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Mothering Sunday with Daffodils and Spring Flowers March 10th 2024 11-4pm

Daffodil Day is special this year – it’s Mothering Sunday!  A wonderful chance to bring your family, friends and dogs at a reduced admission price to see our large collection of historic daffodils, many planted 150 years ago by our ancestors, and some recently transplanted from Grenville College, a former family home until 1950.  We were able to rescue some old varieties planted by our forebears before the garden was sadly lost to development recently.

Slightly earlier than in the past due to everything flowering earlier and to coincide with Mothers Day, its a great chance to see not only the daffodils, but also lots of beautiful camellias, hellebores, early spring bulbs, mimosas, deliciously scented clematis armandii and our lovely wild primroses and violets before Hartland Abbey opens for the season in Easter week.  There are plenty of really good walks including to the beach and to Blackpool Mill, which starred as ‘Barton Cottage’ in the BBC adaptation of ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and in BBC’s ‘The Night Manager’ by John Le Carre.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society’, was filmed around the Abbey estate in 2017. Since when scenes from ‘Rebecca’ and ‘House of the Dragon’ were filmed at Hartland Quay and Series 1,2, 3, 4 and 5 of Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’ were filmed for CBBC in the Abbey and grounds. Included in your ticket will be entry to our Film Exhibition as well as our other exhibitions, historic photographs, the museum and shop,  newer exhibits by falconry expert Brian Bird on ‘The Hon Gerald Lascelles and Falconry’ and also ‘A Victorian Honeymoon’.

Enjoy walking woodland paths through wild flowers to the Walled Gardens, Gazebo and the restored Woodland Summerhouse, hidden since 1945, with its welcoming log fire.  A circular walk has proved very popular since its restoration in 2012. The Abbey itself will be open between 12 –3pm at a small extra charge.  Dogs are really welcome on leads but there will be plenty of space to let them run free as well. The Orchard, normally closed, will be open with its beautiful wild daffodils. 

The Old Kitchen Tea Rooms will be open serving a variety of delicious homemade hot and cold food and delicious cream teas with their legendary scrumptious cakes! A special treat on Mothers Day!

Visitors are advised to bring wellies if walking in thee gardens and grounds at this time of year!

Special Daffodil Day entry prices: Adults £9, Children (age 5-15) £1, Under 5 free.

Entry to the house £4 open 12-3pm

NB** Please note that loyalty and membership cards (eg HHA, CPRE, Gardeners World etc) are not able to be used on Special Event days.

For further information please ring 01237 441496 /441234

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