Following a very successful Heritage Open Day event last year, which was praised by the national organisation as an example of good practice, St Edmund's Church is looking to put on an even better celebration this year.
St Edmund’s Church, Downham Market is hosting a weekend of special events including a three day Flower Festival as part of the National Heritage Open Day on Friday 7th – Sunday 9th September.
Rebuilt in the 13th century on a high vantage point overlooking the Fens, the Parish Church is Downham Market's only Grade I listed building.
The Flower Festival has a Music, Music, Music theme and is open Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September, 10am-4pm, and on Sunday 9th September, 11am-4pm, concluding with a special Songs of Praise service at 6pm where everyone will be welcome.
The church’s Heritage Open Day on Saturday 8th September includes community activities and a craft fair on the church field along with displays featuring Downham Scouts and Guides, Downham Royal British Legion and Lynn and District Astronomy Society.
Sideshows feature the ever-popular “pelt a priest” with rector Father James Mather in the stocks at 11.45am as a willing target for wet sponges, and other traditional games such as Hook a Duck and the Coconut Shy. Musical entertainment comes from members of the 17 piece Downham Swing Orchestra and St Edmund’s organ scholar Polina Sosnina.
The church tower will be open throughout the weekend for a super panoramic view of the town and surrounding area. Adults will be charged £2 and accompanied children can go free. A variety of refreshments will be on sale in the church hall. Proceeds will be for the church’s We Need a Million appeal raising funds for its accessibility and improvement programme.
St Edmund's Church, Church Road, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 9LF