On Sunday we decided to visit Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming, in Surrey. We wanted to check if the snowdrops have came out. While looking for the first flowers of the winter that let us know that spring is coming, we had such an amazing time. We discovered what other things this place had to offer us. There were five of us, or maybe six I should say as Chino, a Frenchie bulldog has become part of our family. The kids Emilio, who is 6 years old, Ksenia, 7 and little Joseph just over thee years old. Our first sight was this blossomed tree at the entrance of Winkworth Arboretum. As it rained the previous day all the kids splashed themselves in one of the numerous puddles. Well, little Joseph tried almost all of them.
Walking through the little path and with a map at hand we aimed to reach the boathouse and the lake that appears on Winkworth Arboretum website. The lady at the reception was very helpful and informative. She told us that we might find some early daffodils on our walk, patches of snowdrops and other flourishing plants. Actually daffodils were the first blooming flowers we saw on our walk. It was difficult to resist and not to take some snaps of the Frenchie and the kids by the daffodils. So here are some spontaneous and some set moments to remember our walk.
On the way to the boathouse we spotted a patch of snowdrops. I can only mention that me and my friend Inna were more excited about finding the snowdrops than the kids. We left our staff on a bench and let the kids get their energy biscuits as the walk was promising to be long while we get our snaps with a phone and a camera. Eventually the two elder kids get involved as well and they managed to get Chino with them as well. Chino, the dog seemed that he wanted to smell all of them but we wanted to be careful in order not to step on these beautiful stems.
And then we arrived at the magical boathouse. It turned out to be a nice sunny day in the end and the light was just beautiful in the boathouse. There was an old boat and some armchairs inside. People could sit and enjoy the view of the lake and kids could get a glance of the ducks by the deck. Joseph who was getting tired by now came to life watching the birds. I loved the white benches that were in contrast with the wooden beams in the little porch. Could stay there forever.
We followed the path by the lake to do the big round of Winkworth Arboretum and planning to pass through the woods and the stream of water on our left. Emilio was holding the map and giving us directions. Chino was very hungry by this time and Joseph was getting tired. Nevertheless we were excited with the walk and the kids with the final destination: the PLAYGROUND. We stopped to take few photos on the way with the highlight of the cement arrow in the lake, some wooden bridges and some lovely streams of water.
As I mentioned earlier Joseph was getting tired and was difficult to persuade him to walk. He wanted to be carried! He would stay there waiting like forever until I would get back and carry him. But going up the hill with a three year old that was gonna be tough for me. So the magic word “kinder egg” made all the difference in the world. Suddenly he started smiling in the pictures and even managed to climd half of the stairs on the way back to the top of the hill. Sweets make wonders these days!
On the path I noticed some flower petals by a rhododentron bush and as the rest of the team had moved forward (it was only me and Joseph struggling up the hill) I was cheeky and reminded Joseph about the kinder egg. This magic word brought some gorgeous smiles!
Walking further we were rewarded by the spectacular view of the countryside from an elevated wooden viewpoint. At the bottom there was a meadow with a picnic table. People seemed to be enjoying themselves while having some family snack time.
THE PLAYGROUND is here!! I think it was a good choice that we started with the walk first. With the playground available the kids seemed to have rejuvenated. Thus, we could get some rest while the kids enjoyed a bit more the day out. Looking forward to come back at Winkworth Arboretum for the bluebell walk in April and have some more fun.
If you enjoyed this article you might also be interested in another of our family days out at Diggerland. Stay tuned for some more ideas for a family day out in South East England.
Last but not the least on the way back we stopped for some food and drinks at the “Stag on the river” in Eashing. A fine dining pub literally by the river. The decoration throughout was lovely and warming while the food seemed to be delicious and gourmet. I would have loved to sit outside and hear the stream of water running but will wait for the spring to do that. Thankfully we got the last table available as the pub was fully booked, being a Sunday that was quite lucky!
If you like fine dining pubs with great food and unique in setting and decoration as I do read my previous article about The Black Rabbit Pub in Arundel.
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