Saturday 4th May to Sunday 5th May
THERE will be plenty going on in the Springfields Arena and Festival Gardens over parade weekend. The parade starts from the arena, giving visitors a chance to view all the floats and soak up the atmosphere as the excitement builds towards the formation of the parade and its departure.
It's the ideal place to grab that special photograph of the floats in all their glory, plus see the bands warming up and all the dance groups in their colourful costumes. The parade will leave the arena at around 2.00pm and return around 5.00pm where the floats will again be on display until 6.00pm. more...
As well as seeing the preparations for the parade, there will be lots more to see and do at Springfields' site, both inside in the exhibition halls and outside in the arena and around the beautiful Festival Gardens. There are flower displays by the South Holland churches, arts and craft stalls and a whole range of other interesting attractions, including of course a wide range of catering options, from hot meals in the restaurant to cold snacks and bar facilities.
Throughout the Festival Gardens there will be thousands of tulips and daffodils “blooming” in the woodlands and the landscaped flower beds, providing the usual spectacular splash of colour, although all the flower displays will be dependant on how the weather has been in the weeks leading up to parade weekend (just like flowers in your own garden!)
On Saturday and Sunday there will also be regular performances of the musical water fountains, as well as adventure golf, children's Playbarn and special static sculptures headed with tulips, in the same way as the parade floats. Additionally, train rides will be provided by members of the Evergreens Miniature Railway Club, from Stickney.
On Sunday, the popular Classic Car Show will include over 200 vintage and classic vehicles on show, with their owners on stand-by to answer questions and helping to bring back fond memories for many visitors. Additionally, the floats that took part in the parade will be on display and the Flower Queen will attend at 12.00pm for photographs beside her float.
Whilst the main Festival activities take place on the Saturday & Sunday, the floats will be on view on the Bank Holiday Monday in the arena (no charge) and the Festival Gardens will be open as usual for visitors to enjoy the flower displays and static sculptures.
Entry to the Springfields Festival on Saturday is £6 for adults and £5 for senior citizens. All adult tickets for Sunday are £3. For accompanied children under 16, entry on both days is free.
The Festival is open from 9.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday and from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday.
Spalding Arts and Crafts Annual Art Exhibition in the Geest Gallery at Ayscoughfee Hall. Local amateur and professional artists' work is for sale and you are welcome to browse and view the rest of the museum.
The onsite cafe and gardens will be open until dusk.
Opening times 10.30am to 3.30pm
Lincolnshire has one of the finest collections of mediaeval churches in England and many of South Holland's churches have flower festivals in the spring and summer. As well as wonderful floral displays many of the churches have refreshments available, local produce, crafts and music.
South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club is Spalding’s swimming club formed in January 1977. Each year since May 1985 we hold a swim gala to celebrate our Tulip heritage. Tulip Open Meet has become an important part of the South Lincs Calendar and is open to all local competitive swimming clubs. SLCSC welcomes swimmers of all ages and abilities who want the challenge of competitive swimming.
In November 2011 SLCSC came first in the National Arena Swimming League.
Moulton Chapel will once again be filled with visitors enjoying the attractions this friendly little village has to offer. Stalls, decorated church and chapel, street entertainers and of course the traditional Parade combine to provide a great afternoon out for all the family. Performances start at 1.00pm, with the Parade at 3.00pm. Food is available in the two pubs and light refreshments in the Chapel and the new Community Centre.
The Priory School in Spalding opens its grounds to campers and caravanners over the Flower Parade weekend, not just for hospitality, but also for worship on the Sunday morning. It is customary for breakfast to be served, from 8.00, and the service in the school hall is at 10.30, led this year by the Connect congregation of St Mary & St Nicolas Church.
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