Enjoy a hint of Spring


Flowering between January and March, snowdrops are one of the first signs of life in gardens after the long winter months. Find out where you can spot these pretty white flowers with walks in the area.

Knaith Hall Snowdrop Walk

Wander through the delightful snowdrop and aconite woods beside the mighty River Trent, in this park-like garden with its intriguing church, step inside to discover some of its curious and fascinating history.

For the more energetic there is a longer walk to the unique Gate Burton Chateau which sits on a knoll like a doll’s house with striking views across the Trent Valley.

Tea, coffee and delicious cakes will be available within the Hall beside a cosy log fire.

Stout shoes or boots are recommended. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Open Sunday 16 February, 11am to 3pm.

Cost: £2.50 per person in aid of St Mary’s Church, Knaith.

Knaith Hall (DN21 5PE) is at Knaith, three miles south of Gainsborough on the A156 Lincoln/Gainsborough road.

Holmes Villa, Walkeringham, Gainsborough, DN10 4JP

Large plantsman’s garden offering year round interest and inspiration, starting with carpets of snowdrops, mini daffodils, hellebores and spring bulbs. Unusual collection of plants and shrubs this winter. Come and be surprised at the different fragrant and interesting plants in early spring.

Open Sunday 23 February, 12 to 4pm

Visit Holmes Villa – Snowdrop Open Garden for more information.

Guided Walks at Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop and Café

Enjoy a guided tour of our walled garden and woodland at Uncle Henry’s from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 February, 11am to 12pm. The tour covers the walled garden and adjoining woodland at Uncle Henry’s to view and learn about the snowdrops.

Tours will begin at 11am with limited spaces so booking is advisable, we also welcome large groups. To make a booking or enquire further please contact us on 01652 640308.

Price per ticket: £5. Please purchase at the farm shop tills. Each person will receive a potted snowdrop to take home and a free traditional tea or coffee voucher that can be redeemed in the cafe. Additional potted snowdrops can be purchased in the farm shop.

The grounds are unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair or pushchair use. Suitable clothing and footwear is advisable, we advise bringing spare footwear to enter farm shop and cafe after your tour if grounds are muddy. Friendly dogs on leads are welcome on this tour and our coffee lounge.

Snowdrops at Brightwater Gardens

Enjoy a winter walk leading through the gardens and woodlands at Brightwater Gardens near Market Rasen.

Over the past 14 years 160,000 snowdrops, 45,000 crocus winter irises, and a selection of other bulbs have been planted to create a ¼ mile winter walk leading through the garden and woodland. There are banks of willows, dogwoods and winter flowering shrubs, a grove of gleaming white Himalayan birch and pleached red-twigged limes to delight the visitor. Nearby St. Helen’s church attributed to Capability Brown is well worth a visit.

Enjoy the warmth of the log fire in the Hay Barn where delicious soup, sandwiches and home-made cakes are served to round off your visit.

The garden is open every day from Wednesday 12 February to Sunday 1 March 2020 (closed Monday and Tuesdays) from 11am to 4pm. Parking is available and mown grass paths. Entry is £5 per person (children under 16 £2.00 ).

Bolham Manor, Retford, DN22 9JG

As you enter this 3 acre mature garden, you are greeted by the ‘Dancing Willow Ladies’ amidst swathes of snowdrops and narcissus. You eyes are drawn to the occasional well positioned sculpture or topiary feature guiding you through to other areas of the garden and orchard, where even more carpets of snowdrops and early bulbs will greet you.

Open Sunday 1 March, 11am to 3pm. Admission £3.50 per adult. Children go free.

Visit Open Garden at Bolham Manor for more information.

Church Farm, Retford, DN21 8EB

The gardens are essentially a spring garden with a small woodland area which is carpeted with many snowdrops, aconites and cyclamen which have seeded into the adjoining churchyard, with approximately 180 named snowdrops growing in island beds, along with hellebores and daffodils.

Open Sunday 23 February, 10.30am to 4pm. Admission: £3 per adult. Children go free.

Visit Snowdrop Open Garden at Church Farm for more information.

Spring Bulb Pageant at Doddington Hall

The gardens at Doddington Hall will reopen for the new season for their Spring Bulb Pageant from Sunday 9 February to Wednesday 1 April (Sundays and Wednesdays only). Visitors will be able to enjoy a spectacular pageant of bulbs – the delicate, the bold and the rare – throughout the Gardens, heralding the start of spring and the reawakening of the soil in preparation for the warmth of summer.

Gardens open 11am to 4.30pm (Please note the Hall is closed until 5 April).

Admission – Adult £7.50, Child 3.50, Family £19

Tickets available on arrival at the Gatehouse.

Hodsock Priory’s winter gardens and woodland walk

Hodsock Priory near Blyth will be open again this February for their popular snowdrop walk from Saturday 8 to Sunday 16 February. For the first time ever, visitors will have the chance to take a little bit of Hodsock home and a chance to meet Hodsock’s lead gardener, Diane Haycock.

Along the half-mile woodland walk, swathes of pristine white snowdrops will be emerging. Visitors can stop and warm themselves next to the roaring campfire, with hot drinks, bacon butties and other treats available for cash purchase at the Woodland Café. Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are situated at the entrance to Horse Pasture Wood.

The spectacular snowdrop walks and winter gardens will open daily between 10am and 3pm (last entry) from Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th February 2020. Admission £4 for adults, £2 for Friends of Hodsock (with current membership card) and £1 under 18s. Entry is free of charge for under 5s, wheelchair users and HHA members with a current membership card. The entry kiosk, Snowdrop Sales and Woodland Café take cash only, card payments cannot be accepted.

For more information go to our what’s on calendar.