Have you ever wanted to go and see a woods covered in a blanket of Snowdrops? Well I hadn’t until I spotted it on Instagram! It looked stunning, and then when I saw it was only 50 minutes from home I booked it in the diary for last weekend, and off we headed.

Pre 1536 on the land of Welford Park, stood a monastery which was in the care of the monks of Abingdon, until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. This was the order of King Henry VIII, who then kept it as his own deer hunting lodge. Then he granted it to one of his courtiers, Sir Thomas Parry in 1546. Since then Welford Park has been passed through the families, until now, and James Puxley and his family live here.

Welford Park

Welford Park is a private garden, and only opens up for special events. The special event we went to was to see their large display of Snowdrops. Please check the website to see the dates it is open, in 2017 it is open 1st Feb – 5th March, however please check website to make sure as they close on a couple of days of the week too.

So what’s all the fuss about? Well take a look at this picture, it isn’t something you normally see is it!?

Welford Park Snowdrops

A full blanket of Snowdrops, covering the floor of the woods. Welford Park think that these Snowdrops were planted by the Norman Monks, as they saw Snowdrops as a symbol of purity and the cleansing of the earth after winter.  Also to decorate their Church for the feast of Candlemas, and also for medicinal use.

Welford Park Snowdrops

Welford Park charge an admission fee for coming to their grounds, adults £6, children £2 and under 4’s free. However they are also part of the National Garden Scheme, which people open up their garden to raise money for lots of charities.

Welford Park

We had a couple of hours walking around the gardens and woods, Welford Park have made such an effort for this event. With dedicated car parking area, paths made, signs to direct you and staff on hand to help you.

Welford Park Snowdrops

They also have opened up a heated tent for you to purchase hot drinks and food from the tearoom. We didn’t use this, but we did go to the gift shop and purchase some of their sausages and bacon from their own pigs. They tasted really nice, and recommend them.

We went on a perfect day, it was snowing! So we walked around the woods with the flurries of snow around us, the kids were happy to be out in it and enjoyed exploring a new place together.

Welford Park

Most of all though, they loved playing ‘Pooh Sticks’ on every bridge we came across!

Welford Park Snowdrops

Welford Park

I will leave you with some more pictures of our visit.

Welford Park Snowdrops

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    • My Mum loves them, so I have fond memories of my Mum being so pleased to see the Snowdrops. I hadn’t seen so many in my whole life I don’t think!!!

    • I love Snowdrops, it makes me start thinking that the warmer weather might be here soon!

    • Thank you! That’s what is coming next, bluebells! I will be there with my camera for that too!

  1. My goodness! I have never seen such a carpet of snowdrops. We have lots in the hedgerows, but nothing on this scale. Just beautiful. How perfect that it snowed as well. #CountryKids
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    • I used to get excited when I saw them on the hedgerows, but I have been spoilt now with these!

  2. Snowdrops and snow, what a wonderful combination. I must say your photos are stunning and show the impact of the snowdrops so well. I was reading on another snowdrop post on Country Kids today that there are actually 80 different types of snowdrops. I wonder which these are? They are certainly very pretty and I love the idea of them as a sign of purifying the earth after winter.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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    • I don’t have a clue which one they are, I didn’t even realise you can get 80 different ones!! Wow! Thank you, I loved picturing them.

  3. Wow I have never seen so many snowdrops!! They look absolutely beautiful – really lovely photos #CountryKids

  4. Wow, so many snowdrops! Looks like a gorgeous place to visit. We went to a local park this weekend in the hope of seeing snowdrops but most of them were in private gardens on the estate so I couldn’t get up close. #countrykids

    • Ahhh take a trip around a country lane…they have them there sometimes. Such a pretty flower

  5. The snowdrops look stunning, I can see why you were keen to see them up close! Snowdrops always make me feel a bit excited, spring is coming! Lovely photos too 🙂 #countrykids
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    • Thank you, spring is coming…..although I’m sat here with storm Doris going around right now!

  6. Annette, Four Acorns Reply

    How I love snowdrops! I have never seen such a display, wow! Stunning photos, the place looks like it’s covered in snow.
    I know of a few places here in Ireland that host snowdrop events, but bad timing means we always miss them. Have to try harder next year.
    #CountryKids

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