|Where:||Swithland Wood, near Loughborough,Leicestershire on Swithland Lane|
|When:||A Sunday in late April or early May|
The bluebell is amongst the most loved of British flowers so it seems appropriate that a special service is dedicated to the wildflower each spring. It takes place at Swithland Wood in Charnwood Forest in Leciestershire, which is open to the public during daylight hours all year round. The outdoor Service has been taking place annually since the 1930s, and it is situated in he Pit, an amphitheatre deep in the woods. Expect prayers and appropriate hymns – occasionally the bluebell season is either very early or late depending upon climatic conditions, so sometimes the blooms are in short supply on the day, though the woods will often be carpeted with flowers. It’s organised by Swithland Church and has a popular regular following.
The date varies a little from one year to the next but is always in late April or early May. In 2017 it will be on Sunday April 30th.
Park in the carpark north of the wood and follow the signs for the service – the walk takes about half an hour, and the service an hour or so. Dogs are welcome, and many visitors take picnic chairs.
Click here for the church website: http://www.swithlandchurch.org
and here for the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1681630355423370/
Click here for a first-hand account: https://traditionalcustomsandceremonies.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/custom-contrived-the-bluebell-service-swithland-woods-leicestershire/
Photo by Phil Mc Iver.
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