Discover the beauty and tranquillity of a perfect winter’s day out with a visit to Blenheim Palace.
Open every day throughout the winter season, the 2,000 acre ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland offers visitors tranquil space, winter walks, wellness activities and wildlife watching.
Fitness & Wellbeing
Challenge yourself in 2020 with the Blenheim Palace Strava Running Club, a series of short and long-distance run routes for mind, body and soul. Work up to some of the incredible sporting events at Blenheim Palace taking place later in the year such as the OX5 Run (29 March), Blenheim 7K Fun Run (19 April), Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon (30 – 31 May) and British Heart Foundation Half Marathon (27 Sept).
Practise mindfulness as you discover beautiful winter sunsets over Blenheim Palace and the surrounding Parkland. Plus, for those up early, enjoy the muted colours on frosty morning walks and rich winter greens on the evergreen trees dotted around the Great Lake.
Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy spotting flocks of winter birds including snipe, majestic white ducks with incredible plumage and distinct black masks, and siskins, who bring a beautiful rich yellow colour to the landscape. The Blenheim Estate is also home to many small members of the finch family, including the gregarious orange breasted brambling, the noisy autumnal coloured crossbill and the redpoll.
Take the Lake and Cascade walk, perfect for wildlife spotting and frost-tipped trees. From the Water Terraces, follow the signs for the Rose Garden, the Cascade and the Pump House. Take the slope above the Cascade and continue along the edge of the lake to the Boathouse, then back up to the Water Terraces.
This walk takes in some difficult terrain, so walking shoes are recommended. The Dam and Cascade has a walkway and viewing area for moments of mindfulness.
Discover the Column of Victory in all its frosty glory on chilly mornings and watch the sun come up over the Palace. The Column of Victory was erected between 1727 – 1730 and serves as a 134 ft high statement reflecting the military prowess of the 1st Duke of Marlborough, whose stunning victories resulted in Blenheim Palace being built.
Restoration & Conservation
Immerse yourself in 300 years of history and heritage from January 10th as the Palace State Rooms undergo their New Year deep clean. Visitors can tour the rooms as a team of experts painstakingly prepare the artefacts, paintings and collections for the year ahead.
Visit https://www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/mind-body-and-soul.html to find out more.