Many years since the first and second generation of the party had visited here - and now there is a children's playground and maze.
Although it was a pleasant day when we visited, there were plenty of places in the car park, and thus it was quiet going round the attractions.
Easy walking on the flat and lovely view over the Severn valley - and plenty of train traffic (steam and diesel) on the Severn Valle Railway.
As the youngest member of the party was flagging we made our way to the café - and a good value, freshly prepared late lunch for five ensued.
Finally a look at the peafowl and assorted chickens.
A good value Sunday!
An Oasis for Lovers of Trees ... and Chickens
David Aon 14/07/2017 10:48
Looking for somewhere green and peaceful to visit on a summer's afternoon, I stumbled across Arley Arboretum on Trip Advisor. It was worth the 45-minute drive from Birmingham. Though relatively small as arboretums go, it has an attractive mixture of formal gardens and woodland with some impressive specimens of indigenous and non-native trees. Set in the Severn Valley a short walk from the famous steam railway, the grounds are peaceful, the views beautiful and there are play areas for children for those who need them. The facilities, including tea room and toilets, are clean and well maintained. There must be some skilled gardeners on the staff too: the herbacious border was particularly splendid. The unexpected treat was a large, varied and friendly assortment of free-range chickens, watched over by some magnificent peacocks, including albinos. This is a place I will be coming back to when I am next in the area.
vrustonon 13/07/2017 22:44
My little lad absolutly loves forest school. Deb the teacher is lovely, she is amazing with the children and always makes people feel welcome. We have been going since the beginning of the year and never miss a week. My boy is 2 and loves getting muddy in the mud kitchen and hunting for bugs. The classes are well prepared and we always do something new. This is by far the best class we have been to!! Would recommend to anyone. Definitely 5* from us.
Not much summer colour
Sarah Hon 08/07/2017 21:13
Having visited in Autumn when the trees are stunning we thought we'd return to see the herbaceous borders. We were a little disappointed that there is very little of interest and not an awful lot of colour. Plenty to do for young families but if your looking for colourful gardens visit in the Autumn. Food at the cafe was good.
Relaxing day out
Dave Bon 03/07/2017 10:04
First time visit to this attraction. Found it to be a really good experience. Tranquil yet ideal for families with young children of which there were quite a few. Views over the Severn Valley are superb. Good cafe at reasonable prices and pleasant staff. Definitely worth a return visit.