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Natural Play and Family Activity Trail

Westonbirt Arboretum's fantastic natural resources bring out the child in many visitors - young and old. We also have some specific play areas designed especially with our younger visitors in mind.

Summer 2014Woodland Play Booklets

Come and build, create, discover and imagine as you play in amongst the trees. These booklets have been developed in partnership with the Woodland Trust and provide a treasure of great ideas for families fun!


Exploratree encourages self-discovery, curiosity and spontaneity.

From crawling through a giant trunk tunnel, to sitting in a leafy hammock, our Exploratree play area for children aged five years and under is about providing fun hands-on, engaging activities that connect families with trees.

Family activity trail and play map

Follow our seasonal activity trail and record your discoveries and creations.  As you walk explore our different play zones hidden amongst the trees of the Old Arboretum and Silk Wood; designed with children aged 5-11 years in mind. Play zones are marked by blue icons on the activity map.

In the Old Arboretum, children can scramble through the tyre tunnel, balance and clamber over fallen logs, step along log pathways, plan expeditions in a tree forts and find the mystical troll bridge. 

Over in Silk Wood, build your own den at Tipi Town, clamber over a series of giant logs, carved and positioned to look like a mass of tree roots erupting from the ground, explore the Dark Dell and balance along our Tall Tree Trail - as long as one of the arboretum's tallest trees.

Playing through the seasons

We have also developed four seasonal play booklets to download. Each booklet has a variety of play activities that will enable you to discover, create, build and imagine as you explore any woodland. 

Last updated: 10th July 2017

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.