Bloom! Flower & Produce Festival is back this weekend!

Remember when York was transformed into a fabulously floral wonderland last year for Bloom!, the city’s festival of flowers? Well, it’s coming back for 2019, smaller but just as bright, and with some activities for families.

The mini Bloom! Flower and Produce Festival will take place next weekend, on 22nd and 23rd June 2019 in York Minster’s Dean’s Park and will include a Flower and Produce Show with 60 categories. The Flower & Produce Show will run from 12 noon to 4pm on Saturday, while Sunday will offer visitors the chance to buy from local producers at a plant and flower market.  Expect plants and posies from the likes of Askham Bryan College, Flower Power York, iBloom, Botanic and more. Get your kids to channel their inner gardener/cook by entering any of the following categories. It costs just 20p to enter and entries are accepted up until 10am on the day of the show. There are prizes to be won including three best in show goody bags which each include 3 family day passes to local National Trust properties, a £15 voucher for The Botanist, a Neals Yard Remedies Gift Box, a £5 voucher for Rainbows Ceramics and 2 free bags of compost, amongst other things!

Fun & Silly Classes. Open to all ages

  • The Longest Weed
  • The Longest Broad Bean
  • The Ugliest Vegetable
  • The Vegetable most like an animal or person

Junior Classes – Ages 11-16

  • A Jam Jar of Flowers
  • A Jam Jar of Mixed Herbs (grown by yourself from seed)
  • Drawing / Painting of your Garden
  • Colour Photograph: Urban Nature
  • Vegetable Self Portrait
  • A plate of 2 homemade buns, decorated to your choosing

Kids Classes – Ages up to 10

  • A miniature Garden on a Plate
  • A Jam Jar of Mixed Herbs (grown by yourself from seed)
  • Drawing / Painting of your Garden
  • Vegetable Self Portrait
  • A plate of 2 homemade buns, decorated to your choosing.
  • Dads* & Kids do baking class! Chocolate Sponge Cake with Chocolate Filling & Icing (*Uncles, Grandparents, Family Friends included in this category!)

There will be some free family-friendly drop-in sessions too:

The Bee Story Workshop with Florence – will be investigating the importance of bees and other pollinators. Create your own bee, flower and honeycomb hexagon, and leave one behind to be part of our big-scale collage! Free event, Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June, 11am – 1pm & 2- 4pm. All ages welcome.

Fruit & Vegetable Portraits with Mim – create your own edible work of art in this free workshop on Saturday 22 June 10.30am – 12pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. (Places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment)

Fruit & Vegetable Sculptures with Mim – take inspiration from the buildings, trees and the lofty Minster nearby and create your own eco-friendly, compostable sculptures with land artist Mim Robson. Free event. Saturday 22 June 2 – 3.30pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. (Places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment)

Drop-in Mandala Making Workshop with Mim – Come and create your own temporary work of art from the found petals and leaves in the park. Free event. Sunday 23 June. Drop in from 12.30 – 4pm. Open to all ages. Adults too.

Bloom! runs on 22nd and 23rd June 2019 in Dean’s Park at York Minster. Visit the website for more information. 

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