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 five societies now participating, helping them to open their doors and promote their venues and services.
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.
Themes have been incorporated into the event, including the 2011 events well-received nature meets industry theme. The event was a huge success with the participants really taking to the theme, and visitors flocked from all over to be part of the fun.
Last year’s theme was Celebrations which incorporated occassions such as the Queens Jubilee and the Olympics, as well as looking at those celebratory moments that have taken place over the years. It was a chance for the churches and societies to look at what they have celebrated over the years incorporating celebrations in Caerphilly town, Wales, the United Kingdom and beyond. It was a fun theme for 2012 which all the churches and societies embraced.
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!
In 2012 we also had a Taste of Caerphilly weekend which the Flower Festival was a part of, encompassing the Caerphilly Food Festival and the Olympic Torch relay, the event provided a great weekend of entertainment for all.
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.