Hodsock Priory set to celebrate special year

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If a visit to a stately garden draped in beautiful snowdrops is a winter tradition for you, make sure you place Hodsock Priory in your diary!

The priory in Blyth is officially one of the top 10 winter gardens in the whole of the UK.

It opens from Saturday 5th February to 6th March and marks the 20th year of the annual Hodsock Snowdrops Spectacular.

AND the Guardian are offering FIVE lucky readers the chance to win a day passes worth £15 each!

To help celebrate this special occasion, an exciting programme of events has been planned, including an innovative treasure trail for all the family – a challenge to find ‘Odd Socks’ the Hodsock pixie – plus, for photography enthusiasts, an annual photo competition – giving entrants the opportunity to win a complimentary pass to a future Snowdrops Spectacular and have their photo published and credited in the priory’s marketing material.

“We are very much looking forward to making this year our most spectacular year ever, not only in terms of how many snowdrops we now have, but also in terms of what we have to offer our visitors,” commented George Buchanan, ninth generation resident.

The Courtyard at Hodsock is the newest addition to the Hodsock Estate and provides a luxury and stylish place to enjoy a well deserved short break.

A sympathetic and sustainable redevelopment of the old estate dairy has seen the near derelict building transformed into 10 luxury self catering suites nestled in the heart of the beautiful grounds of Hodsock Priory – a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

There’s also a big surprise for anyone visiting the Snowdrop Spectacular on a Tuesday during the season – a free cup of tea or coffee on offer in the Priory.

George added: “Our 20th anniversary is going to be a true delight for visitors.”

“We’re already very excited about it, and also our thrilling new programme of events which will allow us to welcome more visitors to Hodsock throughout the year.”

“I’m sure that Snowdrops 2011 will go down in history as one of the best ever at Hodsock Priory.”

There is no requirement to book to visit Hodsock Snowdrops.

To be in with a chance of winning ONE of FIVE day passes, simply answer the following question.

Q) What anniversary of the Snowdrop Spectacular does this occasion mark?

Mark your answer ‘Hodsock Priory competition’ and email your entry to competitions@worksop-guardian.co.uk or send it by post to The Worksop Guardian, 21-27 Ryton Street, Worksop, Notts S80 2AY. The closing date for entries is Friday 11th February and winners will be contacted by telephone so do not forget to include a daytime contact number.

Normal Guardian competition rules apply to all participants.