Home and gardens will be the talk of the town this May bank holiday when The Brunel hosts the Flour Festival on the weekend of 3rd – 4th May.
A dedicated marquee in Wharf Green will be the stage for this weekend of gastronomy, gardening and interior design, which will introduce visitors to hundreds of great new ideas and inspiration to brighten up their homes and gardens and to tickle their taste buds,
Across the weekend there will be cookery demonstrations from celebrity baker Tom Herbert of Channel 4’s Fabulous Baker Brothers fame plus Ms Cupcake, the popular Melissa Morgan from London’s first entirely vegan bakery. Fresh from London’s Ideal Home show green-fingered TV gardener David Domoney will be inspiring shoppers on how to brighten up their gardens and get the most from their vegetable plots.
The Brunel’s two shopping malls, The Plaza and Arcade will have sets dressed with home wares that will be available to buy at various shops within the shopping centre. From 22nd April members of Swindon Artist’s Forum have been painting a mural of a garden to feature in one of the room sets. They can be seen creating the artwork every day until 2nd May in the Brunel Arcade, opposite Shaw’s The Drapers.
Between 12.00 and 2.30pm on both days there will be “how to” craft sessions in The Brunel Arcade, when shoppers can join Swindon’s Stitch & Bitch group by the knitted garden and have a go at learning to spin yarn, knit and crochet.
Entertainment will also be provided over the weekend by power pop band, The Courgettes. Dinner ladies, the good-time “girls” Freda and Rita, will be spreading their healthy eating message using comedy, music and dance.
Jane Stewart, Marketing Manager of The Brunel said: “We wanted to create something a little bit different for this May bank holiday weekend. The Flour Festival will have something for everyone”.
“We’re very lucky to have secured such great names as the Fabulous Baker Boys and David Domoney to impart their wisdom and ideas to Swindon’s shoppers. Our retailers will be taking centre stage as well and making sure everyone in the town knows how to put together stylish interiors and grow impressive gardens.”
The Flour Festival will take place from11am until 4pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May.