Picture Perfect Bluebells – Winkworth Arboretum National Trust

Each year I try to get some pictures of the boys in the Bluebells. Its something I started when Monkey was just coming up to two. Last year I thought I had found the perfect place in Sussex, when we visited Wakehurst Place. Only returning this year we discovered that the woodland is shut for conservation work. Which meant I had no option than to find somewhere else. Thats when I decided to visit Winkworth Arboretum. Being huge fans of the National Trust and working in and around Surrey I had driven past the Arboretum a couple of times. So last weekend I decided to pack up the boys and see if I could get a couple photos of them in the bluebells, since its on our 2018 Bucket List.

When we arrived I was suitably impressed. They were obviously expecting it to be busy making sure there was a members only queue. Thankfully because we were suitability early it wasn’t too bad. Yet I think its probably large enough and there really are so many bluebells that you would be able to find a quiet spot regardless. As we had the buggy we walked around the top blue route. There are two other routes a red and a yellow one.

By sticking to the blue route it was accessible and it would be easier for me to manage with a toddler and the buggy. There was plenty of bluebells around the short walk for posing and enough in the shade that it gave a good chance of getting a half decent photo. Although I did make the mistake of letting them have  their snacks before I had got the photo I wanted.

The staff were on had to point you in the right direction of the best patch. Also around the blue route you pass past a new play area. Which is a series of balancing obstacles finished with the monkey bars. There is also a little carved staircase inside the trunk of a tree which Kipper was fascinated by. I have found Winkworth lacking for little ones before so its good they have added something of more interest. Other than all the lovely wood cravings which are dotted around the routes.

Of course the challenge is getting the boys to actually pose for the photo. No matter how hard you try some days its just not destined to work! There are so many bluebells and enough winding footpaths to allow you to get really close without worrying about the children stamping on the flowers.

After the photos and a play on the tree stumps we headed to the cafe. The cafe is at the entrance with plenty of tables. So on our way out we stopped for some refreshments including ice cream as a reward for putting up with mummy’s photo demands.

What I really like about Winkworth Arboretum is that its possible to pop in and out quickly if needed. We were there about two hours in total including the stopping for food at the end. Although none of the photos I took are perfect I can see the boys relationship in them. I can also see their individual characters shining through.

Things you need to know:

  • The Arboretum is open 10am-6.00pm this time of year you can get daily opening times here on their website. You can also get updates on the bluebells on their facebook page
  • Entrance is free for National Trust members if not adults cost £9.00 with gift aid, a child £4.50 and £22.50 for a family.
  • Address – Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD

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28 Comments

  1. Margaret Gallagher
    April 25, 2018 / 8:48 am

    What a dream place to visit – will put this on my list of TO DO

  2. Tracy Nixon
    April 27, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    I adore bluebells and we visit the Hedley Hall Woods near us every year just to see the pretty flowers in bloom!

  3. Margaret Clarkson
    April 27, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    It all looks so beautiful, so glad you’ve had such a lovely time.

  4. Stevie
    May 1, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    We don’t seem to have any bluebells so far this year yet.

  5. May 2, 2018 / 5:48 am

    Oh my goodness what gorgeous photos. Winkworth Arboretum National Trust looks like a great place to visit, thanks for the tip! #BloggerClubUK

  6. May 2, 2018 / 6:14 am

    What a lovely place to visit, and I love those t-shirts! It’s always been on my list to visit a bluebell wood with my children #BloggerClubUK

  7. May 2, 2018 / 7:23 am

    What a lovely place to see native bluebells! There is a place near us that I’m hoping to get to at the weekend. #bloggerclubuk

  8. May 2, 2018 / 8:31 am

    It all looks so beautiful.

    #BloggerClubUK

  9. May 2, 2018 / 8:33 am

    We used to go there as a family when I was little! Moved from Surrey when I was about 10 so this has brought back some lovely memories. Great photos 🙂 #bloggerclubUK

  10. May 2, 2018 / 9:40 am

    These photos are beautiful! Love bluebells but have to admit I never take photos in them simply because they are such sensitive flowers and I don’t like the idea of damaging them for a shot! #Bloggerclubuk

  11. May 2, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    Hi, I love blue bells. I need to try and head over to Winkworth before they disappear #bloggerclubuk

  12. May 2, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Beautiful flowers. I love that your children are dressed in the same tees – it’s brilliant and what a lovely day it looks like. 😉
    #bloggerclubuk

  13. May 2, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Clare, I love arboretums and I’d really like to visit this one someday. Darling boys! #bloggerclubuk

  14. May 2, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    I love bluebells! My favourite pictures of my daughter are from a photo session we had in a local park full of bluebells from this time last year! #BloggerClubUK

  15. May 2, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Love them in their matching Little Bird T-shirts, shorts and wellies! Looks like the weather was really good to you. We went on Sunday but it was a bit chilly. I love seeing all the bluebell photos #bloggerclubuk

  16. May 2, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Oh my that is so pretty. I do love a bluebell photo but I haven’t seen any yet this year!! #bloggerclubuk

  17. May 3, 2018 / 11:57 am

    Love the boys T-shirts! I always mean to go and find some bluebells to take some photos of but always forget. Great photos. #bloggerclubuk

  18. May 3, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Those bluebells are so pretty! I love visiting gardens. #BloggerClubUK

  19. May 3, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous! Their outfits are absolutely to die for! That sounds like it makes a wonderful day!
    #BloggerClubUK

  20. May 3, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    I flippin’ love the National Trust. And Bluebells. You have inspired me to go bluebell hunting this weekend. Fab photos (love the T shirts too).

  21. May 4, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Such a gorgeous setting and beautiful photos! There’s nothing like bluebells – one of the things I do miss about spring in the UK. #bloggerclubuk

  22. May 7, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    What some lovely photos. I love bluebells, ours came out quite late this year. I love the rainbow t shirts. #bloggerclubuk

  23. May 8, 2018 / 8:52 am

    I understand the challenge of taking photos of our children well. These are lovely photos and I love that you can see their personalities coming through in them. #BloggerClubUK

  24. May 11, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    I LOVE the matching outfits! You really can’t beat bluebells can you? Lovely. Thanks for hosting #bloggerclubuk

  25. Theresa Thomas
    May 17, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    I love the NT, we’ve been members for a few years

  26. Paula Cheadle
    May 18, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I love places like this, the local forest is at the bottom of my road

  27. Jeanette Leighton
    May 20, 2018 / 11:15 am

    Beautiful pictures love bluebells, I love the rainbow t-shirts

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