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The Queenswood Country Park, Hereford, is a fabulous spot for an outdoor family adventure, the arboretum park is home to many natural delights just waiting for you to see and explore, plus for the little ones, there's a fantastic adventure playground, and the Gruffalo to spot.
The Arboretum is perfect for leaf collector's, home to 1,200 rare and exotic trees in this collection, Queenswood Country Park is a utopia for nature lovers. Multiple trails are way-marked for family adventures; these trails boast stunning panoramic views that are ideal for a family photo, so snap a few pictures. The Badger Trail is excellent for those with little legs, at only a mile long, and there are optional detour routes for you in case you want to avoid the steeper slope. Plus, the Fox Trail is 1.5 miles, a little bit more challenging as it has a few steep paths to tackle and can get muddy when rainy. The older ones will love the Deer Trail, at 2.5 miles, make sure to bring your good boots, as there are several significantly steep areas, which can often be muddy and slippery. Some of the trails feature easy access stone, or woodchip surfaced paths, so these are great for visitors with access needs. Plus, there is a comprehensive map and trail guide that you can purchase from the Café.
Be on the lookout for the seven large wooden animal sculptures that are scattered around the forest area, perfect for keeping the kids occupied as they look out to spot each sculpture. Plus, don't miss out on The Gruffalo Trail, where you can uncover five, larger-than-life sculptures of characters from the ever-popular Gruffalo books. At this Gruffalo Park, you can find Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and the Gruffalo. There's even an activity pack that is available at the Queenswood Arboretum gift shop for added extras to do while you make your way around the trail, plus activities to do at home.
The Reading Seat in the orchard in Queenswood Park is a stunning spot for a photo, where family storytelling happens in a natural fairy-tale style glen. If you're after more historical and mythical activities, visit Berrington Hall in Leominster, a National Trust country house and landscape garden, parkland and lake, where you can immerse yourself in the estate's history.
For any bird lovers out there, there are a great number of Woodland birds to spot at this Hereford Wildlife Trust, including great spotted, lesser spotted and green woodpeckers, plus willow, garden and wood warblers, chiffchaffs and blackcaps. The little ones will also love the butterflies that can be found at Queenswood Country Park, where you can come across the silver-washed fritillary and purple hairstreak that both thrive in the oak woodlands. Other insects you can spot are the deadwood loving beetles such as the nationally scarce oak splendour beetle.
The younger children definitely won't want to miss out on The Wildlife Watch Club which is for children aged 7 to 14 years. They meet every month for fun, activities, exploring and learning, plus there’s also Nature Tots, which is a weekly group for under 5s and their carers. This is perfect for when there’s a birthday coming up, where you can have a magical woodland birthday party, bookable for up to 20 children. You can even book a pizza oven for the day, which is always a hit. There is a range of party themes available that the little ones can have a blast with, including survival skills, mini-beast explorers and pirates treasure trail, all just waiting to be explored.
Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve is 110 acres of varied habitat including riverside meadows, veteran orchard, newly planted orchard, a 'gravel' area and wet woodland. The lake itself is the largest area of open water in the county.
If you enjoy the sound of Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum and are looking for more family-friendly days out in Hereford, check out the Waterworks Museum, for a historical trip about the history of water and even the chance to play with some water siphoning machinery.
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