Freya’s favourite footwear is her welly boots and all three of us love to get out, about and explore.Living in the beautiful Cotswolds we are very lucky to be surrounded by stunning walks and locations to visit.
Westonbirt Arboretum is one such place and with all of us craving a day out at the slightest hint of a ray of sunshine and chance of a dry day, we gathered our walking gear and a picnic and headed out.
I can’t tell you how good it was to get out in the fresh air. Westonbirt Arboretum has become one of my happy places and one our favourite places to visit, not only is the grounds absolutely beautiful it’s also very child friendly and has fab facilities! Being the national Arboretum there’s no denying that it’s a very popular place but no matter how busy it is once you’re inside the grounds it’s such a calm, tranquil and relaxing environment.
We really enjoyed taking Freya along to the Gruffalo trail a few times last year and I was super excited to find out that the arboretum had introduced a new activity trail celebrating the wonderful storybook, The Highway Rat, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. I was so excited that I actually brought the book some weeks before our visit to familiarise Freya with the characters and it’s now one of her most favourite stories. She was over the moon when we told her we was going to hunt down the Rat himself.
On arrival we stopped by the visitors centre to pick up an activity pack for the little one, these are charged at £3 per pack but really add an extra element of fun to the trail.
Saddle bag in hand and activity sheet at the ready we made our way to the start of the trail, admittedly us adults just as excited as the little one! The Highway Rat trail is clearly signposted as soon as you enter the arboretum and the walk to the beginning itself provides rolling views of the grounds and excitement at every signpost directing us explorers the right way.
The arboretum holds 15,000 specimens of trees from all over the globe and there’s so much beauty to be seen when walking through the stunning grounds, it’s fascinating, we love to go off track and explore through the woodland.
The Highway Rat trail is full of excitement and fun activities from the very start. Freya was so happy when we came across the panels which pictured the Characters from the tale and proudly carried her stick which we was tasked to find at the beginning.
We had so much fun hunting down all the panels, taking part in the activities which included Freya finding some of nature’s treasures, she loved collecting the leaves and picking out the perfect pine cone. The trail gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the arboretum and get up close to nature’s beauty.
Freya also enjoyed the muddy puddles!
By the end of the activity trail little one was feeling peckish and on our walk back we discovered a hide where you can observe a variety of beautiful birds. We sat and enjoyed watching the wildlife whilst Freya nibbled on her sandwiches.
Freya done so well on the long walk and hunt for the Highway Rat and it was only on the way out of the arboretum that she wanted to be carried. We had such a great time and it was exactly what was needed! Freya has since asked if we are going to go find the mischievous Rat whenever we leave the house! Westonbirt arboretum offers the perfect opportunity for a fun filled family day out and we’re already planning our next visit!
You can find out more about the Highway Rat trail and Westonbirt Arboretum by following the link below.
*This isn’t a sponsored post, all words and photos are as always my own.*