Spring through the lens at Stowe

Move out of the way winter and put a spring in your step with bright days reflecting rays across the glittering lakes, the chatter of birdsong filling the air and crisp breezes that take your breath away on refreshing walks in the gardens.

Seasonal highlights

Stowe comes to life in spring, from the thousands of bulbs shooting through to bloom to the countless young animals being born, there's lots to enjoy on a spring saunter in the gardens. It's the season to be brave and throw aside the winter coat and embrace April showers - no matter what month it is. We're open daily from 10am-5pm or find a moment such as Mother's Day or Easter to make time for sharing the season with family. 

Through the lens

Take a moment in 2020 to connect with nature on guided event: dawn chorus walks; weekly photography walks; seasonal ranger walk; monthly dog walk. Visit to see spring emerge at Stowe and share your photos of the new season.

There are different habitats across the garden and parkland at Stowe to enjoy a spot of bird watching
A couple stand next to each other with a female looking through binoculars
There are different habitats across the garden and parkland at Stowe to enjoy a spot of bird watching

Spring colour

Over the past two years we've hosted the Big Bulb Pant event. Altogether, a whopping 338,200 bulbs were planted – some of which now can be enjoyed.

Here are just a few spring blooms to encourage your curiosity and look out for:

  • As you stroll down the historic entrance to the gardens, look to the outer paths for a new meadow of bluebells. The best ones can be found in the dell opposite the Sleeping Wood

  • Scilla bloom up by the Grotto within the Elysian Fields, famously designed by artist, architect and landscape gardener William Kent

  • Turk’s Head Tulips are an eighteenth-century spring bulb and can be found by the Temple of Concord and Victory

  • Old varieties of daffodils look splendid between Grenville’s Column and Stowe House

  • Discover Wood and Blue anemones in the Sleeping Wood

  • Snakeshead fritillaries were added to existing spots down Gurnet's Walk by the sleeping wood. This'll make a rare delicate meadow as often this flower pops up in lonely occurrences

  • A bright display of Tulips will surround the Chinese House

Captured on camera

What wildlife could we see?

If you’ve got plenty of time to spare, try a walk in our parkland. With lots of open space to enjoy you may get to see the new arrivals amongst the sheep and long horn cattle. The views within the parkland open the wider landscape and will surprise you with views you may have never seen before of the temples.

Bountiful lambs in the gardens at Stowe throughout spring
Sheep with their baby lambs look directly towards you at Stowe with the Gothic Temple behind them
Bountiful lambs in the gardens at Stowe throughout spring

Within the gardens the swans are on the Octagon and Eleven Acre Lakes. If you are lucky you will see last year’s signets with their tiny bit of remaining grey down. Baby animals are full of the joys of spring but are still vulnerable at this stage. Please consider this and enjoy the view from afar.

Blossom

Walk along the winding paths and take in the monumental scale of the trees as they start bursting into life with fresh leaves. Carefully crafted views frame the monuments and provide glimpses of the lakes as you meander through the gardens. When you least expect it, they'll be a sudden burst of blossom! Tree species are interspersed to create light and shade at Stowe, unlike formal gardens where you might see an en masse of colour. These selected bursts of a singular moment allow you to enjoy the spectacle of the season against the backdrop of the temples. Keep an eye out on our social media channels and share your photos of blossom watch. 

Video

Spring is...

Relax and refresh body and mind on a blossom spotted walk at Stowe. What does spring mean to you?

A must-see moment!

The statues of the Nine Muses have just arrived and are gracing the Elysian Fields with their return after 100 years without their presence in the landscape. From Monday 9 March - Friday 3 April, pick up a map from the New Inn visitor centre, watch our behind the scenes video of their creation and installation in the restored Parlour Rooms and head out to meet the newest additions to the garden. 

Statues in a garden

Restoring Apollo and the Nine Muses to Stowe 

As part of a wider project to restore Stowe to its former glory, the task of reinstating Apollo and the Nine Muses is one of the National Trust's most significant pieces of work since caring for the gardens at Stowe. Read all about how the project is developing.

A refreshing menu

Welcome in the warmer weather with refreshing main meals in the cafe and scrumptious cakes to rival any Mary Berry recipe. We use seasonal produce and herbs from our Farmhouse Garden to spruce up casseroles and add a zing to tasty treats.

Three ladies ching glasses together for a toast

Mother's Day - Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March

If you're looking for something that little bit extra special for Mother's Day, we've got just the treat. Organise a relaxing spring stroll in the gardens and head into the cafe for a Prosecco cream tea. Yes, we said prosecco! At £11.50 per person, it's sure to bring out those sunshine rays and happy feelings to show your mother how much you care. 

Retail therapy

Visit the shop to discover some of the latest spring products to lighten the mood as winter recedes. If you're inspired by the gardens or fall in love with what you see on your visit, you'll find our plant sales benches stocked with our favourite flowers that you see at Stowe. Now every time you look at your garden, you'll have a memory to make you smile.  

Colourful patterns to brighten up your home
Beautiful designs in the spring 2020 range
Colourful patterns to brighten up your home

Family activities this spring