It is hard not to be cooped up in the house at this time of year, which is why we are getting the family all wrapped up and heading to some of the beautiful private gardens exclusively opened for charity as part of The National Garden Scheme...
It was founded in 1927 so people could step inside some of the finest unseen gardens in England and Wales (since then 3,500 have been opened, raising more than £50million for charity) and this January sees the launch of their wonderful Snowdrop festival. There is an array of gardens where you can really enjoy a carpet of these magical blooms. Our favourite is Horkesley Hall in Essex, which is hosting a moonlit walk through the crisp white flowers (there is a scattering of fairy lights too) – your little ones might even spot a Tinker Bell or two.
Late January to the end of February.
The appearance of snowdrops officially mark the end of winter, and although summer may still seem a long way off it feels good to get outdoors and see the gardens coming out of hibernation. If only to treat yourself to a delicious hot chocolate to warm up those freezing fingers afterwards.
Adults £6. Children are free.
To discover a snowdrop garden near you click here. Horkesley Hall, Little Horkesley, Colchester, Essex.