The Flower Festival is now in its 8th year. Since the inaugural 2006 event it has developed into one of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s annual events, forming an important date in the calendar for the town centre, its churches and societies.
The event comprises of a core group of churches, located around the town centre, which have joined forces to provide a fantastic flower festival with impressive floral displays highlighting the spectacular buildings in which they are held. The festival has expanded each year with nine churches and six societies now participating, helping them to open their doors and promote their venues and services. The Malcolm Uphill, Wetherspoons is also a keen participant involved in the Flower Festival and it's annual wheelbarrow competition.
The event takes place on the 5th-7th July with some additional activities taking place on the 6th & 7th only in Caerphilly Visitor Centre, such as the children's free facepainting, falconry displays and free pot to plant workshops.
The churches are accessible via an open top bus on Satruday and Sunday, which offers visitors a birds eye view of the area including the popular historic monument, Caerphilly Castle. The hop on hop off service has proved a real hit with people over the years and now forms an attraction in itself, taking visitors up to Caerphilly Mountain as well as all the participating venues. This year Caerphilly Players will offer commentary on local points of interest and information on the area.
Themes have been incorporated into the event, including the 2011 events well-received nature meets industry theme and last year's Celebrations theme. This year the theme is up to each individual church and range from 'Love' and 'All the World is a stage' to 'Children's Story Time'.
This year's wheelbarrow competition will take place on 6th & 7th July with the theme being Children's Story Time, so think of the classics, or maybe some of the modern tales. Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite Floral Wheelbarrow.
The benefit of this event is not only the great level of involvement from the churches and societies, but also Caerphilly town centre itself, which provides a shopping experience for visitors. And with Caerphilly Castle at the heart of the festival, there are plenty of additional activities to add to a great day out!
Visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/events for futher information events and activities taking place in Caerphilly County Borough this summer.
All I can say is well done to all the organisers of this years flower festival, it was wonderful on the open top bus with visitors and locals enjoying the castle views, I felt proud to be a resident of Caerphilly - it made me quite emotional. Congratulations to you all bringing all ages out together and attracting visitors to our lovely town. - Caerphilly Resident, June 2011.