The annual explosion of autumn colour has begun at Batsford Arboretum and there are also a number of special events being held throughout autumn and winter.
We went back to one of our favourite places in the Cotswolds to see the start of the leaves turning into a ‘natural fireworks spectacular’ of reds, oranges, yellows and golds as well as an abundance of berries.
We keep finding new parts to explore and there is something to see all year round. After the autumn colour, the arboretum will be transformed into a frosty wonderland and Father Christmas comes to visit. This time, we went in the lovely Garden Terrace café and had tea and delicious cake! The café also has a great children’s playground next to it and we had a look around the garden centre.
The arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh was created in the 1800s by Lord Redesdale who was heavily influenced by the Far East. The arboretum is now run by a charity called the Batsford Foundation and all profits go towards conserving the trees, shrubs and bamboos.
Along with the lovely walks you can do at Batsford, the arboretum runs a number of events throughout the year. Adults can take part in photography classes and walks or a ‘Fungus Foray’ while children can enjoy ‘Forest School’.
The next ‘Batsford Forest School for Tots!’ events are being held on 25th September, 11th & 23rd October from 10am to 11am. It costs £3 per child and is a chance for pre-schoolers to engage with nature and explore the newly established Forest School site (complete with large covered area for wet days!) Children can enjoy bug hunting, creating mud pies in the mud kitchen, craft activities, and stories.
The sessions are led by a Forest School Leader, however, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times during the session. Boots and waterproof clothing or old clothes, with long sleeves and long trousers or leggings, are essential. The sessions are suitable for little ones who are walking, up to the age of 4 (no older siblings please). £3 per child, per session. Adults (and babies in arms) are free.
Another similar event is being held on Friday 26th October – ‘Family Forest School Fun!’ from 10am – 12pm. This session costs £5 and is suitable for little ones who are walking, up to the age of 12. £5 per child. Adults (and babies in arms) are free. You can explore the Forest School site – build a den, go bug hunting, play in the mud kitchen and have a go at making your own forest creature from clay!
Pre-booking for events is essential as places are limited – to book, call 01386 701441.
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