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Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers - 29, 30 & 31 May 2014

'The Music Makers'

Thursday and Friday 10.00am - 7.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm

Online and telephone booking for the Festival of Flowers 2014 has now closed. Tickets can be bought in person from the Chichester Tickets box office in Cloisters Shop at the Cathedral.

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Chichester Cathedral 2014 Festival of Flowers
Chichester Cathedral 2014 Festival of Flowers
Charlie Dimmock - Patron of the 2014 Festival of Flowers
Charlie Dimmock - Patron of the 2014 Festival of Flowers

This will be the 10th Anniversary of this spectacular floral event.  Fifty thousand flowers and thousands of visitors are expected at Chichester Cathedral for the 2014 Festival of Flowers.  This biennial event welcomes visitors from all over the world who come to experience what has been called the 'gold standard' of Flower Festivals.

This majestic nine hundred year-old Cathedral will be transformed with over ninety stunning arrangements, all following the theme of the Festival's title: The Music Makers. A dazzling array of imaginative and beautiful flower designs will interpret twelve centuries of music: from pop to plainsong, classics to jazz, sacred to secular. 

Once in the Cathedral, visitors will immediately encounter an explosion of colour in the Nave, recreating Joseph's Technicolour Dreamcoat.  This vibrant display will include the actual Dreamcoat worn by Jason Donavan in Andrew Lloyd Webber's highly successful West End musical.  The earliest music to be featured in the Festival was composed at the same time that Chichester Cathedral was dedicated in the 12th Century - it is a piece named Sanctus Spiritus, writtedn by the the extraordinary female Saint and mystic, Hildegard of Bingen.  The most contemporary piece is a mini opera The Sweeper of Dreams written by Alma Deutscher, who was only eight years old when she composed the piece in 2012.

This exciting Festival takes place both inside and outside the Cathedral, where visitors can wander through the entire Cathedral Grounds enjoying a programme of music as they go.  The Festival Market includes forty stalls selling a vast range of plants and craft items, not to mention vintage clothes and some quirky and unique gifts.  Delicious refreshments and places to relax can be found in the Café de Fleur and Cloisters Café.

In honour of this year's 10th Anniversary a unique iris has been especially grown by the internationally famous French grower, Richard Cayeux of Gien.  This iris, named Cathédrale de Chichester, has been launched at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show and won a Silver-Gilt medal.  After Chelsea, the Iris will come to Chichester to be displayed at the Festival.  Other famous names include the gardening expert and TV presenter Charlie Dimmock, who is patron of the 2014 Festival, and the sculptor Philip Jackson who will be exhibiting his work at the event.

Flower Festival paricipants
Flower Festival participants
Festival of Flowers 2014 Press Release


Advance booking is highly recommended for this nationally popular event. Tickets may be bought in person from the Cloisters Shop at Chichester Cathedral.


Ticket Prices:

Single - £12.00
Family - £24.00 (2 adults plus 2 children under 14)
Thursday/Friday late entry (after 4pm) - £10.00
Saturday late entry (after 3pm) - £8.00

Tickets available to purchase in person in the Chichester Tickets Box Office, located in Cloisters Shop at the Cathedral.

Click here to download the leaflet.

For further information please contact the Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust on 01243 812480.

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