What to book: Festival of Flowers at Leeds Castle

The Kentish castle will showcase exquisite floral displays inspired by fashion and equestrian life

Lawn display by Dennis Kneepens. Image courtesy of Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in Kent is set to burst into bloom this September for the launch of its Festival of Flowers, this year themed around ‘Ladies’ Day’. Taking inspiration from the high-society worlds of couture fashion and horse racing, the floral displays will bring colour and life to both the castle’s interior and its grounds.

Lawn display by Dennis Kneepens. Image: Matthew Walker

Visitors are invited to wander through the nine-century-old castle to discover vibrant floral installations suspended from archways, filling courtyards and decorating hallways, with expert floral designers and landscape gardeners on hand to discuss their sources of inspiration and offer live demonstrations. The busy programme of events includes a fascinating insight into symbolism in flower arranging, from ancient Egypt to modern wedding bouquets, as well as a talk about the suffragettes in honour of the centenary of women securing the right to vote.

The Barbican display by Country Baskets. Image: Clive Nichols

Flowers, plants and garden accessories will be available to buy from stalls on the Pavilion Lawn. Plus, for those keen to extend their visit into the evening, there is the opportunity to book a table at Castle View Restaurant to sample the special Festival of Flowers menu.

Courtyard display. Image courtesy of Leeds Castle

The Festival of Flowers runs from 15 to 20 September at Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent.

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