Things to see and do at Christmas

A Robin among holly branches

It's the time of year for crisp winter walks, days out with the family and warming drinks. Winkworth's wintry woodland is the perfect spot for a quiet walk in the crisp, clean air. With a mixture of level walkways and challenging hills, there's a route for everyone

Winter walks

Although it can be chilly at this time of year, the arboretum turns into a beautiful winter wonderland, often covered in a glittering layer of frost. 

Start your walk off at the Winter Garden and spot bright splashes of winter colour, with camellias, mahonias and delicate witch hazel all flowering during the winter months. 

If you're feeling intrepid, make your way down winding paths to the lake and then take a break at the boathouse for a stunning view of the trees shimmering in the clear water. 

Winkworth to Oakhurst trail

If you're looking for a longer walk, dig out your walking boots and give our Winkworth to Oakhurst trail a go. Totalling 2.5 miles, this walk gently meanders through the Surrey countryside allowing you to stop at points of interest along the way.

Tree Adventure

Don't forget to stop off at the Tree Adventure which you'll find tucked away among the trees in the Upper Arboretum, handily placed so it's close to the entrance! Complete with a fireman's pole, mini climbing wall and rope tunnel, it's the perfect place for children to let off some steam.


Stop by our cosy tea-room for hot and cold drinks and snacks. Pick up a take-away hot chocolate to enjoy whilst you wander in the Winter woodland. 

Warm up with a hot chocolate and something tasty
Children enjoying hot chocolate drinks
Warm up with a hot chocolate and something tasty

Plan your visit 

  • The arboretum is open 363 days each year, closing only on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 
  • To fuel you up for your wander, stop off at the tea-room near the kiosk for hot lunches, homemade cakes, tea and coffee lunch
  • Toilets are available near the kiosk, including baby-changing facilities and a disabled toilet, and there is a variety of pathways through the Arboretum with differing levels of accessibility.
  • You're welcome to bring your dog, as long as you keep them on a lead