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Something for families to do every day!

We offer family trails every day, along with family events in school holidays featuring crafts and discovery activities! 

NEW: Birt's 'I spy' adventure

Pick up our free I Spy activity book onsite or download, to follow Birt on his adventure to spot exciting things around the arboretum! 

Family trails

You can follow our family trails in the Old Arboretum (dog-free) or Silk Wood (dog-friendly). There are plenty of natural play features along the way too! Pick up a Family Activity Map from the Welcome Building upon arrival!

Now on:

March to June 2017 - Spring Family Trail: Woodland Wildlife

What lives in the soil, bark and leaves of the trees? Discover how trees positively teem with life!

Up next:

June to August 2017 - Summer Family Trail: Tree Detectives

Help to solve the mystery of a sickly beech. Find a different suspect at each stop and make your verdict by the end!


Family events

Spring: Woodland Wildlife

Make Yourself At Home

Tues 18th - Fri 21st April

Drop in at Silk Wood Barn to find out what lives in the bark and wood of tree trunks. 

Life Up High

Tues 30th May - Fri 2nd June

Join us in the learning centre grounds to discover some hidden life in the canopy. 

Summer: Global Tree Explorers

Trees through time

Mon 24th - Fri 28th July

How have plants evolved over time? Make an evolution flick book, print a leaf fossil and take the evolution timeline challenge!

You name it!

Mon 31st July - Fri 4th August

Use our tree name identikit to design our very own tree, make a collage of famous botanist Carl Linnaeus, and take our discover challenge to earn your tree name certificate!

One of a Kind

Mon 7th - Fri 11th August

Explore the wonderful variety of leaves from our global tree collection. Try our leaf challenges and design your very own leaf using our leaf characteristic dice!

Seeing the Wood for the Trees

Mon 14th - Fri 18th August

We'll be exploring wood through a range of craft fun and challenges! Make your woen tree frame and take the wood ID challenge.

In Good Shape

Mon 21st - Fri 25th August

Discover the art of tree identification through silhouette painting, shape shadows and the timed 'find a tree' challenge!







Last updated: 19th April 2017


Westonbirt Arboretum

0300 067 4890

What's of interest

Westonbirt is a Children’s University Learning Destination!

The Children’s University is a charity dedicated to encouraging children 7 to 14 (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) to try new things, engage in new experiences and learn outside of the school setting. All our seasonal family trails are now validated to earn three hours on a Children’s University passport. To claim your hours please email a photo of your completed family activity leaflet to

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.