THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

There were so many wonderful #ExplorerKids Instagram snowdrops photographs flowing around. I was so immersed by its beauty and I too wanted a piece of these beautiful snowdrops photographs too. But where can I find a forest full of these snowdrops near us? Again, you guested it – I turned to Google for a helping hand.

Ping! Benington Lordship came up. It was only 20 minutes drive from us. This so awesome. I never thought I’ll find one that close to us. We went on a brisky and cold Saturday afternoon, but there were some sunshine. It was time to fills our little lugs with some of those fresh and crispy air I think.

 

THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

 

On the way to Benington Lordship coming from Stevenage way, we’ve found that some parts of the road were narrow and could be dangerous for speedy cars and in harsh weather as it was on a slop. So please do take care, when you go.

There were free parking allow inside the estate, but we didn’t know so we parked outside adjacent to the church neighbouring to the estate. It was still a lovely walk into the garden from the front entrance anyway. It didn’t take long to reach the entrance kiosk, where you are charge £5 for adults; children: 12-16 yrs is £2; and free for under 12’s.

 

My E&E enjoyed meeting the chicken freely roaming around the kiosk. Very free range! Plus they also sell potted snowdrops if you wish to take home too.

THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

 

We purely came to see the snowdrops here. We weren’t in the hurry to go anywhere and we just took our time leisurely strolling around Benington Lordship gardens.

THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

 

There are guided walks on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm, £1. Maximum of 30 people, on a first come first served basis. Tickets are sold on the day in the entrance kiosk, and they don’t take bookings for places by email or telephone either. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed and I can understand why. The gardens are opened every year in February – March, 12 – 4pm.

 

THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

The annual tradition of the opening snowdrops garden began when the current owner’s family planted them in the early twentieth century along the wall at the top of the moat. As the years, many rare and unusual snowdrops spices began to grow. Now there are over 200 different collection are kept in and around their kitchen garden.

These naturalised snowdrops are displayed around the remains of the Norman keep and surrounding moat. There are two main species of snowdrop making up the spectacular display: the single common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis – ‘Highdown’ which has blue tinted twisted leaves and small, finely marked flowers; and double Galanthus nivalis ‘flore pleno’ – notable for huge flowers up to two inches across.

There are also other flowers blooming about too, namely: Hellebores, aconites and winter flowering shrubs of acers, cornus and willow around the ponds.

 

THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

 

As we walked through this spacious garden, we played a little game of – “What If” scenarios

What if we own this house – wouldn’t cleaning would be a pain. Then again, if you can afford the house, I’m sure you can pay for a cleaner to do all the dirty works for you. 

What if we own this house – wouldn’t it be so beautiful when it snowed. Then again, you would get snowed in. 

What if we own this house – wouldn’t be so fancy when we hold a dinner party. Yes – it would! 

 

THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

We also came across the only swing in the ground. As we were only us kids in the garden. We took full advantage of this and spent quite sometime on the swing. The kids have had a blast on that swing and wanted to stay longer, but the cold wind was picking up and I better go home and put dinner on.

 

There were hot soup and cream teas serve in tea room but because we were on a tight budget and home is only 20 minutes away, I thought in this occasion I will give it a pass.

We’ve promised E&E we’ll go back in the Summer when they have the a Chilli Festivals holding in the ground. And I love chilli, so this is a must-go for me for sure!

 

There are many more beautiful photos taken on the day, so please check out our Instagram to see more of our day here.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as we do on our day. Have you visited a snowdrop garden/ forest this year? Where did you go?

 

Su x

 

 

 

 

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THE SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP

 

*This is not a sponsored post. We really enjoyed our time there and wanted to share it with you.

This post is linked with #CountryKids.

 


 

Useful Information

Address: Benington Lordship, Nr Stevenage, SG2 7BS

Entrance fee: Adults £5. Children: 12-16 yrs £2; under 12’s free.

Nearby attractions: Church Farm, Strawberries Farm, Lavender Farm

 

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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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18 Comments

  1. 27/02/2018 / 5:46 pm

    Great pictures Su it looks really lovely, there is a park nearby that is famous for its snowdrops and I keep meaning to go there. sarah #ExplorerKids

    • 27/02/2018 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you Sarah. Oh you should visit soon, before it all goes away. xx

  2. 28/02/2018 / 6:24 am

    Oh my goodness, how picturesque. Definitely adding to our bucket list. Thanks for all the tips & insight #ExplorerKids

  3. 28/02/2018 / 11:06 am

    This is just down the road from us but we’ve never got round to visiting! There are quite a lot of snowdrops growing in the woods here so I can never quite bring myself to pay to visit Bennington Lordship’s flowers. However, we’ve been for the chilli festival so I know how beautiful the grounds are. Glad you had fun, it does look lovely! #ExplorerKids

    • 01/03/2018 / 4:26 pm

      Yes! I saw them on the way there, but I wasn’t sure if there were public forest for private. Don’t want to be trespassing someone else’s garden/ forest. I do like the chilli festival idea as I love chilli so much! lol! We must meet up Annabel as we are so close to each other. x

  4. 01/03/2018 / 1:51 am

    I love the photo with the kids on the swing and the flowers in the front. It sure looks like you had a wonderful day. #ExplorerKids

  5. 01/03/2018 / 2:52 pm

    How pretty! It looks like spring is coming! #ExplorerKids

    • 01/03/2018 / 4:30 pm

      Oh yes! I thought that too until we had heavy snow for the passed two days and it said to be more coming at the weekend! Brrrr!

  6. 02/03/2018 / 2:05 pm

    That looks lovely and is quite near to us. Maybe a trip for when the weather improves. Stay warm!

    • 02/03/2018 / 8:19 pm

      Oh really! I didn’t realised you are so near to us. We should meet up soon. Stay warm to you too. 🙂 x

  7. What a beautiful place, both the gardens and the buildings! And your photos are lovely. Our Penguin is terrified of chicken, so he would probably have ran the other way around those free-range fethered creatures… x #ExplorerKids

    • 17/03/2018 / 11:29 pm

      It is rather beautiful isn’t it. Thank you very much for the lovely comment. Aww… bless him. They are very friendly. xx

  8. 02/04/2018 / 6:12 pm

    What wonderful photos! Looks like gorgeous light! Popping over from #countrykids

  9. 03/04/2018 / 11:35 am

    What a beautiful place to explore, I love snowdrops and this is lovely place to find them all. What a lovely sunny day too!

  10. 03/04/2018 / 3:53 pm

    Such beautiful grounds! I like your “what if” game. #countrykids

  11. 04/04/2018 / 1:07 pm

    This really does make a very reasonably priced family day out and the grounds look beautiful. The snowdrops are the first sign of the spring to come and always make me smile. I’m sure we had more than ever on the farm this year, though it hasn’t led to a warm spring yet! Your ‘What if’ game sounds like the kind of thing that make outings memorable and special to you. I hope you get to return in summer, I bet it will look quite different again by then.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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