BILLED as East Anglia’s premier flower festival, the Wisbech Rose Fair runs this year from Wednesday, July 4 to Saturday, July 7.
The main flower arrangements are in the 900-year-old town centre church of St Peter and St Paul where the theme this year is “Hope and Glory”.
Flower lovers can also visit Trinity Methodist Church, just opposite St Peter’s and St Paul’s, with the theme “The Olympic Games”, Wisbech Baptist Church in nearby Hill Street where the theme is “God is!” and the United Reformed Church in Castle Square which also has a Biblical theme.
Admission is free and you can buy refreshments at all these venues.
In addition to the wonderful arrangements of flowers in all four churches, there are a variety of stalls in the lovely gardens of St Peter and St Paul’s church over the four day period. These sell anything from produce and plants, cakes and preserves, crafts and bric-a-brac and there are many tombolas, raffles etc for the support of charities.
Choral Evensong is celebrated from Wednesday to Saturday at 4.30pm in the church and there is a civic service at 10am on Sunday, July 8.
Saturday sees the annual parade of floats, organised by Wisbech Round Table and is one of the biggest in the country.
The theme this year is “The Olympics” and there are two parades, starting at 11am and 2pm.
Norfolk Street will be closed to traffic on the Saturday and there will be a variety of stalls and some balloon modelling.
Other attractions during Rose Fair are Peckover House and Elgood’s Brewery on the North Brink of the scenic River Nene, Octavia Hill’s Birthplace on the South Brink and Wisbech Castle near Museum Square.
This year the historic Georgian Angles Theatre in Alexandra Road is offering tours around the theatre every hour, on the hour, between noon and 4pm. Their bar will be open with hot drinks and cakes daily between noon and 4pm.
There will also be entertainments by local schools and others in Museum Square during the four days.
As usual there will be a park and ride service provided by Norfolk Green but unfortunately, owing to continuing river bank construction work along Nene Quay and other road works, the bus will not cross the river to link with attractions along North Brink and the guided tour has been cancelled.
The bus will run from the bus stop on Elm High Road to Church Terrace, right in the centre of the Rose Fair activities. Free parking is available at Morrisons, B&Q and Elme Hall Hotel, and the fares are £2 return for adults, £1 for concessionary bus pass holders and children travel free. Timetables are available at One Stop Shops, libraries etc.
There is free car parking in St Peter’s car park, which is where tourist coaches can also park although coach drivers are advised to book in advance by calling 01945-582508.
There are clear signs to the parking along the approach roads to Wisbech and within the town there are local signs pointing to the different attractions.
Organisers now just have their fingers crossed for good weather!