Getting out and about as the sun starts to shine and our thoughts turn to spring is the perfect antidote to a cold and wet winter!  The appearance of snowdrops heralds the first hint of spring as these dainty white flowers transform woodland and garden floors in January and February.  Wherever you live, there’s a National Trust place to visit to celebrate the promise of spring and we’ve picked out some fab family snowdrop events happening in the next few weeks!

Plant your own Snowdrops at Saltram, Devon

A winter walk amongst the snowdrops, until 28 February, 10am – 4pm

Standing high above the River Plym with magnificent views across the estuary, Saltram’s 500 acres of rolling parkland and woodland provide the perfect setting for a stunning snowdrop display. As the snowdrops frame the pathways take a stroll and explore the tranquil garden, 18th-century orangery and magnificent lime avenue. Bring the whole family back in February to plant your own snowdrops with the garden team.

 Take a family stroll at Ham House and Garden, Surrey

Open daily 10am – 4pm

Take a family stroll around the formal gardens at Ham House where snowdrops can be found under the very old Acacia trees. Afterwards, why not explore the maze-like wilderness with 16 garden compartments to discover, then head over to the kitchen garden to see which herbs are around at this time of year. Warm up with a cup of tea and a sweet treat at the Orangery café, open every weekday from 10am.

Wellies and Waterproofs at Dudmaston Estate, Shropshire

Snowdrop weekends, 18 – 19, 25 – 26 February, 12pm – 4pm

This February throw on your wellies and waterproofs for a family walk through the Dingle where the snowdrops are out in full bloom. Thanks to the support of visitors, members and volunteers, the National Trust gardeners who care for Dudmaston have been busy planting more snowdrops over the past few years, so the display just keeps getting better. After, why not pop by the café for a warming soup or a sweet treat? Every penny you spend in a National Trust café helps the conservation charity care for special places for years to come, so you can enjoy your cake guilt-free.

Get planting at Wallington, Northumberland

Open daily 10am – 4pm. From 13 February 10am – 6pm.

Over the past two years visiting families have planted more than 200,000 snowdrops at Wallington, and a further 100,000 will be planted this February half-term. As well as the common variety, Wallington’s snowdrop display includes a few specials. The less common varieties include the Northumbrian ‘Sandersii’ group which has sulphur-yellow markings instead of green, and the pretty ‘Flore Pleno’ with double the number of petals. Don’t forget to visit the winter garden where purple Iris will brighten up any winter day.

Keep the kids entertained at Springhill, County Londonderry

Snowdrop walks, 4 – 5, 11 – 12, 18 – 19, 25 – 26 February, 12pm – 5pm

Explore the grounds of this 17th-century family home where blooms of snowdrops herald the beginning of spring. Over the past 15 years Springhill’s Head Gardener, John Boyle, and countless volunteers have worked hard to distribute these dainty white flowers around the grounds from a hidden corner of the woodland. Take a leisurely stroll to admire their work, and keep the kids entertained on the Natural Play Trail. Afterwards, enjoy hot soup or tasty scone in the Servants’ Hall tea-room and take home your very own snowdrop plant, lovingly cultivated at Springhill.

  • Price: £5.50

 

For more information, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/springhill

To plan a family day out with the National Trust visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whats-on

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