Summer at Winkworth Arboretum

Draped in lush greens and exotic flowers, Winkworth becomes a peaceful hill side haven in the summertime. We've put together a list of the season's highlights at Winkworth so you can make the most of your visit.

Badgers Bowl, Winkworth

Summertime strolls 

Winkworth makes a perfect summertime escape, with 121 acres of varying paths to explore. There's a route for all abilities, and something interesting to see everywhere you look. Time for a picnic?

Davidia involucrata

Handkerchief tree

Native to China and first brought to Britain in 1903, this fascinating tree sprouts large bracts that look surprisingly like handkerchiefs. See the best specimen in early summer near the boathouse.

The wetland at Winkworth Arboretum

Wetland wanders

Don't miss Winkworth's wetland, home to an array of shy wildlife including bats, newts and waterfowl. Descend from the meadow to the winding boardwalk, passing huge leaves of gunnera and old, tangled roots.

Embothrium coccineum

Chilean fire bush

Another early summer treat, the flames of Embothrium coccineum can be seen from all the way across Badger's Bowl. Its flowers form bunches of curling scarlet tubes up to 10cm long.

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey


The pretty flowers of Eucryphia glutinosa bloom in great clusters, in shrubs so tall it's easy not to notice them. Remember to look up near Dr. Fox's memorial in August.

Rowe's Flashe Lake at Winkworth Arboretum

Planning your visit

Fast-track entry is available for visitors showing valid membership cards - please note that if you have joint or family membership, you'll need to show both cards.

Parking is free and located 100 yards from the tea-room. There is a one-way system in place, and extended parking is available during busy periods. Please try not to arrive before 10am as this can cause road blocks. Disabled parking can be accessed from Thorncombe St with a radar key. Coach parking can be accessed by turning right as you enter the Arboretum. In busy periods it's advisable to call ahead.

Bowl of squash soup


To fuel you up for your Winkworth wander, stop off at the Arbor tea-room near the kiosk for hot lunches, homemade cakes, tea and coffee lunch. We'll also have hot drinks and bakes available to buy from our tuk-tuk near the play area, which is cash only.

Toilets are available nearby, 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; and groups are welcome - though it's advisable to call in advance during spring and autumn.