Now February has come, it’s time to start planning family days out to see the first signs of spring in the Midlands! I love taking the kids out for the day to see if we can spot snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils.
The Woodland Trust have this great activity sheet for children to spot the first signs of spring including listening for birdsong, spotting frogspawn, green shoots popping up from the woodland floor.
Snowdrops at Stowe Gardens
Stowe Gardens in Buckinghamshire is a great place for all the family to visit for the day to see the snowdrops. This National Trust gardens is famous for its snowdrops and I reckon with in a week or so, the snowdrops will be popping up there.
The 250 acre gardens are full of hidden paths, rolling hills, monuments and gothic temples so a good place for a chilly walk to spot the first signs of spring. There are lots of wide paths so perfect for a pushchair.
For National Trust members, it is free to enter – otherwise it is £12.40 per adult and £6.20 per child.
We had a great time exploring Stowe last February – read my full post here.
Batsford Arboretum is another great place to see the snowdrops this spring. The arboretum is set in the Cotswolds near the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh. It is a great place to visit at any time of year – see my blog about Autumn colours at Batsford Arboretum here.
We visited Batsford Arboretum 2 years ago to see the snowdrops and crocuses. The Arboretum is £7.95 per adult and £3.50 per child to visit and dogs are welcome too. The paths are wide and easy to walk around and there are lots of secret paths to follow too.
Afterwards there is a big restaurant with a lovely terrace to enjoy a warming cup of hot chocolate!