Hartland Abbey in Bideford, North Devon is hosting a daffodil weekendthis weekend, just in time for Mothering Sunday! This is a beautiful place to visit for a day out with the family. The area is filled with a historic collection of daffodils, many planted 150 years ago. You don’t have to be a daffodil enthusiast to enjoy the day however, as there are lots more varieties of flowers grouped around the grounds, including  camellias, hellebores, early spring bulbs, mimosas and lovely wild primroses and violets. The Abbey holds many wild flower days throughout the year, which has proved very popular with visitors.

Many parts of the estate which are normally closed to the public will be open this weekend, with the opportunity to walk along to Blackpool Mill, which fans of the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ will recognise as ‘Barton Cottage’.

Dog owners will be pleased as this is a dog friendly place to visit, where literally hundreds were walked by their owners at last year’s daffodil weekend. Visitors are advised to bring wellies in case the British weather decides to turn, but hopefully this won’t dampen the mood during the Family Treasure Hunt!

Warming hot pasties, light lunches and really good home made cream teas will be provided by the wonderful ladies of St. Nectan’s with all the profits going to the beautiful church.

Tickets are £4 for adults, and £1 for children over 5.

 The Abbey itself will be open between 12 –4pm which will incur a small extra charge if you would like to look inside.

 Hartland Abbey daffodils

(Photos from the Hartland Abbey website)