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With the snowdrop season in full swing and bluebells fast approaching, now is the time to make like mother nature and wake from our sleepy winter slumber. with hundreds of beautiful homes & gardens to explore across the country, there’s no reason not to blow off the cobwebs and soak up the beginning of spring and the start of new beginnings.

Find your spring fix with our handy guide to the best National Trust events & gardens across the UK.

MARCH 2020

Specialist Talk: Women Artists of the Pre-Raphaelites @ Wightwick Manor & Gardens

8th March 2020

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a relaxed talk and guided tour of the women artists of the Pre-Raphaelites such as Evelyn De Morgan & Lizzie Siddal.

Spring celebration: Marzana doll craft @ Moredon HallPark, London

21st March 2020

Opportunity to make a traditional Polish doll made of straw, hay, cardboard, and rags, celebrating the rebirth of life and nature.

Mother's Day - Posy making @ Ham House & Garden, Surrey

22nd March 2020

Build your own posy of spring flowers fresh from Hams garden, for someone special this Mothering Sunday. (See link below for all mother’s day events @ National Trust across the UK).

Spring garden cocktail bar @ Brixham, Devon

27th March 2020

Cocktails in the Vinery and a walk around the garden to see the spring blooms. Join the garden team for a guided after hours walk & enjoy the pop up vinery bar. Over 18s only.

The Emmetts Garden Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 2020 @ Emmets Garden, Kent

28th March – 13th April 2020

This Easter, head out on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and become a forager bee, finding crafted wooden bees hiding next to some of the special spring trees living at Emmetts Garden. (See link below to find your nearest Easter egg hunt)

Welshpool 10k run @ Powis Castle

29th March 2020

A 10k run which takes in beautiful views of Powis Castle & Garden and the surrounding deer estate. Suitable for all levels, starting & finishing in the town Centre on fully closed roads.

APRIL 2020

Dawn Chorus Walk @ Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

4th April 2020

A magical couple of hours enjoying the true sound of spring with a guide to help you identify songs and spotted birds.

The Big Tree Climb @ Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

7th & 14th April 2020

Join The Great Big Tree Climbing Company who’ll be on hand in the gardens to show you how to safely climb (with harnesses) one of our oak trees.

Wordsworth Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 2020 @ Wordsworth House & Gardens, Lake District

10th – 13th April 2020

Follow the trail to find William and Dorothy’s lost treasures and earn your chocolate prize.

Bodnant Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 2020 @ Bodnant Gardens​

10th – 13th April 2020

Enjoy the spring awakening at Bodnant. Follow the trail of ‘Magic Minutes’ through the garden to discover where the secret store of chocolate prizes has been hidden.

Egg rolling competition @ Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden, Yorkshire

23rd April 2020

Bring your hard boiled eggs on Easter Monday to see who’s egg will win the race down the bank. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in three different age categories.

Guided walk 10 reservoirs walk @ Marsdon Moors

25th April 2020

A strenuous 16mile walk across the moors, taking in the main reservoirs surrounding Marsden. mainly following paths, including some moorland walking and steep climbs. The walk will take approximately 7.5 hours.

Spring wild kitchen @ Ledford Gorge, Devon​

25th April 2020

Forage for wild garlic and other seasonal snacks on a short walk around the gorge. Then help to cook a fresh pasta and pesto lunch over the campfire using the foraged ingredients.

MAY 2020

Everyday mindfulness @ Beningbrough, Yorkshire

12th May 2020

Taking you through practices that bring mindfulness awareness and engagement to everyday life; to daily activities at work, at home and in your leisure time.

Springsong @ Standen House & Garden, Sussex

16th May 2020

Join a pop-up choir to help celebrate spring and the 125th anniversary surrounded by a beautiful spring tulip display.

International Festival of Town Pipers @ Greyfriars House & Garden, Worcestershire

16th May 2020

12 bands giving free performances outside the Guildhall, at Greyfriars, Tudor House Museum, the Commandery and other locations, throughout the Saturday, ending with a mass performance where over 60 players will assemble to play together.

Outdoor Theatre: The Magic of Red Riding Hood @Speke Hall

26th May 2020

An outdoor theatre performance set in the grounds of Speke Hall, Liverpool – Little Red Riding Hood has a big adventure ahead – bursting with magic, puppets, jokes and colourful characters.

Attingham Camp 2020 @ Attingham Park, Shropshire

23rd May 2020

Enjoy Attingham at night sleeping under the stars with a bonfire. Activities include stories and marshmallows around the camp fire, twilight bush craft and star watching. Dinner and breakfast provided.

May half-term garden crafts @ Stourhead, Wiltshire

23rd – 31st May 2020

Choose from a range of garden crafts in the family stableyard including flower crown-making and wildflower seed bombs.

Display Centres

Why not tie in a visit to one of our extensive paving display centres with a trip to the best spring gardens the National Trust have to offer with guaranteed colourful springtime blooms. Both our north and south main centres have the National Trust Landscape Collection products available to view and buy.

Our Shropshire Display Centre is near Powis Castle, Attingham, Sunnycroft, Chirk Castle and Erddig Hall. Our Cotswolds paving display centre is near Hidcote, Dyrham Park and Snowshill Manor.

Useful Links

Handy reference links for events and activities listed in this guide to National Trust Spring Events. We've also published a guide to the Best Home & Garden Events for 2020.

Mother’s Day events @ National Trust

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts @ National Trust

Dawn Chorus walks