The snowdrop spectacular drawing visitors to Doncaster from far and wideÂ

It's a tradition that has spanned more than 30 years and celebrates the beginning of Spring in Doncaster.

Friday, 18th January 2019, 1:39 pm
Updated Friday, 18th January 2019, 1:44 pm
Snowdrops arriving ready for the Snowdrop festival at St Mary's Church, Kirk Bramwith near Doncaster on 5th and 6th of Feb See story Emma Dunlup Picture Chris Lawton 21th Jan 2005. poss pic post details Nikon D2h asa 200 with 12-24mm lens

And once again scores of visitors are expected to flock from around the county to the annual Snowdrop Festival in the grounds of St Mary's Church in Kirk Bramwith.

The event takes place this year over the weekend of February 9 and 10 in the pretty picture postcard village from 10am to 4pm.

Pearl Elliott, six, pictured taking a closer look at the Snowdrops within the grounds of St. Mary's Church, Kirk Bramwith. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Snowdrops MC 1

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The annual Snowdrop Festival is a spectacle to behold as the churchyard is covered by a carpet of the dainty blooms at this time of year around which the festival is organised.

The event raises much-needed cash for the Norman village church, St Mary's in Top Lane.

Visitors attending the festival on Saturday February 9 can also enjoy browsing a variety of stalls within the church including plant and homemade cake stalls to help boost the church fundraising.

Speaking about the popular event Vivian Cheetham, PCC secretary at the church, said: '"I think it's become a tradition that people look forward to in the village and further afield.

Kirk Bramwith Snowdrop Festival 2018. Pictured are Dalton Skidmore and Georgina Lowndes. Picture: Chris Etchells

'The festival is quite a spectacle and to see all the snowdrops covering the church grounds is beautiful, we get a lot people from Doncaster but also from North and West Yorkshire who come back each year.'

As well as enjoying the festival the church itself is also a draw, boasting some fine stained glass windows and what is believed to be the oldest bell in the Diocese of Sheffield, which was made in York in 1350. 

Mrs Cheetham added: 'It's the 900th anniversary of the church next year and a lot of people come along just to look at the church itself and take it all in."

Organisers are hoping the mild weather continues to ensure the event is the best one yet.

Snowdrops at Kirk Bramwith Church.

Mrs Cheetham added: 'We do hope the weather will be kind to us, the snowdrops are already making an appearance as the winter has been so mild so we hope it continues.

'We hope as many people as possible support the event as all the funds raised go back into the upkeep of the church.' 

On the Saturday people who attend can enjoy looking around a range of stalls and also took a peak at the blooming flowers.

The Snowdrop Festival takes place at St Mary's Church in Kirk Bramwith on Saturday February 9 and Sunday February 10 10am to 4pm, there is no admission charge. 

The church is  also open the following weekend February 16 and 17 12noon to 4pm for visitors to look round and refreshments will be available. 

Just a stone's throw away visitors can also take in the renowned snowdrop and winter gardens at Hodsock Priory with a woodland walk from Saturday February 9 to Sunday February 17.

The popular event is perfect for all ages on a crisp wintry day, wrap up warm and wander among four million snowdrops, and winter flowering plants and shrubs with glorious colours and fragrance.

The signposted walk through Horse Pasture winds through spectacular carpets of snowdrops which really encourage the feeling that spring will soon unfurl from winter.

Wrap up warmly this winter and enjoy the breathtaking display of snowdrops at Burton Agnes Hall.

Every February, millions of hardy snowdrops push through the cold winter ground to create a magnificent '˜white carpet' across the woodland floor at the Cunliffe-Listers' Elizabethan family home.

The Snowdrop Spectacular runs from  February 8 to March 3 2019, from 11am to 4pm every day.

Meanwhile Sheffield visitors keen to embrace the beauty of Spring are sure of a big blue surprise when they go down to the woods .

A small strip of woodland within ten minutes walk of Meadowhall tram stop would be a good choice to take in one the best bluebell displays the country has to offer. 

Sheffield Council ranger Chris Roberts has said of the event: 'It's certainly one of the best woods for bluebells in South Yorkshire. The position on a rolling hillside helps show off the carpet of blue, along with Woolley Wood being a '˜primary ancient woodland'.

'That means this is actually part of the old British '˜wildwood', so this hillside has been wooded continually since the end of the last ice age 13,000 years ago,' 

He added that flowers like bluebells, wood anemone and yellow archangel thrive in very ancient woodlands, which because of their wet or hilly situation (or in cases like Woolley because they were on old parish boundaries) have not been cleared by humans in the past. 

The popular festival attracts around 400 people annually from across the country.