Wisbech’s Rose Fair returns this weekend

Wisbech Rose fair, 2015. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Rose fair, 2015. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Thousands will flock to Wisbech as East Anglia’s premier flower festival, the Rose Fair, returns this weekend.

Wisbech Rose fair, 2015. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Rose fair, 2015. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The flower festival theme for 2016 is ‘The World of Fantasy’, which will bring together traditional flowers and exotic blooms for a breathtaking display.

Rose Fair, which is one of Wisbech Round Tables’ biggest fundraising events, will be kicking off with the first carnival parade at 11am on Saturday 2 with all the money being distributed to local, worthy causes.

There will also be floral displays in three other town centre churches, each with their own particular theme and character.

Organisers said: “During Rose Fair the whole town takes on a festive atmosphere, celebrating its horticultural heritage.

Wisbech Rose fair, 2015. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Rose fair, 2015. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

“The jewel in the crown is our magnificent church of St Peter and St Paul - which celebrated its 900th anniversary in 2011.”

Rose Fair began in 1963 when local rose growers sold flower buds in the church gardens to raise funds for the restoration of the church.

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The Rose Fair is open until Sunday 3.