Snowdrop Trails in Dorset 2024

Snowdrops, otherwise known as Galanthus, are often regarded as being the first sign of spring, even though they can start to be seen from late December into January.  What is for certain, however, is that walking through the snowdrops and enjoying trails carpeted with them is a lovely activity for families.  We have put together some of our favourite locations for family snowdrop walks and trails in Norfolk in 2024.  If you know any that your family love and that we have missed, please send us an email at

As with all activities at this current time, make sure that you double-check arrangements and availability before making a journey in case of cancellation or restrictions to access.



Alfpuddle- The banks of this village a few miles east of Dorchester are filled with snowdrops during springtime.  


Compton Valence- This village approximately 7 miles west of Dorchester is known for its display of snowdrops which fill the road verges in late winter.


Kingston Lacy- Famous for its snowdrop display, this National Trust site has a snowdrop walk that stretched through the 40 acre garden for one and a half miles.  The fernery is home to over 35 different varieties and you will spot more if you continue further down Lime Avenue and on to Lady's Walk,. 


Lawsbrook Garden - the Garden typically opens on selected dates in February for the NGS Snowdrop Festival.  Dates for 2024 are still to announced. 


Mapperton - dates are still to be announced for their Snowdrop Sundays for 2024. 


Minterne, Minterne Magna, Dorchester, DT2 7AU- Open from 1st February 2024, the gardens at Minterne house have an abundance of snowdrops to view in the winter.  


Shaftesbury Snowdrops- this is one of the biggest events of its type in the country and the town's free snowdrop walks, including wheelchair and pushchair accessible routes can be enjoyed by all.  Find out more about the snowdrop walk routes here with downloadable map pdfs.

Festival week will run from 10th to 18th February 2024.  There will be family friendly activities all through the week and the finale festival will be the snowdrop lantern parade on Saturday 17th followed by dancing from Steps in Time




Tyneham Village 


Upton Country Park- The botanical gardens are full of snowdrops throughout February and March and additionally visitors can enjoy tea rooms and play areas.  

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