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Fancy a walk on the wild side? Then a visit to Thorpe Perrow Arboretum near Bedale is a must.
With over 85 acres to explore, boasting one of the finest private collection of rare trees and shrubs, a fabulous lake with resident swans, bird of prey demonstrations, a very cute mammal centre and a fabulous café you will experience the most wonderful day no matter what the season.
Here’s why you should visit Thorp Perrow Arboretum right now!
1. Every season has its charm
Visit in spring to witness the vibrant yellow from the waves of daffodils planted amongst the trees, the sumptuous blue carpet of the bluebells, the gentle sprinkling of dainty snowdrops and those little bold crocuses popping up just everywhere. Or on those summer days, stroll through the grassy paths with trees and flowers in full bloom; every now and again you will capture a glimpse of the many varieties of butterflies and bees.
Autumn, what a splendid time to visit! The fiery reds and dazzling golds as the leaves change colours but most of all the distinctive smell as autumn fades out to let the winter shine.
Or why not enjoy the frosty winter walks, all wrapped up warm. Thorp Perrow is the ideal place to meander during the hustle and bustle of winter to reflect and reminisce before welcoming the spring back into the fold.
2. Walk with wildlife
There are daily bird of prey flying demonstrations which offer you the chance to experience the wonderful aerodynamics of the owls and falcons. If you are brave enough, you may volunteer to hold one of these wonderful birds whilst the trainer delivers a very informative talk about their native habits and characteristics.
The mammal centre is a fabulous way to get up close and cosy with the pigmy goats, wallabies and rears! The wallabies especially love a cuddle, the pigmy goats are more than happy with a handful of food (which can be bought at a very reasonable price from the shop) and the rears like to follow you around looking important. Meeting the Meerkats is simples! There is a small island teaming with these beautiful little creatures, all on the look out, guarding and protecting what is theirs.
3. There’s always something going on!
Catch a concert, take a picnic and be prepared to be entertained under the stars by one of many open air concerts on offer. The nature trails mapped out are changeable to match the seasons. throughout the year. At Hallowe'en there’s lots of spooky fun for all – dare you join in? Not to mention the Christmas delights – Santa and his helpers will welcome you to his cosy Grotto in the woods. Christmassy fun for old and young alike!
4. The Tea Room
Take a break and try some of the delicious locally sourced produce available from the menu. Everything from crispy salads to a warm comforting bowl of homemade soup. Whatever you chose, do not pass on the delectable cakes which are there for the taking, only problem is, which one to pick? If you’re not hungry and just fancy a refreshment, The Tea Room has a very nice variety of beers and wines and all at very reasonable prices.
What a perfect day!
Tell me more about Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, not far from the historic town of Bedale, Thorp Perrow is an exciting place to explore offering something for everyone, and is home to some of the largest and rarest trees and shrubs in England.
There are tree trails, a nature trail and a children’s trail, a large lake, picnic area and children’s play area. The arboretum also embraces the Milbank Pinetum planted by Lady Augusta Milbank in the mid-nineteenth century, and the medieval Spring Wood dates back to the 16th century.
Find out more info on their website, including opening times throughout the year: Thorp Perrow