Cambo Heritage Centre and Garden is situated on the A917 between Crail and St Andrews and is a great day out for all the family with its walled garden, woodland walks and children’s play area.
Over the years we have been regular visitors to the garden and attended events during the year. Cambo is probably best known for the Snowdrop Festival which takes place in February and March however there are a great many other events taking place throughout the year.
Cambo Snowdrop Festival 2019
Activities for Children and Families
Adventure Clubs Saturday 26th January, 23rd February, 23rd March
Family Adventure Club. wild woodland activities for little ones and their grown-ups. 10-11.30. Bookable. Free with garden entry.
Kids only Adventure club. wild woodland adventures for kids over 6 1-3pm Bookable £4.
Babes in the Snowdrop Woods, Wednesday 30th Jan, 6, 13, 20, 27 February
A magical snowdrop activity walk for wee ones – buggys and slings – if too cold stories in the studio. finish in the Nosebag Cafe 10-11.30am. Free with garden entry
Imbolic Fire Party, Friday 1st of February
Mark the birth of spring. Warming crafts, music, campfire and snowdrop sausage sizzle. Family friendly 4-7pm Booking essential. free with garden entry.
Curious at Cambo – Stem Session Saturday 9th February
Hands-on experiments exploring the science of snowdrops and the powers of plants to survive the freezing cold of winter. Age 8+ Booking essential. Free with garden entry.
Snowdrop Studio Sessions Wednesday 13, Thursday 14, Friday 15 February.
Creative activities inspired by the changing seasons. From sparkly winter to sunny springtime. Family drop in. 1-3pm. Free with garden entry.
Glingbobs and Tootflits Trail Daily from 10am
Can you spot the doors of the mysterious creatures who live in the snowdrop woods? Follow the map and find out. Free
Sparkling Snowdrops Family Trail Saturday 26th January – Sunday 10th March
Follow the magical trail with dens to discover, snowdrop stories to enjoy and sparkly springtime crafts to create. Free with garden entry.
Talks and Workshops for Adults
Early Special Snowdrops Wednesday 16th January
Join Lady Catherine Erskine for an early bird tour of some of Cambo’s first favourites in the surroundings of the stunning winter gardens. 1.30pm Free with garden entry.
Snowdrop Collection Highlights Monday – Thursdays 4 February – 8 March
Highlights tour of the national snowdrop collection 1.30 – 2pm. Free with garden entry.
Specialist Snowdrop Programme Friday’s 1, 8, 15, 22, February and 1, 8 March
Specialist Snowdrop Tour – An in depth galanthophile garden tour exploring the national snowdrop collection and winter gardens, the history of snowdrops at Cambo and more. With Lady Erskine or Head of Horticulture Fay McKenzie 10.30-12noon Cost £10 RHS members £8.
In Depth Specialist Snowdrop Sessions
Themes ranging from thinning and sorting, developing your own collection, drawing and identifying snowdrops and more. 1-4pm Cost £35, £28 RHS Members.
Cambo Walled Garden
We have seen a lot of very positive development which has made Cambo what it is today. The Victorian Walled Garden is beautiful at any time of year. The naturalistic plantings have a modern feel. The Cambo Burn runs through the garden and offers a feeling of peace and tranquility at any time of year. If you are holidaying in St Andrews, the East Neuk of Fife, staying at Sandcastle Cottage or visiting the area on a day trip then Cambo Gardens and Heritage Centre are well worth a visit. There is ample car parking and a good access road. For those looking to use public transport the 95 bus stops outside the main gate.
The old Stable Block has recently been redeveloped and now has a visitor centre, cafe and shop. The north courtyard area has three learning and training spaces. These spaces enable courses, workshops, talks and volunteering projects linked to the gardens and woodlands including woodcraft, cookery, art, craft and horticulture.
A range of events take place throughout the year. If you want more information about specific events then go to the trust website.
For the children there is a brand new adventure playground where young children can play in a woodland setting. Or why not visit and feed the piglets.
There are a number of well marked nature walks throughout the estate. We particularly like wandering down to the foreshore and along the beach.
There are opportunities to volunteer with Cambo Heritage Trust and assist with horticulture in the gardens with varied learning programmes to suit people of all ages.
Opening Times Daily 10am – 5pm
Accessibility – The Stables Visitor Centre is fully accessible. Garden paths are wheelchair and buggy friendly. woodland paths vary in surface with steps in parts.
Parking – Free accessibility parking for visitors, plus a coach drop off point.
Admission – Stable Visitor Centre, play area and Glingbobs Woodland Trail free entry. Gardens £5.50 carers and under 16s free entry
More Gardens to Visit in the Area
For suggestions on other gardens to visit in the area see our blog post 3 Beautiful Gardens to Visit
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