Winchester Flower Festival

Flower Festival returns to Winchester Cathedral with striking floral arrangements that reflect on the effect of the pandemic and celebrate the healing power of flowers.

Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival returns on 15th September.

“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.” Pip Bensley, Creative Director, Winchester Flower Festival.

It’s been a long time waiting in the wings but this month the much anticipated Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival returns.

Thousands of blooms will fill Winchester Cathedral with spectacular contemporary installations 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.

And this year the theme has been taken from lessons learned during the pandemic about the power of nature to heal.

Pip Bensley, Creative Director said,

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.”

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 are triggered by all our senses – touch, taste, smell, sight and sound.

The festival will be held from the 15th -19th September.

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.”

Ticket prices range from £5 – £12 with a variety of concessions available and can be booked via the Winchester Cathedral website.

Winchester Flower Festival opens on 15th September