Named the Kaleidoscope of Life, the Festival’s creative Director is Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger Woolnough. Mr Woolnough has overall responsibility for coordinating more than 50,000 blooms to create up to 100 spectacular exhibits with the help of over 35 Flower Guilds from across the eastern region, ranging from Biggleswade to Lowestoft.
Highlights will include a water feature, a floral arch the length of Ely Cathedral’s impressive nave and an entire area dedicated to commemorating the end of WWI. The crowning glory is a 12 metre wide kaleidoscope of flowers positioned in splendour directly under Ely’s famous Octagon tower.
One of the most noteworthy displays will feature the new Ely Cathedral Rose which will be unveiled to the public at Chelsea Flower Show. The rose has been produced by 24 time RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal-winning East Anglian rose growers, Peter Beales, recognised worldwide for the preservation of old fashioned, historic and rare roses. Creative designer Roger Woolnough said: “Ely Cathedral provides a magnificent backdrop for any event but the sheer size and beauty of the building is a great inspiration for any artist or arranger. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be working on Ely’s Festival for a second time as it gives me a wonderful opportunity to design and create displays on a completely different level.”
Throughout the four day event there will be musical performances, talks and demonstrations by floral experts, delicious food & drink outlets and a bespoke Gift & Craft Marquee located in the Cathedral grounds. TV presenter and gardening expert, Diarmuid Gavin, will be special guest at the opening evening on 20 June.
Tickets are limited and will include a drinks reception in the Bishop’s Garden. Other highlights of the event include an exclusive evening viewing of the arrangements on 22 June which will include a concert by the Military Wives Choir.
The event has generated a wide interest with local businesses and organisations and has attracted some major sponsors including Cheffins. Jonathan Stiff, Director, comments: “We are thrilled to be involved with the Ely Cathedral Flower Festival which is one of the most highly-anticipated events in the local area. As the principal sponsors, we will be looking forward to welcoming friends and colleagues to this prestigious four-day festival which really brings the whole of Ely city to life.”
Further information on the Festival including advanced tickets, opening times, special events, and travel arrangements is available on Ely Cathedral's website or by calling the Box Office on 01353 660349.
For further information contact Director of Communications, Ely Cathedral, Lesley Ann Thompson 07930 918885.