Launch of the Chelsea Fringe in Cirencester

The pop-up Community Garden

The pop-up Community Garden - Credit: Archant

Over 100 people gathered together on Saturday May 20 to launch The Chelsea Fringe in Cirencester, an alternative festival of flowers, gardens and gardening

Geoffrey Clifton Brown (Conservative candidate for the Cotswolds) and Carole Boydell launching The C

Geoffrey Clifton Brown (Conservative candidate for the Cotswolds) and Carole Boydell launching The Chelsea Fringe in Cirencester - Credit: Archant

Organised by Corinium Radio, a volunteer-led, online, community radio station, the festival kicked off with Pimms in the Pop-up Community Garden in Cirencester’s Abbey Grounds bandstand which had been decorated by children, businesses, residents and community groups who, in the lead-up, were busy knitting, drawing, cutting and sticking a colourful assortment of wonderful flowers.

The two-week Chelsea Fringe in Cirencester festival highlights 15 local community gardens through a Daisy-chain Trail, all tended by green-fingered volunteers who work so hard to help Cirencester look so attractive. And there is also the added bonus of an opportunity to Meet the Creatives at times throughout the Fringe celebrations from the 20th of May to the 4th June.

And, as a finale to The Chelsea Fringe in Cirencester, on Sunday 4th June, Corinium Radio is hosting a Flower Tea Party at the town’s Fleece Hotel where guests, wearing flowers in whatever way takes their fancy, can enjoy tea, cake and entertainment from the Cotswolds’ own Singing Florist, freshly picked for the event following her recent television success.

Carole Boydell, Chair of Corinium Radio said: “We really wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who helps Cirencester look so amazing and this festival is our way of showing our appreciation”.

The Daisy-chain trail and all connected events are free to attend, subject to availability, thanks to the kind efforts of local residents who have been determined to make this first Chelsea Fringe festival in the Cotswolds a richly deserved success.

A map of the Daisy chain trail and more information, with timings, is available from the Corinium Radio web site: