Five best places to see snowdrop flowers in Lancashire


Snowdrop flowers are one of the first signs of spring and have already started to bloom in parts of Lancashire.

According to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, they start peeking through frost and snow from January to March.

In some places, snowdrops appear in small groups while others carpet the ground.

Ian Hargreaves spotted a snowdrop in Whalley this month (Picture: Ivan Hargreaves)

Ivan Hargreaves spotted his first snowdrop in a cemetery in Whalley and said, “Spring is on the way.”

Some areas of natural beauty have flower carpets and others even hold special snowdrop weekends for locals to come and see the snowdrops in all their glory.

If you’re interested in spotting snowdrop flowers for yourself, here are five of the best places to see them in Lancashire in the coming weeks:

1. Lytham Hall, Ballam Road, Lytham St Annes

February is the best time to hunt snowdrops at Lytham Hall. The flowers here have been planted in the spacious gardens of the hall and they cover the ground.

Last year the gardens were closed due to coronavirus restrictions, so they introduced the snowdrops to the public via a YouTube video.

In 2020, their Snowdrop Weekends drew 9,300 people to the venue.

This year, their snowdrop trail is open every weekend in February.

A spokesperson said: “Come for a snowdrop trail through the park and marvel at the vast displays of snowdrops.

“The tea/coffee room will be open to warm you up with a hot drink, light bite or hearty meal and there is a small shop in the courtyard with bric-a-brac and snowdrops.”

Admission for adults is £3 and for children 50 pence.

2. Hornby Castle, Lancaster

A spokesperson for Hornby Castle said it ‘won’t be long before the gardens are open for snowdrops’ and their snowdrops weekend will take place on February 19-20.

A spokesperson said: “Hornby Castle Gardens are open for our annual Snowdrop Weekend.

“Look at the beautiful snowdrops in the curbs and along the wooded river walk.

“In addition to the snowdrops, come see the evergreens, colorful stems, fragrant shrubs and winter-flowering perennials.

“Visit the walled garden where you can see over 70 different varieties of snowdrops in bloom in the winter borders.”

The gardens are open from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with last entry at 3 p.m.

Entry fee :
Adults – £5
Children – £2
Under 5 years old – Free

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3. Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, Aughton, Ormskirk

The snowdrops will start to flower by March and Gorse Hill usually holds its snowdrop walking events in February.

Be sure to take a walk around Cabin Wood in order to spot the plants.

Beyond the snowdrop spot, the entire reserve is teeming with wildlife and there is plenty to spot in the park.

It is home to many birds, including: yellow hammerheads, rush warblers and hawks; butterflies including painted lady, small brass and large skippers.

Their snowdrop Sunday will take place on Sunday, February 13, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A spokesperson said, “Come stroll through Cabin Wood and enjoy our beautiful snowdrop display. Admission and parking are free. »

“Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome.”

4. Pleasington Old Hall Wood, Pleasington

This narrow strip of woods may be small, but it’s still home to plenty of nature and wildlife, including snowdrops.

Throughout the year, also look out for the broad scented lemon and fern shields, as well as snowdrops, bluebells and the locally rare touch-me-not balm, which can be seen in only one other place in Lancashire.

Nuthatches, garden warblers, willow warblers and thrushes are just some of the birds that can be seen here.

5. Bank Hall Gardens, Liverpool Road, Leyland

The Bank Hall Gardens snowdrop event will take place on February 27.

A spokesperson said: ‘Bank Hall Gardens will be open for the famous Snowdrop exhibits.

“Come enjoy forest walks through carpets of snowdrops and get updates on our projects.”

You can pay at the door. Adult tickets cost £3 and children are free.

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