Flower Festival at Bramall Hall, Cheshire

by Veronica

Flower Festivals are very popular here in England and I have been to several but today's was the best I have ever seen.

Bramall Hall which reopened in July celebrated its magnificent restoration with a flower festival this weekend.

The Bramall Hall Flower Festival this year is from Thursday to Sunday, September 22-25, The theme is a ‘Victorian House Party" and the rooms in the Hall have been decorated with beautiful fruits, flowers and greenery by expert florists, designers and volunteers.
Each room had a theme including a Victorian wedding, nursery, kitchen and more.

All photos were taken by me.

At  the entrance
At the entrance
The first display
The first display

Even before we entered,  the display at the door, full of Autumnal beauty gave us a taste of what was inside. Cones, fruits and foliage gave a charming welcome.

The door below is very rare and has a wicket door inside it. A wicket door is a smaller door inside a door so instead of opening the door fully, the house owners could open the door partly  so that any vagabonds could not enter a house. Not many are still in existence. This is an excellent example.

wicket door
wicket door

The ground floor

A victorian wedding theme

The chapel and its entrance were magnificently displayed and set out as though for a Victorian wedding and banquet. The "cake" below is made from flowers and leaves. The room was magnificently set out with large floral displays on the tables.

The chapel
The chapel
a leaves and flower wedding cake
a leaves and flower wedding cake

Clothes

I have never seen flower displays like those in this particular room. The flower artist had created gowns through the ages all out of flowers. The first one is an Edwardian style gown c 1905 style.

All the "dresses" below are made out of flowers.  There was also a Tudor and a Victorian dress made out of flowers.

The clothes room

An Edwardian dress made in flowers
An Edwardian dress made in flowers
An 1850's style gown
An 1850's style gown
A Tudor style gown
A Tudor style gown

The nursery

a cradle and baby "blanket"
a cradle and baby "blanket"

In the nursery a baby " blanket and towel on a towel rail had been made out of flowers. In the fireplace red gladiolas ( my favourites ) had been placed to look like flames in the fire. How beautiful and what a lovely idea.

Gladiolas as flames
Gladiolas as flames
a "towel"
a "towel"

The kitchen

The display in the kitchen was huge, a magnificent garland down the centre of the table. I loved this.

The Victorian kitchen table
The Victorian kitchen table
The Victorian kitchen garden
The Victorian kitchen garden
fireplace flowers
fireplace flowers
kitchen flowers
kitchen flowers

The charades

Charades was a Victorian parlour game and one room had a charades theme. They took some working out but we did get some of them . Take a look. The charade is underneath the picture.

Hearts clubs diamonds spades ?
Hearts clubs diamonds spades ?
.... card games
pirats ships and fairies ?
pirats ships and fairies ?
.... Peter Pan
chinese in Victorian England ?
chinese in Victorian England ?
.... The MIkado

It was a beautiful, fragrant  visit and the talent of these people is endless.

Updated: 09/25/2016, Veronica
 
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Veronica on 09/26/2016

TY . It was an enchanting experience and some things need to be shared.

I am told that next year the flower festival will be for CHRISTMAS. I am looking forward to that. Imagine how magical that will be.

I truly admire and respect the skills of the arrangers. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that one of them is Frank Beswick's son's super talented mum-in-law. Coincidence or what!

DerdriuMarriner on 09/26/2016

Veronica, Thank you for sharing! The fireplace flames and flowers are especially fetching while the entry arrangement and the kitchen garden look particularly delicious. It's really difficult to imagine how the 1850's style gown was made since it looks like it moved right off a celebratory cake or out of a fairy tale! The charades look fun, particularly when they have something easy to get such as card games.

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