6 Places to go blossom-bathing
Head for one of these gorgeous, sweet-scented walks near you. As these candy-crush stunners sweep into life through our shires we've found the best places to go blossom-bathing.
In Japan, cherry blossom is more than just the first sign of spring, it’s a symbol of renewal and regeneration – and who doesn’t need a bit of that right now.
Head for these blushing boughs of sakura, and get into the time-honoured tradition of hanami (‘flower viewing’) … so rouse the kids, rally a friend, or treat the dog to an extra-long walk and head into April’s pink riot.
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh
It’s positively blossom-tastic at the Bats Arb with its beautiful National Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries which take over as the stars of the show every Spring. This famous display usually flowers from early April onwards, but make sure to book online before arriving or call for an update on 01386 701441 (cherry blossom hotline!)
Lydney Park Estate, Forest of Dean
Lydney Park is a 17th-century country estate surrounding Lydney House, in the gorgeous and wild Forest of Dean. Well known for its fabulous gardens and Roman temple, come during April for it’s plentiful blossom and cherry trees. Check website for current open times and dates.
Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt
Westonbirt may be famed for its autumn colours, but the blossoming season is one of its best kept secrets. Head here for spectacular spring blooms from exotic magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons to the scene stealing cherry plum blossom with their soft pink or white flowers – all accompanied by the beautiful carpets of bluebells throughout the woodland walks. Pick up an activity leaflet at the Welcome Building during Easter that is full of ideas and suggested locations for you to explore spring through your senses.
London Road Cherry Trees, Cheltenham
We love a pop-up blossom encounter in an urban setting and this famed grassy spot in Cheltenham gives onlookers a breathtaking display every year. A circle of around 20 trees come to life during April full of pink cherry blossom. Find it at the crossroads of London Road and Hewlett Road in the heart of this lovely Regency town.
Hidcote, Chipping Campden
One of the best known Arts and Crafts Gardens in the UK is home at this time of year to some amazing blossom. Open for pre-booked slots, take a visit to this gorgeous house and grounds which is bursting into life with cherry trees, magnolias and more from March to May.
Evesham Blossom Trail, Vale of Evesham
Head for the world-famous blossom trail – known as England’s Blossom Trail, no less! Covering 45 miles, walk part of it or drive through it at leisure. This famous route meanders its way through the pretty Vale of Evesham. Head towards Pershore or Evesham, and you’ll soon start spotting the brown road signs telling you that you’re on the blossom trail. The apple, pear and plum trees grown in one of England’s most fertile areas burst into flower for the spring. From March to May, the blossoms follow on one from another: expect soft pinks of cherry and apple blossom, gossamer whites of pear and plum and damsons in abundance.