Deck The Halls – a Winter Flower Festival
7th – 9th December 2018
From 7th-9th December, as part of the “Christmas at the Palace” event, A Winter Flower Festival, showcasing the NAFAS South West Area Competitions will take place at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells.
Visitors will be treated to fantastical and elaborate floral displays, the largest of which will be up to two metres high, in a variety of themes.
The Medieval Undercroft of the Palace will be filled with designs on a pantomime theme, whilst other rooms will be based on the concepts of “Winter Fantasy” and “A Christmas Carol”
During the long weekend, there will also be an opportunity to watch skilled florists giving hands-on demonstrations with top tip for amateur florists.
The festival will also include a photography competition with classes open to both adults and children.
The rest of the Palace will also be decorated in a variety of styles, with a roaring fire in a Medieval setting and hand-made Victorian style decorations. Many of the decorations will be sourced from the Palace Gardens, using seasonal greenery and foliage to enhance the natural aspect of the embellishments. The stunning medieval fireplace in the Entrance Hall will greet visitors and there will be a range of different Christmas trees to be found around the Palace, kindly supplied by Mendip Christmas Trees.
The interior of the Palace will be illuminated, and a Family Trail will take visitors on a path through the Palace & Gardens, leading to traditional nativity scene at the end.
At the weekend, (8th & 9th) Father Christmas will take up residence in the Long Gallery, along with his wife Mother Christmas! As they were extremely popular last year, and all the slots sold out, visitors should make sure to book tickets early (there is an additional charge to visit Father Christmas, details below). In addition, there will be Christmas carols in the Chapel from a range of different local musicians, and Wells Theatre Company will return with ‘A Christmas Carol’ with more actors, musicians and carol singers bringing the timeless tale to life in a wholly unique way, with costumed storytelling by the fire. Mulled wine, mince pies and children’s drinks will be on sale and there will be special Family Christmas Craft sessions at intervals throughout the weekend, including the chance to make some beautiful Christmas decorations. Please visit the Palace website for further details about timings.
All activities except for the Father Christmas visits are included in standard admission.
Father Christmas tickets are £5 per child and must be accompanied by an adult with admission ticket.