Snowdrops are one of the first signs of life in gardens after the long winter months, flowering between January and March. Head out on a crisp day to explore frosty landscapes and enjoy beautiful displays of snowdrops, a sure sign that spring is on its way. Lots of churchyards have snowdrops, but some churches also welcome intrepid snowdrop seekers with open days, tours, hot cups of steaming tea and coffee and yummy cake.

Beware Sunday gardening

Thousands of visitors come to this ancient village church in the spring to see the glorious display of snowdrops. In fact, many just know Warnford, Hampshire as the ‘Snowdrop Church’. If you are a green fingered soul yourself, don’t miss the gravestone under a holly tree outside the church door and beware of gardening on a Sunday!

Our Lady, Warnford

Snowdrop teas

Tucked away in unspoilt countryside on top of the Chiltern Hills is the ancient 11th century Oxfordshire church. It comes alive every winter when a large carpet of snowdrops appears. During the last three weekends in February the church invites everyone to come and see our beautiful church and churchyard full of snowdrops. Teas and cakes are served along with a few stalls selling books and gifts.

St Botolph, Swyncombe

Grow your own

The parish church of St Leonard is in an isolated and striking position on the slope of a hill overlooking the Arrow Valley in Worcestershire. The well renowned snowdrop festival weekend draws many visitors. The church is open and there are displays, refreshments and snowdrops for sale. Please do come and join us.

St Leonard, Beoley

Little white tips

In February the snowdrops are peeping through and showing little white tips in the churchyard of this historic Yorkshire church. Snow drop Sundays take place, when the church is open and refreshments are available.

All Saints, Londesborough

Norman coverlet

This delightfully tiny Yorkshire church is famed for its Snowdrop Festival, held each year in the middle of February. The festival attracts thousands of visitors to witness the spectacle of the churchyard being covered by a blanket of snowdrops as well as the opportunity to visit this magnificent Norman church.

St Mary, Kirk Bramwith

A conservation churchyard

Visit this award winning conservation churchyard in Norfolk, and see the snowdrops and aconites. Snowdrop Sundays have become an institution at St Margaret’s over the past 20 years, with more than 1000 people visiting in February 2017, raising over 2,500 to help keep the church open for services and visitors. The churchyard is managed using traditional techniques, nurturing churchyard dependent wildflower species, lichens and creatures.

St Margaret, Thorpe Market

Chestnuts and snowdrop bulbs

The church situated in an elevated position with superb views of Shropshire and is surrounded by mature beech and Spanish chestnut trees. On early spring days come and see the beautiful snowdrops in the churchyard, enjoy a cup of tea & a piece of homemade cake, look around the church and even take home some snowdrop plants to start your own Snowdrop Sundays.

Holy Innocents, Tuck Hill

Pilgrims woodland

All Saints is one of the key landmarks in the story of the Pilgrim Fathers who left England to form what was to become America. However, this Nottinghamshire church also boasts a wonderful display of nature showing the first beginnings of a new year of growth. The setting of the church deserves its title of ‘The Church in the Woodland’. Take a walk along the Snowdrop Trail to get your appetite for a cup of tea and a cake inside the church.

All Saints, Babworth

A carpet of white

The snowdrops are at their peak during February, just in time for half term. Yorkshire’s Mount Grace Priory is stunning, the carpet of white spreads down to the pond and throughout the ruined priory in the grounds. The garden team cut the grass at the optimal time to ensure it is short enough for the naturalised snowdrops to really shine, and there are an estimated million plus bulbs in the grounds.

Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton

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