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Rediscover Beautiful Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre this Autumn

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There can be few more enjoyable things to do in autumn than spending the day soaking up the last of the sunshine and wandering through ancient woodland – which is why a visit to beautiful Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre is an autumn must!

Dating back more than a century, the 56 acre arboretum is a joy to visit any time of year, but it’s in the autumn that nature’s spectacular natural fireworks display of colour comes to the fore.

From mid-October for four weeks or so, the trees put on what can only be described as a show-stopping display of reds, golds and yellows thanks to the collections of acers, cherries and liquidambers.

And unlike many arboreta, Batsford is planted on a steep slope – making it great for a walking workout (tarmacked level paths are also available for those looking for a less energetic day out!), but also providing stunning views across the top of the tree canopy to the beautiful Evenlode Valley and rolling Cotswold countryside beyond.

Even more unusual, as you wander through the trees you’ll come across gorgeous orient-inspired statues like the beautiful Foo Dog and giant Buddha and even a Japanese resthouse. It’s intimate and romantic – after all what could be lovelier than following the winding paths beside the stream running down the entire west side of the arboretum, stopping to admire the view of pools in quiet glades.

There’s much more to Batsford than trees though – so make sure you set aside plenty of time for your visit! Within the beautiful wooden visitor centre is the Garden Shop leading out to the walled garden plant centre where you’ll find a fabulous array of bedding, herbaceous plants and shrubs as well as fruit and ornamental trees, roses and Acers. Don’t miss the Gift Shop at the arboretum entrance – home to a lovely array of goodies you won’t find on the high street, including a range of beautiful hand-turned wooden gifts created by Batsford’s very own wood turner Roger (who you can see working in his shed Wednesday – Sunday!).

The Visitor Centre is also where you’ll find the Garden Terrace Café - our spacious, light-filled space where you can fill up on fabulous cakes, afternoon teas, sandwiches, soups and hot drinks with a gorgeous range of hot lunches available between 12 and 2pm each day – one meat, one fish and one vegetarian option to suit all tastes.

Just outside the main Visitor Centre is The Applestore – an Aladdin’s Cave of shabby chic furniture painted by talented owner Heather Priest using legendary Annie Sloan paints. As well as a range of the paints to buy to create your own masterpieces, Heather sources a fabulous range of unusual gifts and interior accessories to give your home a nostalgic, vintage feel so popular at present.

So whatever your reason for visiting beautiful Batsford – there’s something for everyone – including your four legged friends! Yes – unlike many places – we positively encourage you to bring your dogs to Batsford – outside and in - and only ask you both act responsibly and dogs are kept on a short lead.

There no better way to pass and autumn day than by wrapping up warmly and literally kicking your heels among the gloriously colourful fallen leaves – and no better place to do it than beautiful Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre.

We’re open every day of the year except Christmas Day from 10am to 5pm.

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3 things you may not know about beautiful Batsford.

  • Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (Lord Redesdale) created the original wild garden and was grandfather to the notorious Mitford sisters who spent most of World War at Batsford.
  • Batsford is famous for holding the National Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries which are at their blowsy best in April.
  • The Arboretum at Batsford is run by a charity called the Batsford Foundation and receives no funding other than what we get from our visitors.

 

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Winner of Cotswold Tourism’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2013

Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9AB

Tel: 01386 701441 | Email: arboretum@batsfordfoundation.co.uk | Web: http://www.batsarb.co.uk

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Events in November and December 2013.

November

The spectacular autumn colour continues for the first couple of weeks of November when thoughts turn to the fabulous array of fungus abounding in the arboretum at this time of year.

Festive Friday and illuminated Christmas trail.

Friday 29th November. 5pm – 7pm.

Join us to celebrate the advent of Christmas with our Festive Friday! Enjoy festive food in the Garden Terrace Café and find everything you need to make your home and garden really Christmassy. There’ll be Batsford Christmas trees and our beautiful home made wreaths, greenery and mistletoe and a whole host of gift ideas in the Arboretum Gift Shop and the Applestore at Batsford – home of shabby chic furniture and unusual vintage ephemera. Follow the illuminated Christmas trail in the arboretum and visit Santa in his rather unusual grotto! An event for all the family bringing a traditional touch to Christmas.

Tickets for the illuminated Christmas Trail and visit to Santa cost £5 per child.

December

There’s free entry to the Arboretum for individual RHS members throughout December – Happy Christmas from us all!

Festive Friday’s and illuminated Christmas trails.

Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Friday 20th December. 5pm – 7pm. We stay open into the evening to get Christmas off to a flying start with our Festive Friday’s each week in the run up to Christmas. There’ll be festive food in the Garden Terrace Café and everything you need to make your home and garden really Christmassy. There’re Batsford Christmas trees and our beautiful homemade wreaths, greenery and mistletoe and a whole host of gift ideas in the Arboretum Gift Shop and the Applestore at Batsford – home of shabby chic furniture and unusual vintage ephemera. Follow the illuminated Christmas trail in the arboretum and visit Santa in his rather unusual grotto! An event for all the family bringing a traditional touch to Christmas.

Tickets for the illuminated Christmas Trail and visit to Santa cost £5 per child.

Boxing Day at Batsford.

Thursday 26th December. 10am to 3pm.

We’ll be closed to enjoy Christmas with our families on Christmas Day itself, re-opening on Boxing Day for magical Christmas walks in the Arboretum and a free mug of mulled wine for each customer (while stocks last!).

Friday 27th December onwards

We’re open throughout the period between Christmas and New Year – including New Year’s Eve and Day so why not shake off the excesses of Christmas with a bracing walk around our beautiful arboretum – who knows you might even find some early snowdrops or aconites beginning to appear!

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