The annual snowdrop festival in February and early March is a key time to visit Cambo and enjoy the thousands of white blooms from the walled garden along the burn to the sea.
Update January 2021. With lockdown restrictions currently in place across Scotland our snowdrop festival will be very different this year. All visitors will be asked to pre book tickets here on our website for specific dates in February.
Our entrance and exit points to the woodlands will be restricted to the main entrance from A917 and gate to Cambo Sands. We aim to create a safe and distanced snowdrop walk for our supporters and local visitors within the guidance available.
Virtual snowdrop festival activities
As part of the ‘Discover Scottish Gardens’ virtual snowdrop festival, Cambo will be hosting weekly snowdrop themed talks and virtual tours via the Cambo Gardens facebook page ranging from a tour of the winter garden to insights to the specialist snowdrop collection with Lady Catherine Erskine to half term family crafts.
Local Primary Schools will be linking to snowdrops and piglets through home learning activities. Families from Kingsbarns have already been getting involved in socially distanced snowdrop planting in the Kingsbarns community garden with snowdrop bulbs supplied from the Cambo woodlands.
Supporters of Cambo Heritage Trust
Many in the community already have an annual supporter pass or free family passes supplied through Crail and Kingsbarns Primary Schools. There will be an allocation for pass holders each day with no need to pre book, but we must ask that you enter Cambo via the The Stables Visitor Centre to log your details with the steward on duty and use the designated parking area.
Snowdrops are a symbol of hope we all need – and we at Cambo hope you can support our plan to enable managed access to our woodlands during this unique snowdrop season.
Snowdrops at home
Cambo has an online snowdrop shop to purchase snowdrops and spring bulbs to be delivered to homes and gardens throughout the UK. Plants, snowdrops and gifts from the Stables gift shop can also be purchased through a local ‘Click and collect’ service via the website.
Cambo is world famous for snowdrops and home to the Plan Heritage national collection of snowdrops, with over 350 varieties alongside the thousands of nivalis at home in the Cambo woodlands.
Cambo also houses a herbarium collection containing key species from our extensive snowdrop collection. Appointments can be made to view the archive outwith snowdrop season.
There have been snowdrops at Cambo for many years, but it was Lady Magdalen Erskine, an avid gardener, who really encouraged their proliferation from the 1930’s. As snowdrops require thinning-out and redistributing every three to four years, Magdalen and her eight children spent hours each year digging, dividing and replanting the snowdrops in the 70 acres of woodland.
In 1986, avid galanthophile Lady Catherine Erskine, having read articles advocating planting snowdrops “in the green” in spring-time rather than the traditional dried bulbs in the autumn, launched her now renowned mail-order snowdrop business.
Over the years, Catherine’s own collection of specialist snowdrops has grown steadily and is now viewed as the national collection, with over 350 varieties growing in our gardens. We also offer a very limited number of these for sale online, depending on their availability.