Discover the beauty of spring as Chawton House reopens to the public. 

Chawton House is celebrating the beauty of spring as it reopens its doors to the public on Wednesday 9 February after a short winter closure. With 12,000 spring bulbs planted in the gardens, visitors can enjoy peaceful walks with undisturbed views of the Hampshire countryside and delight in the bright pops of colour as winter disappears for another year. Snowdrops will welcome visitors back to Chawton House, with special Snowdrop Sundays being held throughout February, before the vivid yellow of golden daffodils appear amongst the greenery. Visitors can return throughout the season with an annual ticket to the house and gardens and enjoy the changing displays as tulips, irises, scilla, and muscari bloom; ensuring that no two visits are the same this spring. 

Speaking about Chawton House’s plans for spring, Chief Executive Katie Childs says:  

“We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Chawton House to celebrate the beauty of spring flowers. Visitors will be able to explore the gardens and wider estate and enjoy the 12,000 bulbs our gardening team have planted as they flower through the season. Our special events programme will begin in January, with exclusive Curator Tours of our Botanical Women exhibition followed by either an Afternoon Tea or Botanical Supper, with menus inspired by the delights of spring. In February, we will be hosting Snowdrop Sundays throughout the month, with special snowdrop tours running throughout the day and a snowdrop themed trail for kids to enjoy.” 

Exploring the often-hidden role women have played in horticulture and plant science from as early as the seventeenth century, Botanical Women celebrates these lives of these bright and resourceful women and their contributions to botanical artistry and early modern science. On display in the exhibition is Elizabeth Blackwell’s fascinating work, A Curious Herbal, 1737-1739, the first herbal produced by a woman. Ahead of Chawton House reopening, the pages of A Curious Herbal will be turned over from their current winter images to display beautiful illustrations of the flowers that can be seen blooming outside in the gardens. 

Chawton House will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 February, with the opening hours 10am to 3.30pm. Botanical Women is included in the admission ticket to the house.   

Celebrate spring with these special events:  

Botanical Women Tour & Afternoon Tea 

Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 January 2022 

Join exhibition Curator Katie Childs for a tour of our current exhibition Botanical Women. Discover more about the hidden heroines of horticulture and the role women have played in plant science and botany from as early as the 17th century. Following the tour, take a seat in the historic Great Hall and enjoy an Afternoon Tea inspired by the beauty of spring.  

£22 per ticket.  

Botanical Supper  

Friday 28 January 2022  

Discover more about the bright and resourceful women featured in Botanical Women and their impact on horticulture with a special evening tour, led by Katie Childs. Once the tour has concluded, take in the historic surroundings and enjoy a delicious Botanical Supper, with a special menu inspired by the delights of spring.  

£50 per ticket 

National Gardens Scheme Snowdrop Sunday 

Sunday 6 February 2022 10am-3.30pm  

Join us for our first Snowdrop Sunday at Chawton House and enjoy these beautiful flowers while helping to support the National Gardens Scheme’s charities. This Snowdrop Sunday will be a special viewing, ahead of Chawton House reopening to the public on 9 February as part of the National Gardens Scheme, with all funds going to support the NGS charities, including Marie Curie and Macmilian Cancer Support.  

£6 per ticket. Children under 16 free.  

Snowdrop Sundays 

Sunday 13 and 20 February 2022  

Come and enjoy Chawton House’s Gardens this February as they are carpeted with hundreds of snowdrops. A symbol of hope, snowdrops signal that spring is just around the corner and the dark, cold days of winter are soon to disappear. Spot the snowdrops on the South Lawn and in the Wilderness, explore the Walled Garden, and enjoy refreshments from the Old Kitchen Tearoom. Special snowdrop tours will be running throughout the day and there will be a snowdrop themed kids trail available too.  

Tickets start from £6