Illumination: A Festival of Flowers 2018

5th Sep 2018 - 9th Sep 2018 Event Type: Festival

Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival returns from 5-9 September 2018 with a stunning array of flower arrangements inspired by the magnificent Winchester Bible, the largest and finest surviving 12th-century English bible. Immerse yourself in a riot of colour as the Cathedral is transformed by striking and fragrant floral displays evoking the Bible's exquisite illuminated initials and elaborate decorative schemes.


Wednesday 5 September - Saturday 8 September, 9.00am - 7.00pm
Standard Entry £12
Groups 15+ & NAFAS entry £10
Children 16 & under Free
Entry after 4pm £9

Sunday 9 September, 9.00am - 6.00pm
Standard Entry £10
Groups 15+ & NAFAS entry £8
Children 16 & under Free
Entry after 3pm £7

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We are delighted to welcome back Angela Turner as the Creative Director, having previously led the team for the Cathedral's Flower Festival in 2013. Angela is a regular exhibitor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and has won many of their highly coveted RHS gold medals. Angela's flair and understanding of the Cathedral will result in a spectacular event.


Groups booking in advance can benefit from group admission rates and fast-track entry to the event. Our Visitor Services Team is able to offer advice regarding coach drop-off points and parking. The Flower Festival Market and Cafe space provides an opportunity for independent shopping and a chance to sit back and relax with a cup of tea and slice of cake. Group admission rates apply.
Call 01962 857200 or email for more information about group visits.


Flower Festival Afternoon Tea and Flower Arrangement Demonstration.

Limited spaces are available each afternoon for a unique afternoon tea, followed by a demonstration from one of the Cathedral Flower Arrangers, all within the tranquillity of the Refectory Garden Marque.
Tea will be served at 2.00pm, with the demonstration starting at 2.45pm and running through until 3.30pm.
Tickets £20 per person, with a glass of chilled champagne £29 per person. Minimum order for 2 people.

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Afternoon Tea in The Festival Marque, Cloisters Garth

Selection of Char of Winchester tea including herbal infusions,
Classic Cucumber, Severn & Wye smoked salmon and free range egg mayonnaise finger sandwiches,
Home baked mini cake selection,
Fruit scones with clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam,
mini tartlets with fresh summer berries and edible flowers.
Price £14 per person, with a glass of chilled champagne £23 per person. Minimum order for 2 people.

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Stallholder Applications

We are looking for exciting and innovative stallholders to trade in our retail marquee. If you are interested please download the forms below and return them to Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival, Winchester Cathedral Enterprises Limited, 9 The Close, Winchester, S023 9LS.

Flower Festival Stallholder Information and Checklist 2018
Application Form
Flower Festival Terms and Conditions 2018


See our patron's scheme leaflet for more information:

Patrons Scheme Leaflet
Flower Festival Patrons scheme form


The Holiday Inn, Winchester, are offering special packages on 6 & 9 September for guests attending Illumination: A Festival of Flowers.

Please follow the links below to find out more:

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