Walpole St Peter festival to draw crowds

The Bishop of Ely, Bishop Stephen Conway, admires one of the arrangements at last year's Walpole St Peter Church flower festival.

The Bishop of Ely, Bishop Stephen Conway, admires one of the arrangements at last year's Walpole St Peter Church flower festival.

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Thousands of people are expected to descend on the Cathedral of the Fens this weekend for one of the area’s biggest and oldest church flower festivals.

Coach parties and families from far and wide will once again visit Walpole St Peter’s Church for its most popular historic event.

Beautiful blooms will transform the church into a riot of colour when the five-day extravaganza is held from Saturday to next Wednesday, June 3. The theme for this year’s event is seasons, with huge floral interpretions of spring, summer, autumn and winter being displayed throughout the 14th century building.

Outside the church, there will be various stalls selling home-made cakes, preserves, flowers and produce, books DVDs, games, toys, bric-a-brac and more. There will also be a tea tent and lunches available in the Parish Hall.

The painters’ corner returns once again this year, with local artists demonstrating their work inside the church, and there will also be willow weaving at various times throughout the event and a fun dog show at noon on the Saturday.

The festival is open daily from 9am to 5pm with the exception of the Sunday, when events kick off at 10am with a Festival Eucharist by Bishop John Flack.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a performance from country music artist Alf Gosling at 2pm on Saturday, and Lynn Town Band at 2pm on the Sunday, followed by a ‘Your Favourite Hymns’ church service from 5pm.

Entrance is free and car parking is available.

Anyone wishing to book a lunch during the event can contact Margaret Brooks on 01945 780235.