Raveningham Gardens South Norfolk opens for the snowdrop season from Sunday, February 10 to Friday, March 1. See drifts of snowdrops in the main garden, Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm (dusk if earlier) – closed Saturdays.
Admission is adults £4, concessions £3.50 and children under 16 free; proceeds go to Priscilla Bacon Lodge, a centre for specialist palliative care services in Norwich. Tea and home made cakes served on Sundays and sunny days.
Raveningham Hall is the home of Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon. It was Sir Nicholas’ mother, Priscilla Bacon, who added snowdrops to the garden.
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, www.raveningham.com.
The gardens open for the mains season from Easter Sunday 31 March to the end of August as follows: all Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays, 2pm to 5pm – and all Thursdays 11am to 4pm.
Wild Flowers Week Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May, daily 11am to 4pm (closed Saturday and Sunday)
Rose Weeks Monday 17 June to Friday 21 June, daily 11am to 4pm and Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June, daily 11am to 4pm (closed Saturdays and Sundays).
Agapanthus Weeks Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August, and Monday 5 August to Friday 9 August open Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm (closed Saturdays and Sundays).
Autumn Fruit and Vegetable Weeks Monday 23 September to Friday 27 September and Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October open Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm (closed Saturdays and Sundays)
The Taste of Autumn, Sunday 6 October, 11am to 4pm, entry £5 a car.
The Taste of Autumn is a celebration of the autumnal fruits of the garden, hedgerow and woodland, with Raveningham’s walled vegetable garden, glasshouses, orchard and herb garden at its heart. Meet local producers and enjoy talks and tours on fungi, herbs, fruit and vegetables.