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Wed 19th April 2017
Bluebell woods at Hodsock Estate, Nottinghamshire

The historic Hodsock Priory estate, renowned for white carpets of snowdrops and colourful, winter gardens, invites visitors to experience one of the truly great spectacles of the English countryside in the late spring.

The Buchanan family has announced two open weekends so that families, photographers, outdoor and garden enthusiasts alike, can enjoy the vibrancy of the Bluebell woods.

The estate is located in Blyth on the border of North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, and the 12 acre Horsepasture Wood’s recent blanket of snowdrops will soon have lifted for another year and an ocean like vista will appear as the ice iconic wildflower forms a sea of blue. 

"We are thrilled to welcome visitors to the stunning natural display of the English Bluebell,” said George Buchanan, ninth generation resident and general manager of Hodsock Priory.

“Nature will take its course but around late April/May we’re delighted by pretty spectacular displays. Over the past five years we’ve opened the estate, usually closed to the public for exclusive-use weddings, and the number of visitors to Bluebells has increased greatly.

“Along with meandering through the woods and formal gardens, the Woodland Cafe will re-open to serve a selection of hot drinks, butties and homemade cakes. The campfire will be burning where my free history talk will take place at 2pm each day. We have plenty of seats, benches and tree stumps so it’s a wonderful place to relax in the warming late spring sunshine.”

Hodsock Priory will open the gates to its wonderful display of Bluebells for two weekends when they are likely to be at their glorious best: from 10am-3pm (last entry) on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th April and Bank Holiday Monday 1st May, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May 2017.