Lynn’s In Bloom festival starts with plant and craft fair

Norfolk Green will be providing a bus for the commentator at this year's GEAR. Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Andrew Dyer of Norfolk Green and Borough Council Sports Development Officer Roger Partridge. ANL-140325-141605001
Norfolk Green will be providing a bus for the commentator at this year's GEAR. Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Andrew Dyer of Norfolk Green and Borough Council Sports Development Officer Roger Partridge. ANL-140325-141605001

Lynn’s In Bloom campaign for 2016 will begin with a plant and craft fair in the Tuesday Market Place between 10am and 4pm on May 21 and 22.

The two-day fair will be packed full of stalls, demonstrations and workshops that will appeal to both keen gardeners, and families in search of a fun day out.

People will be able to pick up something new for the house or garden at the craft stalls and plant sale, watch a chainsaw carving demonstration, or chat to the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group.

Another activity with a ‘green’ focus is the YMCA smoothie bike, which shows how pedal power can turn fruit and veg into a delicious smoothie!

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “I’m delighted that the Plant Fair is returning this year. As it’s on the same weekend as our Hanse Festival, there really will be so much for anyone coming into the town centre to see and do.

“The fair will include the launch of the annual In Bloom front garden and allotment competitions, so anyone who is proud of their front garden, or allotment, should come along and find out how to enter.”

The West Norfolk and Lynn Beekeeper’s Association will be at the fair with an observation hive, so visitors can take a look at the secret life of bees.

There will be a variety of free children’s workshops and activities, including a ‘carve your own carrot recorder’ workshop, which will be run by Dan Woods, a comedian, musician and YouTube star.

Youngsters may find vegetables more interesting when they can carve one into a musical instrument and play a tune on it.

The workshops are for all ages, but children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.