This autumn is predicted to be spectacular at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt and, as well as an array of autumn colour, there is a dazzling programme of events to enjoy throughout the season.
From guided walks looking at a bumper year for autumn fruits, to exhibitions offering the chance to buy stunning autumnally-inspired artwork, there are events happening throughout the season.
Westonbirt is also offering the chance for families to get ‘Inspired by Autumn’ during half term, as they offer a trail and arty activities from 28 October to 1 November.
Guided walks are led by knowledgeable volunteer guides on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 11am, until 3 November. There are also special guided walks focussing on fruits and berries on 6 & 12 October. The walks are free after admission and visitors simply turn up and book a place on the day.
The stunning timber-framed Great Oak Hall will be home to a series of art and craft exhibitions throughout the height of autumn.
Local artists, Rita Dee, Claire Failes, Anne Lewandowska and Heather Morgan will present ‘A Natural Selection’ from 8 – 13 October.
Cotswold-based Clarissa Lloyd and Grahame Tucker host their ‘Inspired by Nature’ exhibition from 15 – 20 October.
The popular Eeles family of potters from Dorset return with works inspired by Westonbirt along with local artist Gill Ashely for their ‘Autumnal Inspiration’ exhibition from 22 – 27 October.
The season of exhibitions ends with ‘A Box of Delights’ from the creative Crawford family and Peter Lanyon from 29 October – 3 November.
Simon Hough, recreation manager for Westonbirt commented:
“Autumn is a fantastic time at Westonbirt and there is so much going on. As well as the beauty of our autumn colour we have family events, art exhibitions and guided walks, we have got it all!”
Full events listing October & November 2013
Free, volunteer led guided walks take place on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 11am, from 29 March (Good Friday) until 3 November.
Songways Singing Day
Saturday 5 October
Guided Walks: Autumn Fruits and Berries
Sunday 6 October
Saturday 12 October
Chair making courses
Monday 7 – Saturday 12 October
Great Oak Hall Exhibition: A Natural Selection
Tuesday 8 – Sunday 13 October
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October
Advanced photography workshop
Monday 14 October
Great Oak Exhibition: Inspired by Nature
Tuesday 15 – Sunday 20 October
Beginners photography workshop
Friday 18 October
Great Oak Hall Exhibition: Autumnal Inspiration
Tuesday 21 – Sunday 27 October
Autumn Photography Workshops
Friday 25 October
Saturday 26 October
Sunday 27 October
Inspired by autumn – family activities
Monday 28 October – Friday 1 November
Great Oak Hall Exhibition: A Box of Delights
Tuesday 29 October – Sunday 3 November
Advanced Photography Workshop
Friday 8 November
Autumn Gift Fair
Friday 8 – Sunday 10 November
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November
Guided Walk: Barking up the Right Tree
Sunday 10 November
Autumn colour at Westonbirt, credit Katrina Podlewska/Forestry Commission
1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to five national collections, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 labelled specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 28,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.
2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk.
3. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985. The charity’s objects are to support the National Arboretum in promoting public understanding of the crucial role of trees to the environment and society. It is funded by membership receipts from over 28,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at www.fowa.org.uk