Blackburn Flower Festival to draw in 20,000 visitors

Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival is expected to attract 20,000 visitors when it returns this summer, for the first time in four years.

The event, in June, will see thousands of blooms fill Blackburn Cathedral, featuring displays by Tom De Houwer, the famous Belgian designer in his only public appearance in the UK this year. Internationally-renowned artistic directors Craig Bullock and Bill Dixon will oversee the showcase, assisted by Victor Rogerson and working with Flowers North West

Blackburn BID is supporting the event by sponsoring a range of demonstrations and events which will take place across the town, including King George’s Hall, Blackburn Central Library and Blackburn Market, as well as the Cathedral itself.

Lowri Cope, one of the organisers of the Flower Festival, said: “We are very lucky to have Tom De Houwer coming to Blackburn for this event, which is now attracting visitors and coach trips from across the UK and beyond.

“Visitors should expect to see something very different at the demonstration with Tom, so it's time to forget all your preconceptions of a flower demonstration and expect the unexpected."

Catherine Price, manager of Blackburn BID, said: “Blackburn BID are proud to be supporting the Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival 2020, and the delivery of events and attractions across Blackburn town centre. The Flower Festival is a fantastic event for Blackburn and should see visitors coming to the town centre from across the country.

It's time to forget all your preconceptions of a flower demonstration and expect the unexpected.

“The event organisers and the BID are working hard to make sure that visitors have a brilliant time at the event and in the town centre, so that they tell people about it and keep coming back."

Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival is open to the public from Thursday 18th June through to Sunday 21st June 2020. In addition to the spectacular installations within the Cathedral, with the theme “Heaven and Earth”, there will also be a range of fringe events as part of the Festival. These include a Preview Dinner, The Secret Garden Evening Jazz & Lights Event, and an intimate concert of midsummer music by the Renaissance Singers.

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