Harcourt Arboretum became one of our favourites when we first visited in Autumn 2020. It made me fall in love with its truly stunning autumnal walk with vivid red colours- see for yourself in our original IG post HERE as we revelled in the kaleidoscope of beautiful colours and seeing the resident peacocks crossing our paths (and trying to eat our food) for the first time. All this while hearing birds tweeting and circling red kite up in the air.
We have visited a few times since then, more recently in quest of BLUEBELLS, when it was mating season and we witnessed the truly mesmerizing sight of peacocks calling and displaying magnificently but the peahens just ignoring them (watch it HERE).
Ay also really enjoys it here. He can play hide and seek, climb trees, do a trail (leaflets at entrance), chase the peacocks, watch the incinerator, tractors, tree surgeons often on top of the trees, collect his cones, have a leafy fight in autumn, meet the piggy family and also roll down from the hill (at the end of the walk). There is also a little pond with a few ducks. If you want your kid to enjoy nature and yet not get bored, then this is your place.. There are benches almost everywhere if they need rest. This one is for all ages!
I love how the arboretum changes in different seasons. The Acer Glade is awash with vivid reds and rich golds and in Lime Wood the leaves create a rich yellow canopy in autumn while in spring, Bluebell Wood is a rich blue and the azaleas and rhododendrons make a stunning red/pink display …
Have a look at the pictures to see the contrast!!
Link to website: https://www.obga.ox.ac.uk/visit-arboretum#/
🗺 Address: Oxford Lodge, Peacock Gate, OX44 9PX
🎟 Fee applies but under 16s Free- please check HERE
FREE for Oxford university student/staff member
📅 Different activities continue throughout the season (please see WEBSITE for more details)
🚘 Free parking
🚻 Toilets on site
🍕 Refreshments available
🦽 Buggy accessible
🧺 Picnic allowed