Friday 3 April 2020

11 places to see gorgeous spring colours in Gloucestershire

Make the most of Gloucestershire’s great outdoors this season by visiting 11 of the best places to see spring colours in the county.

From luscious green gardens to fields of sunny yellow daffodils, Gloucestershire is home to many spots where spring colours are blooming everywhere!

Whether you fancy a slow-paced stroll through an English country garden or more of a trek through striking woodland, SoGlos has you covered with 11 of the best places to see pinks, purples, blues and more this spring.


About the sponsor – Westonbirt Arboretum


Westonbirt Arboretum is one of the world’s most spectacular tree gardens, with over 2,500 different species waiting to be discovered. Open all year round, Westonbirt promises something for everyone – from adventures through the trees or a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

With a jam-packed calendar of events for all ages, Westonbirt has something to offer whatever the season.

For more information, visit forestryengland.uk.


1. Westonbirt Arboretum

If you’re looking for a blooming beautiful day out then head to Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury. Renowned for its glorious autumn colours, Westonbirt is also a fantastic spot for spring colours.

Visit the Silk Wood where a sea of primrose, bluebells and other wildflowers are blooming before making for the Cherry Glade, where you can see cherry blossoms in their prime during April and May.


2. Lydney Park Gardens

Discover a tranquil woodland garden deep in the grounds of Lydney Park Estate. Spanning eight acres in the Forest of Dean, there’s plenty to discover – from wonderful wildflowers to Roman ruins.

The estate is open from April to July on Wednesdays, Sundays and bank holidays only, so spring on over before the season has finished.


3. Snowshill Manor and Garden

Nestled in a small village near Broadway, Snowshill Manor and Garden is home to an Insta-worthy orchard with delightful daffodils and blooming blossom during spring.

The Manor also houses an eclectic collection of extraordinary objects, handpicked by architect Charles Paget Wade for their unique design. Step inside to marvel at all things colourful even on a rainy day.


4. Cotswold Wildlife Park

Famous for its animal inhabitants, Cotswold Wildlife Park is also home to picture-perfect gardens that stun in the spring. Spot over 100 different varieties of colourful tulips while exploring the park with your family.


5. Sezincote House and Garden

Step into another world at Sezincote House and Garden, an Indian-inspired paradise in Moreton-in-Marsh.

Stroll along the shimmering canals lined with succulent green Irish yews in the South Garden and take in the spectacular landscape.


6. Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Thanks to three generations of female gardeners, Kiftsgate Court Gardens is blooming beautiful this spring. See bluebells in early May and catch daffodils dancing beneath the old lime trees all the way up the drive to the house throughout the season.


7. Dyrham Park

Chase a rainbow of colours through Dyrham Park in Chippenham, with tulips, crocuses, hyacinths and daffodils thriving from February through to July. Catch a guided tour around the West Garden this March or enjoy the National Trust grounds at your leisure.


8. Hidcote Manor Garden

Get lost in Hidcote’s Arts and Crafts-inspired grounds, a magnificent maze of connected garden rooms, as they burst into colour this spring.

Find a quiet corner to relax and enjoy the surrounds or try your hand at tennis on Hidcote’s court which is open rain-or-shine.


9. Cerney House Gardens

Escape to this ‘secret garden’ in Cirencester where dahlias and alliums can be seen in the spring. An on-site self-service tea room, The Bothy, is open to all visitors to enjoy some cake and a cuppa after exploring the walled garden and admiring its stunning Victorian features.


10. Highgrove Gardens

Enjoy a royally wonderful day out at Highgrove where you can explore the private gardens of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in bloom.

If you’re feeling fancy, treat yourself to a champagne tea tour around the Royal Gardens – an unforgettable way to experience the gorgeous grounds.


11. Forest of Dean

Grab your walking boots and challenge yourself to The Daffodil Way, a circular walk in the Forest of Dean. Along this route you can fully appreciate Gloucestershire’s golden triangle – an area famous for its native daffodils.


For more information, visit forestryengland.uk.


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Monday 02 March 2020

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