St Mary’s Flower Festival - “When the Saints Go Marching In”
This will take place over the August bank holiday weekend Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August 2019 from 10am to 6pm, and on Sunday 12pm to 6pm.
There will be over 40 exhibits, each representing one of the well-known and less well-known saints, decorating this cathedral-like church.
Coffee, tea and light refreshments are available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and plants and flowers will be on sale on some days.
There will also be a free concert, with a retiring collection, by the Claydon Chamber Orchestra, in the church at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 24th August, who will perform works by Handel, Suk, Ravel, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams. See here for details.
Entry to the Flower Festival is by programme. Advance programmes are available at £2 from the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre before 23rd August and on the door at £3.
Since the Flower Festival partly coincides with the Saffron Walden Grand Prix cycle event on Sunday, 25th August, spectators of the cycle event will be able to combine their visit with attending the Flower Festival. Because the cycle event will involve a number of road closures near the church, pedestrian access may best be made to the church during the cycle event via the path from the High Street or via Museum Street, which will be two-way for vehicles, but only to be used by vehicles for elderly and disabled access.
Parking on Sunday 25th August. Due to the cycling event on the Sunday, parking may be at a premium and we have been given permission for the less able to park in the Crocus Medical Practice car park (CB10 1BP) which is accessible from Museum Street next to the church.
See photos from our last Flower Festival September 2016
A note from our Rector David Tomlinson: “The theme of ‘When the Saints go marching in’ resonates with the beauty and holiness of this sacred space and the worship that has been offered here down the centuries. ‘Sharing God’s love’ is the continuing mission of this church today and I trust that you experience warm hospitality here. The money generated by this event will go towards our current building project, evidence of which you can see in the award-winning servery, welcome desk and toilet at the West End. The next stage is to re-locate and renovate the Audley Tomb, a monument of national significance, to make it more accessible to visitors, and to refurbish the clergy and choir vestries.”