Batsford Arboretum, home to the country's largest private tree and shrub collection, is a fabulous place to see trees in their full autumn glory. The Arboretum has 56 acres to explore and the outstanding autumn colour is coming into its own. Maples and Cherries display flame reds, salmon pinks and sunshine yellows whilst the liquid amber tree is the stage for multicoloured leaves from deep purple to pale gold. Batsford Arboretum have a special Autumn colour hotline setup so if you are planning on making a special journey call ahead on 01386 701441 to check the colour's progress
The visitor centre houses a great cafe which serves home baked lunches, cakes and afternoon teas. For more details http://www.batsarb.co.uk/
As you walk around the Lower Mill Estate you are able to see lots of butterflies enjoying the nature reserve. We found this one as we walked around one of the lakes. The children had fun watching it flitting from one plant to the next…and then it sat still for long enough for a photo! The common blue butterfly is the most widespread variety in the UK.
Batsford Arboretum is the medal winning home to one of the country's largest private tree and shrub collections. 56 acres of wild gardens open up to stunning views, paths and streams and orient inspired statues. The garden has lots of interest all year round – from the early promise of snowdrops, spring flowering bulbs and Japanese flowering cherries to the shading tree canopy in summer and the outstanding autumn colour there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Batsford Arboretum is silver winner of the Cotswold Tourism Awards Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014.
The visitor centre houses a great cafe which serves home baked lunches, cakes and afternoon teas.
From 15th – 17th August the English National Sheepdog trials will be taking place at Broadfield Farm in Northleach. The top 150 sheep dogs and their handlers from all over England will be competing for a chance to represent England at the 2014 International Trials which take place in September.
The five highest scoring competitors from each day's competition win a place in the England team. Tickets are available on the day and are £5 per adult with children under 14 free. Competition starts at 7:30 am and continues until at least 6pm. It sounds like a good day to pack breakfast, lunch and tea!
Looking for a different way to explore the Cotswolds? How about taking to the air and drifting slowly over the beautiful Cotswold landscape, enjoying the unique combination of exhilaration and peacefulness that a hot air balloon flight brings. It's certainly a great way of finding amazing views you won't find in any of the guidebooks!