In bloom! 11 snowdrop walks in Norfolk
They're coming out! Wrap up warm and head outside to one of these lovely local places to catch winter snowdrops across Norfolk over the next few weeks.
Shorts and sandals at the ready, spring is here. Er, okay maybe not, but the snowdrops are! If you’ve thawed out enough to venture outside and see them, here are the best snowdrop hotspots in our ‘hood. If you know a secret spot, please let us know in the comments below.
Walsingham Abbey, Walsingham
One of the earliest snowdrop walks open for the season, the Abbey grounds are transformed into 20 acres of white blooms from late Jan until early March. Take in the sweeping lawns, riverside paths and beautiful ruins, before popping into the museum and shop, which are open for the first time since 2020! Admission £6, children aged 6-16 £2.50. Under 6s go free. Open daily, 10am to 4pm.
Sheringham Park, Sheringham
If you’ve not yet visited this glorious park, you’re in for a treat. One of my top picks for a meander anytime, Shezza Park always puts on her best seasonal frock and at this time of year it’s the brave little snowdrop in abundance. Look out for the ‘Upcher’ variety, which is named after the family that owned Sheringham Park for more than 170 years! The park is currently open from dawn until dusk, with the Courtyard Café open from 10am to 3.30pm. Admission £6.50 per car.
Oxburgh Hall, Swaffham
The roof of the Manor House might be undergoing a serious makeover, but the grounds of Oxburgh are still great for a woodland wander, admiring the little ‘milk flowers’ as you go. Dogs are welcome on short leads throughout the gardens and woods, but the rough terrain makes it a no-go for wheelchairs. Open 9.30am to 4pm, admission from £8.50.
Raveningham Hall, Norwich
This hall is owned by former President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Sir Nicholas Bacon, so expect to be impressed! There are over 150 varieties of snowdrop on show in the garden and woodlands (no, I didn’t know that many existed either), and although the Tea Room remains closed, the outdoor Tea Hut will be open to serve take-away drinks, soup and light bites. Admission £5, open from 1 Feb, 11am to 4pm.
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, South Walsham
Fill a whole morning or afternoon with this four-mile woodland and waterway walk where the kids can run free and spot lots of wildlife (there’s over 95 species of birds, so you’ll keep the small ones busy). Admission from £7.65, open Saturday to Wednesday from 1 Feb, 10am to 4pm.
Lexham Hall, Litcham
Lexham is a family owned hall set in a whopping 4400 acres of mainly agricultural estate. The snowdrop walks here stretch from the surrounding 3 acre park and woodlands and across to the American Gardens to the far side of the lake. Come back in the spring/summer to admire the roses, and look out for rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias. Admission £6, open on Sun 6 Feb and Sun 13 Feb, 11am to 4pm.
Horstead House, Norwich
Horstead is on the River Bure and its woodland walk offers a blanket of snowdrops with added winter flowering shrubs and dogwoods on the river island. Magical. The main snowdrop area is wheelchair accessible, and dogs on leads are welcome, too. Admission £5, Open Day on 19 Feb, 11am to 4pm. Visits by arrangement from 16 to 23 Feb.
Brinton Hall, Melton Constable
This stunning Georgian hall is opening for two hour-long snowdrop tours this Feb, which is the perfect time to take in the woodlands awash with delicate white blossoms and the pretty water meadows. Tours cost £25 each, including a lunch of soup, desserts and coffee, and a tour of the house itself. 18 Feb and 25 Feb.
Bagthorpe Hall, Kings Lynn
Not far from Sandringham (Queenie could be in residence) in Kings Lynn and only 15 mins from the coast, Bagthorpe Hall’s delightful circular snowdrop walk via the 150 year old woodland might just have you reaching for a tree hug. Plus, there’s tea and homemade soup if it’s chilly. Admission £5, Open Day Sun 20 Feb, 10am to 4pm.
Hindringham Hall, Hindringham
Shortlisted for the 2020 Historic House Garden of the Year Award, the gorgeous grounds at Hindringham Hall are open throughout spring and summer, but if you can nab a slot on their snowdrop Open Day you’re in for a treat. Admission £8, Open Day Sat 26 Feb, 10am to 4pm.
Chestnut Farm, Holt
Just a couple of miles from Holt and the coast is the lovely Chestnut Farm, a privately owned 3-acre garden packed full of snowdrops (there are over 100 varieties!), crocuses and other woodland flowers. Admission £5, Open Day Sun 27 Feb, 11am to 4pm. You can also contact the owner directly to arrange a visit if you can’t make the Open Day.