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Visiting the Welford Park Snowdrop Displays

Welford Park

You may not be familiar with the name Welford Park, a privately owned country house and estate in Berkshire. Situated about five miles outside of Newbury, the current house dates back to approximately 1650 and is surrounded by 3,000 acres of parkland and woodland. The setting may be familiar if you are one of the millions of people who tune into the Great British Bake Off every year, as this it where the famed Bake Off tent has been located every year since 2014 for the filming of the show.

Welford Park House

Welford Park House

The formal grounds of Welford Park (and location of the Bake Off Tent)

The formal grounds of Welford Park (and location of the Bake Off Tent)

For most of the year the Welford Park estate is closed to the public, but in a tradition that has been running for over 50 years, the grounds are opened up for a few weeks in the spring. The reason for this is that the general public can take in the magnificent display of snowdrops in the five acres of beech woodland near the property.

A close up the woodland snowdrops in Welford Park

Close up of the woodland snowdrops

The sunlight reflecting on the snowdrops in Welford Park

The sunlight reflecting on the snowdrops

The dates vary year on year depending on when the flowers are in bloom , but in general you can expect to be able to visit from a Wednesday to Sunday during the month of February. The 2020 season opens on Wednesday 29th January, running through to Sunday 1st March.

Snowdrop displays

The displays themselves are simply stunning – a beautiful carpet of white through Beech Woods. There are plenty of pathways allowing unobscured views of the woods along the way, offering plenty of locations for great photographs. The main walk around the woodland takes about thirty minutes at a good pace, however there are plenty of pathways leading away from the snowdrops as well as the formal gardens to to explore. There are accessible pathways for wheelchairs and pushchairs which are clearly marked. We spent about two hours at the property in total.

Beech woods carpeted in snowdrops at Welford Park

Beech Woods carpeted in white snowdrops

A black and white shot of the Beech Woods snowdrop displays in Welford Park

A black and white shot of the Beech Woods snowdrop displays

Once you have explored the woodland and the formal gardens, allow some time to stop of at The Old Laundry Tearoom and Marquee. Open from 11am serving hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and they offer lunch options from 12.00pm. There is also a gift shop selling snowdrop related goods amongst other things.

Visitor information

Welford Park is open from 11.00am with last admission at 4.00pm, standard entry costs being £8.00 with concessions and children’s prices available. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a lead, but not allowed in the tearoom. Be prepared to expect crowds on a sunny day, as the snowdrop displays are only for a limited period. We had to queue a little while to get in, but the displays are well worth it. For further information, please check out their website.

If you want to make the most of a day in the stunning Berkshire countryside, the beautiful National Trust property of Basildon Park is approximately half an hour away.

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  • Reply
    diyingmachine
    February 19, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Beautiful pictures 🙂 Loved it. I wish spring woudl come already.

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    Lynley
    February 19, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Beautiful photos!

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    Tim R.
    February 19, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    This I would want to see. I’ve never viewed a landscape white with snow….without the snow. Thank you for sharing.

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      Shoot from the Trip
      February 19, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      I never had before either, and this has been 20 miles from my home for the last 20 years!

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        Tim R.
        February 20, 2018 at 3:05 am

        I k ow how that goes. I was just talking about things like that in my last blog post. How sometimes we miss what is in our own back yard.

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    Jane Gealy
    February 20, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Thanks for the heads-up. This is not far from me and I’ve always wanted to visit.

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      Shoot from the Trip
      February 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      You have about a week to get there (this year)! It’s really lovely.

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    teabeestrips
    February 21, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Your pictures are amazing.

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    lifebythepages
    February 24, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Your photos are incredible!

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    Amanda On A Small Blue Planet
    February 26, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I love snowdrops! Brave flowers that poke their heads out during the coldest time of the year. Then you know spring is going to follow!

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      Shoot from the Trip
      February 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      Very true, although winter seems to be coming back with a vengeance here this week! Poor snowdrops.

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