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Family-friendly things to do at Winkworth Arboretum

Visiting family members admiring a wooden owl sculpture on a winter's day at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
Enjoy a frosty winter walk at Winkworth Arboretum | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Come out and play at Winkworth Arboretum. Whether you’re joining in with outdoor activities, walking the dog or creating some wild art there’s plenty of fun to be had.

Planning your family visit

  • Our play areas have now reopened. Please follow the safety guidance on site
  • Baby-changing facilities available
  • Thank you for not bringing your child's bike, scooter or ball games due to the steep slopes and open water on site.

Winter Welly Wander at Winkworth Arboretum

Bring the family out for a winter stroll and burn off that excess energy on our Winter Welly Wander. Pick up a trail sheet and play a range of welly-based games that will get everyone rosy-cheeked and smiling. Ask at the welcome kiosk when you arrive.

Saturday 16 December – Wednesday 3 January.
10am - 3pm. £2 per child plus normal admission.

Boy wearing a winter hat looking up and pointing at a wellington boot hanging from a tree.
Spot the welly on Winkworth's Winter Welly Wander | © James Dobson

Family-friendly things to do on the estate

Play area

Winkworth is a great outdoor space in which children can explore nature. Our Tree Adventure area is perfect for children to be active, with a fireman’s pole, rope tunnel and mini climbing wall. It’s built from wood and other natural materials and provides all the inspiration a child needs to have a great time experiencing the outdoors. The play area is open daily.

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There are so many opportunities to experience connecting with nature at Winkworth. Why not start with some wild art? At the arboretum you’ll find nature’s materials on hand to start your creation. Or you could try tracking wild animal signs or making friends with a bug? Don’t let rain spoil your day either, as you can go welly wandering. We’ve got the best puddle jumping to be found for miles around.

4 hot chocolates on a table in winter
Warm up with a treat from the Arbor tea-room | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

Tea-room treats

All adventurers get hungry and thirsty, and Winkworth’s tea-room has a range of delicious treats for bold bug hunters and dedicated explorers. There are hot drinks to warm up from the winer chill, while in the summer there are cold drinks and ice creams to cool overheated adventurers. 

Exploring with your dog

A family day out isn’t complete without your canine companions. Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome anywhere in the arboretum. They can sit with you in the large seating area outside the tea-room as well, where we offer a bowl of water so they can enjoy a relaxing drink.

Visitors enjoying the view from the boathouse balcony at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

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