagine, with thousands of people leaving the site at the end of the concerts, parking poses a continual challenge for us. We had new parking arrangements in place this year, and are working with our parking partners to refine and improve procedures for 2018 to ensure that leaving the car park is as easy and stress free as possible for our visitors. We have passed your comments onto the events team and they will be taken on board when planning for next year.

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Last updated: 27th June 2017
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  • Educational
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  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
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  • The bird viewing area can be found near Holly Bush Gate in the Old Arboretum.
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