Every year, up to 14,000 people visit Thriplow to experience the warm and friendly atmosphere of our Daffodil Weekend charity fund raising event. This year the nominated charity is the Rosie Maternity Unit at Addenbrookes Charitable Trust who are raising funds for essential equipment needed by the Acute Neonatal Transport Service and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, to help support newborn and vulnerable babies across the East of England.
Over two days, visitors walk the car free village to look at the 100 daffodil varieties on display, visit the attractions and open gardens, potter around the stalls, take refreshment in the tea rooms serving homemade cakes and sandwiches, or eat delicious hot food while listening to live music.
For months beforehand and over the weekend itself, virtually everyone in the village (and many neighbouring villagers) volunteer to help organise the event – be it baking cakes, helping serve teas, working in the car park or picking up litter at the end of the day. Every year, the exceptional Thriplow community works hard to pull off one of the best loved charity events in Cambridgeshire.
Thriplow Daffodil Weekend started in 1969 when the church needed major roof repairs. Residents decided to raise funds by opening their gardens and making cups of tea for their visitors. They made an amazing £206 and were so delighted they decided to do it all again the following year – and so the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend was born.
Raising funds for charity
Thriplow Daffodil Weekend have now raised money for local charities to a total of £560,000 over 50 years. The tireless work of the village was recognised in 2011 when the Committee received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service (the equivalent of an MBE for charities).
Each year, the village has planted more daffodils of both early and late varieties, to try and ensure they are prepared for most things the weather can throw at them. They now have over half a million daffodils planted in the village, and around 100 different varieties on show including a new variety of narcissus dedicated to us called Thriplow Gold.
Children 5-16 yrs: £4 (Under 5s: free)
Family of 4: £20