Welcome to the Capital of the Fens and to one of the finest flower festivals in England. Set in the unique Fenland landscape, the market town of Wisbech with its elegant Georgian architecture and beautiful riverside merchants' houses is something of a hidden secret. Wisbech won 'Anglia in Bloom' Gold Awards each year between 2008 and 2014 and again in 2016 and was judged best large town / small city in the Anglia region each year in 2011 to 2014: and Wisbech Rose Fair is so much more than just a flower festival.
During Rose Fair the whole town takes on a festive atmosphere, celebrating its horticultural and trading heritage. Each of the Town Churches and many of the other venues, attractions and shops play their part and will have special arrangements for their visitors, with each church offering stunning floral displays, hospitality and refreshments. The largest and oldest of the flower festivals is held in the magnificent parish church of St Peter & St Paul - which celebrated its 900th anniversary in 2011. The Flower Festival theme for St Peters in 2018 is 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' remembering 55 years of Rose Fair and 70 years of the National Trust at Peckover House but also reflecting contemporary themes and an exciting future promised in new housing and transport developments and the town's re-imagined prospects.
The Rose Fair began in 1963 when local rose growers sold rose buds in the Parish Church in aid of its restoration fund. The church still uses this wonderful occasion to raise funds for the upkeep of its ancient building, but over the years, the Rose Fair has grown into a Town Festival. The Town Gardens (outside the parish church) are transformed into a market place where other Wisbech churches and organisations provide stalls and events to raise money for their causes, and of course on the Saturday we look forward to the delightful parades organised by Wisbech Round Table. We hope you will find the details in this website interesting and we look forward to seeing you at the Wisbech Rose Fair.
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Details of next years fair to follow in the coming months.