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.

The Tree Adventure at Winkworth Arboretum

Tree Adventure 

Made made using oak trees from the Arboretum and complete with a climbing wall, fireman's pole, rope tunnel and ladders, the Tree Adventure is the perfect way for children to let off some steam.

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.

Scones in the Gardener's Bothy cafe Claremont


To fuel you up for refreshing walk, stop off at the Arbor tea-room near the kiosk for hot lunches, cakes and bakes and hot drinks. 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 are 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.

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.

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

Build a den

Everyone needs a hidewaway, and at Winkworth you’ll find nature’s materials on hand to build an amazing den. Use sticks, branches, leaves and your imagination to create your own woodland hideaway. Take your friends on a nature adventure and challenge them to see who can build the best den. It’s bound to be you.