Wisbech Rose Fair, one of Britain’s finest flower festivals, returns next month

PUBLISHED: 12:24 06 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:24 06 June 2014

Opening day of Rose Fair Wisbech.

Opening day of Rose Fair Wisbech.

Archant

There is loads to look forward to when the Wisbech Rose Fair, regarded as one of Britain’s finest flower festivals, returns next month.

The festival, which runs from July 2-6, has a proud tradition - it began more than 40 years ago.

Back then, rose buds were picked locally and sold in the church gardens to raise funds for the restoration of the Norman church of St Peter and Paul, which celebrated its 900th anniversary in 2011.

During Rose Fair the whole town takes on a festive atmosphere, celebrating its horticultural heritage.

This year’s floral theme is I Know a Place, which will bring together traditional flowers and exotic blooms for a breathtaking display.

Orchard Primary School children will perform their newly-acquired song, story-telling and dance skills.

The children will carry giants made during their recent workshops with Pat Howe and proceed to the museum for some Molly dancing.

The church is set within an acre of stunning gardens which have won a Green Flag award each year from 2008 to 2012.

From Wednesday to Saturday of the Rose Fair the gardens host a wide variety of stalls selling local produce and plants, cakes and preserves, crafts and gifts, bric-a-brac and much more.

The church is open from 8am until 7pm during the festival, except Thursday when the church shuts at 5pm. Entry is free, but donations are appreciated.

A preview evening is held on July 1 from 7.30pm to 9pm (free entry) - come and see the floral arrangements at their freshest and best.

Rose Fair Choral Evensong is held each day from Wednesday to Saturday at 4.30pm. A civic service closes Rose Fair on Sunday at 10am

More news stories

Yesterday, 12:01

Amey is claiming community support for its proposals to build a £200 million energy-from-waste plant on a 12 acre site at Waterbeach.

Fri, 18:37

Mayor James Palmer and his deputy, Councillor Charles Roberts, were debating tonight whether to press the Prime Minister to allow the Bayeux tapestry to go on display in Ely.

Fri, 17:58

Arthur Rank Hospice’s £10.5million home at Shelford Bottom was officially opened today by His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward.

Fri, 17:18

‘Houston we have a problem’ admitted county councillor Bill Hunt, vice chairman of the county council highways and community infrastructure, when he offered a public apology today for the number of potholes across Cambridgeshire.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter