Chichester Festival Of Flowers

The Chichester Festival Of Flowers at the cathedral takes place every two years and draws huge crowds to view the spectacular floral displays in this historic setting.

There are an incredible 50,000 flowers which form some 80 displays under the supervision of the 2018 patron, Emma Bridgewater, a leading ceramic designer.  This year’s theme is ‘This Earthly Paradise’ and many displays had a theme from a particular country or culture, from Europe and Japan to Africa and many other places in betweeen.

Entry to Chichester Festival Of Flowers costs between £8  and £14 depending on the day and time, and I think it was excellent value for money to see such an amazing array of flowers in one place.  Children under 14 are free!

I visited for the first time this year with my mum and sister, arriving mid-morning on the Friday.  There was no queue to get in and although it was fairly busy there was plenty of room and we moved along the various displayed easily.  I hope you enjoy looking at the photos I took and they inspire you to visit this amazing event when it returns in 2020.

Flowers covering the font at Chichester Cathedral

Flower display under stained glass window at Chichester Cathedral

Floral arrangement at Chichester Festival of Flowers

Orange rose in display at Chichester Festival of Flowers

We visited mid-morning on the Friday and it was quite busy but everyone kept moving and the helpers clearly explained how best to navigate the various areas.  It was suggested we head up the nave and then do a circuit of the outer aisles and presbytery, which worked really well as everyone followed this route.

View of the main nave at the Chichester Festival of Flowers

Here are some of the fantastic floral arrangements at the 2018 Chichester Festival Of Flowers.

Pink and white flower arrangement

Orange and yellow flower arrangement at Chichester Cathedral


Sunflower floral arrangement

Orange lily flower arrangement

Exotic floral arrangement at Chicheter Festival of Flowers

Wooden Africal statue in floral arrangement

Anthurium flowers in arrangement at Chichester cathedral

Wooden elephant in gerbera display at Chichester Cathedral

We were entertained by a pianist as we wandered around the cathedral.

Pianist at a grand piano in Chichester Cathedral

Sunflowers at Chichester Festival of Flowers

Anthurium display

Allium bloom

Purple orchids

Allium flower at Chichester Festival of Flowers

Flower pot display at Chichester Festival of Flowers

Flower fairy at Chichester Festival of Flowers

Does anyone know what these next flowers are called?  Please do leave a comment if you do!

Orange gerberas in floral display

Floral display in front of stained glass window at Chichester cathedral



Purple orchids


The entrance fee for Chichester Festival Of Flowers also included the Philip Jackson sculpture exhibition in the eastern cloisters which we viewed en route to the market which included stalls selling handbags, chocolate and jewellery.  I loved the elegant statues…

Philip Jackson sculpture

Philip Jackson statue at the Chicheester Festival of Flowers

Philip Jackson exhibition

Philip Jackson statue at the Chicheter Festival of Flowers

The eastern cloisters had their own flower displays too, including colour-themed floral collections.


Wreath of sunflowers in the eastern cloisters of Chichester cathedral

Purple floral display

Pink lilies


Red anthurium display

If you want to find out more about Chichester Cathedral then their website has everything you need to know if you are planning a visit to this 900 year old historic building.

Outside the cathedral is this statue of St Richard, the first bishop of the cathedral.

St Richard, the first bishop of Chichester

If you travel to Chichester Festival Of Flowers to view the displays and want to explore the area further then you may enjoy Best Things To Do In Bognor Regis.

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    • AliRichards
      June 8, 2018 / 5:55 am

      Yes I know what you mean! Thanks for reading.

  1. September 21, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    I’ve yet to make it to the flower festival, but I must go next year. Looks beautiful. Great to connect with a fellow Bognorian blogger by the way!

    • AliRichards
      September 21, 2018 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you so much! I would highly recommend it, and it’s not something I would have thought I would have enjoyed. It is just beautiful though.

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