Wisbech Rose Fair 2018
Wisbech is a Georgian Market town which is nestled on the edge of Cambridgeshire bordering Norfolk and Lincolnshire. On North Brink you will find Pecover House, Elgoods Brewery, The Friends Meeting House and The Town Hall. On the opposite side of the river you will find South Brink where Octavia Hill’s Birth Place is situated. The Crescent is not far from the Brinks and all the buildings are Georgian, TV and film crews have used all three of these streets for filming various period pieces. Wisbech is proud of many of its past residents one of whom is Thomas Clarkson who was very involved in the abolition of slavery, a memorial to this great man can be found as you enter Wisbech on the opposite side to the town bridge.
There is so much more to see In Wisbech like the 900 hundred year old Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, nearby is the Museum, and Castle. Love Lane, built by Mr Medworth for his mistresses! There’s Ghost Passage, Scrimshaws Passage and many other interesting nooks and cranny’s to search for. Many people visit the town, from far and near, (Japan, Canada, USA and Australia to name a few), throughout the year, this is shown by the comments in the visitor’s book in St. Peter and St. Paul’s church. Booklets about the history of the town can be found in St. Peter’s church as well as other churches and shops, also you can visit www.wisbech-society.co.uk where there is a wealth of information.
Coach parties are very welcome, so check for bookings with your local coach company or you could organise your own for a group you belong to if you need coach parking please book it with St. Peter’s church office (details at the end of this article)
Rose Fair, this year is from July 4th to July 7th this is when churches, businesses, charitalble organisations and the Town council all become involved in 4 days of spectacular flower displays, entertainment and tourist attractions, which all open their doors to the public.
St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church started this event when funds were needed for restoration of the building, a local rose grower heard about this so he donated hundreds of rose buds to be sold by the church people, this was so successful that 55 years ago, in 1962, the Rose Fair committee was formed and started by selling Roses in the church and strawberry teas in the church hall. Every year it has grown a little more, the Flower Festival became an annual event and other churches began to join in. Today St. Peter and St. Paul’s church is famous for its magnificent flower displays and is recognised as the Premier Flower Festival of East Anglia. Arrangers come from quite an area to be part of the festival, over three thousand pounds is spent on local and exotic blooms and the arrangers spend almost three days to turn them into, amazingly, fantastic displays that take your breath away. Trinity Methodist Church, The Baptist church and The United Reform Church all have flower displays as do Peckover House and Octavia Hill’s Birthplace.
In the gardens of St. Peter and St. Paul’s there are well in excess of 40 stalls selling a variety of goods from fruit and veg to cosmetics and toys, there are tombola stalls and cards, locally grown strawberry’s, vegetables and plants, as well as many other stalls for you to browse. If you are interested in hiring a stall for your organisation, business or charity please contact Colin Ess at [email protected]
There are numerous venue’s for refreshment’s many of the churches serve light refreshments and there are other cafes and restaurants round the town. In St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church Hall you will find ‘La Vie en Rose Cafe’ with waitress service, morning coffee and biscuits, set meals at lunch time and afternoon teas. Self service Refreshments are also available in La Vie en Rose so all tastes are catered for.
The town is well served with accommodation so it might be an idea to invite friends and relatives to stay for a few days; it is well worth doing so. You can check out where to stay on www.tripadvisor/wisbech.co.uk
Wisbech Round Table organise floats, each year, and local schools, businesses and organisations dress the floats, on the Saturday there are two parades one at 11 am the other at 2 pm. The whole of Wisbech and surrounding areas seem to descend on the centre of town to watch the parade.
Put a note in your diary so that you don’t miss out on this brilliant event
For more information please ring St. Peter’s church office 01945 582508, the office is open on Friday mornings 10 am to 12 noon, or go to www.wisbech-rosefair.co.uk for more information.