The Ashridge Estate is beautiful at anytime of year. It really comes into its own in the spring. I love family photoshoots at Ashridge in the spring because there are so many beautiful locations to explore. The Ashridge Estate is particular known for its beautiful bluebells in the spring, and they appear in their thousands. Dockey Wood is the most famous area because of the sheer number of bluebells in a small area. The carpet is a sight not to be missed, with vibrant flowers stretching as far as the eye can see.

Access to the bluebells at Dockey Wood is free, with the exception of two weekends each year. Full details are available on the National Trust website. The visitors centre at Ashridge sells maps which detail bluebell walks near Berkhamsted. For example there are many walks starting from the visitors centre at Ashridge taking you through lesser visited areas of bluebells.

This year I persuaded my little one to get in on the bluebell photoshoot action. He is often involved in seeking locations for photoshoots. While he loves exploring the forest, my little one isn’t always the most willing model. Therefore there were lots of renditions of wheels on the bus and baby shark involved in the creation of these photos!


The bluebells at Ashridge flower from mid-April until the mid-May. The flowers are just reaching full bloom at the moment. Bluebell photoshoots normally take place early in the morning or late afternoon, this is to make the most of the soft light found at that time. if you are heading out to see the flowers this year please remember bluebells are a very delicate flower. Please stick to the path and avoid standing on or causing any damaging any bluebells. 


If you would like to book your own bluebell family photoshoot at Ashridge, see the website for more details and get in touch to arrange your date. I look forward to hearing from you. For inspiration of what to wear for your bluebell photography shoot, and what to avoid, please see my guide here.


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