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York’s popular festival celebrating horticulture and flowers returns in miniature with a weekend of colourful, family events in Dean’s Park this summer.

Designed to celebrate the positive impact of gardening and plants on our daily lives, there’s lot to do for all ages over the course of the fun-filled weekend of 22 – 23 June.

Enter the festival’s first Flower and Produce Show, stock up on beautiful blooms, enjoy free family workshops, try your hand at circus skills or simply pack a picnic and soak up the festival’s atmosphere, with the beautiful medieval Minster as its backdrop.

Saturday 22 June: 12noon – 4pm

The weekend opens with Bloom’s first Flower and Produce Show taking place in a pop-up marquee in the park. Enter one of the 60 different category classes for children and adults – from fresh cut flowers to vegetable self-portraits – or simply wander the stalls and admire the entrants in the village-fete style event. For the full list of classes and details of how to enter click here.

Sunday 23 June – 11am – 4pm

A Plant and Flower Market takes over the marquee, with local flower farmers, florists, nurseries and specialist growers showcasing their products for you to take home and add to your own garden, vegetable patch or windowsill. Expect plants and posies from the likes of Askham Bryan Horticultural College, Flower Power York, iBloom, Botanic and more.

FREE family workshops during the weekend (booking not required): 

A series of free workshops will run across the weekend with professional artists Florence Boyd and Mim Robson.

Circus Skills York

Try your hand at circus skills throughout the weekend – grab a hula-hoop or a diablo, and give it a go! You never know what talents you might discover.

Ticketed events:

Pilates in the Park – Sun 23 June, 11am-12pm

Bring a mat or blanket along and join York Pilates People for a moment of calm before the fun of the fair. Ages 16+ only. Tickets cost £5 and must be booked in advance from this link (Tickets on sale from 1 June)

Bloom! York is organised by Make it York. The first festival ran in 2018 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Ancient Society of York Florists, the oldest florists’ society still in existence in the world. For full details visit www.bloomyork.com

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