Coleshill Estate Office

This estate on the very western border of Oxfordshire is situated within the unspoilt village of Coleshill, which has a thriving village shop and tea-room. There are circular walks of differing lengths and a series of footpaths criss-crossing the estate, and a restored water mill on the estate. Nearby is Badbury Hill with its Iron Age hill fort. The Estate Office is in the centre of the Coleshill Estate buildings, the entrance is halfway along the back road parallel to the main B4019 in Coleshill, turn left off the B4019 if coming from Faringdon and right if coming from Highworth, following beige signs.

Full address: Coleshill Estate Office, Coleshill, Swindon, Wiltshire SN6 7PT

Grid Ref: SU235937

Cuckoo Pen Plantation

Situated less than half a mile outside Coleshill on the Faringdon side, Cuckoo Pen Plantation is a delightful wood well suited to outdoor activities. Essentially part of the Coleshill Estate, Cuckoo Pen is a wood in its own right with a small parking layby for access.

Full address: Cuckoo Pen Plantation is directly on the B4019, the nearest postcode is as for Coleshill, SN6 7PT, continue out of Coleshill towards Faringdon and the layby is on the left just before a left bend.

Grid Ref: SU243940


 

Quenington Village Hall

This village hall has been recently acquired by the local community. It used to be a Brethren Chapel called The Gate on The Green. It is a lovely big space in which to weave willow. There is a wonderful village pub, The Keepers Arms, selling great food just down the road. We will go there at lunch time for a bar meal and a drink which is included in the price of the course.

Full Address: Quenington Village Hall, The Green, Quenington, Cirencester, GL7 5BS

From Cirencester - Take the A417 towards Fairford; after about 5 miles turn left at the Red Lion Pub, signposted to Quenington. Continue on about 4 miles to the cross roads at the top end of Quenington, opposite the village green. Continue straight across, keeping the Green on your left. The Village Hall is at the end of the Green on the right hand side. 

Grid Ref: SP145042


 

Goddard Park Community Primary School

Goddard Park Community Primary School is a mainstream state school for pupils aged from 3 to 11 situated in Swindon. The school woodland provides a safe natural place where the children can play and learn and is greatly valued both by the school and by the wider community.

Full address: Goddard Park Community Primary School, Welcombe Avenue, Park North, Swindon, SN3 2QN

Grid Ref: SU177843


 

Westonbirt Arboretum

A remarkable place for people to enjoy and learn about trees - 15,000 specimens from all over the globe offer the perfect place to relax, learn or have an adventure!  2017 is the first year Woodland Learning have run Forest School Training at the Arboretum.  It will be very exciting to explore this wonderful place. For more information about Westonbirt Arboretum see www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

 


Need accommodation? 

Local to Coleshill there are the National Trust Cottages – the Old Stable Loft, Coleshill; the Lock Cottage, Buscot; 4 and 5 Rowleaze Cottages, Faringdon. There are B&Bs at Buscot Manor and the Manor Farm at Kelmscott.  There are hotels in Highworth, The Saracen's Head, and The Highworth. There are several campsites at Lechlade. Bridge House Campsite Tel 01367 252348 or The Trout Inn (which is lovely!) Tel 01367 252313. Very basic camping may be available in the Walled Garden in Coleshill, Tel Sonia on 01793 861070.

For more information about Westonbirt Arboretum see www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt