If you want to go on a truly beautiful snowdrop walk while your kids take part in a fun sticker and puzzle trail, then head to the Painswick Rococo Garden.
We were lucky enough to visit on a crisp, sunny day when the snow was still lying among the bulbs which was quite a magical experience. Along with the snowdrops, there are so many things to see and do at the historical gardens from finding all the interesting ‘follies’ to playing in the woods and maze.
The current Big Grow trail is running until 28th February during opening hours 10.30am to 4.30pm. Some well-loved animals will guide you around the charity run garden with the aim of learning some green-fingered skills. There’s no practical gardening to be done whilst you’re there but you can win some seeds to plant at home. There is even a competition to grow the tallest sunflower with a year’s family membership as the prize!
Rococo Gardens also has plants, flowers and produce for sale and a lovely café with freshly-ground coffee and delicious homemade cakes. They offer half-portions of everything on the main menu. It has free parking, baby changing facilities and welcomes dogs.
The gardens are lovely to visit all year round and it’s lovely to see it in all seasons. There are a number of events coming up including, out-door productions in the summer and a dusk bat walk in May. If you would like to become ‘A Friend’ of Rococo Garden you can buy annual membership which is £60 for a family (two-adults and children) and includes unlimited admission.
The millions of snowdrops are blooming beautifully down in the Snowdrop Grove and around the garden. As a result of the mild winter we had until mid-January, the full display is a good week or so ahead of where they would expect it to be, based on previous years.
No one knows how the snowdrops got to Painswick, but their number and natural beauty makes them one of Gloucestershire’s must-see events. There are 15 varieties in the garden, with the most famous being Galanthus “Atkinsii”, a particularly tall and handsome snowdrop. This was discovered here in the 1800s by James Atkins, who lived in an estate cottage in the grounds.
The Rococo Garden is open every day with standard admission for adults: £8.85 (gift aid £9.90) Under 4s are free and then £4 (£4.50 gift aid.)
We were offered complimentary entry in exchange for this review.