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51 pictures of the stunning Ely Cathedral Flower Festival 2018


By Paul Brackley


The stunning sight of Ely Cathedral Flower Festiva 2018. Picture: Keith Heppell
The stunning sight of Ely Cathedral Flower Festiva 2018. Picture: Keith Heppell

50,000 on display at event opened by celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin

Diarmuid Gavin looks around the displays. Picture: Keith Heppell
Diarmuid Gavin looks around the displays. Picture: Keith Heppell

Thousands are enjoying the extraordinary sights of Ely Cathedral Flower Festival 2018.

Featuring 50,000 blooms, carefully arranged by volunteers from flower guilds, are on display until Sunday (June 24).

Diarmuid Gavin, the celebrity gardener, officially launched the event at an evening for invited guests on Wednesday (June 20) before the doors opened to the public on Thursday.

Eye-catching displays, musical recitals, floral demonstrations and a gift and craft marquee are among the attractions.

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival, VIP evening view, Diarmuid Gavin looks around the displays. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Roger Woolnough, who was part of the design team for Westminster Abbey’s Festival of Flowers, is the festival’s creative director. A Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger was also the mastermind behind Ely Cathedral’s acclaimed 2013 Flower Festival, ‘In the beginning’.

The theme this year is the ‘kaleidoscope of life’.

Tickets are available online, on the day from the ticket marquee and via telephone. Call Ely Cathedral box office on 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm).



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