Bloom! Festival

2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the Ancient Society of York Florists (ASYF), the oldest Florists’ society in the world. To celebrate this, York is hosting a new city-wide, four-day festival called Bloom! The York BID are proud to be the keynote sponsor for the festival and funded the role of the Festival Curator, Lotte Inch.

The York BID agreed to fund the temporary position of Festival Curator for 10 months, with the express request that the festival leaves behind a legacy in the city.. The York BID’s prospectus is clear in its goals to:

  • Add to and enhance the floral displays seen within the area,
  • Work with partners, especially Make It York, to develop and promote York’s growing reputation as a City of Festivals and host of a year-round programme of events,
  • Invest in street, community and cultural events throughout the city aimed at encouraging visitors and locals to discover York’s hidden gems

So, let's give a warm welcome to Bloom! from 5th– 8th July 2018!

Whether you’re a green-fingered gardener, a flower enthusiast, an allotment owner or a cactus-keeping novice, Bloom! will be a colourful, city-wide celebration for everyone. Discover the little-known gardens of York nestled behind some of its most infamous buildings, attend a traditional flower show, support the work of local growers and horticultural charities and witness a floral master at work with royal florist Simon Lycett.


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