Julian Garden Festival | Wednesday 5th-Sunday 9th July

Shirley Buxton, Chair of the Friends of Julian writes: 

All are welcome to the opening of the Julian Garden Festival and the unveiling of the Julian650 bench by the Right Reverend Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, on Wednesday 5th July at 4pm. During the reception, members of Cantilena will serenade us with madrigals. 

The festival continues from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July with the garden open daily from 10am to 4pm, and the church closing after evening prayer at 6pm. 

Take a brochure and follow a pathway of floral delights inside and outside  St Julian’s Church into the adjoining Julian Garden.  Be inspired by 16 short quotations from Julian’s Revelations of Divine Love, skilfully burnt into wooden plaques. 

A varied programme has been planned for your enjoyment.  Feast your eyes on locally-grown floral displays, enjoy tasty refreshments in the Julian Centre, listen to music makers, and ponder on the words written by Julian of Norwich, inspired by her Showings received 650 years ago.  Take time to enjoy the peace discovered by so many in the cell and the garden. 

Festival highlights include an Organ Recital on Thursday afternoon; the Quicksilver String Quartet playing from 2pm on Friday; Family Activities organised by Norwich in Bloom from 10.30am to 2.30 pm on Saturday, and a Teddy Bears’ Picnic for our younger friends on Sunday from 11.45am to 1pm. 

The culmination of the Festival on Sunday 9th July will be a Cream Tea served in the Julian Garden at 3pm, followed by Songs of Praise at 4pm.  We hope visitors and pilgrims will enjoy the legacy of this event for years to come. 

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