I don’t think there can be anything better than chancing across a flower festival in the heart of the Kent countryside. Here are my four reasons why you should visit the next time you see one advertised on the roadside.
1. Its free, but …
They’re free, but … flower festivals are staged to raise money. These funds might be needed to contribute towards the upkeep of the church or for a cause that the local community holds dear. The organisers will be hoping they raise enough money to cover the cost of staging the event – from purchasing of flowers to printing of flyers. I’ve never been to a flower festival that’s charged entry (except in Cathedrals), so all you need to do is to put a handful of change in the pot as you leave.
2.You’ll come away inspired
I don’t think you necessarily need to be a flower arranger to enjoy the flowers – although it is an added benefit. Each flower festival will have its own theme. I find it really interesting to see how the exhibitors interpret their brief. You can let this wash over you, or really peer into the exhibits to work out how the mechanics hold up the arrangement and get ideas for new techniques, flower varieties and colour combinations you might like to try out for yourself.
You’ll find something for everybody. Quite often there are exhibits by children which will attract your little ones’ attention and something bold and unusual to fly in the face of the more sceptic members of your family – which will prove a greater conversation piece!
3.Time to talk
I’m a sucker for tea and cake and at a flower festival you can guarantee there’ll be homemade offerings at a very reasonable price. I say, give your weekend café stop a miss and get out there. Last weekend we went to the flower festival at Hernhill and to my delight the refreshments weren’t confined to a secluded part of the church, but were hosted in the garden of the Oasthouse opposite.
Tea and cake is also such a good ice breaker and you’ll soon get talking to your fellow visitors and the volunteer events team.
4.It’s an inexpensive outing for the family
For me flower festivals are such good fun, not only because I love flowers and flower arranging, but also because it’s an inexpensive outing. So, next time you see a chalk board go up as you drive about your local area – don’t forget to make a note of the details of your next flower festival.
I’d love to hear about your favourite festivals. In recent years I’ve particularly enjoyed the ones at Graveney, which are planned to coincide with the Transport Weekend in Faversham.
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