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 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!?
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 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.
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.
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.
Most of all though, they loved playing ‘Pooh Sticks’ on every bridge we came across!
I will leave you with some more pictures of our visit.