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Castle Howard in Bloom
Thu 29th June 2017 to Sun 2nd July 2017
Event Type: Event for all
Flower Festival
The festival, now in its fourth year, will see floral displays adding to the opulence of Castle Howard, created under the watchful eye of Catherine Gledhill.

Catherine, a National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) National Demonstrator and florist from Yorkshire, will oversee a team of northern volunteers who will create a range of stunning floral displays in the house. A programme of pre-bookable live demonstrations and drop-in talks and tours will add to the activities.  

Nationally celebrated floral designers will lead the demonstrations which will include a prize draw for a chance to win an arrangement. Pre-book now (see daily listing) to avoid disappointment as places are limited and tickets will be subject to availability on the day, additional charge applies. 

Entry to the flower festival and drop-in talks and tours is included in house and gardens admission, book online in advance and save or buy on the day from our Ticket Office. 

Thursday 29 June 
  • Derek Armstrong, 12noon & 2.30pm: Derek has been a flower arranger for over 30 years and was one of the honoured demonstrators at the WAFA (World Association of Flower Arrangers) Show in Glasgow in 2002. *SOLD OUT*.
  • Fiona Pickles, 1pm & 2.30pm: Ready, Steady, Arrange. Fiona is a leading floral designer and was recently listed by The Telegraph as one of the Top 20 creative florists in the country. Creating large, loose arrangements from a surprise collection of Castle Howard garden cuttings. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • Guided Garden Tours, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm: Join Castle Howard's guides on a walking tour of the grounds, with a chance to join our Head of Gardens & Landscape on selected tours when he'll share his horticultural know-how. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • The Natural World in Castle Howard's Collections, 12noon: A show and tell talk with our curatorial team, who'll reveal their favourite items from our collection which showcase the beauty of the natural world. Drop-in, no need to pre-book.

Friday 30 June
  • Guided Garden Tours, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm: Join Castle Howard's guides on a walking tour of the grounds, with a chance to join our Head of Gardens & Landscape on selected tours when he'll share his horticultural know-how. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • The Natural World in Castle Howard's Collections, 12noon: A show and tell talk with our curatorial team, who'll reveal their favourite items from our collection which showcase the beauty of the natural world. Drop-in, no need to pre-book.
Saturday 1 July -  please note due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a change in today's schedule.
  • Jonathan Moseley, 12noon & 2.30pm: Jonathan is a British Flower Ambassador and consultant to the floristry industry, he has demonstrated at all the major RHS shows and is President of the North of England Horticultural Society. Pre-book your demonstration ticket now, includes admission.
  • Gaye Blake Roberts, 12noon: A Passion for Flowers exploring some of the most innovative and attractive ceramic containers created to satisfy the universal fascination for blooms through 3 centuries. Gaye is curator at Wedgwood Museum and has worked for Wedgwood for over 35 years. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. Gaye will be running an identification session after her talk, so please feel free to bring along any ceramic item you wish to know more about (pre-register for identification by calling 01653 648621).
  • Fiona Pickles, 1pm & 2.30pm: Ready, Steady, Arrange. Fiona is a leading floral designer and was recently listed by The Telegraph as one of the Top 20 creative florists in the country. Creating large, loose arrangements from a surprise collection of Castle Howard garden cuttings. Drop-in, no need to pre-book
  • Guided Garden Tours, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm: Join Castle Howard's guides on a walking tour of the grounds, with a chance to join our Head of Gardens & Landscape on selected tours when he'll share his horticultural know-how. Drop-in, no need to pre-book.
Sunday 2 July - please note due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a change in today's schedule.
  • Fiona Pickles, 1pm & 2.30pmReady, Steady, Arrange. Fiona is a leading floral designer and was recently listed by The Telegraph as one of the Top 20 creative florists in the country. Creating large, loose arrangements from a surprise collection of Castle Howard garden cuttings. Drop-in, no need to pre-book.
  • Guided Garden Tours, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm: Join Castle Howard's guides on a walking tour of the grounds, with a chance to join our Head of Gardens & Landscape on selected tours when he'll share his horticultural know-how. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 
  • The Natural World in Castle Howard's Collections, 12noon: A show and tell talk with our curatorial team, who'll reveal their favourite items from our collection which showcase the beauty of the natural world. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. 

Groups welcome, please pre-book for discounted rates - call our sales team on 01653 648621

Additional Information:

  • Pre-bookable demonstrations take place in the Grecian Hall, which is fully accessible. 
  • Drop-in talks take place in the High South, which is unfortunately not accessible to those with restricted mobility. 
  • Please note, the festival programme is subject to change.
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