Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2020 with Kids

Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2020 with Kids – If you have any grown up or mini Galanthophiles (snowdrop enthusiasts) then Discover Scottish Gardens has organised a host of venues across Scotland for the 2020 Snowdrop Festival. The festival runs from 25 January – 11 March, and it’s a good excuse to bundle the kids in the car and get outside.                 

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FIFE

Cambo Gardens

A real leader in the snowdrops field, Cambo is offering a mix of activities.

For kids and families, choose from the listings below.

Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2020 with Kids

Cambo Crafts – part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2020 with Kids

Snowdrop Festival Launch!  Imbolc Fire Party and Art of Snowdrops exhibition preview – Imbolc is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. Expect crafts, campfire and a preview of Cambo’s snowdrops exhibition! Suitable for all the family dogs welcome too. Drop in, free with garden entry. Sunday 2 February 4.00pm – 7.00pm (café open too).  

Babes in the Snowdrop Woods – A snowdrop activity walk in the woods for wee ones: buggys, slings and dogs welcome. Walk concludes in the café.(Stories in the Studio is the Plan B in the event of bad weather).  Wed 5 Feb and Wed 4 March, 10.00-11.30am. Drop in, free with garden entry.

Kids Snowdrop Camp – Outdoor fun for P1s upwards. Woodland walk and campfire, crafts and cooking. Wed 12 Feb 9.00am–5.00pm. Half day sessions 9.00am-12.30pm or 1.30-5.00pm. £17.50/£35

Herbarium crafts – kids session – Picking, drying, pressing and crafting snowdrops. A walk in the woods to collect snowdrops followed by a pressing and crafting session. Age 8 upwards. Thursday 13 Feb 1.00-3.00pm, £8.00.

Booking essential judy@cambogardens.org.uk

Grown Up Snowdrop Activities at Cambo

Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2020

Snowdrops at Cambo

Art of snowdrops exhibition – highlighting our snowdrop herbarium. Monday 3 February – Tuesday 31 March 10.00am-5.00pm.  Drop in, free.

Snowdrop highlights tour – Weekdays 3 February – 13 March. 1.30-2.00pm Drop in, free with garden entry.

Crafting your herbarium – flower pressing and printing. Thursdays 6 & 20 February 4.00-6.00pm £10 for two-part session, bookable.

The Galanthophile sessions – in depth with the national snowdrop collection. Thursdays 27 February, 5, 12 March 2.00-4.00pm, £20, £15 RHS, bookable

Talk: Herbaria and their role in current Science with Heleen Plaisier from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Thursday 27 Feb from 5.00pm £10/ £7.50 RHS, bookable.

Contact for information and to book – judy@cambogardens.org.uk

Scotland Snowdrop Festival with Kids

Cambo Burn – Scotland Snowdrop Festival with Kids

Full listing information – www.cambogardens.org.uk

Teasses Estate

Explore Sir Fraser’s woodland garden near Ceres. Normally the gardens are only open to visitors strictly by appointment, but they will open 1st Feb – 1st Mar WEDNESDAY ONLY 10am – 4pm: Scottish Snowdrop Festival. General admission fee £5.

teasses.com

For a complete guide of what to get up to in Fife read the Two Scots Abroad write up here.

ABERDEENSHIRE

Fyvie Castle

Galanthus Fieldgate Superb

Gardens and grounds will be open to visitors from dawn to dusk daily throughout the festival.

For a special tour, join the Head Gardener for a guided walk through the snowdrop covered floor. A future snowdrop collections is planned too. The tour includes tea/coffee and scones in the castle tea room. Booking essential – 9 February, 1.30pm.

Fyvie is a National Trust for Scotland property – so get your membership here.

nts.org.uk/visit/places/fyvie-castle

Castle Fraser

Experience a woodland walk with a carpet of snowdrops running through it. There will be craft related events for children, run by the rangers. Small pots of snowdrops will be for sale, and snowdrop inspired cakes. 1 March, contact the castle directly for more detailed timings – 0844 493 2164.

A National Trust for Scotland property – so get your membership here.

For a complete guide of what to get up to in Aberdeenshire visit read the recommendations of Watch Me See here.

Ecclesgreig Castle is also renowned for snowdrops – ecclesgreig.com.

ANGUS

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle will host a range of walks, talks and activities to show off swathes of snowdrops to visitors. Look out for Snowdrop Walks on 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, 29 February and 1 March. And consider their Snowdrop Planting Weekend on 22 and 23 February.  Read more about what Glamis Castle offers families here.

www.glamis-castle.co.uk

House of Dun and Barnhill Rock Garden will also be welcoming people to view their snowdrops. nts.org.uk/visit/places/house-of-dunbarnhillrockgarden.org.uk although I can’t see much on their Events pages about it.

Make more of your time in Angus, by dropping by the V&A.

AYRSHIRE

Blair Castle Blair

Blair Castle will be open for one Saturday to participate in the Snowdrop Festival. This year the castle is supporting Marie Curie Scotland and the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. 15 February, 12.00-4.00pm, Adults £5, Children under 12 free.

blairestate.com

Culzean Castle

Where will you discover snowdrops across the 600 acres of the Culzean estate? Enjoy walks through the woodland, past secluded ponds and along the clifftop, taking in the expansive Ayrshire views. Take in  the castle itself, the Walled Garden, Swan Pond, Deer Park, and Adventure Cove for wee ones.

nts.org.uk/visit/places/culzean

Grab your NTS membership here.

Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2020

Snowdrops at Culzean Castle.

Kelburn Castle and Estate

Experience Kelburn’s snowdrop from 1st Feb–08 March 2020 (Weekends only). Entrance to the grounds is £3 for Adults and £2 for children and concession.

kelburnestate.com

PERTHSHIRE

Scone Palace

The palace grounds will be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 31 January – 8 March for the Scottish Snowdrop Festival. Discover carpets of snowdrops throughout the grounds, lining Lime Avenue and hiding beneath the towering conifers. The cafe should be open for a warming scone at the end of your walk. Open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am-4.00pm. FREE admission.

scone-palace.co.uk 

Branklyn Garden

The current Head Gardener at Branklyn has been busy. He’s introduced over 200 varieties of snowdrop, which have been planted in the garden over the last few years. The estate reports that  ‘early January this year, there were already over 20 varieties in full flower, including ‘The Laird’, ‘Faringdon Double’, ‘Gerard Parker’ and G. elwesii’.’

Walk around the garden during the weekends of 16–17 and 23–24 February (the garden is closed for the rest of the winter season) to see the full range of snowdrops, along with many other spring-flowering bulbs.

A National Trust for Scotland property, so if you’re interested in membership click here.

nts.org.uk/visit/places/branklyn-garden

Cluny House Gardens, Princeland House and Riverside Park are also participating in the festival.

Galanthus Forge Double courtesy of NTS

For a complete guide to Perthshire with kids, click here for the lowdown.

Edinburgh & the Lothian

Royal Botanic Garden

This very special garden marks its 350th anniversary in 2020. Visit and explore the gardens for yourself, or join one of the guided tours on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. In February, there’s also a ‘kids eat free’ offer in the Gateway Restaurant.

rbge.org.uk

Hopetoun House

As part of this annual festival Hopetoun’s grounds are open  on Sunday 16th February 2020. Set off on a self-led wander and explore the natural snowdrop display. There will be maps and a trail for children and adults to follow.. The Stables Kitchen is open exclusively to Snowdrop Sunday visitors. Cost: £5 adult, £2.50 child.

There will also be a ranger led guided walk at 10.30am and 2.00pm. Booking is essential on ranger@hopetoun.co.uk or 0131 319 3956.

hopetoun.co.uk

House of Binns, West Lothian

A Walk in the Woods – 8 February–3 March – Explore this 18th-century parkland and discover drifts of snowdrops planted by Eleanor Dalyell in the woodland adjacent to the house.

Read up about NTS membership here.

Snowdrop carpet at the House of the Binns.

Newhailes House and Gardens

This 80-acre estate boast carpets of snowdrops and other early blooming wildflowers throughout the spring. Saturday 25 January, from 10.00am.

nts.org.uk/visit/places/newhailes

A National Trust for Scotland property – so look into membership here.

Shepherd House Garden

Shepherd House Garden is a small formal garden of approx one acre. Its snowdrops are grown in beds and borders so don’t expect acres of snowdrops, but do look out for a growing collection of specialist snowdrops, snowdrop hybrids and cultivars.

shepherdhousegarden.co.uk

For a guide to a weekend in Edinburgh read the Wayfaring Kiwi’s guide here.

SCOTTISH BORDERS

Dawyck Botanic Garden

Look out for  snowdrops set against the backdrop of the Scrape Burn. Or join a guided tour with an expert every Sunday in February and March. The Guided Walk is free plus normal Garden admission, so phone 01721 760254 to book. Sunday 2nd February 2020 – Sunday 23rd February. 1.45-2.45pm.

Read more about Dawyck here, and discover a full guide to what else families can up to in the Borders. 

Dryburgh Abbey

Drop in to Dryburgh and learn more about this historic site. Join the Rangers to explore the pure white snowdrops, heritage trees and wildlife. Drop in event 10.00am-2.00pm, no need to book. Ranger led walks at 11.00am and 12.30pm. For more information call 0131 652 8150 or email rangers@hes.scot.

Dryburgh is a Historic Environment Scotland property – consider membership here.

DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

Logan Botanic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden is open on Sundays in February 2020 from 10am-4pm for Snowdrop Sunday. Enjoy a walk around the Garden and see drifts of pure white snowdrops. The Potting Shed Bistro should be open 11.00am-3.00pm. Booking not required. Entry by Donation. Sunday 2nd February 2020 – Sunday 23rd February 2020.

rbge.org.uk

Threave Garden and Estate

Follow a trail through our garden and woodlands to discover Threave’s natural snowdrop displays.

Perhaps also take the opportunity to visit the house (open 11am–3pm) for an informal self-guided tour.

A National Trust for Scotland property – so get your membership here.

nts.org.uk/visit/places/threave-garden

Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2020 with Kids

Galanthus Grumpy courtesy of NTS

Don’t book your break in Dumfries & Galloway until you’ve read this.

SKYE

Armadale Castle

Though the castle’s closed during January and February, visitors are welcome to explore the gardens during daylight hours in return for a donation. Explore a 40 acre woodland garden, and take in the ruins of Armadale Castle and views to the snowy Knoydart.

armadalecastle.com

Dunvegan Castle

Duvnegan will also be celebrating its snowdrops with two open days on Saturday 8 February and Tuesday 18 February, from 10.00am-2.00pm. Entry is free, and there will be a guided tour with the Head Gardener. Tea and coffee are available in the café, with all donations going to local charities. Let’s blossom!

dunvegancastle.com/events/snowdrops/

Read about more family friendly activities in Skye here.

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