Signs of Spring

Snowdrops in January

Come and discover Downhill Demesne and Bishops Gate gardens as they burst into life this spring.

Explore Bishop's Gate in search of snowdrops, daffodils,  cherry blossoms and bluebells and watch spring bloom to life at Downhill Demesne this winter. Listen to the birdsongs, smell the wild garlic and watch the ducks at the Black Glen as you walk along the stunning coastline of the North Coast. The fields at Downhill Demesne come to life in spring with daisies, busy bees, beautiful butterflies and lovable newborn lambs. If you're lucky, you might even see a buzzard.

Don't miss a chance to watch Downhill Demesne transform from snowdrops and daffodils to bluebells. Snowdrops typically flower between January and March and are already starting to greet us with their presence throughout the Downhill estate. Daffodils arrive fast on the heels of snowdrops and you can only see them for a short time during the year, so don't miss the opportunity to see these signs of spring with a regular local walk. In late April and early May, watch as Bishop's Gate woodland and gardens transform dramatically into a carpet of bluebells.

Take the family through the woodland to visit the Bishop's Play Trail and hunt for minibeast such as butterflies, bees and beetles. It has never been a better season to get the family involved in the '50 things to do before your 11¾' challenges as we all spend more time in nature.

Bishops Gate Path