Reflections Flower Festival...
Final preparations are underway for the Reflections Flower Festival which takes place in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, from 24 to 27 July. Over 80 floral displays will fill the Cathedral picking up themes from the last 100 years, including a display, called Flanders Field, linked to the commemoration of the start of World War One.
Well known designers, Alan Smith and Lee Berrill, have worked tirelessly to create a breathtaking Festival. Reflections is part of the Cathedral’s centenary celebrations and is the culmination of months of planning and co-ordination with flower arrangers across the region. The last Flower Festival at St Edmundsbury Cathedral was in 2003.
The Flower Festival is open 10 am to 6.30 pm on Thursday to Saturday and from 12 noon to 5 pm on Sunday (last entry will be 1 hour ahead of the closing time). Entry to the Flower Festival is £10 on the door, or £9.50 if pre-booked online (www.stedscathedral.co.uk). Tickets can also be purchased from the Cathedral Office, Monday to Friday.
‘This is an exciting major event in the calendar,’ comments Susan Cockram, Chairman of the planning committee. ‘We are expecting several thousand visitors, including many flower clubs members from Suffolk and beyond, who will see the Cathedral enhanced by the beauty, colour and aromas of thousands of flowers.’
Profits from the Flower Festival will be split between EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices) and the children’s work of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.
Suffolk Fundraiser for EACH, Abbi Lang, comments, ‘We are so pleased the organisers of the Reflections Flower Festival chose EACH as their charity to support. The Festival is set to be a huge success, with people coming from all over the UK to attend. As a local charity, we are most grateful and the money raised will make such a huge difference to the lives of life threatened children and their families!’