Traditional festival takes on tropical vibe

Organisers of the Chatton Flower Festival amid the palm trees.
Organisers of the Chatton Flower Festival amid the palm trees.
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The weather may have been almost tropical recently, but now a north Northumberland village is going all out by turning its green into a tropical paradise with palm trees.

It’s all part of this year’s Chatton Flower Festival, which takes place from tomorrow until Sunday and also sees an exclusive performance from the Sage choir.

Combining a heady mixture of song, the scent of flowers and the spirits of the Caribbean, the organisers believe they will transport themselves, their visitors and the village to a tropical paradise for the weekend.

In addition to raising a good party, they hope to raise enough money to repair the village church.

The countryside is the theme for the flower displays in the church.

Designed and created by members of the local community, they will give an insight into diverse ways of life in the Till Valley.

Organiser Jane Butler said: “The enthusiasm of the local community for the festival has been really fantastic.

“All the arrangements on display will be extremely original and to a very high standard.”

The weekend opens with the prestigious Sage choir performing at a concert tomorrow night in the Church of the Holy Cross in Chatton.

The concert, nibbles and drinks event at 7pm costs £8 per person.

Saturday night features a hog roast and live music in the Village Hall, and children are invited to bring along their instruments and join in.

Starting at 7.30pm, the tickets are £10.

On Sunday, the party continues at the Tropical Oasis Bar with a steel band from 11.30am until 2pm on the Village Green.

Palm trees, free entry and a prize for the most outrageously dressed person will be on hand.

The Oasis Bar will be serving that well-known Chatton tropical tipple – Parish Punch.

The business community has also lent its support to the weekend with many local businesses offering sponsorship to help with the costs of organising the festival.

Jane said: “The village looks forward to welcoming and extending its legendary hospitality to visitors over the weekend.

“You may not get to the Caribbean this year, so come to Chatton where we have brought the magic to you.”

All proceeds from the weekend will go towards urgent repairs to the village’s parish church.

The work is needed after the severe battering suffered by the church during two difficult winters and summer last year.

The festival runs from tomorrow evening until Sunday.

The flower displays are set out in the church, which will be open from 10am until 4.30pm on Saturday and from 10.30am until 4.30pm on Sunday.

There will be light refreshments available during the exhibition.

Prospective visitors are reminded that numbers are limited for the ticketed events, so it is suggested that guests apply early to avoid any disappointment.

Tickets for all events are available from Chatton Village Shop (01668 215375) or via email from