Walsingham Abbey

THE BEST places to see snowdrops in north norfolk

From late January, snowdrops will begin to pop-up in parklands, gardens and woodlands across north Norfolk indicating Spring is on its way. The carpet of white dainty flowers is a sight not to be missed. See our round up of the best places to see snowdrops in north Norfolk as well as snowdrop walks and events.

PARKS AND GARDENS

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National Trust Blickling Estate, near Aylsham (park entry free, £5 fixed daily parking charge). The National Trust 17th century Jacobean mansion on the Blickling Estate, is surrounded by stunning parkland in the beautiful Bure meadows and is great for exploring with the whole family. There will be snowdrops dotted throughout the grounds (gardens open 10.30am to 4pm and park is open dawn to dusk).

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Snowdrops at Blickling

Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham (entry from £8.95, open from 10am every day). Pensthorpe is a true natural wonder. Walk through the fascinating park and find snowdrops dotted throughout as well as other Spring flowers awakening such as the primroses in the Wave Garden, the hellebores around the Corten Infinity Garden and the Stachyurus praecox in the Millennium Garden.

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Pensthorpe

Walsingham Abbey, Walsingham (cost: adult £5.50, child 6 to 16 £2.50 - check online ahead of visiting as bad weather may cause events to be cancelled). 

The historic 11th century Walsingham Abbey is surrounded by 18 acres of stunning grounds and gardens with a magnificent priory; an ancient pilgrimage site. To mark the start of Spring, there will be snowdrop walks from 25 January until 8 March 2020 (10am to 4pm). It really is an amazing natural spectacle and provides you with the opportunity to see other rare flowers as well. The carpet of snowdrops is prevalent due to the perfect conditions; deciduous woodland with chalky, alkaline, humus-rich soil with good drainage, which never dries out in summer and the open tree canopy lets through plenty of light.

On 15 February 2020, there will be a St. John Ambulance charity day (same timings and prices as above) with refreshments available all day in the Parish Hall on the High Street. Walsingham Farm Shop will be running a pop-up Snowdrop Cafe during half term week from 17 to 21 February 2020.

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Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden (cost: adult £7.50, concessions £6.95, children 4 to 16 £3.95, children 0 to 4 are free). An award-winning garden set over 130 acres which is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Spot the snowdrops as you wander around the gardens. There is also a half-term Signs of Spring family event from 15 to 23 February 2020 (10am to 4pm) when the snowdrops are in full bloom. Enjoy four miles of woodland pathways and exploring the private Broads.

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Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

National Trust Sheringham Park, Upper Sheringham (dawn to dusk, free entry with cash only parking £6.50 all day). Head to stunning Sheringham Park to see a fantastic display of snowdrops. As you stroll through the park, you may spot a deer and make sure you climb the viewing tower for the best views. During Spring, you will also see a large variety of azaleas, rhododendrons and bluebells.

Over February half-term there will be a Tracker Trail. Collect sheets (£2.50) from the visitor centre from 10am to 4.15pm and take the fun quiz for a chance to win a prize.

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Sheringham Park