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Daffodils and Spring Flower Sunday March 2021

Sadly we are unable to hold our Daffodil Day this year due to ongoing covid restrictions.  BUT we will be opening for the 2021 season on Sunday 2nd May when spring flowers will still be wonderful!

After all the awful wet weather and gales, Daffodil Day is a wonderful chance to get out with your family or friends to see our large collection of historic daffodils, many planted 150 years ago by our ancestors. Recently more have been transplanted from Grenville College, a former family home until 1950.  Now sadly a site for development on the outskirts of Bideford, at least we have rescued some of the old varieties planted by our forebears! Our spring flower days are really good fun days out for everyone including the children and dogs.

Visitors will be able to see not only the daffodils, but also lots of camellias, hellebores, early spring bulbs, mimosas and our lovely wild primroses and violets.  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‘, starring Lily James and Michael Huisman,  was filmed around the Abbey estate in 2017. 2019 was a very busy filming year with ‘Rebecca’ filmed at Hartland Quay and Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’ filmed for CBBC at the Abbey; both due on the screens soon. Included in your ticket will be entry to our Film Exhibition as well as our other exhibitions, historic photographs, the museum and shop. New for 2020 is our exhibit by falconry expert Brian Bird on ‘The Hon Gerald Lascelles and Falconry’ and also ‘A Victorian Honeymoon’.

Enjoy walking along stunning woodland paths through wild flowers to the Walled Gardens, Gazebo and the restored Woodland Summer House, hidden since 1945, with its welcoming log fire.  A new circular walk has proved very popular since it opened in 2012. The Abbey itself will be open between 1 –4 pm  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.

Kath Morrison from the Tea Room writes: “To celebrate the first signs of Spring, the Old Kitchen Tea room will have a selection of delicious traditional and modern cakes and biscuits and some gluten free too! Along with homemade soup and  cheesy scones, we also have a selection of pies, pasties and some scrumptious hand made sausage rolls. For the hungriest amongst you, we also have our own Pulled Pork and Coleslaw baguettes and Veggie Homity pie plus a selection of sandwiches, baguettes and other tasty snacks.”

Visitors are advised to bring wellies!

Daffodil Day entry prices: Adults £7, Children (age 5-15)  £1, Under 5 free.

Entry to the house £4 open 1-4 pm

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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