Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale held a free entry to locals last weekend 15th/16th March giving everyone chance to see just what it has to offer.
No it is not just a load of boring trees, there are acres of beautiful walkways planted with masses and masses of daffodils waiting to become a sea of yellow wherever you look. The snowdrops and crocuses were just going over but the bright blue of the Cirra, Anemones and Primroses catch your eye, with colourful blossom emerging and bluebells ready and waiting their turn.
The flying displays at the Bird of Prey Centre are the best we’ve ever seen and with a chance to hold a hawk or an owl adds to the days enjoyment.
In the mammal area you can walk through to find Wallabies, Reahs, Pygmy goats, ducks, rare breed Chickens and Donkeys (though I know we are lucky to have donkeys in the field next door.) And who can resist the Meerkats, busy keeping watch over their enclosure.
There are trail and activity booklets available or you can explore by yourself with sculptures, lakes, islands, a playground and even a pet cemetery to find. Also look out for the dragon in the bog garden. Take a picnic or treat yourself to a sandwich and home-made cake in the tearoom.
As an accommodation provider we are able to offer you a reduced entry price while you are staying with us. There is entertainment for all the family, a really good day out and well worth a visit. Another plus is that they allow you to take your dog, on a lead of course and not in the animal or bird area, though you can leave him fastened up just outside the gate. Activities for adults and children are held throughout the year and a diary of events can be found on the website www.thorpperrow.com Book your stay at High Grange now by exploring the cottages on our web site or by checking availability below.