Exhibition with Flowers

Unfortunately our 2020 Flower Festival ‘Devon Created’ will not be taking place due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The planned exhibition of crafts and flowers will now take place from 5 – 10 June 2021.   

Virtual Flower Festival 2020

The Parish Church’s Flower Festival was originally scheduled to run from Saturday 30th May to Thursday 4th June but due to the Coronavirus we have had to postpone this year’s Festival to 2021.  Excitingly the theme of ‘Devon Created’ will be maintained along with all the wonderful crafts and displays that we had lined up for you for this year. We won’t spoil the surprise of the 2021 Festival.

We always receive amazing feedback about how wonderful these community events are … SO………. Instead of coming to the Festival we would like to take the Festival out of the building and back to the people of Crediton and further afield. We want YOU to be a part of the ‘Virtual Flower Festival’ by submitting photos of flowers and gardens and also by colouring in the pictures. We would be delighted to see your photos and pictures – all free entry. These will then be published for all to enjoy.

Colouring competition

There are two pictures for colouring in – one for under 12s and one for over 12s. However you are never too old or too young to colour them both in!!  The pictures may be accessed from the PDF files below.  They are also available for picking up at Morrisons and Tesco’s Customer Service, both in Crediton, or CreditonParishChurchFestivals Facebook page or contact Stella Stephens to email or post to you. Please photo or scan your coloured picture to: creditonflowerfestival@gmail.com  or you can drop them back to Crediton Morrisons or Tesco’s – whilst of course doing your essential shopping.

under 12 v1 final

over 12 v1 final

Photo competition

There are three categories all with no age limits.

  1. Lockdown Project

Photo of anything that has been completed during the COVID 19 isolation. (We may ask to borrow it for the 2021 Flower Festival!)

  1. Flower

An individual or group of flowers either from your photo collection or taken whilst staying home.

  1. Garden

A photo of your garden (or indoor collection of plants) taken during the COVID 19 isolation.

The competition will be judged by Rev. Matthew Tregenza, Frank Letch (Mayor) and Jenni Pitts. There will also be an additional prize from Bishop Furry for the best colouring in of him for the Under 12s. Winners will be announced on Devon Day (Friday 5th June 2020). Winning pictures will be published in the Crediton Courier as well as uploaded to the Crediton Festivals Facebook page and Bishop Furry’s Facebook page and church website.  Prizes will be given out at the 2021 Flower Festival where you will be able to see the object that was the inspiration of the over 12s colouring competition. We are very grateful to Sue Smith Glass for the offer of the loan of the object (one of the surprises!) and permission to adapt her designs for the competition.

The closing date for submissions is Mon 25th May 2020.  Please if possible could you email your photos and also coloured pictures to creditonflowerfestival@gmail.com ….. or drop them all into Morrisons or Tesco’s. For any other queries please phone me on 07960 388198.

We are aware that these are challenging times and it is free entry to this competition and you can submit as many pictures as you like. Please feel free to share the competition and colouring outline with all your friends far and wide. We would however be delighted if you wished to donate to the ‘Virtual Flower Festival’ Appeal. We have set up www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/creditonflowerfestival   where all monies will go to the upkeep of the Crediton Parish Church – but we also understand that at this time there are so many personal and community needs. We are able to Gift Aid donations up to £20 automatically but if you wished to donate more or to donate by BACS please get in touch.

Thank you very much particularly at these difficult times and we hope you enjoy the competition.

Festival History

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:

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
2012 – Eyes on London
2013 – National Treasures
2014 – Lyrics for Life
2015 – Music for the Moment
2016 – Thinking Outside the Box
2017 – What’s the Point…
2018 – In Our Element
2019 – Colours of the Wind

Flower Festival 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.”


Enquiries should please be directed to: Sue Sparling Tel: 01363 776681