Whitefriars Bloomed for Summer Launch

Visitors enjoyed a day of free activities on Saturday 19 May to celebrate the launch of ‘Whitefriars in Bloom’ with a Royal Wedding-themed garden party in Whitefriars Square. Watch the video here!

Whitefriars partnered with local charity, The Fifth Trust, to create the summer garden, which was blooming with gorgeous planters, hanging baskets and a spectacular centrepiece pergola. Peter Buscall from the charity said: “Lots of people came up to us and said how lovely the square looked and how much they enjoy the plants and look forward to seeing them again each year.”

The charity raised over £290 on the day from donations for their Royal Wedding-themed cupcakes and floral themed children’s face painting. Alongside this the charity also sold an array of flowers and garden plants, homemade cards and pottery, which had been made by the students.

Visitors were treated to a bee display from Canterbury Beekeepers who shared their knowledge and expertise about all things bees, which went down a storm as they sold a record amount of their locally produced honey.

Vintage jazz and swing group, Swing Noir, kept guests entertained throughout the day with their toe tapping renditions of music from the 1930s, through to the 1960s which had many children and adults up and dancing.

Julie Holness, Marketing Manager for Whitefriars, said: “The launch event was a great success and the sun shone all day. Despite the draw of the Royal Wedding and the Cup Final, many people still turned up to enjoy the free activities. We’ve already had very positive feedback on this year’s displays and our new centrepiece structure in Whitefriars Square. We are looking forward to a summer of fun and floral festivities!”

Whitefriars will host a summer of activities including children’s art and craft workshops, a Father’s Day event, a summer market, live music in the square and much more. To keep up to date with the events planned please visit our ‘What’s On’ page here.