Snowdrops in the Cotswolds - Colesbourne Park

Snowdrops in the Cotswolds - Colesbourne Park

Admire drifts of spring snowdrops on this weekend break


Admire drifts of spring snowdrops on this weekend break


Gloucester has a vibrant, lively atmosphere that combines a rich historic past with all the excitement and attractions of a city just full of life. Here you will find Roman foundations, Victorian Docklands and the magnificent Norman Cathedral rubbing shoulders with a bustling city centre with a range of shops, restaurants, wine bars, pubs, entertainment and unique visitor attractions. The Cathedral weaves a special charm and magic that proved irresistible as one of the settings for the Harry Potter movies. There is also a large park which hosts events throughout the year and four fascinating museums. Gloucester hosts several exciting events, such as the Tall Ships festival, Gloucester Blues Festival and the Gloucester Quays Food Festival.



Cheltenham is England's most complete Regency spa town, most of the town centre lies within a conservation area of outstanding national importance. Elegant town houses characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. Cheltenham was specifically designed in its 18th and 19th century heyday as a pleasure health resort for wealthy visitors, the legacy of which is an exceptional range of quality accommodation, restaurants and stylish shops.

Colesbourne Park

Set in the beautiful Churn valley in the heart of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, Colesbourne Park has been the home of the Elwes family since 1789. The historic snowdrop collection, started by Henry John Elwes with the discovery of Galanthus elwesii in Turkey in 1874, has been greatly developed by Sir Henry and Lady Elwes over the past 25 years. It has been called 'England's greatest snowdrop garden' by Country Life. Now with a collection of 350 varieties, visitors can enjoy the snowdrops throughout the ten acre garden with its woodland and lakeside paths, the Spring Garden and Formal Garden, alongside drifts of cyclamen, hellebores and other winter plants. The surrounding park, arboretum and nearby church are also open.


Trentham Shopping Village & Garden Centre

With 77 timber lodges housing amazing shops, cafes and restaurants and a lovely friendly village atmosphere, Trentham is a unique shopping experience. Beware! You'll be tempted by the independent retailers and big brand names. The award-winning Trentham Garden Centre offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor lifestyle and gardening products, take time to browse and enjoy something to eat and drink while you're here. Trentham is a real foodies destination with an array of eateries catering for ladies who lunch, family feasts, sumptuous snacks, with everything from fish and chips to contemporary Mediterranean on offer! Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.

Friday 21st Feb

An early morning departure from Cumbria for the journey south to Gloucester where we have time at leisure for lunch and to visit the historic docks or perhaps the Cathedral. We leave late afternoon and travel the short distance to our hotel, the Mercure, arriving in ample time to freshen up before dinner is served.


Saturday 22nd Feb

After breakfast in the hotel we head into the regency spa town of Cheltenham, time at leisure before our included visit to Colesboure Park, described by Country Life Magazine as ‘England’s greatest Snowdrop Garden’. Set in the beautiful Churn valley in the heart of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, Colesbourne Park has been the home of the Elwes family since 1789. The historic snowdrop collection of over 250 varieties can be seen throughout the ten acre garden with its woodland, lakeside paths, Spring and Formal Garden. Dinner in the hotel.

B, D

Sunday 23rd Feb

We depart after breakfast and make our way north to Trentham Gardens Shopping Village, here we have time for lunch, a visit to the Garden centre and to browse the shops. We are due back in Cumbria early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel

On the outskirts of picturesque Gloucester and surrounded by acres of beautiful grounds, this elegant country house boasts modern rooms, a restaurant serving good food, and a bar. Free high-speed WiFi is available throughout.

The bedrooms at the Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall are stylish and they all have en suite facilities and HD TV. A welcome tray with tea, coffee and biscuits awaits guests, as well as free toiletries. All rooms are accessible by stairs only.

Bar and Brassiere by Bowden offers fine English food and wonderful views across the lawns and the lake. Guests can also relax with a drink in the elegant lounge or in the Club Bar.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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