The historic town of Christchurch will be in bloom this month, as the second annual FlowerFest heads to the town.

Areas around the quay and Christchurch Priory will be the subject of a series of striking, creative floral installations by local companies as part of the event, which is this year raising money for the Macmillan Caring Locally's Brick by Brick Appeal to fund a new unit at Christchurch Hospital for cancer patients requiring palliative care. The new build will also incorporate a restful and peaceful garden design.

FlowerFest returns following the success of its inaugural year in 2018, when hundreds of visitors strolled through Christchurch, around the High Street, through the Priory trail and onto the picturesque Christchurch Quay, enjoying the floral installations and festivities on route.

With the main event taking place from June 14 to 16, this year's FlowerFest highlights also include:

Wednesday, June 12:

• Purewell Vegan Demo and Gin evening at Cook at Purewell, Christchurch. Tickets are priced £15, available via Eventbrite or Cook at Purewell,

Friday, June 14:

• Stewarts Garden Centre promoting a School Wheelbarrow Floral Competition at the Quomps

• ‘Supercalafloralistic’ Floral Demo and Afternoon Tea at the Captain's Club

• Enter Castle Camera’s Photography Competition at the Quomps

• Floral Workshop at the Kings Arms Hotel14th June, see

Ongoing events:

• Miller Bro’s & FP Butler Funeral Directors invite you to join in the Community Floral Display on the Quomps

• Bournemouth Boating Co River Trips boarding from the Captains Club

• At the Bandstand visit our local music n’ picnic scene with HP Music and a variety of stands with picnic benches (available to purchase) from The Fencing Centre

• Along with other support from local businesses getting creative with flora, a trail map will be available during the event from the Red House Museum and in the High Street New for this year, FF19 is partnering with S&W for the first Smith and Weston FlowerFest Gin Liqueur – with a donation from each bottle sold going directly to Macmillan Caring Locally.


"We all need, TLC Together we Link the Community," says organiser Glenda Stansbury