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Swim in a Sea of Bluebells this Spring!

Written by Louise Winter

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A visit to see a beautiful display of bluebells is definitely a ‘must do’ activity this spring, and we’re so lucky in the UK to have many places that we can admire them. We’ve picked some of the best locations around the country where you really can swim in a sea of bluebells.

Winkworth Bluebell Watch; Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey

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Why not have a lovely family day outdoors at this stunning arboretum. You will be treated to a truly spectacular bluebell display so let the kids play amongst these glorious blooms! Find out more.

Bluebell Walk; Hatchlands Park, Guildford, Surrey

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Head to Hatchlands Park and enjoy a beautiful spring time wander aound the edge of the Park and you’ll be dazzled by the carpet of bluebells! Find out more.

Bluebell Woods; Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Richmond (London)

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Come along to Kew Gardens and you’ll get to see one of London’s finest bluebell woods. Queen Victoria gave the 18th century thatched cottage to Kew on the understanding that the woodland surrounding it was preserved which is absolutely perfect for spotting the magical carpet of Spring bluebells. Find out more.

Festival of the Blues; Blickling Estate, Norwich, Norfolk,

Saturday 27 May, 3-7pm
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©National-Trust-ImagesMatthew-Antrobus

To celebrate the bluebell season this year, Blickling Estate are holding a very special event. The magnificent house will be lit up in blue and you can follow very special trails, followed by entertaining blues music so take a picnic and relax on the lawn. This sounds like a perfect spring day! Advance booking needed. Find out more.

Croome; Worcester, Worcestershire

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The kids (and adults) will love a visit to this secret wartime airbase. With so much space to roam around, enjoy the fresh air whilst the kids explore the RAF themed playground and natural play area, and of course a trip to see the beautiful springtime bluebells! Find out more.

Dunham Massey; Altrincham, Cheshire

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©National-Trust-ImagesAndrew-Butler

This beautiful Georgian house set in a deer park is the perfect setting for a bit of bluebell spotting! The children will also enjoy looking at the wildlife in the area and learning about the previous owners and servants who used to live in the house. Find out more.

Rufford Old Hall; Ormskirk, Lancashire

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As well as exploring this very grand Tudor property, the gardens are also perfect for some exploration! Don’t forget to head down to the woods to marvel at the wonderful bluebells and stroll along the canal. Find out more.

Hardcastle Crags; Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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©National-Trust-ImagesDrew-Marsh

Come along and see the spring bluebells in a truly picturesque setting. There is so much wildlife to discover and over 15 miles of footpaths with waterfalls and tumbling streams amongst unspoiled woodland. Find out more.

 Bluebell Walk; Chirk Castle, Wrexham, Wales

29 April – 18 May, 10am-5pm
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If you are looking for a lovely family day out in the spring sunshine, then head to Chirk Castle. Enjoy a self-led walk through the woods of this historic Welsh castle where you can see lots bluebells and other Spring flowers. Find out more.

Beautiful Bluebells! Skomer Island, Milford Haven, Wales

April – May

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This stunning island is definitely worth a visit this spring as not only will you get to see amazing wildlife but a carpet of pretty bluebells against the stunning back drop of the Irish Sea. This is definitely a picnic day in the spring sunshine. Find out more.

Buckland Abbey, Garden & Estate; Yelverton, Devon

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This is a great family day out with plenty to keep the children amused including quizzes and trails, and learning about the 700 year old home. At this time of year there is also the added bonus of seeing a carpet of bluebells which dazzle the footpaths. Find out more.

Godolphin House; Helston, Cornwall

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©National-Trust-ImagesAndrew-Butler

For a great day out, visit Godolphin House and learn about the history surrounding the house and take a relaxing stroll around the beautiful garden. There are also family trails and of course you can’t possibly miss the spectacular spring bluebells which reside there at this time of year! Find out more.

Have you spotted any bluebells yet? Let us know by sharing on Facebook, Twitter or by tagging us on Instagram using the #PicniqUK hashtag!

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