Flower Festival

Flower Festival 2021 at Winchester Cathedral

Flower Festival Winchester Cathedral


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About Winchester Cathedral's Flower Festival

The Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival returns from the 15th - 19th September 2021. The Cathedral will be transformed by spectacular floral displays designed by Pip Bensley, award winning floral designer. Immerse yourself in a harmony of colour, sound and smell as the Cathedral is transformed by striking and fragrant floral displays and elaborate decorative schemes that bring together an experience for all the senses.

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Flower Festival Tickets and Special Offers

Tickets are available to purchase with a wide range of sessions - please book early to avoid disappointment. There are also special sessions and prices for Blue Light card holders, job seekers, students, and people affected by sensory issues.

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Flower Festival Preview Evening

On Tuesday 14th September, an exclusive viewing of the Flower Festival with a champagne and canape reception will be held at the Cathedral. You are invited to join us for Choral Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Choir at 5.30pm, alternatively join the event from 6.30pm onwards.

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Afternoon tea at Winchester's Flower Festival

Enjoy Afternoon Tea in The Garden Marquee with a 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 strawberry jam, mini tartlets with fresh summer berries and edible flowers.

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Latest Flower Festival News

The Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival returns this year from the 15th – 19th September and will once again see the Cathedral transformed by striking and fragrant floral designs and installations.

Last held at the Cathedral in 2018, the festival is being organised by members from the Wessex and Jersey NAFAS. Each of the displays will tie in with the festival’s theme of ‘Resonance’ which is all about how memories, some we didn’t even know we had, are triggered by our senses – touch, taste, smell, sight and sound.

Thousands of blooms will fill Winchester Cathedral with spectacular contemporary installations. The stunning light and open architecture will provide an ideal environment to showcase beautiful and imaginative displays designed by the internationally renowned Pip Bensley as Creative Director, assisted by Debbie Wadge, Mal Smith and Martina Coleman and interpreted by a team of experienced floral artists from across the South.

Renowned Creative Director, Pip Bensley, has previously won three RHS Chelsea Gold Medals, is a NAFAS accredited judge, and is a regular team leader of the Hillier Chelsea Flower Show:

“The designs for this year’s Flower Festival are thoughtful and reflective of the losses and sacrifices so many have made following the pandemic. We are celebrating the healing effect of a flower in your hand, and how important even the simplest flowers foraged on daily walks have been to our lives over the past year and a half. We’re very excited to reveal further details about the displays which will be contemporary, creative and interpretative”.

Alison Evans, COO at Winchester Cathedral said, “This beautiful exhibition of thousands of flowers inspired by the architecture of the Cathedral will result in a truly spectacular event. We look forward to welcoming visitors from both near and far to the Cathedral for this year’s Flower Festival, where we are sure they will discover a joy for all the senses and experience the wonder of this fantastic building in a special way.”