Get away from the city with a refreshing weekend break in the Cotswolds.  February is the perfect month for a weekend break – Winter is nearly over, and you can enjoy a glimpse of Spring with the optimism that the days will get longer and warmer, and all the flora and fauna will shortly emerge.  Stretch your legs with a bracing walk in beautiful scenery, treat yourself to a few indulgences – maybe a little gift, or just a relaxing coffee - and rejuvenate your senses by visiting some magnificent snowdrop displays in a lovely setting.  

 Snowdrop Weekends in the Cotswolds

Colesbourne Park, “England's Greatest Snowdrop Garden”, is open every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in February and the first weekend in March, and has beautiful displays of snowdrops.  If you are a snowdrop connoisseur, you will enjoy the differences between the various cultivars (many of which are named after members of the Elwes family who still live here).  Regardless of your knowledge of snowdrops, you cannot help but be impressed with the spectacle of huge drifts of snowdrops and some lovely contrasts with yellow aconites.  Dogs on leads welcome.

The Rococo Garden, on the western edge of Painswick, has vast swathes of snowdrops in a naturalistic setting, and is open daily from 10th January onwards (although February is probably the best month for snowdrops).   Dogs on leads welcome.

Rodmarton Manor has snowdrop days on selected Sundays in February (4th, 11th and 18th Feb) in their wonderful Arts and Crafts garden, and Newark Park, a National Trust house a few miles south of Nailsworth, has lovely landscaped gardens with fantastic views, and this year has a special snowdrop weekend on 4th and 5th February.

 If you would like a pleasant stroll through woodland carpeted with snowdrops, then try Cherington Woods (a couple of miles away) or Kingscote Woods – which has the added advantage of being within walking distance of the Hunters Hall pub, which does excellent meals.

 Once you have had your fill of snowdrops, journey across to Slimbridge for a relaxing day in the hides, viewing the incredible number and variety of birds over-wintering there.  Bewick Swans are a speciality, and look for any demonstrations, such as the decoy dog demonstrations, as well as the floodlit swan feeds.

 Balance the outdoor experiences with a stroll around one of the charming Cotswold towns of Tetbury, Cirencester, Stroud or Nailsworth.  Try some of the excellent dining pubs for some delicious and leisurely meals, and finish the weekend refreshed, ready for the week ahead.


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