Discovering Hanbury this spring

With birds chiming, spring sunshine is beginning to peep through the clouds and the daffodils starting to emerge, spring is the perfect time to explore the outdoors.

Signs of Spring

Spring is the ideal time to explore Hanbury’s gardens. From mid-February onwards we start to see early signs, as the trees begin to show hints of green once again, the buds start appearing in the borders and the first of the new lambs arrive out in the park.

The first signs of spring come with the appearance of swathes of snowdrops around the gardens. Typically the best display is lining Cedar Walk from the Great Garden all the way down to the Ice House. Daffodils typically follow in March and April - quintessential sign of spring with their bright-coloured blooms; see them at their finest down in Kytes Orchard.

Daffodils blooming in the parterre
Daffodils blooming in the parterre
Daffodils blooming in the parterre

 

Set off on a walk

With just under 400 acres of parkland ready for exploring we recommend pulling on your walking boots and wrapping up warm for a satisfyingly squelchy walk aroud the estate. A photograph of our walks map can be taken at Visitor Reception on arrival, or can be followed by the coloured way-markers. 

For those of you looking for a more gentle stroll, try a meander through the formal gardens. With a walled garden, orchard and bowling green ready to be explored. 

Due to recent heavy rainfall we recommend wearing suitable sturdy footwear on your walk. Outside taps to clean off your muddy boots can be found in the Stableyard and at the back of the Hall. 

A walk in the Park at Hanbury Hall

Explore the parkland

Pull on your walking boots, grab a jacket and get ready to stretch your legs on a satisfyingly refreshing walk around the parkland. We recommend the blue route, taking in the beautiful views of the Worcestershire countryside.

Spring Wildlife

It’s a great time for wildlife watching too! Hanbury provides the ideal habitat for birds, insects and a whole host of other animals and is a great place to watch the wildlife go by.

After the long winter, migrating birds return to spend summer in our garden. The return of the birdsong dawn chorus is a sure sign that spring is on the way. Spot chiffchaffs from mid-March, swallows and house martins from mid-April and swifts in late April or early May.

Also, look closely and you may spot a small brown bird blending in with the bark of a tree - as it creeps upwards, reaching the treetop canopy before flying back down again, know that you've spied a treecreeper.

One of our favourite sights in the spring is the new ducklings. They’re frequently seen down at the Mirror Pool or following mum around the gardens and Stableyard.

 

Ducklings nesting by the Mirror Pool
Ducklings nesting by the Mirror Pool
Ducklings nesting by the Mirror Pool
A family day out at Hanbury Hall

Please book before visiting 

The Hall (ground floor only), Gardens, Parkland and Stables Café are open. On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, booking is recommended to guarantee entry.