Autumn at Westonbirt Arboretum

Autumn graphic - orange background and leaves as characters

Get creative in nature this autumn. 

With all the autumnal colours and shapes on show in autumn, it's easy to get creative in nature, but did you know creativity is good for us and our wellbeing? 

Studies have shown that being creative can reduce and even prevent stress, and with being in nature being good for your wellbeing, getting creative in nature is really good for you. 

Enjoying a hobby can help you de-stress, can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, and can also help us express or manage our emotions in a positive and productive way. Whether it’s gardening, writing, playing, or drawing, being creative can work wonders for your mind. 

And with the world famous Westonbirt autumn coming, and the arboretum coming to life in a rich, blaze of colour, it's the perfect time to get creative!

To guarantee entry make sure you book your tickets before you visit during our peak autumn period: 30 Sept - 12 Nov.

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Autumn Watch videos 

Find out how the arboretum is looking this week by playing our autumn watch video!

Footage captured on Friday 17 November.

Visit every week for a new autumn watch video update. 

Get creative - why not make a mandala in the arboretum with leaves and sticks you find on the floor? 

Things to do this autumn

Kids running in forest
Trail starts mid September and ends Thu 30 Nov
Birtha is the woodland spirit of autumn, and she’s feeling a bit under the weather, help Birtha get back to her colourful self on our new trail.
A man walks through a beautiful landscape of reds and yellows. He looks up in admiration at the sight of vibrant trees.
Daily - 11am, 11.30am & 2pm
Join our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers as they guide you through the Old Arboretum.
An illustration of Birtha. She wears a head dress with brown and green leaves creating a crown affect. She waves her hands in the air with leaves flying off around her. She has large green leaves around her next with a smaller row of brown leaves.
Mon 23 - Fri 27 Oct - 10.30am - 3.30pm
Inspired by nature and our Ballad of Birtha woodland trail, have fun creating your own woodland characters, hosted by children’s illustrator and author, Duncan Beedie!
two men with eyes shut in a sunbeam, with a red tree behind them
In Silk Wood
Take some time for you on our wellbeing trail at Westonbirt Arboretum

Get creative - find the best autumn scene you can and try some mindful photography. 

Autumn is coming to the world famous Westonbirt, the National Arboretum. The days are getting shorter, the air that bit cooler which means the native and exotic trees in the arboretum will be coming to life in a rich, blaze of colour.

The diversity and vibrancy of leaf colours to be found at Westonbirt are unsurpassed in Britain. Combine this with fruits, hips and berries in profusion, and you have the makings of a botanical experience like no other. 

A must for any visit over the autumn is Acer Glade in the Old Arboretum and Maple Loop in Silk Wood. Westonbirt Arboretum holds the national collection for maples and autumn is the time to see them in all their breathtaking glory!

A man walks through a beautiful landscape of reds and yellows. He looks up in admiration at the sight of vibrant trees.

Get creative - pop by the Great Oak Hall during half term to create your own woodland characters!

Young girl in yellow coat playing with pine needles on the forest floor
Come along to our Discovery Days, to learn more about our trees and wildlife at Silk Wood Barn on 21 Oct