Things to see and do at Winkworth Arboretum

For peace and tranquility visit our beautiful lake, with stunning views and an abundant variety of wildlife. Explore the arboretum with walks for all abilities.


Featured in many well-known film and TV series, our boathouse is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your surroundings.


Viewpoints dotted around higher points of the Arboretum offer some of the best places to experience the full beauty of Dr. Fox's vision.


Once another lake, we've allowed these wetlands to redevelop naturally and they are now thriving with plant life. Keep your feet dry by enjoying the area from our bridge, made completely from recycled plastic bottles.

Badgers' Bowl

In the midst of Dr. Fox's masterpiece planting is this peaceful glade, perfect for a family picnic or to simply sit and take in the atmosphere.

Carved benches

We have two unique chainsaw-carved benches in the upper Arboretum. The owl bench has looked down over an amazing view for years, and we've now installed a second bench adorned with fox figures in honour of Winkworth's creator, Dr. Wilfrid Fox.

Something to see in every season

  • Spring - cheerful blossoms brighten the landscape with bluebells, magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons
  • Summer - lush greens and leafy groves provide the perfect backdrop for family adventures
  • Autumn - witness a magical transformation as the lush greens blaze into glorious autumn colour
  • Winter - brilliant berries and hollies stand out against frosted tree skeletons

Walk this way

We've marked out three different routes to help you find your way: a blue 'Access for All' walk, a yellow 'Taste of Winkworth' walk and a red 'Challenging' walk. Just look out for the colour-coded posts as you explore.
We welcome well-behaved dogs on leads all year round, but ask that all visitors kindly clear up after their pets.
Join us on a free guided walk on the first Wednesday of each month, starting at 2pm January, February, November and December. Tours are approximately an hour and a half and meet at the kiosk.