Snowdrops in the Cotswolds: 9 of the most magical places to go
PUBLISHED: 12:36 11 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:50 11 January 2019
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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be a snowdrop study day on Thursday, February 14.
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 3, 10 and 17 and Thursday, February 14 from 1.30pm.
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. However, whenever you decide to visit, Painswick Rococo Garden is a beautiful backdrop to while away a couple of hours or so.
After a spot of delicious afternoon tea on the Garden Terrace of Batsford Arboretum, enjoy a gentle stroll among the beautiful drifts of snowdrops that have appeared among the arboretum’s grounds. 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 day tickets here.
Dyrham Park, near Bath
Home to several varieties of snowdrops which bloom early, eagle-eyed visitors may have already spotted a flurry of the pretty white flower at Dyrham Park. Over the coming weeks, expect to see more snowdrops in front of the 17th century house, terrace and garden.
For those with a keen interest in the changes a stately home and its surrounding scenery goes through in a year, Dyrham Park will be hosting a lecture titled: ‘Snowdrops to snowflakes – a year in Dyrham Park’s garden’ on January 21, February 13 and March 21.
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 2 – 17, with admission at £22.50 for families. Estate walks are currently open as normal.
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.
In aid of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Cotswold Farm opens its doors on the weekend of February 9 and 10 from 11am as well as every Monday in the month. Light lunches and refreshments are available too.
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 16 - 17 and 23 - 24, there will be free guided tours to see over 60 wonderful snowdrop varieties blanketing the ornamental gardens. Entry to the gardens is £8.50 and children under 16 can visit for free.
Trench Hill, Sheepscombe
With roughly three acres nestled in a small woodland, Trench Hill in Sheepscombe boasts a beautiful blooming garden throughout the year. As the seasons change, visitors can admire herbaceous and mixed borders, roses and wild flowers, and by February, thousands of pretty snowdrops.
Trench Hill is open on various dates throughout the year, via the National Garden Scheme, including Sunday, February 10 and 17, 11am-5pm to see the snowdrops. Homemade teas will be available with proceeds going to local or owner designated charities.