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“Why on Earth Have We Not Been Before?”
Review of Bodenham Arboretum

Bodenham Arboretum
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Wolverley
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We live less than half an hour away and have been meaning to visit this exceptional place for ages. The only reason we haven't, as is often the case, is that it is almost too near home but the attraction of Autumn colour at last got us to make the effort and we weren't disappointed.

True, the leaves on many trees are a bit late in turning this year but there were enough to satisfy us on the mid-November sunny day when we visited. We started with an excellent carvery meal in the busy restaurant and then explored the extensive and well kept grounds with a wide variety of trees and shrubs, most of which we were pleased to see were labelled. As a fairly new arboretum, many of the trees are yet to mature fully but that didn't take away the interest for us,

There are several lakes and ponds with plenty of ducks for interest as well as paddocks with chickens, sheep and donkeys. Unfortunately our visit followed a very wet spell of weather so many of the grassed areas and paths were very muddy and it is to be hoped, as the arboretum develops, more of the paths can be gravelled to make it more suitable for year round visits.

We left asking why on earth we didn't visit before but we shall put that right from now on as there is still much to explore and we will probably purchase season tickets which sound good value as they can also be used at other locations such as Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Batsford Arboretum.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Love the Sunday roast , and all the trimmings , £10 gets you a great meal and a drink , I always take my dogs and sit by the lake , lovely place , near Kinver

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Didn't know this existed but once we found it, it was brilliant. Plenty of places to walk of differing lengths & loads of nature to see. When we were there, the laburnum tunnel was fully out & buzzing with bees & the azaleas were fabulous. You can wander through the fields & stroke the baby donkeys & then have a cup of tea overlooking one of the lakes. Well worth a visit.

Thank AnnieM452
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

I did wonder about the wisdom of visiting in December, but we had a delightful time there with friends, taking a pleasant meander around the lake and grounds, following the Nativity trail intermittently, and finishing with a decent cup of coffee and indulgent cake.
Charges to go in to the arboretum, but you can get a meal or refreshments at the cafe without going in. We had been before, and will go again to see the place in its different incarnations through the seasons.
It provides a gentle walk for those who aren't up to anything too strenuous, though do go equipped for mud if wet!

Thank roobee55
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Tucked away, a little gem. Beautifully laid out for walking and a lovely restaurant which serves locally grown and freshly cooked food. You can go for tea and cake or a meal without having to pay to get into the Arboretum, and the views are stunning, but it is well worth paying to go in and very reasonably priced.

Thank UKTraveller350
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