Snowdrop Walks open

Snowdrops beginning to appear near the Dell Gate
Snowdrops starting to appear near the Dell Gate

We are pleased to say that our snowdrop walks are now open.

From today Monday 23rd January we will be open daily up to and including Sunday 5th March, hours 10am-4pm.

As there have been some sharp frosts, especially at night, the snowdrops are not rushing ahead to bloom but are in their early stages. Some clumps are open where they catch the sun, while all around the grounds the green shoots of snowdrop leaves are popping up, and here and there among them, some of the patches of yellow aconites are also starting into flower.

Snowdrop Charity Day

We are pleased to announce that our Charity Day for 2023 will be on Saturday 11th February.

This year we will be supporting The Benjamin Foundation.

For over 25 years children, young people and families across Norfolk and Suffolk have been supported by The Benjamin Foundation to overcome big challenges in their lives. Among other things, the Foundation helps care leavers, offering supported accommodation, and is the regional partner for the End Youth Homelessness Campaign.

All admissions from the day will go to the charity, but if you can’t attend in person you might consider making a donation. https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/donate/

Snowdrop Walks 2023

We are delighted to say that we have already seen the first green snowdrop shoots above the ground, and that we will be open for snowdrops from Monday 23rd January. Please see our visitor information for more details.

We are also pleased to announce that our charity day this year will be on Saturday 11th February, in aid of the Benjamin Foundation.

The Benjamin Foundation is a charity working in Norfolk and Suffolk, supporting local young people to overcome challenges in their lives by providing opportunity, stability and independence, to help them feel hopeful of a better future. The Foundation is the regional partner for the End Youth Homelessness campaign.

 

 

Winter closure

The Abbey Grounds, Ruins and Shirehall Museum remain open daily until Sunday 6th November.

From Monday 31st October there will be no access to the Dell, as significant tree works begin.

We will then be closed to visitors from Monday 7th November to Sunday 22nd January 2023.

All being well, we will reopen on Monday 23rd January with the beginning of the snowdrop season.

Tree works in the Dell

View of the Dell at Walsingham AbbeyThe Estate is undertaking major tree works in the Dell as part of our programme of woodland management.

For safety reasons there will be no public access to the Dell from Monday 31st October.

The work is a mix of felling of diseased trees affected by ash die back, thinning, and safety work on large trees and boughs which overhang the road.

Fortunately we will be able to use much of the felled material as fuel for the biomass (wood chip) boiler at the Abbey. This boiler truly earns its keep, providing heating and hot water for six households both within and adjacent to the Abbey.

 

Walsingham Shirehall Museum

We are pleased to say that the Shirehall Museum will be open again from Saturday 30th July.

Museum entry is included with Abbey Grounds admission, with the entrance to the Museum accessible from inside the Abbey Grounds.

The Shirehall houses Walsingham’s completely original Georgian court room, you are free to explore it and to sit in the judge’s chair or imagine yourself a member of the jury, or the accused!

Pop upstairs (narrow staircase) to the public gallery to get a good view of the courtroom scene.

Also on display, an overview history of Walsingham pilgrimage and its revival, plus a snapshot of local village history together with items from the Norfolk Constabulary’s collections relating to 18th and 19th century policing, law and order.

Daffodil time

We are in the last few days of our snowdrop season and the flowers are just beginning to fade. There is still plenty to see with lots of beautiful hellebores in full bloom and the earliest of the daffodils just beginning to come through.

Our opening hours are changing after Sunday 6th March.  From Monday 7th March to Sunday 3rd April our opening hours will be Thursday-Sunday, 11am-4pm. (Closed Monday-Wednesday.) Entry at the High Street Gate.

Peak snowdrop!

We are thrilled to see the snowdrops once again reaching their peak flowering. As a result we are very busy this week (half term week).

We would like to remind visitors that when the weather is inclement, our paths may become wet and muddy. Please bear in mind that you will be walking across wet grassy meadows, in woodland and by a river and will need appropriate footwear to avoid slipping – wellies or trainers with good soles offering some grip are ideal.

We love to see children here enjoying themselves in the fresh air, gathering sticks and having fun, however do please remember that the ruins of Walsingham Abbey are a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the highest category of listed buildings.  Please make sure that children do not climb on the ruins. This is for their safety as well as for conservation reasons. It may look like a pile of old stones, but they have been there for a long time and we want to keep it that way.

We try to keep prohibitive notices around the grounds to a minimum, relying on visitors’ common sense. Thank you for your understanding.