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Snowdrops in the Cotswolds: 9 of the most magical places to go

PUBLISHED: 12:56 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:56 14 February 2018

These little hoods of white gold signify the beginning of spring and life (c) Donald Morgan / Thinkstock

These little hoods of white gold signify the beginning of spring and life (c) Donald Morgan / Thinkstock

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Snowdrops bring great joy in the early months of the year, signifying the warmer weather ahead. We pick 9 of the most magical places to explore these beautiful flowers

Colesbourne Park

Nestled between Cirencester and Cheltenham in the Churn Valley, ‘England’s Greatest Snowdrop Garden’ offers an impressive collection exceeding 200 cultivars.

Colesbourne Park’s Snowdrop weekends will be taking place every weekend in February and the first weekend of March, with gates opening at 1pm. Guided tours are also available to book during the week, led by Sir Henry Elwes or Lady Elwes and Head Gardener Arthur Cole. To book contact the Estate Secretary on 01242 870264 or via email - info@colesbournegardens.org.uk.

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Rodmarton Manor

With an eight acre stretch of picturesque gardens to explore, interspersed with stunning Cotswold stone, during the spring you’ll find over 150 variations of snowdrops – some with markings, some rare, and even yellow and green markings – at Rodmarton Manor.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the snowdrops and gardens on Sunday February 4, 11 and 18 and Thursday February 15.

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Painswick Rococo Garden

The snowdrop collection at Rococo Garden in Painswick is one of England’s largest naturalistic plantings, in fact over five million snowdrops pepper the ground, and is famous throughout Gloucestershire for its beauty at this time of year.

The magnificent display can be admired towards the end of January and throughout February.

Batsford Aboretum

Follow a spot of delicious afternoon tea in the Garden Terrace with a gentle stroll among the beautiful drifts of snowdrops that have begun to fill Batsford Arboretum. And, in a couple of months’ time, against the backdrop of the gorgeous blossom of magnolias and flowering cherries, you’ll truly feel as though winter has been left behind!

The Arboretum and Garden Centre are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-5pm every Sunday. Book tickets here.

Cerney Gardens

This hidden Cotswold gem is a spectacular location to catch a glimpse of these beautiful seasonal flowers in the grounds of Cerney House.

The gardens will be open daily from Monday January 1, 10am – 5pm, where you can enjoy the stunning sight of snowdrops dotting the woodland.

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Kempsford Manor, near Fairford

Sitting on the edge of the Cotswolds, a short drive from Swindon and Cirencester, lies the beautifully grand Kempsford Manor and its surrounding manicured gardens.

Seize the opportunity to visit on a weekend in February, from 2 – 5pm, where a glorious display of snowdrops will line the former canal walk. For more information call 01285 810131 or email info@kempsfordmanor.com.

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Newark Park

Don your walking boots and get your camera ready as Newark Park boasts carpets of stunning snowdrops just waiting to be admired.

The House and Garden will open daily to spot the spectacular snowdrops from February 3 with admission at £21.50 for families. Estate walks are currently open as normal.

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Waterperry Gardens, near Wheatley

For a truly magical experience, make sure to pay a visit to Waterperry Gardens, just a short drive from Oxford and its neighbouring towns and villages.

On the weekends of February 17 - 18 and 24 - 25, there will be free guided tours to see over 60 wonderful snowdrop varieties blanketing the ornamental gardens. Entry to the gardens is £7.95 and children under 16 can visit for free.

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Cotswold Farm, near Cirencester

Beginning its collection in 1930, today visitors can now enjoy the view of 62 different varieties of snowdrops at Cotswold Farm, nestled in the pretty village of Duntisbourne Abbots. Peeking from the bordered gardens and in swathes along the woodland paths, this family home and its gorgeous, manicured gardens are a must see at the beginning of spring.

Cotswold Farm opens its doors on the weekend of February 17 and 18 from 11am as well as every Monday in the month.

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