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Where to see snowdrops in Norfolk: 8 of the best places

PUBLISHED: 16:57 07 January 2020

We've selected some of the best places to see snowdrops in Norfolk (photo: Paul Heyes, Getty Images)

We've selected some of the best places to see snowdrops in Norfolk (photo: Paul Heyes, Getty Images)

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Going on a snowdrop walk is the perfect way to welcome spring. These little white flowers are symbolic of new life for the year and are truly inspirational to see. We pick eight of Norfolk's prettiest snowdrop walks

- Horstead House

Mill Road, Horstead

Seventeenth century country property, Horstead House, is nestled in pretty woodland which is carpeted in winter flora during the colder months, with snowdrops pushing their way through in early spring.

The Bure River runs through the walled garden, which will be open for one day for the National Garden Scheme's Snowdrop Festival this year. The woodland is a perfect place to take a walk to welcome the spring.

The garden at Horstead House will be open on Saturday 15th February from 11am to 4pm and admission will cost £4 (children go free) with drinks and cakes available in aid of Horstead Church. You can also visit by arrangement during February and March - check the National Garden Scheme website for more details.

Horstead House Snowdrop Walk 2012

- Bagthorpe Hall

Bircham, King's Lynn

A walk around the grounds of the country house B&B, Bagthorpe Hall, this February will leave you refreshed and inspired by the little white snowdrops pushing through the hard, late winter ground before wandering through the gardens.

After a relaxing stroll around the grounds, you can even warm up with tea or a bowl of soup made with vegetables grown on the farm.

Bagthorpe Hall will be open Sunday 23rd February from 11am to 4pm and admission will be £5 (children go free)

Snowdrops

- Walsingham Abbey

Common Place, Walsingham NR22 6BP

The historical Walsingham Abbey, dating back to the 11th century, is surrounded by an 18-acre woodland. The two villages, Little Walsingham and Great Walsingham, are packed with fascinating historic buildings and the medieval Walsingham Priory is a popular pilgrimage site.

There will be different varieties of snowdrops to see including some rarer flowers to spot.

Walsingham Abbey will be open from Saturday 25th January to Sunday 8th March from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £5.50 for adults and £2.50 for children (age six to 16)

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- Oxburgh Hall

Oxborough, King's Lynn PE33 9PS

Located in the village of Oxborough is the 15th-century moated stately home Oxburgh Hall. There are manicured formal walled gardens, an orchard and woodland to explore, which will be blooming with snowdrops in February.

Guided snowdrop walks will take place on weekends from Saturday 25th January then from 15th February, the house, gardens and tearoom will all be open daily. Walks are free to join but normal admission charges apply.

Check the website for peak and off peak pricing depending on when you visit.

Oxburgh Hall Snowdrops

- Blickling Estate

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Blickling, Norwich NR11 6NF

The National Trust-owned Blickling Estate is comprised of the grand country house, built on the ruins of an older property in the early 17th century, and its extensive grounds that includes 500 acres of woodland, 450 acres parkland and 3,500 acres of farmland.

The woodland is dotted with clusters of pretty snowdrops at the end of winter, the perfect accompaniments for a tranquil walk.

The house, garden, park and café are all open during February, with the park open dawn to dusk for snowdrop walks. Please check the website for full opening times and prices

snowdrops

- Chestnut Farm

Church Road, West Beckham, Holt NR25 6NX

The garden at Chestnut Farm in the village of West Beckham, home to "a lifetime's collection of plants" is three acres in size and boasts over 90 varieties of snowdrop during the season.

When visiting the garden, make sure to spot the garden sculpture by local blacksmith Toby Winterbourne, which will be on display.

Chestnut Farm garden will be open Sunday 23rd February from 11am to 4pm. Admission is £5 and light refreshments are available

Snowdrops

- Raveningham Estate

Signposted off A146 at Hales then B1136, Raveningham, Norwich NR14 6NS

Located in a vast and stunning 5,500 acres of South Norfolk countryside is Raveningham Hall, the mid 18th century, Grad II* listed country estate that has been home to the Bacon family since 1735.

From February, snowdrop season begins and continues throughout the month, encouraging visitors to view the stunning bed of snow-white flowers that carpets the estate. After your snowdrop walk, duck into the tea room for tea and cake or a warming bowl of soup.

The Raveningham Estate is open throughout February. Check the website for updated information.

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- Lexham Estate

East Lexham, King's Lynn PE32 2QJ

The private estate of the Grade II listed Lexham Hall is home to rolling parkland that includes a lake and river.

The park will be open especially for snowdrop walks on two days in aid of two charities. Sunday 9th February's walk will be in aid of St Andrews Church in East Lexham. The walk on Sunday 16th February will be in aid of the Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice.

Walks will take place from 11am to 4pm and admission will cost £6 for adults and free for under 16s. Dogs are allowed on leads and there will be homemade refreshments available

Snowdrops at Lexham Hall

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