This year the walks will be available from Wednesday 29th March to Sunday 9th April inclusive.
Guided walks will be available every morning at 10:30 am, and self walks from 10 am to 4 pm. Guided Walks in the afternoon are available by special arrangement for pre-booked groups.
The daffodil crop and quality will be very good owing to the amount of rainfall. Lots more bulbs have been planted for this flowering season, and the fairies have been making new dresses ready to welcome children young and old.
The daffodils are a little slow this year owing to the dry season, but I suspect we will get plenty of rain in the next few weeks and I’m sure that everything will be flowering in time for open days – see the walks page for details of times and dates as soon as we have those for 2017.
Lots more bulbs have been planted down in the woods and also new plantings in the clover field, so there will be many more flowers to see this coming season.
The tree fairies are hibernating at the moment but will be ready to welcome all children, young and old, in the spring.
It’s a glorious day, the daffodils are out in fantastic full show, and it’s the very last afternoon this year to come down and see them for yourself, and all for a very worthy cause!
This year has already been a record-breaking year with more visitors than ever before for the talks and self-guided walks.
If you’ve already been – don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, and share your experiences of your visit – and we’ll be posting up there too the times for next year too in case you missed out this year!
It’s the first day of the daffodil walks today, a fantastic turnout, the weather was kind. We had visitors from far afield today who’ve travelled down to see something different.
A general update for those wondering – we have suffered only a little bit of damage from Storm Katie, daffodils are remarkably resilient, and there’s a multitude of new daffodils to come out right now.
The early varieties are still holding out (all that water keeps them happy!), and the main middle crop is coming out now – it looks like it’s going the be a bumper crop this year. The Flower Record are full of buds for next live roulette canada week, and it’s bound to be a grand show!
The home-made cakes are excellent, and the fairies have had a spring clean and are ready for visitors. Come down and join us between now and the 10th April!
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We’d like to say a big thanks! to Ian and Bob at Buildbase Nantwich who have kindly supplied 10 tons of hardcore for the marquee base for our visitors this year!
These kind of donations help us to make a nicer experience each year for the visitors, and we really appreciate it!
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With many of you seeing Daffodils already in bloom around the area and in your own Gardens I have been receiving a lot of enquires about the dates for The Open days and daffodil Walks. We have added a further 2 days at the beginning of the planned dates therefore opening from Wednesday 30th March – Sunday 10th April (Unfortunately we are unable to open over the Easter weekend prior)
Will there still be much to see? I hear you ask.
Indeed the Daffodils here at the farm are currently approximately 2 weeks earlier than average. But don’t worry in the main field with the impact, the Daffs are only just coming through. Having said that there appears to an abundance of buds on the early varieties with flowers lasting extremely well due to large moisture in the plants. So what we are expecting is that come the Open dates you will see the mid to late flowering varieties, which includes a lot of the whites and unusual. Looks like being a bumper crop!!!
Im taking bookings now for Guided Tours, 10.30am daily, £5.00 includes refreshments. *Also if you are a group of 6 or more Len will be happy to take your group at 2pm ( We don’t schedule this in every day as we feel the Old Codger needs some time off now he’s knocking on a bit!!! ;-), again call me if you’d like to arrange this.
I was in the U.K., last week and looking at the daffodils I would say that they may begin flowering a little earlier than normal, but seem to be in very good condition owing to the rainfall this backend, there will be lots of flowers to see all through the walks.
The walks this year will begin on the 30th of March running through to the 10th of April.
Contact Gail Jackson for guided bookings taking place each morning at 10.30am, also self guided walks where you can pick up a map and follow the well signed trail from 10am to 3pm each day. (gates close 4pm)
Guided tour including refreshments is £5.00 ,
Self walks: Adults – £2.00, Children £1.00
Refreshments can be purchased at the walks centre. All proceeds will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Care to help to continue their excellent work.
The first daffodils – Early Sensation – are out two weeks early at Whitegate, but most of the other daffodils are just starting to peep through and with the amount of rain that we’ve had, they look to be in very good condition, and so the flowers should have far more substance than when the weather has been dry.
Hopefully the season will be a little longer than normal!
We’re still on target for the last week in March and the first week in April, please see the booking section for details!
The weather at the moment is very mild, but we’ll obviously get a cold snap that’ll slow things down again.
Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year, and look forward to seeing many of you again in the Spring! I’m now on my way back to Ireland to stop some Guinness from going bad.
Our 2015 walks were again a great success, thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the walks – the contributions brought almost £7000 of fund for Macmillan, despite the weather not always being on our side!
We’ve planted a couple of thousand more bulbs in the woods this year so there’ll be more to see with a bit of luck! We’ve mucked out the fairies (it needs doing every couple of years) and I’ve been on a course for political correctness. They tell me I’m the first person ever to have failed the course, which will be of no surprise to anyone who’s listened carefully during any of the talks or walks!
For those who are organising their diaries in advance, we’re currently looking at dates of Friday 1st April through to and including Sunday 10th. We’ll update on this as the weather progresses!
The recent cold snap means that despite the daffodils being on track in February, they’re not quite making that last push to be in full bloom at the very start of the walks, so for the first few days it looks like we won’t have them all in show right away.
There are plenty to see but not in the huge quantities just yet!
Lets hope a bit more of the current warm weather will bring them on – all it takes is a bit of an increase in the soil temperature and they’ll be out quickly!
New for this year is that we’ve got a marquee up so you’ll be able to enjoy real pokies New Zealand your tea, coffee and cakes in nice shelter whatever the weather, and enjoy the view.
We haven’t spotted the fairies just yet but we’re sure they’ll be around the magic oak again this year, putting in an appearance especially for good children!
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