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Friday, 18 November 2011

And what's so special about ... Thorp Perrow Arboretum?

To visit or not to visit. We’re speaking to the teams behind some of North Yorkshire’s best attractions and places of interest and finding out why we should go there. This week, we’re talking to the team at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale.

So what have you got?
We have the North’s finest collection of rare and unusual trees. We hold five national plant collections and boast 66 champion trees. While admiring our trees, you can also visit our bird of prey and mammal centre, perhaps watching a flying display.

The kids can let off steam in our playground and the grown-ups can visit the plant centre, Hocus Pocus Plants, and perhaps purchase one of the trees that they have admired in the arboretum.

Why should we go there?
Thorp Perrow Arboretum is an amazing place. All year round there is something different to see. In a beautiful, peaceful and natural environment you can relax, take a walk and marvel and some of the country's rarest and most unusual trees.

We’re almost persuaded: what’s the clincher?
Santa’s interactive trail runs on Saturday 10 December and Sunday 11 December.

A magical Christmas quest like no other. Come and meet some of our winter friends on your way through the woods, then meet Santa with a special present to take home. Book early to avoid disappointment.

I’m parched, can I get a cuppa?
Thorp Perrow’s tearoom is open daily. Get a warming cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Treat yourself to our delicious homemade food. How about enjoying a sneaky cake?

When’s it open? What about accessibility? How do we get there?
Thorp Perrow Arboreum is open daily 11am – 3pm during winter months. Flying displays at 1.30pm Monday to Friday and at 11.30am and 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday in the bird of prey and mammal centre.

The arboretum is accessible to wheelchairs. Disabled toilets are available at the tearoom and the bird centre. Electric wheelchairs are available (at a charge of £1) but must be pre-booked.

We welcome dogs in the arboretum but they must be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are not permitted in the bird centre or mammal centre; however facilities are available there to secure them safely.

You will find Thorp Perrow Arboretum on the Bedale to Ripon road, just south of Bedale, North Yorkshire, some four miles from Leeming Bar on the A1.

Where do we find out more?
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