Spring may be slow in coming this year but at the Forestry Commission’s Westonbirt Arboretum they are going to be exploring its secrets throughout the Easter holidays with special family events, trails and activities – something to do every day!

At the Spring Secrets family event you can discover the relationship between trees, their flowers and the insect pollinators who visit them.  You can get involved in art activities making a scented folded insect or a pompom bee! Don’t forget to also join our Easter Discovery Challenge to win a small Easter treat.

Explore the amazing early flowering Magnolias and their insect visitors during the Marvellous Magnolias family event – try your hand at making the prettiest felt flowers and other crafts to take home.

On your way in at the Welcome Building be sure to pick up the Bloomin’ Marvellous Spring children’s trail map to help you discover even more on your seasonal family walk around the arboretum  – find and draw catkins, design an insect and search for different Spring wildflowers ticking them off when you spot them.

If you still have the energy after all that follow the Highway Rat Trail in the Old Arboretum – there’s lots to look out for and do on the trail and you a can purchase a Highway Rat pack at the Welcome Building to explore in more detail.

All events are free after admission.

The Spring Secrets event will run Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th April from 11am until 4pm in the Learning Centre. The Marvellous Magnolias will be from Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th April between 11am and 4pm in the Learning Centre.

To find out more about the events you can visit: www.forestry.go.uk/westonbirt-events

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