Illumination - A Festival of Flowers
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.
Exclusive Preview Evening - Tuesday 4 September 6.30pm - 9pm
An exclusive viewing of the flower festival with a champagne and canape reception, prior to its opening to the general public the following day. Guests are invited to join us for Choral Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Choir at 5.30pm, alternatively join the event from 6.30pm onwards.
Tickets £30 per person + £1 Booking Fee (capped at £5 per transaction)
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OPENING TIMES AND ADMISSION
Wednesday 5 September - Saturday 8 September, 9.00am - 7.00pm
Standard Entry £12
Groups 15+ £10 (please contact the box office by phone or email)
NAFAS entry £10 (Only available to NAFAS members, proof of club membership will be required when presenting these tickets for entry. Failure to provide the necessary membership card will invalidate the ticket and entry will be refused).
Children 16 & under Free
Entry after 4pm £9
Sunday 9 September, 9.00am - 6.00pm
Standard Entry £10
Groups 15+ £8 (please contact the box office by phone or email)
NAFAS entry £8 (Only available to NAFAS members, proof of club membership will be required when presenting these tickets for entry. Failure to provide the necessary membership card will invalidate the ticket and entry will be refused).
Children 16 & under Free
Entry after 3pm £7
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THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
We are delighted to welcome back Angela Turner as the Creative Director, having previously led the team for the Cathedral's Flower Festical 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 857275 or email Box.Office@winchester-cathedral.org.uk for more information about group visits.
Add on Catering Options Available:
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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