Spectacular snowdrops on show at attractions

Magnificent white carpets of snowdrops will be on show from this weekend at Burton Agnes Hall.
Magnificent white carpets of snowdrops will be on show from this weekend at Burton Agnes Hall.

Two of the area’s most imposing attractions will be showcasing an amazing array of snowdrops this month.

Both Burton Agnes Hall and Sewerby Hall and Gardens will offer the chance to witness the annual spring sensation.

Every February, hundreds of thousands of hardy snowdrops push through the cold winter ground, creating a magnificent ‘white carpet’ across the woodland floor at Burton Agnes Hall.

The Cunliffe-Lister family is inviting visitors to wrap up warmly and celebrate the start of the new season by enjoying the breathtaking display of snowdrops in their home’s historic woodland throughout February.

Simon Cunliffe-Lister said: “At the end of a long winter we relish the sight of the hardy little plants that spring up every year.

“This hopeful biblical symbol reminds us that winter, however harsh, does eventually give way to spring.”

The Snowdrop Spectacular runs from this Saturday (6 February) to Sunday 6 March, from 11am to 4pm each day.

At the end of the snowdrop opening, Burton Agnes holds its annual Orchid Festival on the weekend of 5 and 6 March. There will be stunning exhibitions in the Hall, and flower sales. Expert advisors will give talks and take questions about how to care for orchids, and there will be slide shows and stalls selling orchid related goods.

Snowdrops can now be seen along some areas of Sewerby Hall and Gardens – in particular the woodland walk and adjacent to the main pathway up towards the house.

Admission charges to the zoo and house apply at this time of year but not for the gardens. Seasonal opening times apply and full details can be found by visiting www.sewerbyhall.co.uk or calling 01262 673769.