Although there is no Spalding Flower Parade this year, there will still be plenty to see and do at Springfields Festival Gardens and Events Arena over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The charity organisation, Springfields Horticultural Society has for many years the main organiser of the Flower Parade, and the Society’s Events Arena was the start and end point for the parade. As there will be no parade this year, the Trustees of the Society have decided that they wish to ensure that the tulip growing heritage of Spalding & South Holland, the uniqueness of the parade floats and the community engagement linked to the parade are not lost altogether, and therefore the Society will be planning a “Tulipmania” celebration as part of its 2014 Springfields Festival.
The Springfields Festival & Tulipmania event will be held on the 3rd & 4th May 2014 and will include the usual Festival weekend content of bulb displays in the gardens, craft fair, trade stands and other displays, and in addition, on the Sunday, over 200 cars will participate in the increasingly popular Springfields Classic Car Show.
As part of the new Tulipmania celebration, the Society hopes to arrange for two or three of the 2013 parade floats to be decorated in freshly picked tulip heads (harvested, weather permitting, from the fields in Norfolk), to ensure that the link to the parade’s 55 year float heading tradition is maintained. The floats, and other static features, will be on display in Springfields Arena throughout the weekend, and there will be a tulip heading demonstration to show visitors the techniques that were involved in creating the parade’s spectacular floats.
Spalding’s local community radio station, Tulip Radio, will be working with the Springfields Festival event organisers to deliver some elements of the Tulipmania activities. In particular Tulip Radio will be asking local schools, clubs and community organisations if they would like to bring groups of children (or adults) to take part in a Tulipmania procession around the Springfields Arena and Gardens as part of the celebrations. Groups will be asked to create tulip costumes or decorate small floats (prams or buggies) if possible, to help make the procession more colourful. Tulip Radio will also be organising a Tulipmania Prince and Princess competition and the winners will lead the procession at Springfields on the Saturday. They are also asking local bands and other artists to help by performing at the Tulipmania event to re-create the music and dance, and community involvement, which used to be such an important part of the Flower Parade.
Entry to the Festival Gardens & Events Arena on Saturday is £4 for adults and £3 for senior citizens. Tickets for Sunday (incorporating the Classic Car Show) are £3 for adults and £2 for senior citizens. For accompanied children under 16, entry on both days is free. Car parking is available in the Shopping Outlet car parks as well as in Roman Bank, and charges are £2 per car on each day. All profits from the event will be passed to the charity, Springfields Horticultural Society, which is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Festival Gardens and for keeping them as a year round “free-to-enter” facility for the local community and visitors.
The Springfields Festival is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday and from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday. A wide range of catering options, from hot meals in the restaurant to cold snacks and bar facilities will be available on the Festival site.
There will also be regular performances of the musical water fountains in the gardens (weather permitting) and miniature train rides will be provided by members of the Evergreens Miniature Railway Club, from Stickney. There will also be the Springfields Train taking trips around the gardens as well as children’s fun-fair rides in the Events arena.
On Sunday, the popular Classic Car Show will include over 200 vintage and classic vehicles on show, with their owners on stand-by to answer questions and helping to bring back fond memories for many visitors.
Festival & Tulipmania Activities & Programme
(timings to be confirmed)
- Flower displays throughout Springfields Festival Gardens
- Traditional parade float display & tulip heading demonstration
- Miniature train rides and water fountain displays
- Musical entertainment
- Craft stalls and trade stands
- Children’s fun-fair rides
- Tulipmania procession (Saturday only)
- Classic Car Show (Sunday only)
- Meals, snacks, refreshments, bar
Please Note: No dogs allowed in the Festival Site other than Assistance Dogs
- for details of trade stands, craft exhibitor space and also entry forms for the Classic Car Show please contact Sue Hargreaves on 01775 724843 or email email@example.com
- for information on coach parking and group visits please contact Robert Smith on 01775 724843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- if you have a school group or organisation that would like to take part in the Tulipmania procession or provide a musical or artistic performance over the weekend, please contact Jan Whitbourn at Tulip Radio on 01775 712400 or email email@example.com to find out more details.
- for any other information please contact David Norton on 01775 724843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- for details of hotel and B&B accommodation plus local camping and caravan facilities please go to www.visitspalding.co.uk
Around the Area
- All the local churches will be continuing with their calendar of Flower Festivals.
- Other groups may also create their own activities – updates to follow.
- On Sunday there will be 35th Moulton Chapel parade.