Warwickshire’s best Snowdrop walks
They're coming out! The loveliest places to catch winter snowdrops across Warks and the Midlands in the next few weeks.
Shorts and sandals at the ready, spring is here. Er, okay maybe not, but the snowdrops are! If you’ve thawed out enough to venture outside and see them, here are the best snowdrop hotspots in our ‘hood and beyond. If you know a secret spot, please let us know in the comments below.
Fresh Air February Weekends, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Sat 15 -Sun 16 & Sat 22–Sun 23 February
Wrap up warm, pack a picnic and head to Compton Verney for two special open weekends. There will be family-friendly, outdoor activities at the Forest School and playground and plenty to explore throughout the park, with an opportunity to try a new history trail. Look out for snowdrops and maybe some daffodils, 10.30am – 3pm. Admission: £5, Under 5s free. Forest School: £3 per child.
Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ, comptonverney / 01926 645500.
Snowdrop Weekend, Hill Close Gardens, Bread & Meat Close, Warwick, Sat Feb 1 & Sun Feb 2; Sat Feb 15
Spring is on it’s way! Come and see the stunning raised indoor snowdrop display at these unique restored Victorian detached gardens and their historic summerhouses, which overlooking Warwick Racecourse. See and more than 130 different varieties of snowdrops in Hill Close Garden ‘s collection. There’s also a Snowdrop trail young children will love to explore, tearoom, shop sales, plants and bulb sales. Time: 11am – 4pm. For something a bit more unusual why not try your hand at making a hanging snowdrop ball in a Snowdrop/Snowballs Workshop on Wed Feb 12 February, 10am-12 noon, £20, (advance booking needed).
Snowdrop Weekend entry is £4.50 for adults, £1 for children aged 5 – 17, HCGT & RHS members free, hillclosegardens
Winter Garden Walks, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Sun Feb 2
This weekend, take a 10am walk around the 26 acres of formal gardens at Ragley and explore the multitude of snowdrop varieties that have been hand planted by their intrepid gardening team. Roam around the gardens at your leisure and explore the horticultural points of interest at this time of year. £5 admission to the Ragley Gardens. Children under 5 are free. Tickets available on the gate only. The Terrace Cafe will be open at the hall for light lunches and refreshments. Tours of the stately spectacular State Rooms are available and guided tours of the Hall on at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm. Ragley’s Adventure Playground and Woodland Walk will not be open on either date.
Snowdrop Weekend, Leamington Hastings, Sat Feb 15 & Sun Feb 16
Head to this pretty Warwickshire village in between Rugby and Southam to see banks of snowdrops, exhibitions and refreshments between 11am and 4pm.
NGS (National Garden Scheme) Snowdrop Gardens: various locations Warwickshire, Feb
On the weekend of Feb 8 & 9 see drifts of snowdrops, aconites, erythroniums and hellebores at Elm Close, Welford-on-Avon, (11am – 3pm) in aid of the British Red Cross (£4 admission for adults), plus home-made teas; and then on Sun Feb 16 5 East View Cottages nr Tamworth will be open 11am – 3pm with its quirky plantlover’s garden woodland & woodland edge, stream, folly, snowdrops and witchhazel. Home-made teas with refreshments in aid of Tamworth Samaritans (£4).
Snowdrops at Baddesley Clinton, throughout Feb
This Warwickshire National Trust moated manor house is set in more than 100 acres of lovely Warwickshire countryside. Between January and May head to the churchyard at Baddesley to spot many beautiful spring flowers – first snowdrops, then daffodils and then bluebells. The garden is renowned for its wonderful display of snowdrops.
Winter Open Week, Middleton Hall Tamworth, Sun Feb 16 – 20
In February half-term explore this historic hall and gardens littered with an abundance of snowdrops, brightening up a cold winter’s walk, 11am-4pm. Last admissions 3pm.
See the winter snowdrops in all their blooming glory on a seasonal walk through the gardens.
Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos
Enjoy drifts of beautiful snowdrops in the arboretum right now, plus Hellebores, Cyclamen, Daphne, Hamamelis and early-flowering Daffodils. The garden is set in 56 acres of lovely Cotswold Countryside and contains over 1500 trees with species from all over the world. On the weekend of Feb 15 and 16 why not bring your Valentine to Batsford for breakfast in The Garden Terrace Cafe between 9.30am and 11am, followed by a romantic stroll through the arboretum. Enjoy eggs benedict, royale or florentine with a Bellini, Bucks Fizz or a cuppa (£25 per couple)! Tel: 01386 701441 to book.
Stowe Gardens , Bucks
And there we were thinking Stowe gardens couldn’t get any more picturesque. Stowe loves its snowdrops, or should I say Stowedrops (their pun, not mine!), with the vast landscape gardens usually carpeted until the end of Feb. Hit up the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden to see the best of them.
Thenford Arboretum, nr Banbury
This privately owned arboretum is home to over 5000 trees and shrubs including an impressive display of snowdrops weaved amongst the sculpture gardens, water gardens and medieval fish ponds. The gardens are only open to the public for a few dates each year with snowdrop season prime time to have a wander around for a few hours. Open days are on 5 & 15 Feb (tickets £12).