We offer family trails every day, along with family events in school holidays featuring crafts and discovery activities!
Pick up our free I Spy activity book onsite or download, to follow Birt on his adventure to spot exciting things around the arboretum!
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!
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!
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!
Spring: Woodland Wildlife
Mon 10th - Thurs 13th April
Discover minibeasts that live in the soil and leaf litter, and create mud crafts to take away.
Tues 18th - Fri 21st April
Drop in at Silk Wood Barn to find out what lives in the bark and wood of tree trunks.
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!