Flower Festivals

Exhibition with Flowers

Our annual Flower Festival was first held in 1972 as a means of raising much needed funds for the ongoing maintenance and restoration of Holy Cross Crediton. Each year since, bar three, it has been held around the first week in June and has grown into one of the biggest events of its kind in Devon and Cornwall. Below is a list of recent titles (click to view pictures):

2003 – Thank You for the Music
2004 – In the Eye of the Beholder
2005 – Showstoppers!
2006 – Consider the Lilies
2007 – On The Air
2008 – Britain in Particular
2009 – From Shore to Shore
2010 – Tales of Many Things
2011 – Let There be Light

Exhibition with Flowers 2015 – ‘Music for the Moment’

The theme of our annual flower festival this year is ‘Music for the Moment’. Enjoy some magical musical moments- romantic and celebratory, with lots of rhythm., interpreted in eye-catching floral arrangements A major fund-raising event towards the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of this 15th century Grade I listed building, Crediton parish Church is thought by some to be one of the finest parish churches of its kind in Devon.
The floral exhibition takes place from Saturday May 30th to Thursday June 4th from 10.30am to 7pm except Thursday 10.30am-5pm.. This is one of the premier events of its type , attracting visitors from all over the South West. View fine floral displays presented in an entertaining , informative exhibition. Visit the historic Governors’ Room and the Bell Tower and enjoy the Art Exhibition in the Boniface Centre where refreshments, featuring locally sourced food and homemade cakes and puddings, are available all day until 5pm. Admission and parking is free with disabled access.
Other Festival events are a Concert by Holy Cross Choir at 7pm on Saturday May 30th (tickets £7), Festival Evensong on Sunday May 31st and a Concert by Crediton Town Band (admission free) at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd June. Pre-concert suppers are available. Party bookings and supper bookings – 01363 776681 or creditonbookings@gmail.com .For more information please contact Ann on 01363 772316.

Our 2012 Festival, held between Saturday 26th and Thursday 3st May, with the theme ‘Eyes on London’ received many encouraging comments:

“A really perfect day. Well organised, beautifully cooked and presented food and caring and helpful staff. A spectacular church and flower festival. Well done.”
“A really excellent flower festival, so well interpreted. A feast for the eye set in a wonderful and extremely interesting church.”

Money is raised at the Festival from donations, sponsorship from local businesses and individuals, the sale of programmes, goods, photo permits and the very popular refreshments provided in the nearby Boniface Centre. Admission to the Festival is free as is the nearby parking in the church car park at the far end of Church Lane. Facilities for disabled visitors are provided.

We welcomed 3,300 visitors through the doors. The financial outcome for 2012 was a profit of £9200.29.

Coach parties are welcome at our Festival but pre-booking of both the visit and any refreshments are essential.

Many of the artefacts used in the displays each year are provided by members of the church, some are hired or loaned free of charge. Similarly flowers and foliage used are provided from local gardens or are bought in from Covent Garden. Each year the Festival is planned and brought to fruition by a small committee over the preceding nine months.

Our 2013 Festival National Treasures took place from Saturday 1st to Thursday 6th June. Our theme this year celebrated people, places, events and precious things we value as part of our national heritage. Additional attractions to the exhibition included refreshments in the nearby Boniface Centre, an art exhibition and sale, stalls, visits to the Governors’ Room twice daily at 12noon and 3pm (3pm only Sunday), visits to the bell tower at 2pm daily and a series of evening concerts. The concerts were Music for a Summer Evening (Saturday), local singing group Mellow D (Monday), the Holy Cross Junior Choristers (Tuesday) and Crediton Town Band (Wednesday). All the concerts began at 7pm and lasted about 45 minutes.

Our 2014 Flower Festival, ‘Lyrics for Life’, took place from Saturday 31st May – Thursday 5th June.. The poetry theme proved very popular with many visitors taking extra time to stop and read the poems depicted by the various displays. Visits to the Governors’ room and bell tower were much appreciated as was the concert given by Crediton Town Band on Wednesday evening. Below are some pictures from this year’s festival


Enquiries should please be directed to: Sue Sparling Tel: 01363 776681 or using the email below: