A touch of winter at Hodsock Priory

As creatures of habit we humans often like to make annual pilgrimages to various visitor attractions throughout the region.

And, whilst many may have closed their doors for the winter season, one attraction opens up for just four weeks to welcome visitors to its inspiring snowdrop garden for an ideal winter day out.

Hodsock Priory located on the border of North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire is one of the country’s leading snowdrop gardens and celebrates its 21st anniversary this year with several special, additional events to delight visitors of all ages.

“We can’t quite believe that we have been welcoming visitors to our spectacular Snowdrops for twenty one years and we have ensured this year is particularly special in celebration of the anniversary,” commented George Buchanan ninth generation resident and general manager Hodsock Priory. “We have been working hard over recent months to put together some superb events and attractions, so that our visitors can enjoy what Hodsock has to offer.”

The 21st Hodsock Snowdrops will officially open on Saturday 4th February when visitors will be able to sample ‘The Drop’ – a specially commissioned ale from a local brewery – and to commemorate the event the first tree will be planted in Hodsock’s Diamond Jubilee Wood.

For the first time ever visitors can enjoy tours of the house and gardens and find out what goes on behind the scenes. Knowledgeable staff will be taking tours each day at 11am and 2pm, meeting in the Panelled Hall.

Gardening enthusiasts can enjoy three different gardening presentations on 22nd, 23rd and 24th February with local RHS Chelsea Gold award winner Jamie Dunstan giving talks at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on the first day. Or, if food and crafts are more your thing enjoy the inaugural Hodsock local produce fair where the finest local craftspeople will be exhibiting on 18th/19th February and 25th/26th February.

“Hodsock Priory will come alive like never before this year and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors for a most enjoyable winter day out,” said George. “Visitors can also take advantage of our cafe bar located within the Priory serving delicious homemade cakes, hot drinks and lunches. At the weekend, a hot drink and a bacon buttie can also be enjoyed by the bonfire in Horsepasture Wood.”

Hodsock Priory and its Snowdrop gardens are open each day from 4th February until 4th March 2012. Admission is £5 each for all adults, £1 for children aged 6 -16 and those under six go free. Dogs are not permitted in the gardens or house.

Further details can be obtained by visiting www.hodsockpriory.com