Shaftesbury's Winter Snowdrop Festival starts on 15th February 2014!
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Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival 2014 has a fabulous programme of events and activities. Now in its second year the festival will run from Saturday, 15 February to Saturday, 1 March and see the return of several favourite activities as well as some new highlights. It all begins with the opening of the Art Exhibition and ends win a blaze of glory at the Lantern Parade.
The Snowdrop Study, Sale and Social day Shaftesbury will host a day of informative lectures on Snowdrops from Mr Melvyn Jope, Mr Andy Byfield and Dr John Grimshaw. Ticket holders will have VIP entry to sale of collectors snowdrops and an opportunity for ticket holders to Visit "Lawsbrook" in Shillingstone or "Avon Cottage" in Lower Woodford,Salisbury as well as a trip to Kingston Lacy on the Sunday for those who stay locally.
The launch of a Heritage Snowdrop Collection is big news for this year’s Festival. Hosted at Shaftesbury Abbey, the first snowdrops on for our collection will be supplied to us by Avon Bulbs, a respected, multi-award winning snowdrop nursery, if you would like to sponsor one of these snowdrops for the collection please contact us. This display will be open to the public from Feb 15 for a week. N.B. The Abbey will close at 12.30 on Sunday 16th February.
The Art Exhibition will be on display in Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s impressive new gallery from Saturday 15th February . The Design brief is ‘Where snowdrops grow’.
Whatever your medium, whatever your interpretation, you or your group are invited to submit a work to hang in the 2014 Snowdrop Festival Art Exhibition at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre.
Workshops and Activities will be held during the schools' half-term break and will incorporate a variety of classes and activities for children of all ages. The highly popular wood-turning course with Darren Wheeler will be back as will Snowdrop Lantern making with Des Alner; a full list will be available on the Festival Page and through the Tourist Information Office in January.
The Sunday Street Market Sunday, the 23rd February sees Shaftesbury High Street playing host to another of those street markets they do so well up on this hilltop. The focus will be on garden-related items and country living and this time of year is perfect for starting to plan your garden for the upcoming spring. It promsies to be good day out even if it is just for a breath of Shaftesbury's fresh air! There will be snowdrops on sale too - of course!
The spectacle of The Snowdrop Lantern Parade will bring the Festival to a close. Snowdrop-lantern making workshops will be run with local artist, Des Alner, before the illuminated parade through the night down into St. James' Park to join the assembled crowd at the bonfire and entertainment. From 6.00pm on Saturday 1st March.