Crowds will flock to flower festival

PUBLISHED: 07:02 24 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:05 22 October 2010

Hundreds of visitors are expected to flock to the town of Wisbech next week for the start of the annual Rose Fair.

Hundreds of visitors are expected to flock to the town of Wisbech next week for the start of the annual Rose Fair.

The fair is one of the major events in the town's calendar and attracts visitors from across the country.

The Rose Fair began in 1963 as a simple fundraiser for St Peter's Church. However, each year it has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the finest flower festivals in England.

A host of organisations take part in the fair along with most of the key tourist attractions in the town.

One of the highlights of the fair is the annual parade of floats. It is organised by the Wisbech Round Tables and this year's theme is musicals.

Among the organisations taking part in the event is the St Peter's Church and gardens where there will be a host of fabulous floral displays.

Other churches involved are the Trinity Methodist Church, The United Reform Church and the Baptist Church.

Peckover House and Garden also take part along with Elgood's Brewery, Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum, Wisbech Castle and the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

The programme of events includes an array of entertainment from a choral evensong, guided walks, singing and dancing from local school children, a Romany Camp in Museum Square on Saturday July 1 along with a summer band concert on Sunday July 2.

The Rose Fair begins on Wednesday June 28 and runs until Sunday July 2. As part of the event there will be a park and ride service which runs half hourly between the B&Q/Rainbow car park and church Terrace from 9am until 4.50pm from Wednesday June 28, until Saturday July 1.

The fares are £1 adult return and children ride free.

There are also buses, which will take visitors from the Rose Fair to Peckover House and Garden and Elgood's Brewery and Garden from Wednesday to Friday.

The first bus leaves Church Terrace at 11.37pm and the last bus returns from Elgoods at 4.13pm.

More information about the Rose Fair and the bus timetables are available from the Tourist Information Centre in the town.

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