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Snowdrops at Hodsock 2019

Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Nr Blyth, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0TY
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Snowdrops at Hodsock 2019


Saturday 9 - Sunday 17 February 2019 | 10am - 3pm (last entry)
Hodsock Priory
Admission: Adults £3 | Concessions £2 | Under 18s & wheelchair users FREE

Hodsock Priory’s snowdrop walks and winter gardens will open daily from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 February 2019. The historic North Nottinghamshire estate is much loved by garden enthusiasts, photographers and local families. They visit the stunning gardens and woodland walk each year to enjoy a reawakening of nature after the dark winter lull. Perfect for all ages, visitors can wander among millions of snowdrops, winter flowering plants and shrubs with glorious colours and fragrances.

The 2019 season will evoke memories of times past, remembering the atmosphere of the days when the Estate first opened to the public. Back to basics beauty is the aim, with a much simpler event, ticket prices from the 1990s and refreshments sold by the campfire.

Sir Andrew and Lady Buchanan, both in their 80s, have tirelessly nurtured Hodsock - one of England’s best loved winter gardens - for over 50 years.

The Buchanan’s are incredibly proud of their ancestral home and open the 800 acre Hodsock estate for just a few weeks each year, when the five acres of formal planted gardens and 12 acres of Horse Pasture Wood are at their best. Alongside natural collections, established displays and snowdrop lawns are winter flowering plants including hellebores, aconites, cyclamen, irises, fragrant sarcococca and witch hazel. It’s a magical place for children and adults to explore.

“Last season’s prolonged snowfall resulted in an early closure so we will open for a shorter season in 2019. With no marquee tearoom, plant sale, gift shop, or coaches to distract, we’ll offer a glimpse of nature at its best, with peace and quiet, birdsong and a gentle walk in the gardens and woods. The Woodland Café in the Glade will be serving hot drinks and bacon butties by the campfire to warm everyone.” added Sir Andrew.  

Skirting the outdoor café, the woodland walk is suitable for all ages and abilities with regular resting places. The main footpaths through the woodland and gardens, from the Tudor gatehouse to the replica Victorian beehives, are passable in most weather conditions with wheelchairs and buggies. Visitors are advised to check the weather forecast before setting off and to dress warmly with sturdy footwear.

Admission for Hodsock Snowdrops 2019 is: £3 adults, £2 Friends of Hodsock, under 18s and wheelchair users free. NB cash only at the entry kiosk and Woodland Café - card payments cannot be accepted. Advance tickets, redeemable any day throughout the season, can also be online.

Essential information for your visit:

  • Entrance fees - tickets can be purchased on arrival or in advance (valid for any date within the 2019 season). Adults £3.00, Friends of Hodsock (with a valid membership card) £2.00. Concessions. Under 18s and wheelchair Users FREE. HHA Members and HHA Friends FREE (with a valid membership card).
  • Visitors will be during the short Snowdrop season come rain or shine. Please DO dress in warm outdoor clothing and DON’T forget to bring your wellies or walking boots as some areas can get a little muddy. 
  • There’s a well signed walk around the gardens with shortcuts for those who are less mobile and walk extensions for those wanting to roam the woodland. Extended walks around the estate and local area are signposted.
  • Warm yourselves by the campfire in the Glade and seek shelter by the Woodland Café with refreshments. Open each day, teas and coffees, steaming hot chocolate, and goodies like homemade cakes or egg, bacon and sausage sandwiches will be available.
  • Dogs are regrettably not permitted in the Snowdrop Garden and Grounds, with the exception of Assistance Dogs.
  • Accessibility - preferred routes for less able visitors will be identified, and the footpaths immediately around the house and formal gardens can be accessed by wheelchair. Other routes are across grassland and woodland so they can get very muddy. This can be difficult for wheelchairs, motorised vehicles and pushchairs. Please note that wheelchairs are not available to hire on site.
  • Parking - limited hard surface parking is allocated for disabled visitors. The main car park is the right hand field of the estate. Parking wardens will welcome you to the site and direct you to the next available space. Parking is included in the entry price to the gardens.
  • Getting there - the address for SatNav is Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Nottinghamshire, Postcode S81 0TY. The estate is located at Blyth just off the A1.

Opening Times

Snowdrops at Hodsock 2019 (9 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 15:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 15:00

* Open daily from 10am – 3pm (last entry)

Please note - Due to heavy snow and freezing conditions, Hodsock Priory have taken the decision to end the snowdrop season early this year.

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  • Groups Accepted
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Outdoor Event
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Picnic Site
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

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  • In countryside

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