There’s something very special about seeing the first snowdrops appear and knowing that spring is around the corner. Snowdrops usually flower from January through to the end of February depending on the weather. There are some fantastic places to go for a snowdrop walk inb Gloucestershire and next year when lockdown is over venture a little further to Oxfordshire
Spring brings lots of colour to Batsford Arboretum with impressive displays of spring flowering bulbs starting with swathes of snowdrops. Weather permitting, the outdoor coffee hut will be open to serve takeaway hot & cold snacks and drinks. The main building is closed but toilet facilities are available outside the building. Find out more
Colesbourne Gardens is the premier place to see snowdrops in bloom. The collection is probably the most varied of any garden on display, with over three hundred varieties of this spectacular harbinger of spring on show during the short season. Over 10 acres of private gardens and woodland walks with a mix of snowdrops, hellebores, cyclamen and a wide variety of early flowering shrubs.
Open Days in February 2021 are as follows (timed tickets must be booked in advance)
- Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th Feb
- Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th Feb inclusive
- Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st Feb inclusive
Cerney House Gardens is a romantic, secret place in the Cotswolds, near to Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. No need to book in advance and you can pay via their website. Find out more.
Enjoy a winter walk among carpets of snowdrops at National Trust property Newark Park at Wotton Under Edge. Find out more.
Painswick Rococo Gardens
Open for local exercise Thursday to Sundays by advance bookings. With 5 million snowdrops, February is the best time for a snowdrop walk at the Painswick Rococo Gardens just 5 miles away from Stroud. Find out more.
Rodmarton Manor – CANCELLED 2021
There are 150 different types of snowdrops at Rodmarton Manor including several rare ones. A beautiful 8 acre Cotswold Garden nestled in Gloucestershire, the gardens will not be open Feb 2021 due to the current pandemic. Find out more.
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens – CLOSED
One my absolute favourite places to visit with my kids is the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. Not only do they have a huge number of amazing animals to see but they have stunning gardens. Currently closed due to the pandemic.
Cotswold Farm Gardens – CLOSED
In January and February an established snowdrop collection can be enjoyed, begun in the 1930’s and further developed by Ruth Birchall in the 1980’s and 90’s. There are over 80 varieties, named and naturalised, in the borders and along the woodland paths. Closed this year due to the pandemic, it’s one to save for next year. Find out more.