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Situated in Atherstone, Warwickshire, Plantasia has joined forces with Mazeworld and has been completely rebranded to become the new Anker Wood at Dobbies. There's a massive 52 acres to explore, with everything from farmyard animals and mazes, to the Dobbies Garden Centre, and with plenty of space to enjoy a picnic. Whether you want to explore the permanent mazes, check out the animals that live on site or just relax, you can find it all in Atherstone. If you're after more days out check out these seven National Trust properties that have recently reopened, or discover which London museums have opened their doors to families once more.
Love animals? You'll have plenty of opportunity to meet the furry animals on site. Hang out with the alpacas, watch the Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs roll around in the mud, make friends with goats, guinea pigs and lambs, marvel at the Shetland Ponies and meet the newest animal arrival; a super-cute Kune Kune Pig named Petal. Sadly the animal's handling sessions are not currently happening but you can still watch their antics.
As well as the farmyard animals, there's also so much natural beauty to take in. Have you got a head for heights? Then take the time to explore the Tree Top Trail which will give you a bird's-eye view of the surrounding area. The Woodlands Gallery and Orchard are there for you to get back to nature and explore these natural environments. There's plenty of space for a socially distanced play and runaround for the kids too. If the surroundings have inspired you to be the next Alan Titchmarsh then head to the Dobbies Garden Centre, where you'll be glad to find the Dobbies Garden Shop on site; which means you can stock up on all things green-fingered. It's also home to a large aquatics and pet department, a food hall and a butchers.
If you fancy spending an afternoon getting lost there's no better place than Mazeworld, where you can find the UK's largest collection of permanent mazes. There are mazes of varying size each themed around a different continent, and each one hiding a reward stamp if you can find your way to the middle. Collect all the stamps and your kids can claim a small prize.
The English maze uses a traditional English hedge; the Canadian Hedge Maze is formed in the shape of a maple leaf, while the Australian Wooden Pole Maze is packed with lush eucalyptus plants. The Antarctic Labyrinth Maze is built from white stones - over 600 of them! - while the Japanese Trellis Maze was created from 400 panels and many climbing plants to lead you in. Finally, the African Reed Fence Maze is shaped just like a rhino's horn.
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