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Last Westonbirt trip…

Some flower and wood textures from a recent trip to Westonbirt Arboretum – the final trip before our family membership ran out!

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Westonbirt Arboretum…!

My Mum was up visiting and we had given her a present of a day out to Westonbirt Arboretum + lunch, for her birthday. So, we drove down there yesterday and arrived mid-morning.

Some amazing Rhododendron flowers around the Loop walk and we had loads of fun running around the woods and the kids play areas.

Had a nice lunch then went further into the Old Arboretum area and found some great areas with stepping logs, carved wooden sculptures and massive wooden feet! Both boys were out for the count in the car when we dropped Mum back to her flat and on the way home!

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Westonbirt…

Day 2 of our mini holiday and after lunch we drove down to Westonbirt with another family.

We renewed our family membership for the year and picked up a kids leaflet which shows the various play areas. We’ve usually been to the nearest woods play areas, where there are cabins and balance walkways, but this time we went across the main open space to another series of areas, each with different things to play on/around.

I’m glad we did and there were things like a troll bridge, tall stumps of trees, carved seats and sculptures, dens, climbing trees, tractor tyres and a huge pine tree which had been very recently felled. Claire had brought some of her amazing bread pudding, which we all sat and had after playing for a while.

We also played various games around the pine tree, like hide and seek and again the day was bright and clear. A great 2 days with lots of outside fun in the woods!

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Westonbirt winter escape…

The weather looked too good this morning, to pass up on a trip out with the boys. So, we packed up and headed to Westonbirt Arboretum, for some tree-based fun!

There’s loads to do there, including many walks, playground and a number of play areas in the woods. Our membership there expires the first week in March, so I want to make good use of it while it lasts.

So, we had a great time even if it was pretty cold. Some nice sunny patches and no rain and it was quite quiet there. Lots of running around and all the main kids things are pretty close to the parking and visitor centre so pretty good for families. The boys were really getting into the cabin in the woods and Jac would have stayed there even longer.

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Westonbirt Arboretum / end of illness…

We drove down to Westonbirt Arboretum yesterday, on a perfect autumn day. This is one of the reasons it’s my favourite season – clear, crisp days with lots of sun and the changing colours in the landscape.

Although we’re still not completely over the colds we’ve had, we needed to get out. I’d only been out once in over a week – I think my eyes had adapted to near-sight living. It’s a 45 min drive from Gloucester and it’s near Tetbury, so lots of nice Cotswold scenery on the way. We also have the family season ticket things, which we got last year, which gives us free entry to Westonbirt and Batsford Arboretum.

Anyway, we got there and there was a sea of cars. It seems everyone else had the same idea. No problems parking but we were just a short walk away from the main facilities. We walked through the old arboretum and saw some amazing maple trees, in full red autumn colour!

The boys were loving running around exploring, running under tree canopies and collecting leaves. It’s a very good time to go right now as there are still leaves on the trees and plenty of colour. We got some great photos and the light was excellent and clear.

We looped around to the main centre, where the kids playground area is. Always good fun and we got a sneaky tea and cake in. Finally there are some play areas in the woods, near to the centre, where there are various buildings and huts, which you can add to or just build dens. Lots of random wood piles and logs etc and further around there is a brilliant balancing network of planks.

Glad we went and we’re both feeling more vital now. It’s an amazing feeling having some energy again after more than a week.

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