Hodsock Priory to welcome '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 will perform 25-minute long promenade performances over the weekend of 16th to 18th February. The dramatic company wind their way up and around the beech trees in Horsepasture Wood and 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.
Daytime theatre will be included within the entry price but there’ll be a small charge of £2.50 per adult to the evening shows. Warming refreshments will be available from the Marquee Tearoom and Woodland Cafe.
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:
Tickets can be purchased in advance online for use on any date during the season, or on arrival on the day.
Bluebells 2018 opening dates:
10am to 3pm (last entry)
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.
Bluebells at Hodsock
Open to the public:
- Weekend 28th and 29th April 2018
- May Day Bank Holiday Weekend – 5th, 6th and 7th May 2018
10am to 3pm.
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 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.
Bespoke Private House Tour – with Lunch
£26.50 per head – including coffee and lunch.
Suitable for groups of between 20 and 50 people.
Subject to availability on Wednesdays and Thursdays in March, April, May, June, September, October and November.
George Buchanan, who lives at Hodsock with his family, will personally welcome you and after coffee and biscuits on arrival, he’ll guide you through the ground floor reception rooms, telling anecdotes about life at Hodsock over the centuries. You’ll see paintings of his ancestors up close as well as exploring both the bridal suite bedrooms and behind the scenes in the cellars.
The tour includes a 2-course lunch with coffee and the opportunity to explore the gardens at your leisure before departure.
The tour is wheelchair accessible except the bedrooms and cellars (photographs of these areas are available to browse for those unable to climb stairs).
House rules – please make yourselves at home, please do walk on the grass, please do sit on the furniture, please do take photographs!
To arrange your group visit call 01909 591204 and press 2 or email us by clicking on the button below.
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