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Events


From Snowdrop and Bluebell Open Days to secret house tours, our Hodsock events may be small in number but are big on experience.

Hodsock Priory welcomes 'The Snowdrop Queen'

Outdoor theatre weekend –
Whispering Woods presents ‘The Snowdrop Queen’


NEW for Snowdrops at Hodsock: 16-18 February 2018.

The acclaimed Whispering Wood Folk’s 25-minute long promenade performances take place over the weekend of 16th to 18th February. The dramatic company will wind their way up and around the beech trees in Horsepasture Wood among the stunning white carpet of four million snowdrops.

Spellbinding storytelling daytime shows and early evening fire and light performances are sure to intrigue visitors of all ages.

If you come and enjoy Hodsock Snowdrops anytime between 10am and 3pm on 16th, 17th or 18th, the £5 adult entry price and £1 child price applies and includes access to the daytime theatre show.

There’ll be a £2.50 charge per adult to the evening shows. To buy Fire and Light show tickets in advance, click here.

NB you don’t need to book tickets to see the Fire and Light show on Fri 16th or Sat 17th February. They’ll be available from 3pm on the day before the show starts at 5pm.

Food and refreshments will also be available in the heated Marquee Tearoom and Woodland Cafe between 3pm and 5pm on these two special dates.

Outdoor Cinema in the rainOutdoor Cinema in the rain

Performance Times


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    Friday 16th February

    5pm (Fire and Light Show)

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    Saturday 17th February

    11am, 2.30pm and 5pm (Fire and Light Show)

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    Sunday 18th February

    10.30am and 2.30pm

Snowdrops at Hodsock


Snowdrops at Hodsock is an annual event when we open our woodland gardens to the public. Visitors come from far and wide to see the Estate covered in millions of tiny white flowers.

We will open daily to the public from Saturday 10th February 2018 until Sunday 4th March inclusive – from 10am until 4pm.

Please note that the House is closed for Snowdrop Weddings during our opening season. It is a garden and woodland event.

Dogs are regrettably not permitted to the gardens and woodland but are welcome to run in the Park and enjoy walks around the estate.

Entrance fees have been frozen since 2012 at:
Adults £5.00
Children aged 6 and over £1.00
Children aged 5 and under FREE
Wheelchair users FREE

Tickets can be purchased in advance online for use on any date during the season, or on arrival on the day.


Bluebells at Hodsock

Bluebells in Horsepasture Wood
Bluebell glade

Bluebells 2018 opening dates:

  • 28th & 29th April 2018
  • 5th, 6th & 7th May 2018

10am to 3pm (last entry)

Entrance fees:
Adults £2.50
Friends of Hodsock, Wheelchair users and Children FREE

Please note: We can only accept cash at the ticket kiosk/woodland cafe for bluebell dates. The nearest Cash Machine is just a few minutes away at McColls village shop in Blyth.

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Card Payments Accepted

Bluebells at Hodsock

Open to visitors from 10am to 3pm on:

  • Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April 2018
  • May Day Bank Holiday Weekend – 5th, 6th and 7th May 2018

There’s nothing more satisfying than the scents and sounds of the early morning in the 12 acres of Horsepasture Wood. From listening to birdsong and calls from the trees while the dew still glistens on the woodland floor, to smelling the fragrance of thousands of Bluebells in the air, it’s a heavenly place to be.

To experience this yourself, we advise you come early for a visit and start the day with brunch – coffee and freshly cooked breakfast butties are available from the lovely ladies at our Woodland Cafe.

Then walk the woodland paths and see some of our most impressive bluebell displays. We’ve 12 acres to explore and we have accessible routes straight into Horsepasture Wood. Have your cameras ready and take a couple of hours to roam.

The Woodland Café & Play Area
Grab a hot drink and snack in the heart of the Bluebell Woods. Open each day, our team at the Woodland Café by the campfire (where George’s free daily history talk takes place) will be serving teas, coffees, homemade cakes, bacon, egg and sausage sandwiches. [Please note: cash only at Woodland Cafe for bluebells and we do not have the Marquee Tearooms for this event.]
Bring the kids or grandchildren for some outdoor fun at our homemade balance beam playground or building dens.

Toilets and facilities
We have toilets situated near the entrance to the woodland and kiosk. Disabled facilities and baby changing facilities are also available.

Dogs
Dogs are regrettably not permitted in the Garden, Woodlands and Grounds, with the exception of Assistance Dogs. Dogs are welcome to take a stroll in the parkland outside the gardens (with links to public rights of way) but should be kept on lead and under close control at all times.


The Pavilion Reception Hall

Wedding Preview Event


We occasionally hold a Wedding Preview Event for couples and their close friends and family who have previously enquired about a wedding at Hodsock Priory.

We ask for couples to RSVP with the number of guests who’ll be visiting in your party through our Wedding Preview page.

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