Summer at Westonbirt

A young boy in a bright blue t-shirt pokes his head out from behind a tree trunk with a grin on his face.
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw

Play for your wellbeing 

This summer we are all set to get you in the mood to play! We want everyone, young and old, to be guided by their inner child.

Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we stopped playing. As adults, many of us focus heavily on work and other commitments that we never seem to have time for pure fun, especially like we used to. 

So build a fort, run a race, play catch, chase the kids or your dog and give yourself the chance to connect with nature in a fun way. 

Remember, you’re never too old to play!

Things to do this summer

family enjoying the woodlands

This summer we are all set to get you in the mood to play, and make you feel delightfully puzzled too.

We want everyone, young and old, to forget themselves, live in the moment, lose those inhibitions and be guided by their inner child this summer. Remember, you’re never too old to play!

Westonbirt group
Walking trails and routes

Choose one of our walks at Westonbirt Arboretum and find inspiration in one of the most diverse and beautiful botanical collections in the world.

Man and two boys running on grass surrounded by trees
Photo credit: Johnny Hathaway

Why is play good for adults too?

Play helps us relieve stress by releasing endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. 

It helps us improve our connection to each other (and trees). Sharing fun creates trust and closeness with others. Play doesn't have to be an activity; it is a state of mind. 

It encourages creativity! Children often learn best when they are playing— this applies to us big kids too. You might learn something better when it's fun or when you are feeling relaxed. 

Keeps us young Play can boost your energy and vitality and even improve your resistance to illness and disease!

Two young girls talking across a table to a lady holding a book
Do your children love books? Would they love to meet their favourite authors and ask them questions? Then Wild Wonder at Westonbirt is the place to be!