Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is world famous for its spectacular autumn colour display, and this year is proving to be no different.

Despite fears that the long, hot summer would impact on the autumn colours, nature has once again pulled it out the bag, and put on an incredible display of vibrant reds, oranges, purples and yellows at the national arboretum!

Though it is impossible to predict when the best time to see the autumn colours will be, they are most likely to be at their peak in mid to late October. We post regular updates on the progress of trees on our autumn colour hotline, as well as on social media, so it’s easy to keep up to date on what’s happening.

And with so much to do onsite, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy this half-term:

Seasonal trail

Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the arboretum whilst taking in some of the seasonal highlights and discovering the science behind the autumn leaf change. Along the way visitors will discover some of our rarer and more extraordinary specimens – trees that have been to the moon, the story of how the autumn colours came to be, and why the delicious smell of candyfloss wafts through the Colour Circle in autumn….

Pick up your free seasonal trail map from the welcome building.


Guided Walks

Follow our experienced guides through the arboretum and discover more about the history of this fascinating landscape, some of the hidden gems of the arboretum, and the stories behind some of our amazing trees. Guided walks start form the Welcome Building at 11am every day, with an additional walk at 2pm on weekends.


Family Activities

With free family activities throughout half-term it’ll be easy to get the whole family into the outdoors this half-term! We’ll be getting stuck into nature-themed arts and crafts creating leaf crowns, leaf bookmarks, leaf bunting and more!

Join in creating some autumn inspired art to take home and exploring why trees change colour.

Details of all of this and more can be found at the link below.



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