The annual display of tens of thousands of snowdrops near Coggeshall, Essex will move online with virtual walks, family activities and incredible imagery, from the comfort of your own home.

The annual highlight for UK garden lovers, featuring hundreds of varieties of snowdrops that carpet the 200-acre Arboretum, would usually draw the crowds in the winter months. Due to the current status of the Covid-19 pandemic, Marks Hall Estate has had to close temporarily, which has meant that this year’s amazing Galanthus displays will move online.

From Monday 8 – Sunday 21 February, the Arboretum Team will be staging the first and only Virtual Snowdrop Festival in the region. Over the two weeks the team will be posting images and video across the Estate’s social media channels from Robins Grove, an area of the Estate where the snowdrops flourish. There will be virtual walks to help visitors experience the sights and sounds, and for those looking for more information, the team have written new blogs detailing everything you could want to know about these stunning winter flowers.

For families who are learning at home at the moment, there will be science worksheets on why plants flower over winter, colouring-in activities, infographics, and an at home scavenger hunt to complete during half term.

Marks Hall Estate Arboretum manager, Ian Chandler, said: “The arrival of these hardy white flowers always signals the start of spring for us at the Estate, and this year they are an especially welcome sight. We have a large collection of snowdrops, including several rare and unusual varieties not often seen elsewhere, and we wanted to ensure that we shared the experience with our visitors who would normally be walking around the displays right now.”

“Whether you’re a veteran Galanthophile, a lover of beautiful botanical photography, or you are simply looking for a little help with home-schooling, there will be something for everyone at Marks Hall Estate’s Virtual Snowdrop Festival.”

The Virtual Snowdrop Festival runs from Monday 8 – Sunday 21 February across Marks Hall Estate’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.