Edith Cavell Festival

15 August 2017
This year's Swardeston festival, which in part commemorates Edith Cavell, takes place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October (11.00am - 5.00pm). Come and learn more about Edith's life, as well as enjoy one of Norfolk's best flower festivals.
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Every other year nurse Edith Cavell, whose final resting place is outside the East End of Norwich Cathedral, is commemorated in her home village of Swardeston. This year the event takes place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October (11.00am - 5.00pm).

Edith is one of Norfolk’s most famous women and people come from far and wide for the festival held just before the date of her death (October 12th). She died in front of a German firing squad in Brussels in 1915 for having helped over 200 allied soldiers out of occupied Belgium.

Come and enjoy one of South Norfolk’s finest flower festivals in the church, along with a mouth-watering selection of refreshments. There is extensive material about Edith Cavell’s life and work and her art including new items discovered in the last two years.

There will be live music over the two days. At the Village Hall on the common there will also be a variety of stalls including produce, crafts, books and bric-a-brac.

There is no entry fee: donations and profits will go to the upkeep of the lovely church where Revd Cavell was vicar for over 40 years and where Edith and her three siblings grew up. The Sunday school room for which she raised funds in the 1880s will be open by special permission with materials about her on display.

For more information about the festival visit edithcavell.org.uk. All enquiries should be directed to Nick Miller on 01508 578468.