Spring guide

Spring into action

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow” or so the saying goes. So, like a bear emerging from a dark cave, it’s time to stretch out, wrap up warm and take tentative steps out of the house. Don’t worry, we’re with you all the way.

Delicate snowdrops (official name Galanthus, for those of you who are Monty Don wannabees), are among the first flowers to pop their pretty white heads out of the soil in the new year so now is the perfect opportunity to visit snowdrop gardens. Best thing about it? We have some perfectly placed accommodation nearby and, because we are YHA, we’re offering you 25% off if you book before the end of January for any visit up until the Easter period. We’re kind like that. Be quick though, you snooze, you lose.

Snowdrop gardens

Anglesey Abbey, Lode Cambridgeshire

Anglesey Abbey has one of the finest snowdrops collection in the country, with over 300 varieties of the delicate white flowers. The main snowdrops season runs from 20th January – 23th February 2019. 

Where to stay:

YHA Cambridge

YHA Cambridge

One of YHA’s oldest and best-loved hostels, YHA Cambridge provides superb, modern accommodation in a prime location, only three minutes’ walk from the train station. YHA Cambridge has 24-hour access and all the facilities you’ll need to make the most of your visit. The snowdrop garden at Anglesey Abbey is just seven miles away.

East Lambrook Manor Gardens

Somerset

Visit the wonderful Woodland Garden to see over 150 different varieties of Galanthus (snowdrop) at East Lambrook Manor. The Festival of Snowdrops runs from Tuesday to Sunday from 1st to 29th February 2020.

Where to stay:

YHA Street

YHA Street

Opened in 1931, YHA Street is the oldest YHA hostel still in operation and makes for the ideal location for a Somerset mid-week break. The charming Swiss-style chalet is surrounded by delightful National Trust land. YHA Street has recently been refurbished with improvements to the rooms, common areas and washrooms as well as the addition of two new camping pods. YHA Street is 13 miles away from the super snowdrop garden at East Lambrook Manor.

Hopton Hall

Hopton, Derbyshire

Visit Hopton Hall’s stunning snowdrop walk, wander through the woodlands and marvel at the first signs of Derbyshire spring. Open from Saturday 1st February to Sunday 1st March 2020.

Where to stay:

YHA Hartington Hall

YHA Hartington Hall

Log fires, oak panelling and plenty of original features make this 17th-century manor house perfect for weekend breaks or family getaways in Derbyshire. The hostel is in a lovely, unspoilt area of the Peak District. Family rooms and dorm beds are available as well as our self-contained luxury suite, The Roost. Perfect for families, YHA Hartington Hall also has a giant outdoor chess and games room for you to enjoy in your down time. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump to see the snowdrops at Hopton Hall from YHA Hartington (that’s 13 miles).

Batsford Arboretum

As well as the remarkable swathes of snowdrops, at Batsford Arboretum you can enjoy an impressive display of spring flowering bulbs at this 55-acre botanical garden. It is open to the public daily throughout most of the year.

Where to stay:

YHA Stratford Upon Avon

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon

A magnificent Georgian mansion, Grade II-listed Hemmingford House is set in three acres of grounds, making YHA Stratford-upon-Avon ideal for a budget family break. Recently refurbished with the addition of a new café and renovated bar/restaurant facility, the hostel is a great base for this iconic part of central England and 18 miles from Batsford Arboretum and its stunning snowdrops.

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