The 10 best ways to enjoy Autumn at Westonbirt

Autumn Westonbirt

Autumn Westonbirt

Hold Autumn in Your Hands this year at Westonbirt Arboretum

Staff at Westonbirt Arboretum, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum have put together a list of the 10 best ways to enjoy autumn at Westonbirt.  This is a spectacular time of year at the arboretum, with the famous displays of autumn colours beginning.  The 10 best ways include:
Wrap up warm
Take part in a digital quest
Join a photography workshop
Become a leaf collector
Get closer to nature
Practice your survival skills
Pack a picnic
Hold autumn in your hands
Challenge with conkers
Get cosy after a long walk

To find out more and check the opening times for Winkworth visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/BEEH-A27FXS

 

An Easter Egg Hunt with a difference

Easter Egg Hunt

Looking to up the ante for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt?  We’ve got the perfect solution.  Join in the annual Lake and Land Easter Egg Hunt at South Cerney Outdoor in Cotswold Water Park, just 5 minutes away from Daisy Chain.  The popular Easter Egg hunt involves finding golden eggs hidden in tunnels and then powerboating out to Easter Island to discover more hiding in nests.  The hunt is suitable for ages 3+ and tickets need to be booked in advance. Everyone loved it last year – it’s definitely one not to miss.

 

For details on how to book visit http://www.southcerneyoutdoor.co.uk/SpecialEvents.aspx

Snakeshead fritillaries and Orchids in the Cotswolds

snakeshead fritillary

snakeshead fritillary From mid April to the end of May the Cotswolds are home to some magnificent displays of wild flowers.  The spectacle begins in North Meadow, Cricklade with a spring time display of snakeshead fritillaries of international importance.  A staggering 80% of Britain’s snakeshead fritillaries grow on this 110 acre site.  The meadow is open to the public and guided walks are also arranged.

The times for these as well as an accompanying walk leaflet can be found at http://www.crickladeinbloom.co.uk/cricklade_north_meadow_guided_walks.html

orchids CotswoldsJust a 20 minute walk from Daisy Chain lies Clattinger Farm, a precious remnant of Britain’s ancient hay meadows.  The farm is considered the finest remaining example of a typical lowland hay meadow in the UK. It has never been treated with any agricultural chemicals and is one of the finest wildflower meadows in Europe.  As well as being home to snakeshead fritillaries it is also home to a range of orchids including the green-winged, early marsh and burnt orchids.  The volume of orchids within the meadow has to be seen to be believed! A visit in May is a must.Orchids Cotswolds

More information about Clattinger Farm can be found at http://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Reserves/clattingerfarm

Do contact us if we can help you out with somewhere to stay during your wild flower safari in the Cotswolds! We have a number of mid week breaks available in April, May and June.