Spring has sprung and this weekend marks the start of flower festival season in South Holland.
Churches across the district will be festooned with flowers over the next few months, a long-held tradition in the area.
Despite this lengthy history, many South Holland churches are testing new and innovative themes for their flower festivals this year.
St Laurence Church in Surfleet is kicking off the proceedings with their royal events-themed festival between April 23 and May 2.
All Saints Church in Moulton and St James Church in Moulton Chapel are also holding festivals between those dates.
And, of course, there is the ever-popular Tulip Time parade and weekend fun in Moulton Chapel – see separate story on page 21.
St Mary’s in Long Sutton is holding a flower festival between April 23 and May 2 and encourages visitors to attend. The theme this year is ‘The Wheel of Colour’.
St Mary’s of Sutterton’s floral decorations will be designed around one of the most unusual themes of the year, ‘Scarecrows Go To Sea’.
Their festival will also take place between April 23 and May 2.
‘Going for Gold’ is the theme of the flower festival at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Gosberton between the same dates.
St . Mary and the Holy Rood in Donington are also holding their event during this period.
On Tuesday April 26, the flower festival hosted by St Mary’s Church in Pinchbeck will open. The theme is ‘Within Living Memory’ and it will end on May 2.
St Bartholomew’s Church’s festival in West Pinchbeck opens on April 27 and will carry on until May 2.
In Spalding, St Mary and St Nicholas’ Church will be decorated with floral installations between April 27 and May 3.
The theme is ‘Recipes for Life - Ingredients and Method’ and the church is providing free parking for coaches.
On Thursday, April 28, festivals at St Pauls, Fulney, in Spalding and at All Saints Church in Holbeach will open.
The Spalding festival will be designed around an ‘Occupations’ theme, while All Saints Church is taking inspiration from children’s books. Both events end on Monday, May 2. Between the same dates, Gosberton Methodist Church will also be holding their festival.
St Mary Magdalene at Fleet holds its flower festival from April 29 to May 2 and opens 10am-4pm daily. There will be refreshments, light lunches and cakes as well as a variety of stalls.
Fleet Baptist Church is holding a flower festival between April 30 and May 4 and is also putting on a concert to celebrate the event on April 30 at 7.30pm. The theme of the festival is ‘Heaven, the Christians’ Hope!’.
Floral decorations will be installed at St Mary’s Church in Weston between April 29 and May 2.
Saturday, April 30 will see festivals launched at Moulton Chapel Methodist Church and St John the Evangelist Church in Weston Hills. They will end on May 4 and May 2 respectively.
St James the Greater Church in Sutton St James is going to kick off the series of summer festivals with their weekend-long event between May 27 and May 30. The theme this year is ‘The Merry, Merry Month of May’.
The only flower festival being held in South Holland in June will take place at St Peter and St Paul church in Kirton in Holland between June 24 and June 27.
Sutton St James Baptist Church is holding its annual festival between July 8 and July 10.
‘Thank You for the Music’ is the theme of the festival being held at St Matthew’s Church in Sutton Bridge between July 14 and July 18.
Thursday July 28 will see St Mary Magdalene kick off their four-day long festival. The theme this year is ‘Gold for Gedney’.
A month later, on August 26, St Nicholas Church in Lutton’s flower festival begins, with a ‘Doubles and Duos’s theme in place.
The event will end on Monday, August 29.
Crowland Abbey’s festival will take place between the same dates, with its installations designed around a mystery theme.
St Mary’s Church in Whaplode is holding its flower festival between August 26 and August 30.
The church is going with a high-culture design this year, with a ‘Famous Art and Sculptures’ theme.
‘1666 and All That’ is the theme of Gosberton Baptist Church’s festival, which will be held from August 27 to August 29.
The final flower festival of the year in South Holland will be held at St Mary’s Church in Cowbit between September 23 and September 25.