Travel forward in time to autumn, well okay these pics are from last autumn, but I’m posting this so I hopefully give you an idea for a cool day out this year (even during this wonderful summer!) But since I can remember my family and I have visited Westonbirt Arboretum every year. The changing colours of the forest and ornate arboretum through the seasons makes for some great photography, but autumn is definitely the best season to visit. One of the main reasons we visit Westonbirt is that my grandma and grandpa have memorial trees planted for them here. My grandpa has a silver birch and my grandma an acer. Over the past 20 years we’ve watched these trees grow, at one point they were barely 15 inches high, now they are well over 20ft. If you’re in this neck of the woods, I really do recommend taking some time to visit this beautiful place. Here are some pictures from my last visit.
On this particular day out we also visited Nailsworth where we lived when I was very young. It’s a very busy village nestled in the Cotswalds with beautiful scenery and local shops with friendly shopkeepers. One of my key memories of Nailsworth is the Hobb’s House Bakery, we’ve been visiting it for years now. You may know this place thanks to the Fabulous Baker Bros who I believe took it over a few years back, but I remember when it was a little less well known. It’s so awesome to have seen this place change over the years and the quality has not changed. Be prepared to buy one of everything when you visit, the gingerbread men are a favourite of mine– they bring back so many memories! I’m still jealous that I am yet to find such a good artisan bakers in Manchester (that isn’t a pop up!)
If you ever find yourself down this neck of the woods go get yourself some treats from Hobbs, you will not be disappointed!
Have you been to Westonbirt or Nailsworth? Let me know in the comments!