It's all happening at Westonbirt this Easter!
By David Wood
Around the Easter Bank Holiday, Westonbirt Arboretum will be playing host to several exciting, educational, and out of the ordinary experiences which can be enjoyed by all the family.
There's everything from guided walks, nature-themed treasure hunts and fun trails. Then there are also some more unexpected events taking place at Westonbirt Arboretum this Easter.
There truly is something for all the family at Westonbirt this Easter; whether it's little ones exploring the Superworm Trail, discovering the colours of spring, or finding some of Westonbirt's hidden treasures on a nature-themed trail.
The ever-popular walks and tours will guide you through the Old Arboretum, and with no two tours ever the same, you can just keep coming back and learning more and more. Westonbirt will also host a duo of immersive art installations this Easter, in Fragile With Attitude and Sensing History.
So as colour abounds and the days get warmer, there's no better place to enjoy an Easter jaunt with friends, family and loved ones than Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.
Guided Walks, Daily, 11am: Join our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers as they guide you through the Old Arboretum. Together you'll explore the best seasonal features of the Old Arboretum - and as the Arboretum never stands still, no two walks are the same - perhaps you'll discover a hidden gem or your new favourite spot! Guided walk tickets cost £1* per person and can be booked up to 7 days in advance.
Themed Walks, Every Saturday, 2pm: Take the path less travelled and delve a little deeper into Westonbirt's captivating trees with its themed walks. With a different specialist theme each week make sure to check the timetable online. On Saturday 16th of April, the theme of the walk will be 'Knowing the Wood from Out Trees' a themed walk which will explore how timber is still the most sustainable and renewable resource available to us.
Westonbirt Treasures, Monday 11 - Thursday 14 April: The perfect day out for children of all ages. Come and find the treasures of Westonbirt! Collect your blank map from the Welcome Building when you arrive and plot on your favourite places as you journey round the arboretum. Then head to the Great Oak Hall with any treasures you found along the way to share with others, and to create your own view finder.
Colours of Spring, Tuesday 19 - Friday 22 April: Collect your colour palette and colour scavenger hunt from the Welcome Building when you arrive and see how many spring colours you can discover on your walk around the arboretum. An ideal outing for little ones and youngsters who love being in the great outdoors.
Superworm, Ongoing: Little ones can join Superworm and friends on their brand-new adventure at Westonbirt Arboretum. Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest. The new self-led trail in the Old Arboretum features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask. Perfect for youngsters, they can set off with Superworm and become a forest superhero!
Fragile With Attitude, 21 - 25 April: Fragile with Attitude' is a contemporary art exhibition, which will be displayed at the arboretum. It has been developed as part of the 'Re-Storying Landscape for Social Inclusion' collaboration - a project led by Dr Sarah Bell at the University of Exeter in collaboration with Westonbirt, Art Shape, Zoe Partington, and Natural Inclusion.
Sensing History, 12 - 24th April: A new sound installation by the renowned sound artist, James Bulley and sight impaired sensory explorer, Andy Shipley. 'Sensing History' is an immersive experience with different imagined soundscapes based on Westonbirt's history and future. The piece entices audiences to embark on a more-than-human tale, woven from sound, touch and smell, journeying from deep time into the present day, their pathway marked by the rich diversity of floral species present around them.
For more information on all these activities, visit https://www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt-the-national-arboretum
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