Days out: Hodsock Priory, Blyth

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IF you’re looking to stride out of the January stress and find an excuse to venture out after Christmas, then this place might be just the tonic.

Nestled on the South Yorkshire border, Hodsock Priory is a family estate which opens to the public for just four weeks of the year.

The big draw – and it is big – are its four million snowdrops which create a natural blanket covering 17 acres of woodland and gardens.

It’s impressive stuff, whether there’s frost in the air, snow on the ground or that low winter sun reflecting off the petals.

Naturally, it’s something of a horticultural heaven for gardeners and anyone with a camera.

But there’s also a solid range of stuff for couples and families to enjoy.

A good tip is to plan ahead, check the weather and definitely bring a pair of wellies or boots each.

The walks can keep you occupied for a good couple of hours and try and visit the Victorian beehives, roam the kids’ treasure trails and explore the woodland.

The grounds themselves are also an attraction to nature lovers, with a variety of wildlife making home there all year round.

Expect to see Green Woodpeckers, Yellowhammers, Owls and Kestrel in the woods, as well as Kingfishers and Dragonflies around the lake.

This year also sees the Buchanan family celebrate their 250th year in residence at Hodsock Priory.


Price: Adults £5, children over six £1

Opening Times: 10am to 4pm, Jan 31 to Mar 1

Address: Hodsock Priory, Blyth

Car Parking: Included in price, on site

Attraction Website:

Telephone: 01909 591 204

Sat Nav: S81 0TY

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