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We are delighted to be able to welcome schools to the arboretum.


Whilst restrictions have been lifted nationally, Forestry England will still have some precautions in place.  However, we are now able to offer visits for up to 120 pupils per day.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt's trees bring learning to life!

Booking a Visit to Westonbirt Arboretum

We ask that all groups visiting Westonbirt Arboretum make a booking following the guidelines below:

(This only applies to sessions led by Learning With Nature.  If you wish to come self-guided, then please contact the Westonbirt Learning Team on 0300 067 4856 or email:


Telephone the Learning With Nature Team on 07920 065803 or email, to confirm the availability of your preferred date and to discuss your requirement.  


If your preferred date is available, we will provisionally book your visit to Westonbirt and email you a booking form.   

Download a Booking Form in your preferred format - PDF, Word.


To confirm your visit you must complete and return the booking form.  Following the return of your completed booking form you will receive your confirmation details (containing useful information for the day) and a Visit Information Sheet which needs to be completed and returned asap.


A reminder email will be sent a week before your visit with a programme for your day, along with a Risk Benefit Assessment for the activities the children will be taking part in and instructions for your coach driver.


You will be invoiced for your day after your visit.



This includes entry to the Arboretum and the opportunity to spend the rest of your visit exploring all the Arboretum has to offer.




We offer a range of half-day programmes lasting 1.5 hours - £6.00 per child.

(minimum charge of £125 per session).

If you would like to add a second shorter programme to have a led day - £8.00 per child (for the day).

We invoice all groups following a led programme on the day of their visit.


This includes entry to the Arboretum and the opportunity to spend the rest of your visit exploring all the Arboretum has to offer.

Free admission for supervisory adults is offered with the following ratios:

Pre-School and Reception          1 adult : 4 children

Years 1 and 2                                1 adult : 5 children


Any adults supporting students 1:1 with additional/special needs will also be free.


Any additional adults will be charged £7.00 (spring, summer and autumn) / £5.00 (winter). 


KS1 Programmes


Community Groups


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Jo Knight, Callicroft Primary Academy.

"We had an amazing visit that the children are still talking about.  The work the day inspired was wonderful and of a quality I wouldn't have expected from this early in Year 1.  They were very taken with the story of Douglas the mouse and chose to focus their artwork on the pine cones we collected.

Thank you for organising such an amazing experience for the children and I look forward to visiting again."

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C Smith, Wroughton Junior School.

“Thank you for a fantastic day - activities were great and staff were amazing.  We (adults included) learnt lots!  It was fab!

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J. Stevens, Cheddar Grove Primary School.

“Thank you SO much for yet another fantastic day where our children got to experience and learn from such a magical place!"

Sophie Dale, Bristol Grammar School.

“We had a wonderful time, the pitch and pace of the session was perfect for Reception, holding their interest and engaging all children  Thank you!.” 


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Kate Baldwin, Sutton Benger Primary School.

“It was a fantastic day - thank you for leading a fabulous day! In the words of one of my children - "I didn't like the trip...I loved it!!"


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The Mead Primary School.

“We visit every year and come back as we love the environment and learning."​


Meabh O'Kane, The Manor School.

“I just wanted to thank you and your team for today. It was an excellent day and experience for the children. The organisation of it all was just perfect topped off by knowledge of the area. I couldn’t fault any of it! 

It will definitely be a place The Manor will be visiting again in the coming years."

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Samantha Boulding, Enstone Primary School.

​“I would just like to say a huge thank you. The trip was great and Samantha, our guide, was absolutely fantastic. The children were really engaged with the activities, and she was so knowledgeable. Thank you again."

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Christ Church School, Cheltenham.

The children loved the day - the teaching was excellent and the children enthused!”

Rachel Weaver, St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

“An excellent, well-organised trip – thank you very much!  We loved it.”

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Hannah Spence, Benhall Infant School.

“Please just keep doing what you're doing!  The best trip we've been on in a long time."

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Miss Moore, Sandford Primary School.

“Thank you for the wonderful time had by all when we visited Westonbirt Arboretum last week.  Everything from the booking process, to the learning taking place on the day was thoroughly organised and delivered exceptionally well.  When I asked one child what her favourite thing about the day was, she replied: “EVERYTHING!”  I think that in itself speaks volumes, so thank you again.  I will definitely be recommending you to others.”

Victoria Meheust, 1st Sherston Brownies.

“The girls had a wonderful time; the content of the evening was aimed at their interests and their level of understanding.  We would love to come back in the summer to try out your fire pit!”

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Carol White, Bowerhill Primary School.

"Tremendous value for money.  Lots of activities that we can explore again in our own environment.  Thank you for your enthusiastic approach to our visit.  60 boisterous 5 & 6 year olds enjoyed it very much.  ‘I shall certainly recommend your sessions to my colleagues.”

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Fay Bailey, Wansdyke School.

“We had a fabulous learning experience accurately linked to the National Curriculum objectives that enabled learning in an exciting, inspirational forest school setting."​

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The Staff and Children at Little Foxes.

​“Thank you very much for a lovely visit to Westonbirt.  The children enjoyed their visit; in particular the Badger holes!  Back at Nursery they were able to recall the story and made some amazing leaf men and animals for our wall display.”

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