In the October half term we headed to the gorgeous Cotswolds to visit the stunning Batsford Arboretum which is near Moreton-in-Marsh to see the autumn colours at their best.
About Batsford Arboretum
Batsford Arboretum is a great place to visit at any time of year. We have previously been to see the snowdrops in March which were spectacular. The 56 acre arboretum has plenty of car parking and a good sized restaurant with large terrace area for well-deserved hot chocolates after a good walk. Dogs are welcome and it is pushchair friendly.
When we arrived at around 12pm on a weekday in Half Term the place was heaving and we parked on the front lawn. The entrance to the arboretum is through the gift shop and the queue went down quickly and was well organised. It is £7.95 for adults and children 4 to 15 are £3.50, which I thought was very reasonable considering it is run by a charitable trust.
Although the entrance felt very busy, once in the arboretum the crowd spread out so plenty of room to explore the gardens as you please.
We prepared well with buckets for leaf collecting, packed lunch and flask of coffee to keep us going as we walked around the arboretum. The kids loved the different coloured leaves and collecting twigs and leaves in their buckets.
It took us about an hour and a bit to walk around the gardens and that is with lots of stops and a mini-picnic. There are lots of benches to enjoy the views and lots of secret places to explore.
Batsford Arboretum for Kids
Visiting Batsford Arboretum is great for kids as they get to run around as much as they like and see all the different coloured leaves. There was a kids trail for about 50p, but I think ours were a bit too young to take much notice of it.
Batsford Arboretum for the Grown Ups
It is a wonderful place to visit and take in the scenery and enjoy a day in the fresh air. The gift shop is large and the restaurant serves good coffee and cake. The parking was easy and the nearby town of Moreton-in-Marsh is a great way to combine to make a whole day of it.