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Snowdrops at Hodsock

Over nine days in February, visitors will flock to the Buchanan family’s ancestral home in North Nottinghamshire to wander among the acres of snowdrop covered woodland paths and stunning formal gardens. Colour and fragrance will also be in abundance from late-winter plants and shrubs including aconites, hellebores, cyclamen, irises, sarcococca and witch hazel. Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory will open daily from Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th February 2020, from 10am to last entry at 3pm.

The ‘back to basics’ format returns with a wider variety of woodland dining choices, to reduce queues and meet high demand. Visitors can tuck into steaming hot baked potatoes with delicious meat, vegetarian or vegan fillings from eco-aware local supplier ‘Spud Buddies’, while the Woodland Café team will continue to offer their famous bacon or egg butties and homemade cakes in the Glade. Friends of Hodsock receive a 10% discount at the Woodland Café and at Spud Buddies with a valid membership card.

Also new for 2020 is the Snowdrop marquee, adjacent to the iconic Tudor gatehouse. Here visitors will have the chance to purchase Hodsock-grown snowdrops and irises nurtured by Diane Haycock, lead gardener. The marquee will also be home to Gardeners’ Questions and Answers each day from 1pm to 1.30pm. Topics will be expertly discussed by Rachel Barrowcliffe, private gardener to Sir Andrew and Lady Belinda Buchanan.

Sir Andrew is looking forward to sharing tales of his ancestors and the Hodsock Estate in his midday history talk by the campfire, commenting, “Meeting with visitors in Horse Pasture Wood and hearing their stories of Hodsock is such a pleasure, not only around the time of my history talk but also stopping to chat while stoking the campfire or along the half-mile woodland path.”

Sir Andrew advises, “The main footpaths along the Snowdrop woodland walk and in the formal gardens are passable in most weather conditions with wheelchairs and buggies but do check the weather forecast before setting off and dress warmly with sturdy footwear. Latest news and announcements from the Estate are posted by the Snowdrops team to our Facebook page, SnowdropsHodsockPriory.”

Admission prices are £4 adult, £2 Friends of Hodsock (with valid membership card) and £1 under 18s. Entry is free of charge for under 5s, wheelchair users and HHA members with a current membership card. Adult advance tickets, redeemable any day throughout the season, can also be purchased online at www.snowdrops.co.uk.

Visitors should note that only cash payments can be accepted at the entry kiosk, Snowdrop Sales and Woodland Café, the nearest cash machine being in Blyth village. Dogs, with the exception of assistance dogs, are not permitted into the grounds. Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are situated at the entrance to Horse Pasture Wood.

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This story was published on: 08/02/2020

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