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Spring arrives early in Devon with plenty of February events

Snowdrops, cyclamen and scarecrows are all part of Devon's spring celebration as the new season begins a little earlier here than elsewhere.
Spring in Devon conjures up the picture of primroses beneath shady hedgerows and sandy beaches littered with driftwood and seashells after winter storms. As attractions re-open and National Trust gardens open their gates, there’s a sense of a promise about the new growing season which is about to begin.

February is a great time to spend a extended weekend in Devon after the long winter. We have plenty of activities to tempt you to visit the Westcountry and enjoy nature’s early celebration of spring.

Snowdrops and cyclamen at Killerton near Exeter

Nothing suggests spring better than a bank of white snowdrops or a carpet of tiny pink cyclamen beneath a leafless oak tree. The extensive Killerton estate is known for its landscaped gardens, so read on to discover what’s on offer as part of the Snowdrops and Cyclamen at Killerton event which takes place when nature decides it’s ready, sometime in February!

Crafty Devonians head to Westpoint Exeter for the Craft4Crafters Show

February starts with a great event for anyone interested in arts and crafts – the Craft4Crafters Show which runs from 30 January to 1 February 2014.

Stalls, supplies, demonstrations, talks and workshops are packed with amateur crafters keen to learn more about papercraft, embroidery, woolcraft or woodwork. Whatever your particular hobby or interest, Craft4Crafters is an event that is not to be missed.

Tiptoe through the grounds of Hartland Abbey on Snowdrop Sundays

Hartland Abbey shows off its beautiful grounds and swathes of nodding snowdrops on two Snowdrop Sundays in February 2014, on the 9th and the 16th. This family friendly event (dogs are welcome too) is a great excuse for a walk on the scenic headland and down to the beach at Hartland.

Discover the points of interest to look out for on the scenic trails as you explore the Hartland Abbey estate on one of the annual Snowdrop Sundays.

Join in the Valentine Flower Count at Saltram near Plympton

Every year the National Trust Valentine Flower Count involves counting and recording the different species of shrub, bulb and tree that is in flower on 14 February. Join in with this fascinating study by visiting the Saltram estate. Last year there were over 130 different species in bloom!

Rosemary and garlic may protect you on the Dartmouth Castle Ghost Tour

Join in the special Dartmouth Castle Ghost Tour which takes place on 15 February 2014. Led by English Heritage staff, these creepy ghost tours are for visitors aged 8 years and older with nerves of steel!

Expect to hear some historic tales and witness some ghostly happenings that will make you jump out of your skin as you tour the creepy passageways of Dartmouth Castle.

Make your own Worzel Gummidge at Bovey Tracey Scarecrow Spectacular

Scarecrows are part of the rural tradition for farmers in Devon. Join in the family friendly Bovey Tracey Scarecrow Spectacular on 20 February 2014 at the National Trust property of . You can help make scarecrows to keep the birds at bay, just in time for seed-sowing in the walled vegetable garden.

There’s something to do in Devon on almost every weekend in February. What do you enjoy most about spring, and why? We’d love to hear ideas from as many people as possible!

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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