The Snowman has arrived at Winkworth Arboretum in the first ever major Christmas experience for the National Trust property near Godalming.

Families are invited on a winter walk, re-living the magic of Raymond Briggs’ heart-warming picture book.

There are 12 decorated sculptures of The Snowman along a wintry woodland trail for all the family. Carousel rides, games and hot chocolate add to the festive fun.

Michael Leigh, National Trust general manager for the Surrey Landscapes said: “In our bustling opening week, it’s been magical seeing the arboretum packed with families and friends of all ages, making memories and enjoying the Christmas atmosphere.

“Winkworth Arboretum is famous for its autumn colour and bluebells in spring. But for the first time this year we’re inviting our visitors back for an all new Christmas experience: Walking with The Snowman. Book tickets in advance via our website before travelling.”

Walking with The Snowman at Winkworth Arboretum is presented by National Trust and Wild in Art in collaboration with Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House UK).

It opened last Saturday and runs until January 2, open daily 10am to 4pm (closed December 24 and 25), last entry 3pm. Book ahead online to make sure you don’t miss out at

Carousel rides will be running at weekends and from December 17 to January 2 (excluding December 23 and 24).