Friday, 22 January 2010

Raveningham Gardens Snowdrop Spectacular

Raveningham Gardens opens for the snowdrop season from Tuesday, February 9 to Friday, February 19. Drifts of snowdrops in the main garden will be on display daily from 11am to 4pm (weekdays) and 2pm to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday (dusk if earlier). Admission is adults £4, concessions £3.50 and children under 16 free; all proceeds go to Priscilla Bacon Lodge, a centre for specialist palliative care services in Norwich.

Raveningham Hall is the home of Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon. It was Sir Nicholas’ mother, Priscilla Bacon, who added snowdrops to the garden.

Visitors on Valentine’s Day, February 14 will have a special treat – tea and homemade cakes will be on offer during the afternoon.

The 18th century Walled Kitchen Garden with its large glasshouses will be open and visitors will also be able to enjoy views across the new lake established at the turn of the Millennium and the contemporary sculpture in the gardens.

Raveningham Gardens (NR14 6NS) is 10 miles south east of Norwich, signposted off the A146 at Hales, then B1136, tel. 01508 548152, http://www.raveningham.com.