Snowdrops are a big attraction

Snowdrops at Hanwell Castle NNL-150223-171628001
Snowdrops at Hanwell Castle NNL-150223-171628001

Visitors flocked to Hanwell Castle for the tenth annual opening of the grounds for the popular Stars and Snowdrops event.

The crowds were welcome after 2014’s washout, when the weekend’s activities had to be cancelled because of adverse weather.

“After an early start this year the snowdrops slowed down quite a bit but they were at perfection for this year’s Stars and Snowdrops weekend,” said Rowena Archer of Hanwell Castle.

Visitors were given an update on the progress being made the archaeology and grounds restoration project, led by Stephen Wass.

He told visitors that the lake had been emptied for the first time in 30 years to allow for maintenance and for further archaeology work to be carried out.

Those who attended Stars and Snowdrops were able to enjoy demonstrations of wood turning and forge work going on with a master armourer demonstrating his skills, making arrow heads of the sort used at Agincourt 600 hundred years ago.

Hanwell Community Obsevatory members were on site all weekend to demonstrate the telescopes and discuss the future of the observatory.