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Festival of Flowers 2018 - 31st May - 2nd June

'This Earthly Paradise'

Thursday 31st May: 9.30am - 7.00pm, Friday 1st June: 9.30am - 6.30pm
Saturday 2nd June: 9.30am - 6.00pm

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Festival of Flowers Day Tickets

Click here to book tickets for the Festival of Flowers 2018

Festival of Flowers Sparkling Afternoon Teas
- to book tickets for afternoon tea at 4 Canon Lane please telephone 01243 813585.  £19.95 per person available at 2.00pm or 4.30pm on 31st May, 1st & 2nd June.

Chichester Cathedral Mug by Emma Bridgewater
Souvenir Special Edition Mug

Souvenir Special Edition Mug

Purchase a souvenir special edition mug designed by the Festival Patron, Emma Bridgewater. 
To download the order form click here.

Emma Bridgewater, Patron
Emma Bridgewater, Patron

2018 will see the return of Chichester Cathedral's spectacular floral event.  Fifty thousand flowers and thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 2018 Festival of Flowers.  This biennial event is organised by Chichester Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust and 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 eighty stunning arrangements all following the theme of the Festival's title: 'This Earthly Paradise'.  Emma Bridgewater, British Designer and Business Woman, whose distinctive ceramics have a world-wide following is the Patron of the 2018 Festival of Flowers.  She says: "I am really delighted to be involved with the Festival this year.  The theme - This Earthly Paradise - is both beautiful and spiritual.  There will be a stunning display, with over 80 arrangements celebrating many aspects of the history of horticulture, such as the early plant hunters and explorers through to contemporary conservation.  I feel a keen sense of anticipation already - for that moment when you step into the familiar majestic building, to find it transformed with flowers."


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 a large number of stalls selling a vast range of plants and craft items, not to mention some quirky and unique gifts.  Delicious refreshments and places to relax can be found in the Café des Fleurs, the Cloisters Café and the Tea Bar in the Festival Fair.

Festival of Flowers tickets include entry to the Philip Jackson sculpture exhibition in the Eastern Cloister.  Philip is a renowned international sculptor whose powerful and beautifully sculpted creations are recognisable worldwide.

Visitors will also be able to view the winning entries in the Festival of Flowers Schools' Art Competition, held to coincide with the Festival's theme.  These will be exhibited in the Café des Fleurs during the Festival.

Chichester Cathedral's Festival of Flowers is renowned for innovation with new varieties of plants and flowers developed to celebrate each Festival.  The 2018 Festival Flower is the 'Nostalgia' rose, a highly perfumed tea rose whose creamy blooms are uniquely edged with cherry red.  This is available for purchase at the event from local rose specialist Apuldram Roses.

Festival of Flowers Children's Competition:

For younger visitors (16 and under) there will be an opportunity to take part in the Children's Quiz which will test their knowledge of the Cathedral and the Flower Arrangements.  Answers to the quiz will all be found in the Cathedral.  Entry forms will be available at the main entrance on the day.

Rathbone Investment Management is a strong supporter in the Chichester community and we are delighted to have them as sponsors of the Festival of Flowers 2018.

Flower Picture Trail:

As part of this year's Festival of Flowers, Chichester BID are running a fun Flower Picture Trail around Chichester with prizes for the winners.  For more information, please click here.


Ticket Prices:

Thursday 31st May/Friday 1st June:

Entry from 9.30am : £14.00
Entry from 1.00pm: £12.00
Entry from 4.00pm: £10.00

Saturday 2nd June:

Entry from 9.30am: £12.00
Entry from 2.00pm: £8.00

Children 14 and under free (2 children per paying adult)
Last entry one hour before closing.

Accessibility Evening:

There will be a special Accessibility Evening on Saturday 2nd June when visitors with special access requirements, including wheelchairs and sight restrictions, can enjoy the beauty of the Cathedral in a more relaxing environment.  Tickets, costing £10.00 per person, must be booked in advance (one free carer per paying entrant).  Entry is from 4.30pm - 6.30pm.  No entry before this time.

Click here to book tickets
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