Things to enjoy in spring at Prior Park

Spring is one of our favourite times in the garden. There are lots of fresh green leaves and the smell of wild garlic fills the air.

Spring is a time of change in the garden. The snowdrops give way to swathes of daffodils across the Summer House Glade, there are patches of primroses along the paths and cuckoo flowers delicately speckle the banks of the lakes.

Wild garlic slowly carpets the ground, and fills the air with its delicate scent. Soon the pretty white flowers will burst open, and foragers will flock to collect the best leaves for the kitchen.

Spring is an active time for the garden's birds - the swans will be nest building and preparing for this year's cygnets, and bird song will fill the air as you wander along the paths.

The heron can be spotted more frequently as he goes on the hunt for fish, and the resident kingfishers are seen as a bolt of blue above the lakes.

Take your visit at your own pace. A quiet mid week wander (look out for our Silent Space on Thursdays), a guided walk to learn more about the garden and the restoration work that has been achieved over the last 25 years, or a weekend family visit with plenty of exploring, den building and ice creams, or hot chocolates, depending on the weather.