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Wisbech Rose Fair Wisbech is a Georgian Market town which is nestled on the edge of Cambridgeshire bordering Norfolk and Lincolnshire. There are many Architectural Noted buildings in Wisbech, indeed North Brink has a number of listed buildings, including Peckover House, run by The National Trust, you will, also, find Elgoods Brewery, The Friends Meeting House and The Town Hall. On the opposite side of the river you will find South Brink where Octavia Hill’s Birth Place is situated. The Crescent is not far from the Brinks and all the buildings are Georgian, TV and film crews have used all three of these streets for filming various period pieces. Wisbech is proud of many of its past residents one of whom is Thomas Clarkson who was very involved in the abolition of slavery, a memorial to this great man can be found as you enter Wisbech on the opposite side to the town bridge. Sounds like a good place to visit? Well there is so much more to see In Wisbech like the 900 hundred year old Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, nearby is the Museum, and Castle. Love Lane, built by Mr Medworth for his mistresses! There's Ghost Passage, Scrimshaws Passage and many other interesting nooks and cranny’s to search for. Many people visit the town, from far and near, (Japan, Canada, USA and Australia to name a few), throughout the year, this is shown by the comments in the visitor’s book in St. Peter and St. Paul’s church. The best time to visit Wisbech is during Rose Fair, this year it is from 28th June to 1st July, why is this? Well the whole Town becomes involved in 4 days of spectacular flower displays in the churches and tourist venues. St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church started this over 50 years ago when funds were needed for restoration of the building, a local rose grower heard that the church needed funds so he gave hundreds of rose buds to be sold by the church people, this was very successful and when it wasn’t held the following year the townsfolk wanted to know why. So two years after the selling of rose buds the church decided to make Rose Fair an annual event. It started by selling Roses in the church and strawberry teas in the church hall, each year it grew a little more, the Flower Festival was born and other churches began to join in, today St. Peter and St. Paul’s church is famous for its magnificent flower displays and is recognised as the Premier Flower Festival of East Anglia. Arrangers come from quite an area to be part of the festival, over one thousand pounds is spent on local and exotic blooms and the arrangers spend almost three days to turn them into, amazingly, fantastic displays that take your breath away. Trinity Methodist Church, The Baptist church and The United Reform Church all have flower displays as do Peckover House and Octavia Hill’s Birthplace. In the gardens of St. Peter and St. Paul’s there are well in excess of 40 stalls selling a variety of goods from fruit and veg to cosmetics and toys, there are tombola stalls and cards, locally grown strawberry’s, vegetables and plants, there are many other stalls to browse round. When you get peckish, or just need a cup of tea, all the churches serve light refreshments and there are many cafes and restaurants round the town. St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church Hall offers a cafe with waitress service, morning coffee and biscuits, set meals at lunch time and afternoon teas, there are also self-service refreshments both of

these are in ‘La Vie Rose’ which you will find in the hall, so all tastes are catered for. The town is well served with accommodation so it might be an idea to stay for a few days; it is well worth doing so. Wisbech Round Table organise floats, each year, and local schools, businesses and organisations dress the floats, on the Saturday there are two parades one at 11 am the other at 2 pm. The whole of Wisbech and surrounding areas seem to descend on the centre of town to watch the parade. For more information please ring Angie manning on 01945 585447.

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